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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.