Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Kinghorn







Lovely sunshine was what was on order and we weren't disappointed. 13 walkers left the church heading along the coast to todays destination, Kinghorn. The walk started with a slight uphill climb with Kinghorn Golf course on our right and the spectacular sea views across the Forth on our left. It was such a clear day, you could see for miles. Our first memorable encounter was a mounted policeman on his horse.


We continued along the path where we soon encountered our first views of the Craigencault Ecology centre and stopped for our obligatory photo.








Time to move on, we continued along the trail until we reached what was reputed to be the home of the last of the Kinghorn witches where we stopped to have a look at the coins pressed into the walls of the ruin.


On we travelled, crossing the road which would take us on to the ecology centre itself, stopping for a moment to have a look at the plaque in the wall commemorating the opening of the Roddanbraes path in 2014. On reaching the Ecology Centre we paused again, basking in the sunshine at the loch watching the ducks and the beautiful swan with her cygnets, wishing we had brought a picnic. We spent a short while wandering the ecology centre until it was time to head for our coffee stop, The Carousel, where our tea, coffee and lovely cakes were awaiting us. A fitting end to a great day with a great bunch, some of us vowing to go back, suitably summed up in the wall of the ecology centre.














Thursday, May 25, 2017

Remembering Joe with love

Father God,
Thank you for Joe Stark. A lovely, gentle and kind man whom we shall all miss.
We remember him as a wonderful father and grandfather and the most devoted husband Mary could ever have imagined. They were indeed the perfect partnership and had a strong, loving marriage that might have been the envy of many.

You blessed Joe with skilful hands and a creative talent that led him through his worklife then into retirement when you'd find Joe in his workshed making props for church, beautiful birdtables and really anything that Mary needed to make her church activities more realistic!

Joe is holding his camera in this photo. So many of the walkers' photos on the blogsite were taken by Joe. How we shall miss his friendship. Chatting to him as we walked revealed how well travelled Joe was and was always interested in others' travels. And he had an amazing general knowledge!

Father, you have called our friend home to his eternal home and we know you will hold his soul in  the palm of your hand for all time.

We offer our prayer, as alway, in Jesus' name. Amen



Monday, May 08, 2017

Milnathort

Milnathort – 7th May 2017

Once more we were blessed with a dry day as we set of for our walk in Milnathort.   We parked at the Stirling Road car park where our walk commenced.   Up Westerloan and into Manse Lane  we then turned into Ba Hill along to Orwell Church built in I729.   Up steep road and on through to Linden Park Road.   Turning down Old Perth Road and entering Back Loan, we came across cottages with very old lintels.   However, one knowledgeable local advised that they were not original but had been moved to the cottages.   Turning back into Westerloan, we passed the Town Hall with it’s clock steeple which was completed in 1885.   Turning left we walked along the main road, crossing to walk down Burleigh Road, passing lovely house gardens until we came to Burleigh Castle dating from the 15th Century.   This required a little “investigation” and another helpful local kindly took a group photograph so all 14 walkers were included!   Crossing the road carefully we took the path to the dismantled railway turning right to follow the path through to Old Mart Road and back into Milnathort.    Heaven Scent was our destination for the obligatory tea, coffee and goodies and sitting in the courtyard in the sunshine we weren’t disappointed.   Finishing with our walker’s prayer ended yet another enjoyable afternoon.    

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Lochgelly, Lumphinnans


We were a reduced group of 8 walkers today as for a variety of reasons many of our friends were unable to be with us.

Parking our cars at Lochgelly High School we set off for a 6 mile walk. This has been adapted from a Ramblers walk and involved a lovely bit of countryside walking around Lochgelly, Lumphinnans and Cowdenbeath.Thankfully since the trial walk the nice weather had dried up the boggy parts. 
Following a track which was next to the goods entrance of the school  we reached Lumphinnans Farm. 

How appropriate on Palm Sunday when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, an animal of peace, we should come across these two lovely donkeys enjoying the peace in a small field in front of the farmhouse



Walking along a path which was originally a pug line serving the local pits the small birds were bursting into song and appeared to follow us as we walked along. Spring has definitely arrived as the bushes were starting to show new growth. 

Coming out at Pit Road we then crossed Main Street, Lumphinnans and headed over a fairway of the Dora Golf Course (named after a local pit) towards a gravelled path which we followed to Brucefield. Walking along Paul Street we then headed North onto Cartmore Road, Lochgelly and we followed this until we reached countryside tracks which we followed until we retraced our steps to our cars

There was a wide range of topics of conversation as usual and the six miles passed very quickly. After saying our walkers prayer we headed to Sainsbury in Kirkcaldy where after arranging their furniture we settled down to cream scones and cakes

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Dalgety Bay



What a lovely day, sun shining brightly but windy enough to blow us off our feet and certainly blow the cobwebs away. Today's walk combined some town and coast walking at Dalgety Bay. Parking at Dobbies Garden Centre nine walkers headed down Harbour Drive into Harbour Place which took us onto the Fife Coastal Path. The winds were whipping up the Forth turning the water into white topped waves. We looked out onto the Forth Rail Bridge with the tops of the Road Bridge and the new Queensferry Crossing behind. Unfortunately we couldn't get a picture of the bridges as the sun was in the wrong place!!

Walking east along the coastal path, daffodils, snowdrops and crocuses bloomed and gardens were coming to life. We passed some huge houses on The Bridges and Lumsdaine Drive all architecturally different and very modern. We commented on the magnificent views they had but we didn't fancy cleaning the very large windows. Passing the lovely converted Donibristle House we walked around Dalgety Bay Sailing Club where some of the young people had been out for a sail. The walk was relatively easy going with some short inclines but not too many. Turning we walked along Moray Way South and headed back to our starting point.

Joe was there to meet us and we all we enjoyed our refreshments. The fresh cream scones just finished the afternoon perfectly. As usual there was lots of chat and laughter and after saying our walkers prayer we bade each other goodbye and headed to the cars and home





                            


Monday, February 27, 2017

Kirkcaldy

Bennochy Walkers Sunday 26 February

Today was our Christmas craft day 🎄🎅🏻 No we're not confused. We were unable to do our Christmas craft as December caught us out and we ran out of time to plan this in so we carried it forward until today

We started off with a walk around Beveridge Park, lovely but raining cats and dogs. Only others in the park were dog walkers. There was a wee bit colour in the tree blossom and we thought that Janis must have colour coordinated her brolly to match the blossom. Back to the St Andrews Hall we got the kettle on and Pat and Margaret who both graciously agreed to lead our craft event met us there

The plan was to do book folding, hedgehogs and coffee cups and you can see by the photographs of the finished results that we were good students! Of course there was lots of chatting and drinking of tea and coffee

Poor Phil's hedgehog needed the aid of specs as he was a wee bit short sighted. What a  lovely array of hogs all turned out in their Sunday best. 

Anyone for Cappuccino? Well six lovely coffees to chose from

We had a delivery from Rinaldi's Fish Bar at 4.45 and that would be the only time we were quiet as we enjoyed our suppers all washed down with tea and coffee 

Many, many thanks go to Pat and Margaret for graciously giving up their time today and helping us to complete our craft. We thoroughly enjoyed our day

As always thinking of our friends who couldn't be with us today. 
"Knowing a person is like music, what attracts us to them is their melody, and as we get to know who they are, we learn their lyrics".