Of cabbages and kings- views from the East Neuk.
We have visited Anstruther and this section of the Fife Coastal path for a number of years and this graffiti has weathered but remained since we first visited. Will Alba be a separate country next time we visit?
In the past, we have always come to Anstruther during the October half term so an Easter trip plus the addition of a friend and his six year could make it a different trip.
Rather than do a chronological account of the trip I have chosen a number of random themes to organise my photos and thoughts.
OF CABBAGES AND KINGS AND BISCUIT TIN LIDS.
The kings reference is easy to justify- the area is also known as the Kingdom of Fife. But cabbages? Well we came across quite a few on our walk from Anstruther to Crail. First in a cave-
then nestled by a rock-
and finally, a whole trail of cabbages-
Very random. No explanation. We therefore created our own stories about how and why these cabbages got there. The obvious explanation is of course that the cabbage monster, who lived in the cave, had been disturbed and scattered his store. Sheep throwing cabbages at passing tourists was another explanation. The point of mentioning all this is that we are not serious walkers but enjoy the stimulus of what we see around us, the fresh air and the banter; and so we talked of many things….
The coastal path takes you over a cliff and down into Crail. My challenge to photographers: how can you take a picture of Crail harbour without it looking like a shortbread biscuit tin lid?
Its standard “prettiness” belies a history of tough herring fishing and the role of women in this area. As I recollect from a visit to the fisheries museum back in 2011, Crail harbour was built by a group of Dutch women. A brief google search doesn’t provide any information- there is work to be done here.
View from the balcony
The cottage we rented had a balcony and garden overlooking the sea. The weather was such that we could sit out in the garden or on the balcony and just watch the sea come in and out-
The one cloudy day was the night of the full moon but the night before was pretty spectacular-
(that’s the Isle of May in the background..)
and I did catch a rainbow-
An obvious category, sorry but some fine pictures.
FLORA AND FORAGING.
I like a good forage and particularly enjoy collecting and cooking mussels. Unfortunately I have not found a good bed of mussels nearby. There is a lack of enthusiasm for wild food amongst our group otherwise I might have tried some of the wild garlic, alexander and butter burr I came across-
(too dangerous)…. (Can’t find the picture of Alexander…. oh well)
Gorse is coming out-
and there are violets
growing wild like discarded Mother’s Day gifts…
READYMADES- art and nature.
The sea creates its own art and sometimes we just have to interfere-
Thanks to the 7yr old we spent time pootling about on beaches. We came across this deposit of shells, as though a giant had discarded their collection-
I rather childishly – this is why we all need holidays- created this tribal work of art!
I collected a number of items from this beach and challenged members of the group to rearrange into table top sculptures-
But these rocks, fashioned by the sea, need no rearranging-
And so I could go on… a great break, a great place and a great inspiration.
(Ship Inn, Elie.)
PS. No Tim, this is not Matlock Bath!