Monday, November 12, 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Dam Cottage & Kettlehills

We couldn’t believe our luck with the weather today after yesterday’s wind and wet, wet, wet. You can tell be this photo what a gorgeous autumn day we spent in the hills above Kettlebridge. It was a difficult drive through mud and potholes to reach our car parking spot, but we eventually met up at Damside Cottage where we met the owners Margaret and Walter SIMPSON who had invited the walkers to spent some social time at their beautiful cottage which has been in Walter’s family since his grandparents time. And the Simpsons have generously shared it with hundreds of people attached to Bennochy Church over the years - it’s a long standing favourite outing for BB boys.
MARGARET led the walk today as she knows the country so well. This photo was taken half way, just as we reached Burnturk and we stopped to soak up the beauty of the landscape. I started humming, ‘All good gifts around us are sent from heaven above.’ Harvest time is beautiful in the Howe of Fife.. Sybil measured the walk - 4.21 miles - just a wee stretch of the legs for Bennochy Walkers. 
When we reached the cottage again, Walter had the magnificent open fire blazing and the heat and smell of woodsmoke beckoned us into the welcoming living space where the kettle was singing and the table spread with cakes of all descriptions which some of the ladies had provided.
Lots of chat and laughs rang out as we toasted by the fire, feasting on the goodies. The cottage garden is always well kept by Margaret and Walter, and today we were invited to pick the remaining apples from the trees as it was a bumper harvest this year. So many crumbles, pies and chutneys are to be made for church from their produce.
L to R.    Lucy the hen(look closely), Janis, Audrey, Hilda. front Mary
 Four ladies met up with Lucy, the resident hen who was out for a wee stroll but didn’t fancy getting her photo taken. Lucy apparently was the only hen to escape the ravages of a fox that got into the hen coop. And she’s lived peacefully with the Simpsons for 8 years. 
On that happy note, we said our Walkers prayer, and thanked our hosts for once again sharing their country home with our group to enjoy. What a lovely Sunday it’s been. 

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Lower/Upper Largo

A bit overcast, with some rain to start with but with a good wind behind us 10 walkers started from the beach at Lower Largo following the Largo Burn to Upper Largo. We spoke about the abundance of berries on the trees and bushes and we wondered what this indicated for the weather for the winter months. We spotted Brambles, Roman, Hips, Haws and Sloe. This then led onto a discussion about Sloe Gin, currently maturing in a living room cupboard somewhere in Kirkcaldy.

On reaching Upper Largo we walked along South Fews admiring the lovely properties with amazing views over farm land and the Forth. Crossing a Main Street we walked up North Fews passing the lovely wee Kirkton of Largo Primary School and the beautifully kept cemetery. Taking care on this narrow road we eventually came to a crossroads where there was a brilliant road sign, see picture. It reminded me of the song: 

Agadoo-doo-doo, push pineapple, shake the tree,

Agadoo-doo-doo, push pineapple, grind coffee,

To the left, to the right, jump up and down and to the knees,

Come and dance every night, sing with the hula melody.

Turning off the road we entered and walked through the lovely Kiel’s Den before again approaching the main road. Crossing this we headed down Harbour Wynd and joined the old railway track which took us back to our cars

We had a great coffee stop at the Upper Largo Hotel, where the scones and service were brilliant. Definitely on our list for a return visit. Ending our lovely afternoon out with our walkers prayer we then headed back to our cars

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Elie. 19th August

    On Sunday 19th August 11 members of the walking group left the church for our walk at Elie , we have enjoyed this walk before and there was new things to see . Two new houses at the Elie estate, a wedding was taking place at a beautifully decorated house in Earlsferry, and a cricket match on the famous harbour beach .
       We enjoyed great tea and scones at the Pavilion Cafe with excellent service !!! 
 It was a really nice walk and great company , we finished with the walker prayer .

Looking forward to our next walk .

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Raith Wood - part of Kirkcaldy Walking Festival

Starting off walking down Wester Bogie Road, eleven walkers entered Raith Woods, through Raith housing estate , along Boglily Rd then crossed at Raith Lake into more woodland where the walkers had to search for 12 items - a feather, a right-angled stick,  a photo of a squirrel, a nettle plait among others. The walkers were very intense, ensuring that all their boxes were ticked. 
We exited at Kirkcaldy Golf Club then crossed through Beveridge Park where we met up with other Bennochy Walkers who weren’t able to make it today. A short distance on to Oriel Road, we picked up the cars and headed for Bennochy Church where ladies had made scones, Viennese whirls, chocolate squares and gingerbread. It was such a lovely day we set the table in the church garden. At that point, we marked the scavenger quiz - there were some crazy answers - and the winners won prizes suitable for walkers.
There weren’t as many participants  as we’d hoped for, but given that this was the final of the World Cup as well as the final of Men’s Wimbledon, these were very good reasons to stay home today. For those of us who made it, 5.8 miles on a lovely summers day with good company. Very satisfying. 

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Seafield to Kinghorn and return

5.7miles today. 11 walkers and a beautiful day for it. 

11 of the walking group left the church on Sunday 24 th June for our walk form Seafield to kinghorn and back. Audrey was to come as well but she tripped in her garden and hurt her foot and shoulder , hope she is on the mend soon . It was a great day  for the walk , and the coast scenery was at its best .
 Tea scones and carrot cake were enjoyed after a bit of a wait at the Harbour View Bistro . Grace left us to get the bus back home and we carried on down to the harbour it was lovely we could have been in Cornwall . The walk back was hot and we were glad of the cool breeze back at the car park , we finished a perfect afternoon with the walkers prayer .