Saturday, February 26, 2011

Tayview from Flisk North Fife 26th February

Tayview from Flisk North Fife February 26th 2011

The River Tay nearer Newburgh showing the sand banks and Mugdrum Isle.

Friday, February 25, 2011

North Fife 25th February 2011

Larch cones. Although a conifer, the larch is a deciduous tree and loses its leaves in the fall but not the cones it seems.

Pheasant wandering away having seen off another in a fight, oblivious to my presence.

Tayview last night 24th February, the lights of Newburgh aglow. A pleasure to see a sunset again and some sky.

Trout Fishery Bridge of Earn, no longer viable due to Wild Beavers felling the trees around the waters edge. A picture for Sam.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Tayview February 24th 2011

Tayview February 24th. At last the sun has shown itself, it's been a long time coming and not before time. The temperature was in double figures, bees fly at 9 centigrade and will have been out from the hives for the first time since the autumn usually to defecate, not a good time to hang out washing near hives, by the way.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Lindores North Fife 23rd February

Lindores 23rd February. One of three horses that graze this roadside field, a view I've meant to record many times before.

The same pool reflecting an incongruous brick shed. In drier times there is no water present.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Mountquhanie north Fife 2011

Another murky dreich day for this north fife view. Behind me is Black Craig and we are looking across the lands of Mountquhanie and Drumnod wood. This is good walking country with many wee hills to top and get excellent views. Mountquhanie rents many cottages for holiday makers.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

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Saturday, February 19, 2011

Tayview MV CEG Cosmos

A calm River Tay, like a millpond reflecting MV CEG Cosmos.

Today: CEG Cosmos flowing with the tide upstream on The River Tay off Flisk Point, having waited off St Andrews for the turn, a pilot was probably picked up there or in Dundee on route from Hanstholm, North West Denmark to Perth, Scotland. The River Tay has many shifting sand banks and indeed I have seen ships become grounded at Newburgh. In spite of new navigation beacons, Pilots are needed.
On june 12th 2007 Lüddeke ReedereiAgentur GmbH took over the correspondent ownership of MV "CEG COSMOS" a new purchase of Messrs CEG, Hamburg. The vessel is employed to trade in the Continent/Baltic/Mediterranean range primarily for the transport of general cargoes.
Dwat:1.300 mt DWAT
Dwcc:about 1.250 mt dwcc summer / 1.200 mt dwcc winter
Built:06/1983 Husumer Schiffswerft, Germany
Type:boxshaped singledecker
Loa / Beam:63,17m / 11,32m
Holds/Hatches:1 Hold / Hatch 37,1m x 9m x 5,9m
Perth Docks are relatively tiny and can only provide space for two vessels of this size. Grain, Coal, Fertilizers, Timber, Chemicals seem to be the main imports.
In the past Newburgh was the main transfer place from large ships to small for onward shipment to Perth. Newburgh was also a place of export of locally quarried minerals.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Tayview February 17th 2011

Tayview February 17th 2011. A real dreich day 98% humidity and not a lot to see.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Scott Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

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On board the Discovery the laboratory used by Ponting for photographic chemicals.

The niche next to the darkroom below decks on the RRS Discovery.

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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Earnest Shackleton Discovery

Today is Earnest Shackleton's birthday, I was minded of this by Google doodle, so I visited the Ship moored in Dundee just 14 miles from my home. It was cold but nothing like the conditions the explorers endured over 100 years ago.

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton, CVO, OBE (15 February 1874 – 5 January 1922) was an Anglo-Irish explorer who was one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. His first experience of the polar regions was as third officer on Captain Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition, 1901–04, from which he was sent home early on health grounds. Determined to make amends for this perceived personal failure, he returned to Antarctica in 1907 as leader of the Nimrod Expedition. In January 1909 he and three companions made a southern march which established a record Farthest South latitude at 88°23'S, 97 geographical miles (114 statute miles, 190 km) from the South Pole, by far the closest convergence in exploration history up to that time. For this achievement, Shackleton was knighted by King Edward VII on his return home.

After the race to the South Pole ended in 1912 with Roald Amundsen's conquest, Shackleton turned his attention to what he said was the one remaining great object of Antarctic journeying–the crossing of the continent from sea to sea, via the pole. To this end he made preparations for what became the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914–17. Disaster struck this expedition when its ship, Endurance, was trapped in pack ice and slowly crushed, before the shore parties could be landed. There followed a sequence of exploits, and an ultimate escape with no lives lost, that would eventually assure Shackleton's heroic status, although this was not immediately evident.[1] In 1921 he went back to the Antarctic with the Shackleton-Rowett Expedition, intending to carry out a programme of scientific and survey activities. Before the expedition could begin this work Shackleton died of a heart attack while his ship, Quest, was moored in South Georgia. At his wife's request he was buried there.

RSS Discovery permanently docked on the riverside in Dundee, City of Discovery.

This Shackleton's cabin off the officers dining room, next to Captain Scott's cabin. Incidentally this dining room can be hired for functions, seating a maximum of 14, twelve preferred and a minimum of 10.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Sunday, February 06, 2011

Tayview 6th February 2011

Tayview 6th February 2011, a dreich misty day.

This part of a huge stand of Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae Rhamnoides)near the roadside between Aberargie and Bridge of Earn. Weather bleached and reduced in quantity by birds. Surprisingly nobody seems to harvest them given the health benefits.
Sea-buckthorn berries are edible and nutritious, though very acidic (astringent) and oily, unpleasant to eat raw, unless 'bletted' (frosted to reduce the astringency) and/or mixed as a juice with sweeter substances such as apple or grape juice.

When the berries are pressed, the resulting sea-buckthorn juice separates into three layers: on top is a thick, orange cream; in the middle, a layer containing sea-buckthorn's characteristic high content of saturated and polyunsaturated fats; and the bottom layer is sediment and juice containing fat sources applicable for cosmetic purposes, the upper two layers can be processed for skin creams and liniments, whereas the bottom layer can be used for edible products like syrup.

Nutrient and phytochemical constituents of sea-buckthorn berries have potential value to affect inflammatory disorders, cancer or other diseases, although no specific health benefits have yet been proven by clinical research in humans.

The fruit of the plant has a high vitamin C content—in a range of 114 to 1550 mg per 100 grams with an average content (695 mg per 100 grams) about 15 times greater than oranges (45 mg per 100 grams)— placing sea-buckthorn fruit among the most enriched plant sources of vitamin C. The fruit also contains dense contents of carotenoids, vitamin E, amino acids, dietary minerals, β-sitosterol and polyphenols. Flavonols were found to be the predominating polyphenols while phenolic acids and catechins represent minor components. Of the seven flavonols identified, isorhamnetin 3-O-glycosides were the most important representatives quantitatively.

Well frozen this winter. Easier to pick though it's never comfortable given the thorns.

Sea Buckthorn at the same site in September.

Saturday, February 05, 2011

Motorcar Mishap North Fife

Motorcar mishap, a moments inattention and oops over we go. The occupant was unhurt. Yesterday at Flisk North Fife.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Ploughing North Fife

Ploughing the furrow, all over North Fife the tractors are out turning the soil in readiness for spring sowing, conditions were such that winter sowing never took place so the pressure is on.

Gulls at the furrows, more and more sea birds follow the plough, not just here but just about anywhere in the UK, in the cities it will be the garbage disposal sites. It's maybe a reflection of the decline of seafoods.

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Chamgo Kenting Tai Situpa.

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