Monday, October 20, 2008

Potato Harvesting North Fife

Potato Harvesting Pittachope Farm North Fife. There was a time not long ago when potatoes hand picked by squads of women and children toiling in a back breaking way. Now there are squads of machines doing the job very quickly.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Nicholson Court, Cupar to rent

Nicholson Court, Cupar North Fife to rent.
£600 per month
Property Type : Semi-detached
Public Rooms : 1
Bedrooms : 2

Bathrooms : 1
Garden : no
Garage : no
Brand new unfurnished town house providing first class accommodation with modern living facilities and a short walk to town centre. Gas Central Heating & Double Glazing.
Property comprises of Entrance hallway, modern kitchen, open plan dining/lounge, bathroom with shower, 2 double bedrooms, car port with door, utility room and private parking. Available mid November for let.
Contact :

St Andrews Branch
Pagan Osborne Property Services
106 South Street
St Andrews
KY16 9QD

Tel : 01334 468614
Fax : 01334 476322

E-mail :

River Tay Flisk October

River Tay at Flisk North Fife this October, Looking East to Dundee. Today there is rain again. A morning view.

The River Tay looking West to Perthshire.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Echo Project Artist Exchange

North Fife Artists/musicians join The Yomigaeru for a session at the Bear Tavern Newburgh North Fife. The Echo Project Artist Exchange can be seen to be hugely successful.

The Yomigaeru Artist music Band

The Yomigaeru Artist music Band perform at The Bear Tavern Newburgh North Fife.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Blog Action Day North Fife

Today, Blog Action Day in North Fife. The focus by Google is on poverty. We are all impoverished in some way, some more than others. Inequality! A root cause, a cause of so much suffering. Below is a video that points at these inequalities. If only we could all empathise with those without. Mindfulness of where we are, all on one planet, all connected, all in the same queue. Thinking of others this day and everyday could be very positive indeed.

You Have The Power from Alex Berger on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Elie Fife Scotland

Elie Fife Scotland on a cool October Day. A few folk about enjoying the unspoilt beaches and vista across the Firth Of Forth to North Berwick.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Crow Country North Fife

Crow Country North Fife, Just about everywhere is crow country and I am delighted to come across this book. I have had many interactions with these birds in my life, an example earlier posted on this blog. The Prayer Wheels.
A review of this book by "Big Jim" London UK.
Ever since I saw two crows (mother and father I presume) dive-bombing our cats who were near to their young fledgling who was taking his first "flight" from the nest in the tree at the back of our garden, I have been fascinated by their behaviour in particular and by the other crows in the neighbourhood in general. This has proven interesting indeed as the original crows' nest has been used again and again by presumably the same pair, who have raised more babies since the dive bombing incident. Their cawing in the morning has become our dawn chorus and whilst ostensibly a common occurrence, just by paying a bit more interest in these events has increased my enjoyment of our garden.
Now to this book. It is the latest in a recent line of excellent nature based books, which have extolled the hidden beauty of britain and the pleasure to be found in studying the apparently commonplace. This book especially scores because it charts a human journey and joy in an apparently bland landscape and quite frankly just wmakes you want to go out there and see these magnificent birds in action.
This book is shorter than some of it's peers and might have benefitted from some photographs or pictures, but I guess you can get these in any other bird guide so there you go. Crow Country

a lovely book

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Jan Hendry Artist

Jan Hendry Artist North Fife lives in Strathmiglo and has a WASPS studio at the Steeple Arts. Jan is a BA (hons)Fine Art and MA(hons) Geography and combines her knowledge and pursuits in sourcing mineral pigments in Fife for use in her artworks.

Examples of locally found pigments in use.

In total sympathy with Jan's art is this view from the exhibition space at Steeple Arts.

