Monday, July 21, 2014

North Fife July 20th

Another lovely day, intermittent cloud and sunshine, warm too.

Along the wayside brambles abound promising rich pickings when ripened.
Wild Scabious flower, there are various clusters dotted along my way to and from Newburgh, it's a very attractive flower to nectar and pollen eating insects too.
A few hours later, the sun began to dip below the horizon...the end of another day...mmmmm

Then that was me...zzzzzzzzz

Friday, July 18, 2014

Field Peas North Fife

Today, a very pleasant mainly sunny 20c looking over the River Tay. Behind me is a fantastic growth of peas, acres and acres of them. all in all it promises to be a good year for arable production subject to continuation of clement weather.

A mass of flowers, tendrils and nascent podded peas supporting each other. When I grow peas, support is needed, the growth being taller. Harvesting field peas is very time specific, cropped and podded when young and tender, immediately and frozen. Alternatively left longer until the moisture content is lower.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tayview 13th July

Tayview from Flisk, I love the cloud colours and formation. In the foreground a field of seed potatoes.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

River Tay Sunset July 10th

Sunset over The River Tay North Fife 10th July 10.15pm. A long sunny day of 16 hours sunshine as recorded at Leuchars. Even caught some of it myself transforming my vapid skin tone to a rosy glow.

Earlier in the garden.
Rosebay Willow Herb, a wild flower which is the food plant of the Elephant Hawk Moth, regarded as a weed, I'm happy to have a stand of it for the benefit of the moths.
A lovely plump female Elephant Hawk Moth caught feeding on Valerian flowers and later released.

Monday, July 07, 2014

Sunrise Flisk North Fife July 7th

At this time of the year night time is short. Last night as I lay in bed there were some really beautiful cloud formations and I havered over getting up and recording the spectacle, with regret I remained and fell asleep.
A few hours later I awoke to another wonderful sky, by the time I was clothed and outside it had changed of course but it was fabulous light anyway.

Looking NE the sun rising over Dundee.

 Looking North over The River Tay and exposed sand banks.

Hedge Parsley and Daisies in the morning light, the parsley crawling with beetles feeding on the pollen.
These photographs were taken over 5 minuets at 04.50 ... 0455 BST . I might get up early again as the light though quickly changing has a more interesting quality.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Barley Parkhill Farm North Fife

A field of Barley Parkhill Farm Newburgh North Fife today 5th July. To my eye it looks an exceptionally dense planting, vibrant and healthy. Maybe winter sown. The heads of grain hang down when fully ripe.

16 days later on 20th July ....Ripening.
Fields of wheat and oilseed rape along side the River Tay today. So far it's turning out to be a brilliant year for arable growth, how it will be at harvest time might be another story. Lets wish for the best.

July 4th North Fife

July 4th North Fife. Independence day in America. Meanwhile wars rage in many parts of the world, some the consequence of prior American and British  intervention, millions of people displaced, hundreds of thousands of civilians killed. Massive human suffering caused by geopolitics and religious vying for domination. It is very saddening, what is there to celebrate?

 The moon follows the sun as night follows day. Some things never change.

Hay Bales North Fife

A good crop of quality hay, cut and dried over a few perfect days and now baled at Parkhill Farm Newburgh North Fife

Monday, June 16, 2014

THEBE - IMO 9199696 - Callsign V2OS

THEBE - IMO 9199696 - Callsign V2OS cruising by just off Flisk Point on its way to Perth two days ago. Now it's sea bound heading to the Tay Bridge and beyond at the time of this report.

IMO: 9199696
MMSI: 304011026
Gross Tonnage: 1846 t
Summer DWT: 2500 t
Build: 2000
Home port: SAINT JOHN'S

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Wild Rose flowers North Fife

A drive of 5 miles to Newburgh today, The verges and hedgerows are a wealth of wonderful wild roses. I tend to drive slowly, just taking it all in. Later of course in the Autumn all is speckled with deep red coloured rose hips, a brilliant product for syrup.

Roses and Broom in bloom.

Sheep North Fife

Just 10 Metres from my house is field of sheep, whenever I pop out our eyes meet, I'm thinking mint sauce, I hope they don't pick up on my carnivorous nature.

The Ewes are Romney, offspring...have black faces and legs, must be a cross of some sort.