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Oops .... "red sky in the morning etc."

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23rd October 2017 (Monday) ... 09.30    We had a ‘red sky in the morning sunrise’..... and spits and spots o’ rain when I was on the beach;   now it is raining ‘properly’.    The baking kit will be coming out, as it looks like we could be in for a wet and windy couple of hours.    We did have a beautiful sunrise this morning ..... it’s actually the half hour before sunrise that I like best;   the sky changes dramatically at first, then the subtle colours spread across the sky.    My preferred spot is to be on the beach because I then have the sky reflected on the wet sand .... providing the tide is out.    I’m a contented boy!

20.00    The Plain Wholemeal Flour scones turned out a spectacular disaster;   the round looked like a big soft digestive biscuit... and that was after adding baking powder.However there is one connoisseur of Digestive Biscuits that loves the them, (the ‘new’ scones) ....  “Blob” (Bless his feathery butt).    He thinks they are a culinary delight.   Actually the…

Feeling hungry ....

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22nd October 2017 (Sunday) .... 09.00    It’s a beautiful morning... and it looks like being a nice, mostly bright and sunny day, albeit cool in the brisk westerly wind.    There were a few dog walkers out  on the beach.... and the Breakwater Coffee buggy was opening... but I didn’t go along as far as the breakwater.... I might have yielded to temptation and had a coffee.    Now that the sun’s up I’m going to go for a daunder.


20.00    I did go for a ‘daunder’... in the afternoon, on Balcarres estate.   Jimmy arrived in the mornin desperate for a cuppa, and a scone;  by the time we’d finished the blathering it was nigh on lunch time.    I decided to have a bit of fruit for lunch, as I was making a beef casserole for dinner.... “Puku” is definitely on a diet!
The reason I ended up on Balcarres was;  the car needed to be topped up with fuel at the BP Garage (Colinsburgh), and, being that Balcarres Crag stands out when I’m browsing as I’m filling the petrol tank.... I bumbled up there.   I…

Hmmmm .... cold east wind... not good

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21st October 2017 (Saturday) .... We have a brisk south-easterly breeze so it was colder down on the beach this morning.... and it is mostly overcast.   The sun should break through, but I don’t think we’re going to have an Indian Summer kind of day like we had yesterday... having said that,....in spite of the cold wind the beach was busy with early dog walkers, including Elaine .... but, no joggers. 

20.00   It has been a mixed, but busy enough, day for me;   I was in a baking mood after breakfast, and did a double batch o’ Wholemeal scones.    This time I pranged them with that roond thing to make well... roond scones .... they turned out fine;  but I prefer the big round cut into six triangles.   They, the roond ones, taste the same but for some reason they look like they should be triangles!    Jimmy appeared about three minutes after the second batch came out so we had one with a cuppa.  After Jimmy left, and before lunch time, I mopped the kitchen, bathroom and lobby floors ....…

Feeling impish ....

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20th October 2017 (Friday) .... 09.00    Mmmmmm ....it is overcast, as was forecast, and there’s a light southwest breeze;  but... although grey, it’s a bonnie morning.    We had a few early dog walkers, and one dog jogger, on the beach at sunrise time... sunrise was at 07.55 ... but the sun has yet to burn its way through a thick blanket of cloud.   We may get a few bright spells later.
  For some inexplicable reason, I’m feeling impish this morning;    I’ve no doubt that will wear orf.    I’ll put the kettle on.


News ...  regarding ‘Albert’s Hutte’, Streamline version.    I am closing the Streamline version of ‘The Hutte’, it is becoming too expensive to keep .... and will close on the 16th November.     Instead of Streamline ‘The Hutte’ will be on Google (Google provides the web space free) ...and can be found here  Alberto’s Hutte on Goog.    I have been using Google, alongside Streamline for more than a year now.... and find it easier to use ... and considerably cheaper!    Funnil…

Gorgeous hair day ..... nae wind ... nor rain.

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19th October 2017(Drop in Cafe- day) .... 09.30    what a gorgeous morning .... definitely a day for being out.     It looks overcast towards the West, but right now we have bright sunshine, and not much in the way of wind .... and what little there is, is from the SSE.    I spent a happy hour, with the camera, around the rocks, at the edge of the tide ... which was near enough full out.    Sunrise was hidden behind low cloud,...  nevertheless, the sky was a kaleidoscope of pastel colours.   I’m a contented bunny ... now I must feed ‘Puku’.  

