Around Fife, Scotland

We’re getting ready to go off on holiday for a few weeks, visiting family in the Netherlands and also spending some time in Ypres, Belgium. The scenery is going to be very flat in the Netherlands anyway, we’ve not been to Belgium before.

I’m scheduling some posts and I hope to be able to get online and do some blogging too, but if there are any comments it might take me a bit longer than usual to reply.

Last week we went on a walk in a new direction, around some farmland. There’s a crop coing up in that field despite the fact that massive boulders have just been left strewn around, seems strange to me that they don’t clear them away.

pine trees

It’s just as well we have plenty of conifers around as the deciduous trees haven’t even got a hint of green about them.

pines  trees

It has been such a late spring this year and we’ve had sleet and snow showers over the last couple of days and biting Arctic winds. It’s as if the Snow Queen doesn’t want to give in to spring.

conifers

Country Walk in Kirkcaldy, Fife part 2

So here we are again for part two of that rural walk in Fife and this is another photo of a horse, the one which didn’t come down for a drink but just wanted to see what we were doing. He wasn’t at all impressed with us.

park mill stream horses
Onward and upward! A golf course does bite into the farmland but I try to ignore that fact as there are so many of the flaming blots on the landscape around Fife.
 a country track.
Yet another path which is going to look entirely different within a couple of weeks.
A country path
Some daffodils on the edge of the path.
wild daffodils
Eventually you reach this ruined tower which I think has something to do with the Scott family of Michael Scott fame.
ruined tower
Further on you get this view of the tower and you can see that there are people living right next to it in converted farm buildings.
ruin near Kirkcaldy, Fife.
Looking in another direction you can see a railway viaduct which is still in use and the Firth of Forth beyond it. The hills of North Berwick on the other side of the Forth are visible if you click to enlarge.
furrows and viaduct
This is Jack yomping along amongst the broom which is blooming early this year, some of it has been flowering for weeks. This part of the countryside was a railway track which was closed down in the 1960s when Dr Beeching devastated the British railway system, cutting off many rural areas completely. It later transpired that Beeching had an ulterior motive as he had gained financially from the exploit. Surprise surprise!

path + Jack

A close up of the broom, so called because it was cut and used as brooms in the distant past. Its botanical name is Planta genista and it is what the Plantagenets took their name from as it was their emblem.

broom gorse

As you can see the ground here is very marshy and some of it is flooded despite the fact that it has been really dry recently.
marshland near Kirkcaldy
On the way back home now and I took this photo of the tree shadows on a ploughed field, it looked much better in reality but it’ll be interesting to see the contrast when all the leaves are burgeoning in a few weeks.
Tree shadows
More tree shadows.
Tree shadows

It’s nice to be able to have a walk in the countryside on my doorstep but it has to be said that there’s not much in the way of wildlife. We met four horses, one flying goose, one boxer dog, one rottweiler(scary), we heard one cockerell and said hello to two friendly farm women – and that was it, apart from one very long-dead sheep. It took us two hours and ten minutes to complete the walk and if I sat in my garden for that long I would see hundreds of birds visiting it. The countryside seems to be fairly bereft of birdlife, I suppose there are richer pickings for them in gardens.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed your walk, we went home and made some coffee, so imagine you’re having some coffee/tea and cakes along with us, I wish I could offer you some real ones but at least the virtual ones are calorie free!