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Dreich ....

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14th November 2018 (Wednesday) .... 07.30It is definitely a ‘work on the computer’ kind of morning .... windy and wet:in one word ... “dreich”. Luckily we have a ray of sunshine on the horizon .... the Friendship Lunch at 12.30 in the Kirk Hall.And the rain is forecast to clear away in the afternoon.Orf to have breakfast.


11.30That’s better;I enjoyed morning coffee’ in Harbour House with ‘The Troops’.Now I’m looking forward to the Friendship Lunch.(It looks like the ‘plan’ is to eat my way through this damp spell).There is a clear patch of sky towards the South east ... round about Berwick on Tweed ... which is slowly moving our way.Should I unearth the sun block?

Loads of fresh air, but overcast ....

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13th November 2018 (Tuesday) .... 08.30Hmmmm .... it’s a bit more overcast than Ithought it would be, but the forecast is good and it should be a good drying day;so the sheets are going through the machine as I type. I saw on the Fife Weather cams that sunrise was going to happen behind low clouds so I went down to the harbour for a change of scene.It was, as you’d expect at this time of year, very quiet... and with the sky being overcast, er had a typical November look to the view.It was bonnie in a November sort of way.... with plenty fresh, Elie Harbour, air.

09.00      We have "bright sunny, braw drying breeze with sheets dangling on the washing line day".    I am a happy boy.... who is looking forward to morning coffee.
15.00My word .... I’ve had a hectic (by my standards) morning.As per normal ‘plan’ I went up to Elie for the papers, handed my prescription in, dropped a letter off for Graham, then decided to go for a run along to the braes at Pittenweem.On my way back fr…

Breezy with showers around ....

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12th November 2018 (Monday) .... 08.30Hmmmm .... it is bright and breezy, with heavy shower clouds on all horizons;the question is, do I wash the new sheets?It is a good drying day .... if we don’t catch a shower.I’ll contemplate that over breakfast.Showers are mentioned in the weather forecast;I won’t do the sheets today, there’s a slightly better forecast for tomorrow.. It’s a braw morning for the beach ;and Carol and I had the whole beach to ourselves.The sunrise sky was bonnie... subtle at first, but blindingly orange after the sun was above the horizon. 
The Peter Jackson film ‘They shall not grow old’, made from re-mastered original footage of the Great War and coloured is brilliant.I watched it last night and it is, indisputably, the nearest to what I imagine life in the trenches must have really been like.Peter Jackson is a perfectionist and it shows in this film.


19.30When I went for the paper this morning I intended joining Jim and Myra for morning coffee;this has to be in the…

Armistice Day ....

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Armistice Day 2018 (Sunday) ....
Winter.... The cutting wind nipped to the bone, The rifle froze the hand, And all day long the shrapnel searched The frost-encrusted land. To face a madly charging foe Demands a courage bold, But more than that is needed to Combat incessant cold.

The above verse is taken from the poem ‘The Veteran’ .... by Sergeant Frank Brown.
“At the going down of the sun And in the morning We will remember them”. Laurence Binyon.
Today we remember the Fallen of the Great War:  I will be thinking of my Grand Uncle, Pte Fred Bruce, of the Gordon Highlanders who fell in April 1918.    The photograph shows some Gordon Highlanders in action a few weeks before ‘Uncle Fred’ was killed.   We will never know if he is one of the soldiers in the photo but when I inserted his picture into the photograph I felt that I was putting him back with his friends.


09.30We have a quiet morning... everything is wet after overnight rain, and there is a nip in the air, but it’s a bonnie morning for reflecti…

Peaceful morning ....

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10th November 2018 (Saturday) ....09.00The beach was busy with joggers, dogs walking their owners... and folk just enjoying the fresh morning air... on what is a quieter morning, the wind having moderated overnight.Sunrise was also quieter with more subtle, and peaceful colours; I have a washing going through the machine .... so it can’t/won’t rain! I’d best get organised for the Coffee Morning;I’ll start by having breakfast.


16.00I’m just in from a run up to, and through Balcarres Estate.I don’t think I’ve ever seen the estate so busy;horses (and riders) in fields, all over the place.I didn’t tarry, though I did stop to take a few photographs of the Woodland walk.The horses were up at the top of the estate, .... Balniel and Lathallan. The Coffee Morning in the kirk hall was enjoyable, but quiet at first;that’s probably because I was there by 10.00 .... before all the goodies disappeared. Jim was feeling ‘under the weather’ so decided to stay in the house.There was plenty of coffee/tea …

Another cracker o' a sunrise ....

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9th November 2018 (Friday) ....08.45Ye Gods ... there was a gale o’ wind on the beach... so not ‘iggzactly’ warm;but the sky.... oh my word the sky was stunning.I’d checked the Fife weather cams and decided to go down 40 minutes before sunrise (the Aberdour can points to the east) because everything looked set for a bonnie sunrise.The temperature was 7c .... but the wind chill meant it was nearer 3c on the beach.I wrapped up.From the first photo I took, 35 minutes before sunrise, right through to sunrise (235 photographs later), the sky was ever changing,.... in all directions.Being windy I took more than usual to allow for more OOF ones.57 were out of focus, and have been ‘dumped’.I’m a happy, if slightly cauld bunny.... and looking forward to morning coffee in Harbour House.

21.00We had a nice long ‘morning coffee’ chat in ‘HH’, with a cheese scone:Breda’s cheese scones are the ‘melt in the mouth’ kind;unlike mine which aren’t.My cheese scones are solid.Completely inedible .... but …

Cracker of a sunrise on the beach ....

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8th November 2018 (Thursday) .... 11.30When having morning coffee in Harbour House this morning, Joyce reminded me that I hadn’t done the ‘Hutte’!My excuse is that I was so excited by this morning’s sunrise, and sorting out some sunrise photographs for FB that it was 10.00 before I knew it.10.00 is coffee time. Apologies for me being forgetful; I’d sit on the ‘naughty’ step but, lucky for me, Ivy doesn’t have stairs. We have a lovely morning, though it can feel chilly in the brisk SE breeze....and it looks like we might get a light shower later.I don’t have ‘plan’ for today;except that I must remember that it’s the History Society AGM tonight:I have been invited to become an Honorary member .... an invitation I am happy to accept.I won’t have to salute Alan anymore... and, more importantly perhaps, Rosie, won’t have to chase me up every year for my Membership fees!


16.00I ended up with a migraine after lunch;absolutely self inflicted because I know that chocolate is one of the main trig…