It's time again for my weekly round up of all things #Team14. I have also included a section about the Commonwealth Flotilla with a spectator guide for Saturday so please check it out as this is going to be a truly historic and spectacular event.
Dress Rehearsal and Opening Ceremony
On Monday I was lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsal for the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. Along with several of my fellow #Team14 bloggers I made my way to Celtic Park to watch the practice run before the official opening on Wednesday night.
It was an interesting experience and I was impressed at how smoothly everything went. We were sworn to secrecy about the specifics of the event as the organisers didn't want to spoil the surprise.
Yesterday the Opening Ceremony took place and I could release a blog post about it.
Watch out for a photoblog from the dress rehearsal with some of the behind the scenes stories and images.
Trip to Troon
With a day off on Tuesday and the sun still shining brightly I decided to escape the heat of the city with a trip to the beach at Troon. About 40 mins from Glasgow Troon is famous for it's golfing connections and it's long beach is a fantastic place to relax.
Reminders of the approaching Commonwealth Games were everywhere with bunting and banners, it was nice to see another town embrace the event.
I returned to Glasgow feeling suitably refreshed and it was nice to do a bit of travelling in Scotland again, even if only for a day.
My First Magazine Article
Although I have written guest blog posts before this week I had my first magazine article published. I was asked by Made in Scotland Magazine if I would like to write a feature on the Isle of Bute and I was only to happy to oblige. I love promoting the island I currently call home and decided to write about ten things to do for visitors.
The finished article looks great and although I really enjoy writing on my blog I hope I get the chance to create features for more Scottish sites and publications as I love getting an opportunity to write about my country.
I was invited back on Inverclyde Radio on Wednesday to provide an update on my #Team14 blogging. Even though this was my second time being interviewed on the show I was still a bit nervous and wonder if I'll ever be comfortable speaking publicly but that wont't stop me trying! Listen again to my interview here.
Top Ten Scottish Blog
On Wednesday I also discovered that my blog had been selected as one of the top ten UK Scottish blogs by Cision.
I may have scraped in there at number 10 but as my blog is not even 6 months old yet this is a real achievement for me and now the only way is up!
Tomorrow I will be lucky enough to be on board the Clyde Clipper as she forms part of the historic Commonwealth Flotilla which will travel from Greenock to Glasgow. With approx 250 boats of all shapes and sizes taking part this will be the biggest flotilla in the history of the Clyde and will be an unmissable spectacle as it travels along the river.
For a once in a lifetime opportunity you can still book a place on one of the boats taking part! Clyde Cruises will be leading the flotilla and tickets are priced £40 for a 7 hour return trip including 2 hours ashore in Glasgow to enjoy the atmosphere. This will be a really special way to participate in something historic and memorable.
If you want to view the Flotilla as it travels towards Glasgow, these are approx times and locations to help you out.
Sat 26th July 09:00 James Watt DockBoats participating in the Flotilla start to leave James Watt Dock, and gather in the Clyde into their Flotilla groups.
Sat 26th July 09:50 Downriver from James Watt DockBoats to head downriver, staying to south side of channel between Garvel and No.8, then turning and all proceed up river towards Glasgow.
Sat 26th July 10:00 Official Flotilla startView the Flotilla from the spectator site at the Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock. River closed to other traffic.
Sat 26th July 12:00 Lead boats pass Erskine Bridge
Sat 26th July 12:20 Lead boats pass Clydebank
Sat 26th July 12:50 Lead boats pass Braehead
Sat 26th July 13:00 Leading boats in Flotilla arrive in Glasgow, berth in Pacific QuayView the Flotilla finale from the spectator site at the Riverside Museum, Glasgow
Sat 26th July 14:00 Last boats in the Flotilla arrive in GlasgowBerth in Pacific Quay. River re-opens to all traffic.
The spectator site at the Riverside Museum will have activities between 11am and 3pm including experts to explain more about the Flotilla, the stories behind the boats, competitions and members of RYA Scotland will be advising how you can get on the water yourself
Here are just a few of the beautiful boats taking part
Use the hashtag #Flotilla14 to share your updates and images or take a #FlotillaSelfie for everyone to see! If you spot the Clyde Clipper please give me a wave!!
Look out for my blog and hopefully some great photos over the next few days.
So that is it, a brief roundup of my week as a #Team14 blogger. Only a couple of weeks left and I'm looking forward to finding out what exciting things are in store.
At the beginning of June I was chosen as one of the official bloggers for the XX Commonwealth Games that will be held in Glasgow from 23rd July to 3rd August 2014.