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  1. Very interested to read your article on Audrey Erskine Lindop. I didn’t realize she wrote “I. start counting” – a favourite read for me when I was a young teenager in the seventies, living in Hertfordshire. Prior to this; I was born and lived ’til I was six years old in Kenya. Our next door neighbour was a sir Erskine who kept ostriches in his garden. He showed me their beautiful big eggs like rugby balls and gave my parents a signed copy of “The singer not the song”

    • Anne Julie Young,
      Thank you for taking the time to comment. I’ve never come across – I start counting. That’s one I’ll have to look out for. It’s a shame that Audrey Erskine Lindop seems to be almost forgotten now as she was really quite a good writer. I wonder how the Sir Erskine was related to her, possibly he was her brother.

  2. Slightly off piste in relation to content of website but I am wanting to say a very sincere thank you to Katrina and Jack for listening to me ramble on today on the beach at Kingsbarns. I really am most grateful to you for your time today and it was super meeting you both. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your walk. With enormous thanks to you for your kindness. Karen Robertson, Largoward, Fife

    • Karen,

      It was lovely to meet you and see your Andrew surfing at Kingsbarns, something I never imagined I would see. We had a good walk, thanks and then had lunch at The Scranhoose and went on to St Andrews – a good day out. Maybe we can meet up again sometime, for a coffee or something.

      Best wishes,
      Katrina Stephen

  3. I’ve just stumbled across your blog and would love to see more. Now living in Pittenweem I am one of a team of volunteers who have taken over our local library since Fife ‘Cultural Trust’ save fit to close it (or seek an ‘alternative delivery model’). The library is now Pittenweem Community Library and Information Centre and has issued over 150 readers’ tickets. More info at:

    • Sam Wade,
      Thanks for dropping by. We were part of the campaign to stop the closure of libraries in Fife – all to no avail of course although I believe the Falkland library is also now community run. Our nearest (Markinch) closed. It seems that readers in Fife are a very low priority for the council. I hope that your Pittenweem Community Library is a success, I would join if we were nearer but we aren’t in that area very often.


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