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Cracker of a morning ....

22nd July 2018 (Sunday) .... 09.30It’s beautiful, ‘bright and breezy’ morning;a grand morning for doing things.I’m well ready for breakfast after my morning walk to Chapel Green;it’s taking me longer to do this walk.I’ll need to take a flask o’ coffee with me in future:for some reason, the coffee I make tastes reasonable from a flask.I tangled up with some kind of ill natured wee dog at Chapel Green;jings it made a lot of noise.It must have woken up its owner who was sleeping(?) in a tent nearby.At one point I think that it thought about nipping my heels.(Not its best idea).After snapping and yelping its way behind me for about 50 metres it eventually gave up:it had done its job I guess.Defended its owners property. The walk along the beach was pleasurable, withloads of people out walking, with and without dogs: one couple doing callisthenics ... that was different.Yes it’s a bonnie morning for doing stuff.

Fayre Day .... .....

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21st July 2018 (Saturday) ....08.30There are four cruise ships moored up at the various anchorages and ports near ‘Three Bridges’ this morning: “Sea Cloud” (sailing vessel), Royal Princess, Celebrity Eclipse, and Balmoral.It’s a pity, for the tourists on board the vessels, that the weather is overcast, with the threat of light rain (Scotch Mist).... but it will brighten up later.I’ve been out on the bike, just to Chapel Green, and though overcast is isn’t cold...and .... is forecast to be warm/hot once the sun does break through.

21.30    This has been another another hard day on the 'Tour';never mind it finishes next Sunday (29th) so everything will be back to normal after that.There have been five cruise ships in the Firth today, “Viking Sea” making a later appearance on the ‘Marine Traffic’ site.The “Royal Princess” is the largest of the five, the windjammer “Sea Cloud II”, being the smallest.

I’ve had a quiet day.... actually I haven’t;I ran the gauntlet of biking home from …

Overcast and damp ...

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20th July 2018 (Friday) .... 08.30    The Fife weather cams are ‘overcast’, and we do have light rain here, so the this morning’s weather is as per forecast:   “overcast with light rain”.    It should clear begin to clear away by midday;   whether we'll become 'bright and sunny ' is doubtful.     That said the rain we have had so far has hardly wet the slates.;  in fact it’s not wet enough  to be declared a “bad hair day!”    I’ll go for a walk after breakfast, assuming the rain stays ‘very light’.
When on the coach trip last week two ladies (mother and daughter) joined us at Dunfermline.I fell ‘in love’ with “Elizabeth” (mother) who is slightly older than I am.They talk about ships that pass in the night: I do miss the whole camaraderie of the coach, but, I’m especially missing Elizabeth!Not that Elizabeth will be missing me... but at my age it’s nice feeling this way.

09.30It is now a “bad hair day” ... and going out has been postponed:it’s raining!And the slates are wet .…

Feeling contented ....

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19th July 2018 (Thursday) .... 08.30From the seat in front of St Margaret’s, I could see a group of people fishing off the lighthouse rock.This brought back happy memories of when I did that, at ‘The Flairs’, ....  Kincraig cliffs.Fishing off rocks requires infinite patience, but is very relaxing.You haven’t had anything nibbling at the bait for two hours, .... but you might get one in the next ten seconds!Yet ... on a morning like this just being out there, even if you don’t catch any fish;you will have had abarrow load of relaxation.    And you can buy a fish supper on the way home. We have a lovely morning, but it looks like it may have been the best part of ‘the day’;the sky is beginning to cloud over from the West.Not with heavy cloud as yet, just the front edge of what we’re going to have tomorrow .... rain.    We should have a bonnie day for most of 'today'.


20.00We’ve had a bonnie, ‘sunny and warm’ day;a lovely day for the beach.I got the bike out to go to Elie;I got th…

Feeling perky .....

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18th July 2018 (Wednesday) ....08.30it is overcast with the occasional spits and spots of light rain this morning, so I haven’t been down to the beach:however rain isn’t going to come to much, and we should end up with a bonnie ‘day’.   I have the urgent desire to do something!     Okay .... I’ll sort out some more holiday photographs, before going for the papers.

