Seafield, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland

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Come on, get your beach friendly shoes on, it’s time for another walk down at Seafield. As you can see it’s a blue sky day and the tide is out, it’s all looking a bit slimey down there.

The photos below are close ups of the rocks on the left hand side of the first photo. I love the texture of them.

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There was a chap on TV’s Countryfile recently looking at a similar rock near St Andrews a few weeks ago and he pointed out fossilised animal tracks on it, but I’m fairly sure this is just wear and tear from the weather, it looks good though.

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The photo below is looking back to Kirkcaldy from the Seafield area. I’ve always wondered what the concrete remains which you can see in the photo actually were. I’ve got a feeling they were probably some sort of defence thing left over from World War 2.

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The weather in Scotland seems never to be the same two days in a row so it wasn’t a surprise that the next day was grey, it didn’t stop me from getting down to the beach though. I’m not really a beach person, I’ve never sun-bathed on a beach in my life, and although I can appreciate that a long stretch of golden sand is attractive, I also find it quite boring because you know that you’re unlikely to find anything interesting there. I love a beach with plenty of detritus washed up on it, although obviously not the junk which seems to be washed off passing ships regularly. It’s the natural stuff I like, I’m not a great one for shells, although I will pick up the odd unusual one. It’s stones which attract me and it’s rare for me to get off a beach without an interesting stone in my pocket. Then there’s the sea-glass. What do you want with sea-glass junk I hear you say. Well I plan to make a sea collage with my collection – sometime in the future, probably when I don’t live near the sea any more.

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The other interesting thing on some beaches in Fife is broken shards of pottery, evidence of the pottery industry which used to go on around here in Victorian times and earlier. I always pick up any bits I see, and the pottery stand/supports too. I think they just chucked anything which was broken in the kilns into the Forth and over the years it gets washed up on to the beaches.

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On our blue sky day walk there was no sign of the seals which often drape themselves over the rocks off Seafield but they were there on our grey day walk, although it was a while before I noticed them because they were unusually quiet, maybe because the sea was rough and noisy.

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So that was Seafield on two different days, walking along the esplanade today was a chancy thing to do as the sea exploded over the sea wall which is in the process of being remodelled and strengthened.

6 thoughts on “Seafield, Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland

  1. You feel about beaches the way I feel about lawns: those big expanses of mown grass are so boring! Nothing to see. I like the variety of shrubs and wildflowers.

    You have so much to look at on your beach. Although some New England beaches are sandy, most are rocky. They have wonderful tide pools, as I’m sure yours must, where you can find all sorts of creatures.

    • Joan,
      I have great difficulty walking on manicured lawns which look like green velvet, I keep expecting someone to yell at me – get off the grass!
      I had a good look at some rock pools but couldn’t see anything, the North Sea ones are always disappointing compared with the west coast where you can see lovely sea anemones and all sorts.

  2. That first shot’s a stunner!! But I like the grey days, too. Especially when I lived on the Atlantic, where the ocean was often kicking up a ruckus when the sky went gray. That said, I admit to running on solar myself. Need sun to survive.

    Never met a beach I didn’t like. But I do love walking barefoot along the “boring” vast-expanse-of-sand beaches, with the warm sand silky underfoot. (Good for balance and the arches, too)

    I can’t imagine walking barefoot on those beaches, beautiful tho they are.

    The cliff reminds me of Broadchurch – can’t believe it took 10 episodes to solve that murder. I had it done by week 2 –even with the time spent translating for Bud (he can’t understand a word David Tennant says!)

    • Pearl,
      Much as I love Tennant, I didn’t watch Broadchurch, I was put off by the subject matter. I know of another US chap who has difficulty with Tennant’s accent. I think it is similar to Billy Connolly’s though and most people can understand Connolly’s ‘polite’ accent. Tennant comes from Paisley, just a bit up the Clyde from Glasgow, and as a ‘son of the manse’ he had a much posher upbringing than Connolly. I think he might speak faster though.
      It’s rare for the sand to be warm enough to walk barefoot on, there are lovely beaches nearby but this one has a coalmine under it (now closed of course) but there are always wee bits of coal amongst the sand, not a good look!

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