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Shore Coal

Many Fife coastlines bear the marks of past coal mining. A ribbon of coal particles can be found on Kirkcaldy and Burntisland beaches, whether washed there from mines or eroded from rocks I don’t know..

At Lower Largo the deposits are larger. Here are some seen through the shore barrier.

And these are lumps.

The industrial landscape of Methil can be seen from Lower Largo beach, wind turbines, oil rigs and all.

Stark’s Park, Kirkcaldy (iii)

Yes, I know I’ve done this one twice before but on Saturday last we Sons fans had a new angle on the ground from the Railway Stand:-

Main and South Stands:-

The North Stand – named for local author and avid Rover Val McDermid. (It takes all sorts I suppose):-

This Year’s Brood

After our move to pastures new on April 4th the good lady and I finally made it back for a look at Beveridge Park in Kirkcaldy on June 1st.

The swans look to have four cygnets this year. (They may have had more and lost some but it was almost two months since we’d been at the park so wouldn’t know about that.)

Merchandise at Kirkcaldy Library

For about a year or so – perhaps more – the shop at Kirkcaldy Library has had for sale items designed by locally based artist Susan McGill. The last time I was there I took this photo:-

Unlikely Stories Mostly cover
The Book of Prefaces Cover

To me the designs above are very reminiscent of those of Alasdair Gray. (See left and right.)
The McGill merchandise includes greetings cards, dish towels and trays. The writing on the tray says, “The Human Race may be a’richt, but this intae yer lug. The mair I see o’ some folks the mair I like ma dug,” or, in plain English, “The Human Race may be all right, but this into your ear. The more I see of some people the more I like my dog.” One of her greetings cards displays a side-on picture of a black and white dog with the second of her two sentences as the caption. A close-up on the tray is below.

The Mair I Like Ma Dug

Prom Once More

Access is now cut off to the whole of the prom. These two photos are from early March showing more drilling out of the old sea wall and the stumps of the metal supporting struts that strengthened it. Not to mention a demolished lamp standard.

Latest from Kirkcaldy Promenade

Latest phase of work. Drilling out the old wall on the north part of the Prom. Taken 19/2/14.

This second one was today. Top mostly drilled out.

Promenade Latest

This is the result of the drilling through the concrete groyne I posted about on 10/12/13. They drilled through two of the groynes, presumably to allow JCB/lorry access all the way along the beach. There doesn’t seem to have been much more work done in January since I took this on Jan 6th.

Oil Rig in Firth of Forth

The rig has been off Kirkcaldy for about a week now. I can’t find out anything about it on the net beyond its presence.

Does anybody know if there’s an oil rig location website similar to ais.com, which is for ships?

Two Herons

Two herons at the edge of the island in the pond of Beveridge Park, Kirkcaldy. I’ve only ever seen one of them at the one time before.

There were curlews in the park too. They’re not there as often as oystercatchers, though. There must be a lot of food for them. Taken from distance to avoid disturbing them.

Rock Moving, Kirkcaldy Promenade

I haven’t posted any photos of the works at Kirkcaldy Prom recently. Either the wind has been too high and we didn’t fancy a walk along the prom or the tide has been in when we’ve been down there.

These are from about a month ago when they were moving rocks along the sea front.

Truck moving north along sea shore.

Returning truck with bow-wave.

Depositing load.

View of works.

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