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Fife Folk Museum, Ceres

The reason we visited Ceres in September last year was to take a look at the Fife Folk Museum.

Entrance as seen from bridge over the Ceres Burn:-

Forecourt, Fife Folk Museum, Ceres

Inside the museum there is a small section devoted to crime and punishment, including an old prison cell:-

Cell, Fife Folk Museum

Beside this are two notices relating to trials and punishment:-

Fife Folk Museum Notices

This second one mentions jougs, a kind of stocks:-

Notice, Fife Folk Museum, Ceres

On the outside wall at the other side of the building to the entrance is an old doorway beside which is an example of a joug:-

Doorway and Jougs, Fife Folk Museum, Ceres

The carved motto above the door reads, “God bless the just.”:-

Fife Folk Museum Lintel, Doorway and Jougs

Bridges, Ceres, Fife

Bridge over the Ceres Burn from grounds of Fife Folk Museum:-

Bridge at Ceres

Reverse angle:-

Bridge Over Ceres Burn, Ceres, Fife

This bridge carries the main road (B939) through the village over the Ceres Burn:-

Ceres, Fife, Bridge over Ceres Burn

Castlegate Street, Ceres:-

Castlegate Street in Ceres, Fife

Falkland Palace Gardens

See my Falkland Palace post here.

The gardens are very well kept. I believe they try to make them as much like they were back in the days of the Stuarts as they can. You can easily imagine Mary, Queen of Scots wandering about under the trees.

Trees in garden:-

Falkland Palace Gardens , Fife, Scotland

Falkland Palace Gardens, Fife, Scotland

Palace from garden:-

Falkland Palace Gardens, Fife, Scotland

Steps in Falkland Palace gardens:-

Steps in Falkland Palace Gardens

View from steps to gallery and tower:-

Falkland Palace Steps, Fife, Scotland

Gate to orchard:-

Falkland Palace Gate, Fife, Scotland

Bridge in orchard:-

Bridge, Falkland Palace Orchard

Floods at Balbirnie Park, August 2020

Last August there was severe flooding in Balbirnie Park. The Back Burn even overflowed by Balbirnie Golf Club’s eighteenth green, probably due to that tree trunk stuck at the bridge. Part of the revetments had been washed away:-

Floods, Balbirnie Golf Course, August 2020

Floods at Bridge, Balbirnie Golf Club

Between Golf Club’s clubhouse and Balbirnie House Hotel the road was flooded:-

Floods, Balbirnie Park

The area just at Balbirnie House (and Hotel) which had flooded in February 2020 did so again:-

Balbirnie Park Floods August 2020

Floods Balbirnie Park, August 2020

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

During that brief time when lockdown was lifted last year we were able to go to Edinburgh and visit the Royal Botanic Garden there, using a pre-booked and timed ticket.

As she’s keen on gardening and gardens it’s one of the good lady’s favourite places.

Planting by hothouses:-

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

Monkey puzzle trees (araucaria):-

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

Path with acer:-

Edinburgh Botanics Gardens, Acer

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, Scotland

“New Zealand ” section:-

"New Zealand" Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

Path in Botanic Garden:-

Path in Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

Bridge over burn:-

Edinburgh Botanic Gardens, Scotland

Waterfall from bridge:-

Waterfall in Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

Waterfall video:-

Waterfall in Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

Burn from bridge:-

Burn in Edinburgh Botanic Gardens

The gardens are worth a visit at any time of year.

The Barrel Brig

Abut a year ago we decided to take a walk to try to find the Barrel Brig, an old bridge over the River Ore in Fife. It had been featured in a calendar we had of local scenes but we’d never seen it.