20.00     Mostly we’ve been under a layer of cloud today .... grey and uninspiring after the initial promise at sunrise time;  and it began to rain at 16.45 so we have a dreich evening... but not cold.
The ‘Drop in Cafe’ was quiet at first but soon filled up, and was buzzin’ like a bumble bee’s nest by 15.00.    My only activities today has been the beach, at sunrise, then along for the papers after breakfast, with the Drop in Cafe  in the afterno…

Overcast, but not windy ....

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18th October 2017 (Wednesday) .....   as per weather forecast, the wind is from the East, and it’s overcast, with the cloud bank stretching way out beyond the horizon .... so, no visible sun rise.... a dour looking morning.     However I met Monica out with ‘Pepper’;   while Monica and I chatted, Pepper tore about after her ball;  the ball that Monica kept firing out of a ‘Chuckit’ ball launcher;  most dog walkers use the ball launcher, it’s an excellent way to exercise a dog.     Monica and I?... we exercised our tongues.
I’ve had breakfast, so, after a cuppa, I’ll go and get organised for Kirkcaldy.

20.00     ‘The Boy’ has had a hectic day.    I decided I’d take the car all the way to the Hospital because my appointment time was well before visiting time.    I arrived there with lots of time to spare, and found there were loads of empty parking spaces.    I went to the WRVS Cafe and had a bowl of soup, a cuppa and a goodie, before my appointment.     The outcome of the appointment is…

Worse hair day ....

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17th October 2017 (Tuesday) .... 09.00    Welll .... we have survived the remains of Ophelia;  she is not my kind of ‘girl’.... having got serious wind problems!      I don’t think that the wind was quite as severe as was forecast for us in the east;  the West coast would catch the worst of the frisky girl.
It was breezy down on the beach but once I got into the lee of the Cockstail rocks (the tide was out) it was fine.    I caught the sunrise behind the lighthouse, and met Marcia out with the dogs when I was coming off the beach;   so a successful mission.    There are spits and spots of rain blowing in the wind, which is bothersome, but a nice enough morning for being out.... though it is breezy.... F6 – 7 from the West.

22.00     I’vehad a fairly active day... mostly working around Ivy.    I did take Jimmy up to St Andrews for his appointment, and I got three books off the charity shelves in the entrance hall.    We didn’t go for a cuppa in the hospital Cafe.... choosing instead, to …

Bad hair day .....

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16th October 2017 (Monday) .... 07.30     Mmmmmm .... it’s dreich;  not a morning for going out for a walk.   It is forecast to clear up later in the morning, then more rain to come in later in the afternoon.    It’s a grand morning for visiting Eleanor and Sandy;   I’m looking forward to catch up with all their ‘news’.   Before that I must remember to pick up Jimmy from the garage!    

19.00     Wellll ... this has been one gloomy day as far as the weather went;   it was so dark at 13.30 that the sensor on Elie Lighthouse switched ‘on’.    This is the first time I have ever seen it so dark and gloomy at that time of day.   After half an hour, the sky began to lighten and it, the lighthouse, switched off.     The sun managed to break through at 16.30, by which time the wind was rising, and it felt much colder on the beach.     We are going to have a windy night, the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia..
I did remember to pick up Jimmy.... and was back at Ivy well in time for Calumn picking m…

Awesome sunrise .....

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15th October 2017 (Sunday) .... 09.00    Oh my word .... we had an absolutely gorgeous sunrise this morning ....  no ... it was in the half hour before sunrise that the sky looked spectacular;   I just got swallowed up in it, and this is when I feel nearest to God.    I go to the kirk (occasionally) and enjoy the company, and everyone singing, but down on the beach, especially when we have the sun lighting up the sky, as it did this morning ..... that is awesome.   I can well understand why pagans(?) worshipped the sun.    
We have a lovely, bright and breezy’  morning now ... but not cold;  that said the red sky is a sign of ‘naughty’ weather ahead!    The beach was quiet with only myself, and a lady walking her dog, enjoying the early morning spectacle.... no joggers.    The lady is called Monica, her dog ‘Pepper’, and the family are here for the mid-term holiday: what we’d call the ‘Tauttie Holidays’.... when we earned 19/6d, for a week at the tauttie howkin’.    Those were the days…

Crane out .....

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14th October 2017 (Saturday) ..... 08.00    It’s one of those mornings that makes me want to do things .... there’s a freshness in the air that’s got me feeling active.   Being active might be harder.   I went down to the beach for sunrise, but I could see that the clouds were too low, along the eastern horizon,  for sunrise to be colourful, but it was a good morning for a stroll along the beach.     I’ll get the bike out and go down to the harbour after breakfast .... although there is a breeze, it’s not too windy this morning. 

