I think it was in mid October 2011 when we were last in Paisley, Renfewshire and these photographs were taken.Fortunately the rain stayed away and we were able to wander around happily.
But before I go on any further, I'd like to share with you my most popular blog post. You may be surprised to learn that it's not related to food or growing vegetables. Its one related to the Paisley pattern - a kidney or teardrop-shape of Persian and Indian origin. Follow this link. I was gobsmacked, especially as its really a non-blog entry. I've read since that the shape was originally designed to signify the mango or the mango seed.
Anyway, we decided to revisit Paisley again. Paisley was somewhere we had considered purchasing a home, but ended up staying on the outskirts of Glasgow.I used to go there originally for the farmers market, then for thrift shopping as it has many charity shops.
On this particular weekend, we decided to take a detour from the town centre and the shops. It was a good move. So many beautiful historical building to see.
Its such as shame to have discovered this part of Paisley now, especially as I am leaving Scotland. Oh well - 'tis life.
Corporation of Paisley Bridge - looks like a fresh lick of paint.
Paisley Heritage Trail. Forbes Place was the heart of the Parsley Shawl making industry - Click on the image to learn more.
Entrance to Paisley Abbey
You may know nothing about football like me and you may have a husband or partner that loves football (like me), but unless he is Scottish, I bet h doesn't know the answer to this one!
Where are St Mirren from? Go on, ask him, that one thing about football that you can demonstrate you know more than he or she does.
St Mirin is actually the Patron Saint of Paisley.
Only the tourists look up - Yes, I guess I am or was a tourist in Paisley.
The Russell Institute
This was my favourite cherub looking character holding spectacles.
They are all different.
Don't believe me....
See below for comparison.
Paisley was granted Fairtrade town status in 2003.
Walking back towards the High Street
Those of you who are fans of the singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini may be interested to note that the above Castelvecchi Cafe belongs to his parents. D and me had the hunger pangs and sat indoors for a portion of chips. The walls are covered with Paola Nutini memorabilia. I wasn't that keen on Nutini's music when he first hit the music scene, but since some of his music has grown on me. Dr Who fans may be interested to know that the current Doctor Who David Tennant is also a Paisley Boy.
I've showcased some nicer sides of Paisley, but there is also an ugly side: not just in relation to derelict and decaying buildings, but reputation too. Over the years Paisley has acquired a rough reputation as Scotlands most violent town*. Crimes relating to drugs, gangland shootings, attacks with machetes, stabbings and slashings if you looked at a ned the wrong way. In Scotland, a Ned is a term applied to louts who hang around street corners, dressed in casual sports wear - usually vibrant colours that make your eyes hurt and drinking Irn Bru. Fortunately much is being done in Paisley to address this.
*Oh if your wondering whats Scotlands most violent city? Well its Glasgow.