22.00    We, the ‘Troops’, were sitting in Harbour House, quietly discussing my ‘love life’ (it was a short lived discussion), when we heard an unusual noise as a Wine Delivery van took the A917 corner up into Park Place (Elie):  it almost sounded as if three boxes of wine had landed on the road.    In fact, three boxes of wine had landed on the road!    Trust Elie to have posh litter!   Brenda (Harbour House girl) helped the driver sweep and pick up the bits of broken glass that comes with accidents of this nature.  In ‘nae time’ Elie was back to its normal ...  “nothing ever happens here” self.... and we ‘the troops’ went …

Frisky boy ....

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17th July 2018 (Tuesday) .... 07.30 It was cool when I did the ‘roond the Chapel Green’ walk this morning, but at that time, 05.30, there was little heat from the sun;and, ... it was behind clouds.Having said that, it was a bonnie fresh feeling air, and I enjoyed my walk.Two cruise liners were in the Firth... the ‘Viking Star’, making for Rosyth, and the ‘Queen Elizabeth’ for Newhaven anchorage.They were too distant to get a decent photograph, but I might catch them leaving the Firth this evening.


19.00Oh my word .... the Tour de France disnae half take it oot o’ me:I’m shattered.There was a lot of climbing today;it’s amazing, .... the cyclists climb the hill faster than me coming down.No wonder I’m tired.I also dug out some weeds.... pendulous sedge.I must have picked up the seeds, on my shoes, when I was walking round Balcarres pond;that’s the only place I’ve seen pendulous sedge. It has been slightly cooler today, but a bonnie enough, and warm, day .... after the clouds shifted.I …

Damp = bad hair day

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16th July 2018 (Monday) .... 08.30Oh dear .... we have a ‘wall to wall’ grey skyand light rain this morning;just when I was becoming used to the summer weather.However, the rain is forecast to clear awayby midday(ish), giving us sunny spellsin the afternoon, but not as hot as it has been for the past few days.As things are just now, it’s a nice morning for sorting out my Cornwall photographs.

20.30We did end up with a lovely afternoon and evening;in fact the beach this evening was really serene.I enjoyed a slow walk (my knee is playing up badly just now) along to Glover’s Wynd and back via the bents.I was talking to a visitor whose two ‘doodle’ dogs were having a great time on the beach:and they hadn’t seen a beach until they arrived yesterday.Yesterday they didn’t know what to do with the wavelets flopping onto the beach;this evening they were in the water.They are definitely enjoying their holiday!
I sorted out the St Ives photo this morning, then took the car along to the ‘Paper Sh…

Quiet morning....

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15th July 2018 (Sunday) .... 09.00The beach was peaceful this morning;well it was until a raft of Merganser came along, feeding on a shoal of sand eels they had driven into the edge of the tide.Of course this attracted the Black Headed gulls, and even a Heron had a snack as the panicking sand eels tangled up with his legs.A feeding frenzy on the edge of our beach?....we don’t see that very often.It all ended when the sand eels, or what was left of them, escaped among the rocks. The beach then reverted to normality, with dog walkers and joggers enjoying the morning air. It is cloudier this morning, but pleasantly warm;a nice day for slow ramble.I might fill a flask of coffee and go up to Chapel Green later.


16.30It is warm ... and humid;I gave up on working outside after dead heading a few roses.What did I do instead of ‘work’? .... watched Stage 9 of the Tour de France.The Final of the World Cup is now on the tele so I’ll watch that while my dinner (leg of lamb) is in the oven.    Actua…

Busy boy ....

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14th July 2018 (Saturday)..... 13.30It has been a cracker o’ a morning....
more or less the same weather as we had in Cornwall, but thankfully, not as hot. After all the travelling yesterday I had an excellent night’s sleep, and got out of bed early feeling, highly energetic.I had most of the holiday washing on the line by 06.15.The second, and last batch I hung out 20 minutes ago.In between the two ‘washings’, Moira took me up to Arncroach to pick up my car (where it had been on holiday), from where I went straight to Sainsbury’s, Leven to buy some vital necessities..... food.I was able to get the car moored up, fairly easily, on Links Road:the ‘Royal Burgh’ will most likely be ‘Full’ by this evening.This is the start of the busy holiday season.
I then got the bike out and had ‘morning coffee’ in Harbour House with ‘the Troops’.... catching up with the local news.There isn’t any:local news i.e. I meant to by one of those wrinkly expanding hoses when I was in Leven, but completely forgo…

Back at the centre of the Universe.....

