Michael Laing (rock_dinosaur) wrote,
Michael Laing
rock_dinosaur

A walk from Aberdour to Burntisland

Yesterday, Mr Hairy Hippie here successfully achieved a grand total of absolutely bugger-all. I've considerably improved upon that already today, although doing so wasn't exactly a great challenge! I thought I'd managed to lose my pedometer after only four or five days, but after hunting high and low, I eventually found it attached to the belt-loop of a pair of breeks in the washing-basket. A lucky find, because I don't know if it would have survived a couple of hours at 60 deg. C. in the washing-machine. Anyway, I've two or three more wee tasques to attend-to, then I'm off out for a stride-about in the lovely summer weather for which Scotland is renowned.

Do you believe that Scotland voted '55% NO' in the referendum 2014? This doesn't prove anything of course, but given the lack of evident support for 'No', the overwhelming support for 'Yes', I think there has to be some doubt about the result. That's to say nothing of the blank-backed ballot-papers and evidence of postal-voting fraud. I'm not saying that nobody voted 'No', but I've yet to encounter anyone either on-line or in real life who did (or who is willing to admit to it). It's an absolute mystery to me who all these 'No' voters were. I also find it impossible to square the 'No' result with every single on-line poll prior to the referendum which showed overwhelming majorities for 'Yes'. There wasn't a single poll that put 'No' in the lead. I find the reasons put forward for 'No' voters supposedly not voting in on-line polls simply unbelievable.


Web-cam pic, 20th July, 2015.


Web-cam pic, 20th July, 2015.


A view of the waiting shelter on the 'down' platform at Aberdour Station on 20th July, 2015; beautifully tended as ever.


A view along the 'up' platform at Aberdour Station on 20th July, 2015, with some young passengers awaiting the next Edinburgh-bound train.


A view of the waiting shelter on the 'down' platform at Aberdour Station on 20th July, 2015.


I'm not sure how to describe this contraption, but I saw it by the car park at the beautifully-kept Aberdour Station on 20th July, 2015.


The doorway to the walled garden of Aberdour Castle, with a pediment dated 1632, seen on 20th July, 2015.


A view across the Firth of Forth from the footpath between Aberdour and Burntisland, towards the Pentland Hills behind Edinburgh on 20th July, 2015. The hills were bathed in sunshine during the whole of the time it took me to walk from Aberdour to Burntisland, while all around was dark and dismal.


A view across the Firth of Forth from the footpath between Aberdour and Burntisland, towards the Pentland Hills behind Edinburgh on 20th July, 2015. I balanced the camera on top of a steel fence-post in order to take these pictures. The light was very poor and I was surprised they came out reasonably sharp at such a high zoom.


A view across the Firth of Forth from the footpath between Aberdour and Burntisland, towards the Pentland Hills behind Edinburgh on 20th July, 2015.


A view along the footpath between Aberdour and Burntisland on 20th July, 2015.


A view along the footpath between Aberdour and Burntisland on 20th July, 2015. At this point, a stream cascades down a rock-face on the left and passes beneath the castellated bridge.


Cherries ripening on a tree in the garden of a house near Rossend Castle, 20th July, 2015. There were masses of them.


Cherries ripening on a tree in the garden of a house near Rossend Castle, 20th July, 2015.


Cherries ripening on a tree in the garden of a house near Rossend Castle, 20th July, 2015.


I went to take some photos of the timber-panelled covered walkway that led from Forth Place to the 1890 station at Burntisland on 20th July, 2015, and discovered that it has been done away with. It ran from ground-level at the right of the photo to the raised, angled timber-panelled structure which adjoins the booking office on the left. It has been replaced by the new ramp - open to the elements - on the left of the photo. Admittedly, a tidy job has been made of the stopping-up of the opening and the renovation of the exterior of the buildings. Inside the booking office, lettering above the door to the 'up' platform still says 'Edinburgh and Glasgow', although regular direct trains from Fife to Glasgow ceased as long ago as 1971.


A view on 20th July, 2015, of the stair at Burntisland Station which has replaced the covered walkway which formerly gave access to the station from Forth Place.


The covered stairway which connects the 'up' platform with the footbridge at Burntisland Station on 20th July, 2015.


Ideal gala day weather! Who could ask for more? I arrived at Burntisland Links on 20th July, 2015, just in time to catch this torrential downpour. I was absolutely soaked through, and had to wait nearly half-an-hour for a bus.


Despite the rain, the floral beds at Burntisland Links were a blaze of colour.


A view towards the shows at the Links during a torrential downpour on Burntisland gala day, 20th July, 2015.


A view along Kinghorn Road from the bus stop at The Port during a torrential downpour on 20th July, 2015. Burntisland's bus service is abysmal and has declined hugely since I lived there. In the 1970s, if I remember correctly, there were the Nos. 306, 308 and 312 - each hourly - between Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy/Leven/Upper Largo, and Nos. 27 and 57 hourly from Glasgow and Edinburgh respectively to Leven. Now there is only the No. 7 from Dunfermline to Leven, half-hourly. At Leven, I noticed that the last No. 7 departs at 18.00. Too bad for anyone in this part of Fife who has to rely on buses.


After walking from Aberdour to Burntisland on 20th July, 2015, I took the bus to Leven in order to avail myself of the facilities for food-shopping presented by the big Sainsbury's supermarket there. My camera-lens was still wet from the soaking it had received at Burntisland.


It's always good to see that a much-loved landmark such as the S orehea Cafe (formerly the Migraine Cafe) still exists as it always has. But I wonder why the council don't add a few more of those very beautifying signposts around the building? 20th July, 2015.


Seen on Facebook, 20th July, 2015. This pretty much sums capitalism up.
Tags: aberdour, burntisland, fife, independence referendum, leven, me, scotland, scottish independence, selfies
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