Tuesday, August 28, 2007

North Fife Scottish Poet

Harvey Holton, Scottish Poet lives in North Fife just 3+ miles as the corbie flies from my home at Flisk. Harvey writes in Scots which at first seems a wee bit odd but as was explained to me, if said as read then the sense becomes self evident.


Hear the beauty o sang owre wave wash
Puuin the soul safe through the seas
Tae pound oan rock raised bi wuid splinter
Fer frae saft safely leavin ainly daiths ease
Sing noo the sirens sair in city streets
Sigh o the times quick passed pavements pass
Blue licht flashin fower wheels breengein
Noo life savers wurkin haurd daith tae ootclass
Blind reactions workin hidein still an unner class
Bomb blasts in a city street in a first world
Bluid an ile dreep fre weapon stock haun held
Bluids frae the same sailors lug an hert
The ain sang the cauld sang a cauld weld
O the contracts shiftin bield tae the streets sang
Winde the wailin machine mak the noise noo
Attentions fur tae attract the lug tae abstract
Tae whaur the bunkers are the safe bits an that’s true
Listen listen the sang is singin fur you


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Monday, August 27, 2007

North Fife Fruit Preserves

I have no hesitation in promoting this publication. More and more there is a trend to home produce quality preserves as an alternative to commercial pap, North Fife has many suppliers of locally organically grown foodstuffs and long may it continue.
PRESERVE Author: Nick Sandler, Johnny Acton
'A stupendous book.'

'One of the best books we've seen this year.'
Time Out

Why preserve? Because preserving makes food taste great, is cheaper than shop-bought versions and ultimately because it is addictive - once you begin, you will soon discover a reluctance to return to inferior, mass-produced food.

Preserved is a panoramic introduction to a world that will consume and seduce you. It shows you how to dry meat and herbs, salt fish and cure ham; how to build a smokehouse and smoke your own salmon; how to make sausages, pickle eggs, bottle fruit and much, much more. Accompanying the techniques are over 60 recipes to help you bring out the best in your damson jam, home-made chorizo and smoked oysters.

There are also entertaining tales about the history of preserving, including the story of the American World War II pilots who made ice cream by tying cartons of the mixture to the tails of their planes. Preserving is like alchemy. It is about transforming food. Creating individual food that you will enjoy not only because it tastes so good, but because you have crafted it, tailored it to your own palate and then waited for it. But above all, preserving is fun.

North Fife Fruit Jam

Fruits wild and cultivated are in profusion this year in north fife. The weather was particularly warm at blossom time and we can now reap the benefits.
If you have a taste for fruit jam preserves, then have a shot at this recipe, you will love it. Enjoy.

North Fife Fruit Jam.

1 Kilo of Plums, halved and stoned,
500 grams Strawberries, halved,
500 grams of Pears, diced,
2 Kilos of preserving sugar (contains Pectin),
1 cinnamon stick.

Soak fruit overnight with sugar and cinnamon stick. Next day bring to a rapid boil and continue for at least 3 minutes or until setting point is reached. Remove cinnamon stick before putting into sterile jars.
A tip: Screw lids on straight away and place upside down to cool. There is no need for paper covers, a partial vacuum is formed and the jam will be mould free.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Battle for the North

Looking from North Fife on the collapsed Tay Rail Bridge.

Battle for the North.
The first Tay Bridge collapsed into the sea in 1879 only 18 months after it had opened, drowning 72 people travelling by train from North fife to Dundee. Shock reverberated through Britain, and the public demanded answers. The bridge had been hailed as a triumph of construction, and its fall shook society's confidence in the excellence of Victorian engineering.

This epic tale of engineering follows the rise and fall of the career of engineer Thomas Bouch, ostracised from the engineering community when his bridge crashed into the Tay estuary. Over four decades, a fierce and dirty railway war drove forward the construction of the two largest railway bridges in the world, symbols of a modernising Scotland.