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13th July 2018 (Friday) .... 22.00I’m home again .... at the Centre of the Universe .... after a wonderful holiday in Cornwall.Cornwall isbeautiful part of the country, but awfie far away.That said, the journey both ways was enjoyable, with plenty of comfort stops, good accommodation and food throughout the trip .The two driver/couriers were top of their class, being friendly and informative, as well as excellent drivers. The seats were very comfortable;very important on a long journey.The last leg of the journey was the ‘longest’ and the most frustrating for the driver because of road works around Birmingham.... and we were all well ready for dinnerwhen we arrived at the Barrowfields Hotel.... on Sunday afternoon.We were not ready for Olga.Oh my word Olga (our waitress) is a bonnie lady, but it was not her looks that stole our hearts (though they helped), it was her clinical brain.Olga is also a very clever lady... she was a lawyer in Poland, and plans to return to, and practice her …

Nice morning ....

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6th July 2018 (Friday) .... 09.30It was cloudy when I first went out this morning, but blue is beginning to take over the sky and it looks like we’ll be having another nice day.I’ve had a good walk;the beach, Chapel Green and the golf course.... that will be my exercise for the day.I’m taking the car when I go for the paper .... and coffee, because my knee does not agree with too much exercise. I watered the roses this morning;dearie me, that hose is the worst hose we have ever had:completely inflexible. It will be cut into bucket fitting lengths as soon as we get back from Cornwall.Orf to have a cuppa.


20.30Yet another lovely day draws to a close;and ... I have enjoyed it, though I did have a rest during the heat of the afternoon. I did take the car up to Elie for the paper (and stamps), and enjoyed a coffee, and chat, with ‘the Troops’ in harbour House.The villages are busy just now, with people having a holiday in the villages, and with day trippers coming for a day on the beach. The…

Maggie's Birthday ....

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5th July 2018 (Thursday) .... 09.00.“Happy Birthday” to “The Boss”;who would have been 77...oops 27 today.It’s nigh on 9 years since Maggie died:I am thankful for the time we did have together, and the fact that she is ‘with me’ still;keeping me right.   That reminds me;  I’d better do some ‘ooverin and dustin’ before I go up to Chapel Green in the afternoon, with a flask of coffee and a goodie. We have a nice morning though it is cloudier... the wind is from the West, so we might get a shower later.Actually I had an unintentional, but good ‘sleep in’ this morning,and I feel the better for it.In fact I’m feeling lively.   Oh ... there's burst water main at St Minnins which is why the water pressure is so low.
12.30Dearie me .... the weather is gorgeous;but.... and this is a big but... there’s nae water tae make coffee this morning:due to the aforementioned burst water main.Not being able to have a shower is acceptable .... but nae coffee;that’s a catastrophe.In the end I had a tin o…

Oh my word ... another cracker of a morning

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4th July 2018 (Wednesday) ....happy Independence Day to all my American friends, wherever you may be;enjoy ‘Your’ Day. We have another absolutely cracker of a morning here;sunny and warm, with only a light breeze .... it could be hot by midday.When I set out for my morning walk I intended going up to the Pony Field and across to the third tee;however, with it being a bonnie morning I ended up going across the golf course to West Bay, then round Chapel Green and home by the beach.As long as there are plenty seats to have short breaks on I can cover a fair distance... albeit painfully. I was lucky again this morning, with two ‘live’ photos;one of a lady walking out on Sea Tangle road to West Bay, and another of a lady going for a swim, with her two dogs.(On both occasions I asked the girls if it would be Okay to take their photos).Strangely enough there are very few men walking dogs in the morning.;though I did see a pair of male joggers in the distance. I’m a happy bunny this morning....…