It’s not on the beaten track and we had to walk quite a distance from where we parked in Coaltown of Balgonie. The start of the path has a view over to Balgonie Castle (on the left of this photo):-

Balgonie Castle, Fife, Scotland

It turned out to be a longer walk than we had expected along muddy roads/paths and over a disused railway line before finally seeing the River:-

River  Ore, Fife

It was still a couple of hundred metres or so before we saw the brig itself:-

Barrel Brig Over River Ore, Fife

The path curves round to the brig:-

Curved Path to Barrel Brig, Fife

You can see it’s not a modern thoroughfare:-

Approach to Barrel Brig

Before taking that shot I did scout down to the bank to grab this photo:-

Barrel Brig

We then strolled across the (unparapeted) bridge to get the opposite angle:-

Barrel Brig, River Ore, Fife

On the way back to the car I took this shot over the fields to Largo Law in the distance:-

Looking to Largo Law, Fife

Forth Bridges, Dunfermline Palace and Dunfermline Abbey from Pittencreiff Park, Dunfermline

It’s mostly the Queensferry Crossing, not the two older bridges, you can see in this photo. (The white sail-shaped objects in the distance are the bridge’s cable stays.)

Forth Bridges from Pittencreiff Park Dunfermline

Looking the other way from the garden area there is a view of and Dunfermline Abbey and, to the left, the remains of Dunfermline Palace:-

Dunfermline Palace and garden from Pittencreiff Park

Dunfermline Palace:-

Dunfermline Palace and Abbey

Perth, North Inch, Perthshire Volunteers Memorial

Another memorial on Perth’s North Inch (see previous posts.)

Memorial to the 90th Light Infantry, which was raised in 1794:-

Perthshire Volunteers Memorial, North Inch

The memorial was erected in 1883:-

Perhshire Volunteers Memorial

Perhshire Volunteers Memorial on North Inch, Perth

Perth Bridge behind:-

Perth, Perthshire Volunteers Memorial

North Inch, Perth

An old joke has it that Perth is the smallest town in Scotland because it only has two inches. The North and South Inches are of course green spaces used for recreational purposes. They both border the River Tay.

We used to park regularly in the South Inch car park when we visited Perth. Nowadays we tend to use elsewhere.

As a result we one day strolled around the south part of the North Inch. A wall separates it from the river and on that wall is a plaque commemorating the men of Perth Co-operative Society who lost their lives in the two World Wars. It is inscribed, “1914 – 1919. To the lasting memory of the employees of the City of Perth Co-operative Society Ltd who fell in the Great War,” plus, “Also in grateful remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives in the Second World War 1939 – 1945,” and, “Their name liveth for evermore.”

Perth Co-operative War Memorial

From it there is this view of the river and Perth Bridge:-

River Tay and Perth Bridge

Perth Bridge:-

Perth Bridge and River Tay from North Inch

On the same visit we popped into Perth Museum and Art Gallery. Among many other exhibits they have this old Pictish stone found at St Madoes/Inchyra in the Carse of Gowrie, Perth and Kinross.

St Madoes Pictish Stone

Ironbridge Again

In 2018 we visited Ironbridge, site of the eponymous iron structure. Unfortunately at that time the bridge was being refurbished and swathed in plastic. Last year on our way further south from Gladstone’s Library at Hawarden we returned. Lo and behold the bridge was revealed in all its splendour. A delightful sight.

The iron bridge at Ironbridge (Ironbridge War Memorial to right; see first link above):-

Ironbridge, Bridge

Closer view:-

The Bridge at Ironbridge

Reverse view of bridge:-

The Bridge at Ironbridge, Reverse View

River Severn from the iron bridge (looking east):-

River Severn From the Ironbridge

(Looking west):-

Reverse View River Severn from the Ironbridge

Ironbridge village from the iron bridge:-

Ironbridge from bridge

Ironbridge from bridge

River Severn to west:-

River Severn, Ironbridge, Shropshire

River Severn looking to bridge from west:-

River Severn at Ironbridge

Sadly earlier this year the River Severn rose – not for the first time – and overwhelmed the temporary flood barriers that had been erected in an effort to prevent damage.

Ironbridge flooding

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