Charles McKean offers new conclusions about why the first Tay Bridge collapsed and tells how the Forth and Tay bridges eventually became reality. He follows the railway battle for Scotland from 1845 – 95 and the people it involved: from the Victorian entrepreneurs, poets, journalists, lawyers, town councils; to the engineers, briggers, excavators and rivet boys; to the pioneering and inventive contractor William Arrol – who constructed the bridges that stand today. Meticulously researched and vividly told, Battle for the North explores the complicated reality underlying the Victorian pursuit of progress

Saturday, August 25, 2007

North Fife Fruit Newburgh

Newbugh north fife has long been famous for its fruit trees particularly for plums. Orchards have existed there from the time of Lindores Abbey over 700 years ago. Today I availed myself of plums which this year have been very prolific due to the ideal conditions at blossom time.
To my surprise and very unusually a young wood pigeon was not at all bothered by my presence as it roosted in an adjacent fruit tree.

North Fife New Housing Parkhill Newburgh

Work is well under way in converting Parkhill Farm steadings into new housing. The site is being developed by Unicorn Property Group.

A veiw of the progess from across the millpond.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Lochmill North Fife

Just one aspect of a very lovely walk around Lochmill which eventually leads into Pitmedden Forest further west. Of the insects encountered at this time will be butterflies, Dragonflies and yes midges but fortunately they are few.

Broom shrub, I particularly liked the thrusting growth of this example along the way around Lochmill.

Lochmill North Fife

One of the many wild flowers (lychnis Alba) found along the way around Lochmill.

This year the blossom on all trees and shrubs was magnificent these are the seeds of the Common Ash Tree.

Cairnie, North Fife Scotland, Self Catering Accommodation.

Our holiday cottage, South Tower, sits in the grounds of Cairnie Fruit Farm,North Fife, Scotland. It was developed some years ago from agricultural steadings and the tower stills stands over the buildings. Evidence of the original, wide cart opening can be seen in the stylish feature window in the lounge area. The timber-floored, open plan lounge, with open fire, dining area and country-style kitchen, provide a warm heart to our cottage.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Lochmill North Fife.

Tonight I became a member of Newburgh Community Trust, the main aim of which is to improve and regenerate Newburgh North Fife for the good of the Townsfolk and others. A business plan has been put to the Scottish Executive covering proposals for the short, medium and long term. Apart from the Waterfront of the River Tay it is intended that Lochmill be purchased as an amenity for the community. I will be involved with this aspect and I'm sure there will many posts following on this blog. It can be seen that Lochmill is a very beautiful, enchanting gem of Newburgh in North Fife.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

North Fife Bed and Breakfast

Anyone who wishes to explore the richness of north fife would find this bed and breakfast accommodation a good choice.

North Fife Auchtermuchty house for sale

A delightful 5 bedroomed house for sale Auchtermuchty, North Fife.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Harvey Holton North Fife

In this house at Corbie Hill North Fife ( hill of the crows ) lives Harvey Holton one of Scotlands better poets. Harvey writes mainly in Scots and next week you can meet him and maybe hear a poem.

The River Tay from North Fife

Every day in north fife I see the river Tay, each day it is different and this is one of them. You will maybe appreciate why I love to live here.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Newburgh Waterfront North Fife

Newburgh Waterfront North Fife. As a symbolic act of renewal a boat was burned to clear the site of unwanted clutter in a start by Newburgh Community Trust to assert itself. Newburgh Fire Brigade were in attendance to assist in the combustion. ( often thought that fire fighters are closet arsonists ). From the ashes a Phoenix arises. The legend of the Phoenix has been around for centuries. There are a few variations, but the basic idea is this: The Phoenix is a supernatural creature, living for 1000 years. Once that time is over, it builds its own funeral pyre, and throws itself into the flames. As it dies, it is reborn anew, and rises from the ashes to live another 1000 years. Alternatively, it lays an egg in the burning coals of the fire which hatches into a new Phoenix, and the life cycle repeats. Basically regeneration. A meeting is to be held in The Tayside Institute, Newburgh 22nd August 07 at 7-30 pm To move matters forward. Feel free to attend.
The Ashes.