13.00     The boats have been ‘craned out’ .... on what was a perfect morning for craning out boats... there being only a light wind.       By the time I was down there,  at 09.00,  the crane had been busy;    four of the big yachts were ashore.     I took some photos then, saw Jimmy arrive.... but he didn’t bother staying, and went off to do his ‘Chapel Green’ walk.    We arranged to meet at Ivy for a cuppa before going to the ‘Coffee Morning’.      Hmmmmm ..…

Feeling contented .....

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13th October 2017 (Friday) ... 09.00    We, who live in the East Neuk of Fife, have a good, mixed, bundle of weather this morning, but at least it’s warm!    It was raining when I poked my head ‘ower the gate’ at 06.00;   I went back to bed and got up at 07.30.... by this time the cloud had broken up and it looked promising;  however that changed, and, now, as I type,  it’s not raining, but is overcast and breezy ... with a serious ‘rainy look’ towards the West .... from whence our weather is coming.   I’m not going back to bed.


21.00    My only sortie ‘out’ today has been to go up to Elie for the paper.... I haven’t been down to the beach at all today.    I did get myself organised for the beach after lunch, then discovered that, the rain, which had stopped ...  had  started again.   Being that I was in a ‘working’ mood I decided to clean the windows on the inside;    I’d do the outsides when the rain went off.    As it happened the rain didn’t last long so I got both sides, inside a…

Bright and breezy ... and so is the weather

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12th October 2017 (Thursday) ..... 09.00    “Good Morrrrrrrrrrrrrning” everyone:   we have a ‘bright, and definitely breezy’ start, to Drop in Cafe day, here in Elie and the Royal Burgh;   we did have a red sky half an hour before sunrise, an indicator of ‘naughty’ weather later ... like tomorrow, but we won’t bother about that..... however, we might catch a shower later. 
The wind down on the beach is very ‘fresh and frisky’... a bit like me this morning;  but that’ll wear off!    I’m in need of breakfast... I’ve been ‘up’ since 06.15 and ‘Puku’ is beginning to feel neglected. 

19.00     The weather remained ‘bright and breezy’ all day... as did I;   it did cloud over later in the afternoon but we didn’t get any rain.    Perhaps the clouds we have coming in now, mean some naughty weather ‘ra morra’.    The washing I did this morning dried, in spite of the fact we didn’t have that many sunny spells... but we certainly had a drying wind.

The Drop in Cafe was buzzin’ this afternoon;  it w…

Friendship Lunch day ....

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11th October 2017 (Wednesday) .... 08.30    Hmmmmm ..... it’s not a morning for poodling around on the beach;   we have  ‘windy and wet’.    It should begin to brighten up by December  .... midday.    I had a quick peek out at 06.00, saw the dampness, and  scrambled back into bed,....  finally getting ‘up’ at 07.40.    Luckily we have the Friendship Lunch at 12.30 to brighten up our day.... and the rain should be moving away by then too!   

20.00    As ‘forecast’, The Friendship Lunch began the brightening process;  the sky quickly followed,  and we ended up with a bonnie, late afternoon.    As ever the ‘Lunch’ was a very pleasant hour and a half of eating, drinking (juice/tea/coffee)  and blethering.   On leaving the ‘Lunch’ I took William ‘T’ down to have a look round the harbour and to see some sand:   both of which are lacking up at Colinsburgh.   Tomorrow we have the ‘Drop in Cafe’... then there’s a Coffee Morning in the Ferry Hall on Saturday morning;   a busy social week for the…

Interesting morning ....

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10th October 2017 (Tuesday) .... 08.30   We have another bonnie and interesting morning;   with much happening by means of the weather.    We have a blustery wind that’s bringing clouds scuttling over from the West, showers rattling along the ‘sooth side’, patches of blue beginning to break through the clouds... and, although windy it doesn’t feel cold.   That said I use the spot that Chris and Barbara’s levelled, for their beach hut, to shelter from the wind, so it might be colder ‘exposed to the wind’.    Yes it’s a good day for a walk, .... however, at times it does look like we could catch a shower.

21.30    It has been a good day for a walk, though the ‘sunny spells’ were few... and far between;   I went up to the Deil’s Lodge (Balcarres) in the afternoon, and had a short walk down the den road.   I started to spit rain so I cut the walk short.     The rain never got beyond the ‘spits and spots’ stage, so I could have kept going.    The trees trees are beginning to look fairly au…