Skipcottagecurling is the official blog for the Glynhill Ladies International this weekend, so I'm going to be out and about over the next few days to give you a flavour of the weekend, the curling and the competitors. Unlike what I did for the Edinburgh International and for the Le Gruyere European Championships there is no separate website for you to migrate to. The Glynhill blog will be here. The draw, results and other 'official things' will be found in the main event website here. Spread the word.
Behind the scenes, for any organising committee, one of the key elements of an event is transportation. Andrew Cousar and Ranald Findlay are probably the most experienced transport co-ordinators anywhere around, and with their team of eight drivers, their first job is to ensure that the 'meet and greet' at the airport is dealt with efficiently - not an easy task with bad weather causing flight cancellations down south.
Moe Meguro's Japanese team (above) have been to Braehead for the Glynhill before, and greeted Ranald like a long lost friend when they arrived at Glasgow Airport this afternoon! They have come from Switzerland where they reached the final of the Bernese Ladies Cup on Sunday.
I spent two of the happiest years of my life in Madison, Wisconsin, in America's mid west. And so I have a soft spot for anyone from that part of the world. It was a thrill to be able to welcome to Scotland the team that is the USA's Olympic representatives in Vancouver as they arrived in Glasgow this afternoon. L-R: Debbie McCormick, Allison Pottinger, Nicole Joraanstad, Natalie Nicholson and Tracy Sachtjen.
And here the girls get their first view of Scotland!
Photos by Hugh Stewart and Bob Cowan