North East Fife MP at Newburgh Boat Races North Fife

Menzies ('Ming') Campbell CBE QC MP, Cllr. Andrew D Arbuckle for Howe of Fife and Tay Coast, and Jo Rogers take a brief respite from the rainy conditions to enjoy light refreshment at the Newburgh Coble Boat Races on the River Tay North Fife.

Newburgh Boat Race Spectators await the next race in North Fife.

River Tay North Fife

Finalists return to Robertson Pier after a close race in gruelling conditions on the River Tay in North Fife.

The winners of the fastest heat receive the Tam Ross Memorial Trophy.

Sluggish in North Fife

This frequent visitor to my doorstep reminds me of how I feel sometimes at home in north fife.

Falkland Palace Mary Queen of Scots Weekend

A celebration of the life and times of Mary Queen of Scots, intended to give you a taste of life as a 16th century Royal at Falkland Palace, North Fife. With falconry, traditional dance and music, food and games.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

River Tay North Fife

In spite of the rain Newburgh people enjoy the annual boat races event on the river Tay North Fife.

River Tay Event Newburgh North Fife

Today though very dreich, the annual boat races took place in Newburgh North Fife, it was lashing with rain off the East. Brrrrrur.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Butterflies North Fife

Here at Flisk North Fife on sunny days Peacock Butterflies abound at the moment, very much on the increase over previous years.
Covering the whole of Europe and North Africa, written by one of Europe's leading lepidopterists, and illustrated by one of the world's leading butterfly illustrators, this superb field guide is the perfect reference for those wanting to discover more about butterflies themselves. In all 440 species are covered, with each species fully illustrated with paintings of the male, female and all major forms, varieties and sub-species. Distribution maps accompany every widespread species and all the information for the book has been researched from original sources. The text covers all taxonomic nomenclature, distribution, flight period and variation, life cycle, food plants, conservation and uniquely, habitat and behaviour. An essential guide.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Clan Macpherson Rally Newtonmore

The Scottish Branch Chairman of the Clan Macphereson lives in Newburgh North Fife and can be contacted at ......

Normans Law North Fife

Normans Law reaches a height of 285 metres offering splendid panoramic views of North Fife.

Norman's Law is a prominent hill at the very eastern end of the Ochil Fault in North Fife. It sits above the south bank of the River Tay around four miles north west of Cupar.

Around the summit cairn of Norman's Law are the remains of an Iron Age hill fort and settlement, owing to the hill's commanding views over the surrounding countryside and the defensive advantage provided by the steep slopes surrounding the summit.

The summit of Norman's Law is easily accessible and provides extensive views of Central Scotland, the Southern Highlands and the Grampian Mountains. On a clear day one can see as far as Lochnagar to the north, Ben More (Crianlarich) to the west and the Moorfoot Hills in the south.

The Norman's Law hill race is held annually by Fife AC and begins at the nearby village of Luthrie.

Lindores Loch North Fife

Lindores Loch Fishing Competition
Sunday 4th November 2007
Lindores Loch, Fife.
Take part in the Annual Lindores Fishing competition and help people affected by cancer in Fife. Andy Mitchell runs this competition on this beautiful setting in Fife. There will be a barbecue to follow the main event with some fantastic prizes on offer for the various categories. The event may continue until Sunday 5th if numbers are sufficient. Usually around 40 fishermen take part from all over so book your place now. To avoid disappointment call Bob 08450 61 77 61 or email bob on bfowler@macmillan.org.uk
At any other time click here for terms.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Scottish Mountain Fowers

These Plants abound in Scotland, these examples are in Perthshire not very far from North Fife.There are many kinds of grasses, mosses and flowers in what seems fairly barren hillsides at first glance and then on inspection the rich diversity pokes one in the eye.

