Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
Sunday, 25 May 2008
Friday, 23 May 2008
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
To the West are the towns of Leven and Methil. The chimney of the now moth-balled Methil Power Station can be seen.
Sunday, 18 May 2008
There are two bridges in Keil's den a lower wooden bridge and a stone bridge at the top which carries the road over the Keil Burn. It is a very attractive spot. In the Spring the walk is beautiful the area is covered in bluebells primroses, violets and other Spring flowers.
In the approach to the bridge, get a view of the ruins of Pitcruvie Castle. It was built in the early 16th Century by Sir John Lindsay of Pitcruvie.
This was a good read, but not sure I really like novels that jump back and forward in time. I just get into one strand of the book, then get transported back to a different time with different characters. Found the whole book a bit fey for my taste, but nevertheless quite enjoyable.
Peviously read Labyrinth.
Voices by Arnaldur Indridason
Not sure why I enjoy these rather gloomy crime novels by the Icelandic author Arnaldur Indridason, but I do. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Good plot, good characterisation. Get the impression that the long dark Icelandic Winters affects everything and everyone in Iceland.
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Narcissi - Pheasant's eye
Other Flowers in Bloom
Wallflower - perrenial and biennial
Hellebores (3 different)
Primulas - various
Polyanthus - various
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
And then there is the Spanish invasion. The Spanish bluebell was first introduced into British gardens as an ornimental plant around 1680, so it seems a bit late to start worrying about it. It was favoured over the native bluebell because it can grow almost anywhere and has sturdier, larger blooms. Its flowers range from blue to white or pink.
Another complication is that the Spanish bluebell hybridises with our native bluebell, and the hybrid is known as the Garden bluebell.
Monday, 12 May 2008
Sunday, 11 May 2008
Friday, 9 May 2008
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Broom in flower on the edge of Leven Links Golf Course. There was also a profusion of gorse or whin in flower. Both members of the pea family, the broom differs from gorse in having no spines.
When yellow's on the broom, When yellow's on the broom,
I'll tak' ye on the road again, When yellow's on the broom
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Saturday, 3 May 2008
Friday, 2 May 2008
Thursday, 1 May 2008
Wood pigeon 4
Blue tit 1
House sparrow 2
Chaffinch - male 1
Blackbird - male 2
There are also swallows swooping overhead, hoovering up the insects. Starlings are nesting in the eaves, and busy flying backwards and forwards with food. If I go up into the loft I can hear the baby starlings cheeping - feed me, feed me, feed me.!
Grief Encounters by Stuart Pawson
I always enjoy reading a Stuart Pawson crime novel. He has a light touch and his sense of humour appeals to me. His creation DI Charlie Priest is a likeable character.
The Secret Hangman by Peter Lovesey
Peter Lovesey is another author that I enjoy. The Peter Diamond novels are set in Bath, a city I know quite well, which always helps. This book was quite grizzly, with a serial hangman leaving bodies in well known tourist attractions in the city. I thought the plot was a little over contrived.