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New Bridge Works, Balbirnie Golf Course

Last August I noted floods at Balbirnie Golf Course. The bridge featured in that post was sunsequently removed probably because its supports had been undermined.

In April this year I photographed the foundations of a replacement bridge.

Bridge at Balbirnie Golf Course

Bridge Work, Balbirnie Golf Course

The golf course itself was looking fine.

18th fairway and green:-

Balbirnie fairway, Fife, golf course

The 10th tee had some striking shadows:-

Shadows on Balbirnie Golf Course

10th tee and 18th fairway:-

Balbirnie fairway, Fife, golf course

Moderne and Art Deco Style in Bergen

This clock was on a building at the entrance to the dock where our ship was berthed. The tower in white and the flagpole are also deco features:-

Art Deco Style Clock, Bergen

While wandering Bergen city centre I was delighted to see this building looming. Lots of deco hallmarks; curvature, rule of three, horizontals, verticals:-

Modern Art Deco Building, Bergen

These closer views also show up the building’s balconies:-

Art Deco, Bergen

Detail, Art Deco Building, Bergen

This bridge nearby certainly has a deco feel, albeit in a Scandinavian way:-

Art Deco Style Bridge, Bergen

Views from Mount Fløyen, Bergen

View of Bergen from Mount Fløyen

View of Bergen

Bergen from Mount Fløyen

This one shows the ship we were travelling on (extreme right):-

View of ships at Bergen

Close up on lake with fountain:-

Lake with Fountain, Bergen from Mount Fløyen

A road bridge in central Bergen from Mount Fløyen:-

Bridge in Bergen from Mount Fløyen

Part of Bergen with sea inlets beyond:-

View of Part of Bergen from Mount Fløyen

A distant suspension bridge (photo is fuzzy due to zoom function.) Due to its sovereign wealth fund – a legacy of the oil boom – Norway is festooned with infrastructure like this:-

A Distant Suspension Bridge from Mount Fløyen, Bergen

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

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