Auchtermuchty Festival North Fife

Auchtermuchty Festival North Fife folk line up waiting for the band and announcements of the winner of the silly hats competition.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Auchtermuchty Festival North Fife

Participants of the silly hats competition at Auchtermuchty North Fife summer Festival, one of the many eclectic events that takes place each year.

Auchtermuchty Festival North Fife

Auchtermuchty (Gaelic: Uachdar Mucadaidh - English interpretation: "Field of Boars") is a town in Fife, Scotland, situated beside Pitlour Hill nine miles north of Glenrothes. Until 1975 it was a royal burgh, established under charter of King James V in 1517. There is evidence of human habitation in the area dating back over 2,000 years, and the Romans are known to have established a camp in the southeast corner of the town. In the past, the linen industry was a major source of work in the town, but in the early 18th century the firm of John White was established, bringing the town its first foundry (there were two eventually). There was even a distillery in operation from 1829 to 1929, when Prohibition in the U.S.A. led to its closure. The town nowadays is a quiet but thriving community, situated in the Scottish countryside, where there are several local recreational footpaths. There is a modest range of local industry, but most people of working age travel outwith the town for employment. The population of Auchtermuchty at the 2001 Census was 2,010.
This year is the 25th anniversary of the Music Festival.

The town was used as the location for Tannochbrae in the 1990s TV series Dr Finlay's Casebook.

People begin to enjoy, grab the moment and become.

Auchtermuchty Festival North Fife

The spectators and participants gather, mingle and chat.
Then we enjoy.

Auchtermuchty Festival Traditional dancing.

Scottish Folk Music North Fife

Here in the Cycle Pub, musicians gather to enjoy.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

The River Dee Braemar Perthshire Scotland

Fife Arms
Historically the village is situated in the upper end of the historical Earldom of Mar or literally the Braes o' Mar – Wyness (1968). In Scottish Gaelic, Bràigh Mhàrr (upland of Mar – Watson (1975)) referred to the general locality rather than the village itself. The use of Braemar to specifically refer to the village dates from around 1870 Wyness (1968). Before then two independent hamlets existed on the banks of the Clunie Water named – on the West bank – Auchendryne, and – on the East bank – Castleton the name referring to Kindrochit Castle rather than Braemar Castle Wyness (1968).

The ruin of Kindrochit Castle is on the East bank of the Clunie Water slightly upriver from the bridge in Braemar. The name Kindrochit (bridge end – Watson (1975)) is the source of the name Castleton being (Bail Chasteil – Watson (1975)).

The names Auchendryne and Castleton are still clearly marked on the current Ordnance Survey maps below the larger and bolder Braemar.

Into the 20th century the village was more-or-less completely owned and divided by the adjoining estates of Mar – Auchendryne, and Invercauld – Castleton. To some extent the inter-estate rivalry lead to the building of the Fife Arms Hotel in Auchendryne, and the Invercauld Arms Hotel in Castleton. Interestingly – the Invercauld Arms was built over the mound where John "Bobin' Jock" Erskine, 6th Earl of Mar raised the Jacobite standard in 1715 Wyness (1968).
Auchindryne (to use the spelling from Wyness (1968)) from ach' an droighinn – field of the thorn belonged to a branch of the Farquharsons until it was forfeited in the aftermath of the Jacobite Rising of 1745. Later that century is was acquired by William Duff, 1st Earl Fife.
In 1795 a Roman Catholic chapel was built on the high-ground to the west of Auchendryne giving the name to Chapel Brae which, according to Wyness (1968), was being used as a school.
About 1870 Auchendryne and Castleton amagamated to become Braemar.
The River Dee rushes past the Fife Arms Hotel Braemar in the Scottish Highlands.

River Lochart at Killin

The River Dochart flows into Loch Tay. The River Tay emerges at Kenmore thence to the sea bordering North Fife where the waters are tidal and sea weeds can be found as far inland as Newburgh.

Linn of Dee Highland Scotland

Verdant view of Temperate Rain Forest at Linn of Dee.
At Linn of Dee the river passes through a 300 metre natural rock gorge. Between there and Braemar, Lui Water (formed by Luibeg and Derry Burns) and Quoich Water join the growing River Dee. Clunie Water and Callater Burn join together and flow into the Dee at Braemar.