Tel 01337 868990 Mobile 07751 143818 Web

Vasari's lives of artists

An instant success upon publication in the mid-sixteenth century, Giorgio Vasari's Lives of the Artists remains one of the principal resources for study of the art and artists of the Italian Renaissance. Regarded by many as the most influential book on the history of art ever written, the Lives traces the flowering of Italian painting and sculpture over the course of three centuries through colourful and detailed portraits of its most representative figures. This new anthology features eight of the most notable artists from Vasari's immense work: Giotto, Masaccio, Fra Filippo Lippi, Botticelli, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, and Titian. Also included are an introduction, notes, glossary, and woodcut portraits of each artist by Vasari himself.Vasari's Lives of the Artists . Here in north fife there are many artists some of whom work on the fundamental level and find joy in producing medium from locally sourced pigments, for example, Jan Hendry.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Nick Moss Newburgh

Nick Moss Newburgh, North Fife. Owner of the Sun Gallery Newburgh High Street, an accomplished artist in his own right, in his studio space at Steeple Arts, apparently being recognised by John Lennon and Dennis Monk. Another of Nicks many talents can be viewed.
Ladies, he is eligible by the way.

Gordon Stewart Jeweller North Fife

Peering from outside at Gordon Stewart discussing and demonstrating to participants aspects of jewellery design.

A copper lizard being drilled by one of the jewellery workshop participants.

Examples of Gordon's work.

Paul Dodman Artist North Fife

Paul Dodman, Artist with friend in his studio with work in progress. WASPS Exhibition at the Steeple Arts Newburgh North Fife.

Paul can be contacted at 200 High Street, Newburgh, Fife. KY14 6DZ
and at Studio 5, The Steeple. e-mail

Moyra Stewart Ceramics North Fife

Moyra Stewart Ceramics North Fife. Examples Raku ware fired and plunged into shredded paper, a Japanese technique that produces extraordinary metallic colours.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

West Shore Tayport Property to let

West Shore, Inn Street, Tayport North Fife property to let.
£725 per month.
Property Type : Terraced
Public Rooms : 1
Bedrooms : 4
Bathrooms : 4
Garden : yes
Garage : yes
Beautifully presented, furnished property on three floors offering wonderful exclusive views over the River Tay. Double Glazing and Gas Central Heating.
Accommodation comprises:- Entrance vestibule, Entrance hallway, Large lounge/dining room, Fully fitted kitchen, Ground floor WC, 4 Bedrooms, 2 with en-suite shower cubicles, top floor has adaptable balcony area leading to master bedroom, Shore edge rear patio garden, Garage.
Available now for long let.
This property is also for sale.
Pagan Osborne Property Services
Solicitors and Estate Agents
106 South Street
St Andrews
KY16 9QD

Tel : 01334 475151
Fax : 01334 477219

E-mail :
Website :

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Collessie Church North Fife

Collessie Church in North Fife was first consecrated by David de Burnham, Bishop of St Andrews on 39th July 1243 though the site is thought to have been used for worship long before, perhaps since the Bronze Age. The present building was designed by an Edinburgh Architect and opened for worship in 1839. It has changed little since and follows a layout of the times, built on a T plan system with a crenellated and pinnacled tower on the west gable.

In the churchyard can be found the Tomb of the Melville Family a once powerful Earl of the realm.Melville House, which is located at Monimail, 2½ miles (4 km) north of Ladybank, was built in 1697 by James Smith (c.1645 - 1731) for George, 1st Earl Melville, incorporating the 14th Century Monimail Tower. The H-plan house, with its pioneering neo-Palladian facade, was regarded as the finest in Fife and stands testament to Smith's skill as an architect. Some controversy exists as to whether Sir William Bruce (1630 - 1710) was involved in the design, but it is most likely that this was all due to Smith. Following World War II many of the sumptuous furnishings have been removed or sold, for example, the Melville State Bed was given to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 1949. The house has been billet for Polish troops during the war, a boy's school and a home for the handicapped. It is now again a private residence. This information provided by Gazetteer for Scotland.

Stained Glass Collessie North Fife

Stained glass windows flanking the pulpit at Collessie Parish Church North Fife. The left depicts St Andrew as fisherman. "To the Glory of God and in memory of John Duncan late farmer of Cornhill, Catherine Nicol Barclay, his wife and family" On the right, Christ as the Good Shepherd, dedicated to The Glory of God in loving memory of Francis Malcolm Watt of Caulwells, 1859 - 1930 and his wife Alice Kinnear 1865 - 1917.