The shadow of a tower block

Glasgow Kennishead22 November 2014

There are always surprises. You study the local map and spot a road you have never travelled along. Perhaps it is because the sun is shining that you make that little detour – just to see – on the way to the supermarket. I have driven all around this part of Glasgow for twelve years or so, but I was amazed to see rolling green fields and splendid old oaks so close to home. I live little more than a couple of miles away from here, yet the view is as unfamiliar as it was unexpected. A little green hill patterned by the shadows of tower blocks, this place really does stand between urban and rural, neither town nor country: an edgeland.