St Monans Fife

St Monans church is situated within its kirkyard just to the west of the village on the very edge of the sea. It is indeed said to be the church nearest the sea in the whole of Scotland. The church, one of the finest remaining from the Middle Ages in Scotland, was built by King David II Bruce (1329-71), initially for a small house of Dominican friars. It later became the Church of Scotland parish church. Though the church may never have been finished (it lacks a nave), it has many features of architectural interest, notably the fine stone vaulting in the choir and the simple but handsome sedilia. White-washed throughout internally, the church is particularly light and attractive among ancient Scottish churches.
Major restoration to the windows and masonry was completed in March 2007. The church is open to visitors daily from April - October.
St Monans Parish Church is linked with Largoward Parish Church. The current minister of both parish churches is the Revd Dr Donald MacEwan.

Scottish Youth Orchestra St Andrews North Fife

A pleasant surprise to find such quality musicianship on a wander through St Andrews in North Fife.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Understanding the Nature of Mind

I happily display this video and hope very much that people, particularly the Lewis family from California who I recently enjoyed to be with as we had touched upon this very subject, find the time to listen, this talk, as given to Google staff.
If happiness is an inner state, influenced by external conditions but not dependent on all of them, how can we achieve it? Ricard will examine the inner and outer factors that increase or diminish our sense of well-being, dissect the underlying mechanisms of happiness, and lead us to a way of looking at the mind itself based on his book, Happiness: A Guide to Life's Most Important Skill and from the research in neuroscience on the effect of mind-training on the brain. Although we are materially better off than ever before, surveys show that we are depressed and listless. In his revolutionary book,
Matthieu Ricard, shows that happiness is not just an emotion, but a skill that can be developed. Free of mumbo jumbo, Happiness contains 20-minute exercises to train the mind to recognise and pursue happiness by concentrating on life's fundamentals.

Speaker Bio: Matthieu Ricard, a gifted scientist turned Buddhist monk, is a best selling author, translator, and photographer. He has lived and studied in the Himalayas for the last 35 years where he currently works on humanitarian projects. He is an active participant in the current scientific research on meditation and the brain.

Auchtermuchty North Fife

Auchtermuchty, Scottish Pipeband led community Parade on a dreich day. Home of Jimmy Shand, Tannoch Brae and the biggest Traditional Scottish Folk Music Festival.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

British Plant Communities, Mires and Heaths

Scottish Heather Perthshire
British Plant Communities is the first systematic and comprehensive account of the vegetation types of this country. It covers all natural, semi-natural and major artificial habitats in Great Britain (but not Northern Ireland), representing the fruits of fifteen years of research by leading plant ecologists. The book breaks new ground in wedding the rigorous interest in the classification of plant communities that has characterized Continental phytosociology with the deep concern traditional in Great Britain to understand how vegetation works. The published volumes have been greeted with universal acclaim, and the series has become firmly established as a framework for a wide variety of teaching, research and management activities in ecology, conservation and land-use planning.

Falls of Dochart Killin Perthshire

Falls of Dochart Killin Perthshire

The Falls of Dochart Killin Perthshire present a spectacular and energetic rush of peat stained Highland water guttering through the town to Loch Tay. Thence into the River Tay bordering North Fife to the North Sea.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Post Office and Tearoom Glenlyon Perthshire

What a wonderful find. This establishment is run by Mike and Jan Hay, assistants, Lee Currie, Sheena Webster and Pauline Elliot. I had Curry Soup with a roll and coffee, Brilliant, Mike cooks the savoury and Jan is the sweetie maker of pastries and deserts. Excellent value and quality, well worth a visit should you happen this way. Open from 10am - 5pm, Closed all day, Wednesday and Thursday but you never know, play your cards right, they can be contacted on 01887866221.

Highland Perthshire

On the road to Glenlyon Perthshire.