Friday 13 April 2012: A Great Day Out!
What a fabulous fun filled day I have had. I travelled down the A9 to meet up with my (now very famous) niece Rosamund at the Loch Leven RSPB reserve. The sun came out and we were able to really enjoy this wonderful place. After we had fortified our self with refreshments in the lovely tearoom - fully equipped with telescopes for bird watching - we strolled along the wetland walk and stopped in each of the bird hides to see what we could see. There was a disappointing number of birds but there were enough to keep us interested. The whole ambience of the place was very welcoming well kept and relaxed. It was lovely to be out in the sunshine in great company with somebody who was also stopping at every opportunity to take photos.
Next stop was the Harbourmaster's house in Dysart near Kirkcaldy. After traveling through the outskirts of Kirkcaldy it was surprising to take a step back in time to visit the harbour that was little changed since it had been hewn out of rock in the 18th century. The Harbourmaster's house has been restored and now houses a great tearoom and historical coastal museum and interpretive centre. We hung out here for a while having lunch, talking camera's and sheltering from the odd hail shower. Our time together was rounded off by a walk round the harbour -including a walk up the stone steps to the Fisherman's walk and back down and through the tunnel carved out of rock as a shortcut to the rest of the town. Here is a portrait of Rosamund taken in the tunnel.People long ago were very industrious cutting harbours out of solid rock, carving tunnels and building immense stone sea defences!
Such a fun day with my wonderful Niece! I then travelled to stay with long time friends John and who live outside Edinburgh. Roma took me to see the Lost garden at Penicuik which is having new breathed into it by Penicuik Food Project - hopefully I will get a future blip of this - an amazing undertaking! Good food followed by a spot of blipping - wonderful to be with old friends.