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Seashells in the Snow

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I do like to be beside the seaside – in all weathers! Frozen sand is rather odd as is the sight of seashells in the Snow!


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December 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

Posted in Beach, Photography, Scotland

Day Trip To Aberdeen

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A rare free day for my wife and myself left us with a question of what to do with our time. It turns out Aberdeen is just an hour away on the train and as we had not been for more than ten years, we quickly settled on the northern city as our destination. The train up is very scenic although we had some grey and rainy weather. One of the highlights for me was the Aberdeen Maritime Museum.

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August 17, 2010 at 7:10 pm

Posted in Photography, Scotland

East Wemyss Cemetery

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BBQ today so no time for a closer inspection of the cemetery in East Wmyss, Scotland. Some amazing looking statues – clearly no clipboard bureaucrats tutting about health and safety back then!!

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July 4, 2010 at 8:25 pm

Posted in Photography, Scotland

Building a Local website

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Last year, with an online buddy, we launched a community website for our local town Carnoustie – OurCarnoustie.co.uk using Google Sites. It is simple technically but has proven popular over the past few months.

Many local websites have been attempted but often fail due to being out of date or losing momentum. Two things that have helped Our Carnoustie stay fresh are actively collecting news and even information and secondly being connected to social media. Twitter and Facebook have proven valuable for making connections. We have carried out some offline publicity in the form of business cards but turning up at events and chatting to people has been most effective. It’s rewarding to hear people being positive about the site and the town. Also nice to meet some people who use the site who don’t post comments etc.

We have been making plans for the future of the site which is a community project run by 2 people. It may be inevitable that a formal group is required. Essential though is keeping the project fun. It is a good testing ground for ideas – we ran a chatroom one night at a few hours notice and had 20 participants who kept going until midnight!

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July 4, 2010 at 9:57 am

Posted in Scotland, Web

Photo Experiment : Pocket Telescope Zoom

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Inspired by this photo which turned up on Twitter, I experimented with my pocket telescope (8x21mm) and the camera(3.2 Megapixels) on my phone. The photos below were taken next to Carnoustie Golf course – I should point out it was pretty windy so holding the telescope in place over the lens was not easily to do steadily.

The first picture is taken looking east at the Arbroath cliffs and the second looking out past Barry Buddon. I will definitely try again perhaps with a more powerful lens. I have many pictures of the beach after living there a number of years. Would be good to capture some of the activity out on the water from watersports to wildlife. Dolphins where are you? 🙂

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June 23, 2010 at 11:49 am

Music & Poetry at Barry Mill

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Back to local history it seems! Next to Carnoustie is Barry and Barry has had a water powered mill for around 5 centuries. More info at wikipedia. Last year a local group managed to ‘Save Barry Mill‘ from closure. This was partly fund-raising but also getting people attending. A number of events were organised including a couple of music nights. Last year was great fun so Marta and I looked forward to a night of ‘music/poetry/comedy’. A different format and it worked well. Of course my Flip Camera came along too and below is a collection of highlights of the second half of the evening.


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June 22, 2010 at 7:43 pm

Posted in History, Music, Photo, Scotland

Local History – John Knox

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Going by the photo’s of a spaniel on the beach on this blog, you would probably guess that I live on the coast. We are lucky enough to have a beach just a few minutes away. Across the water from this beach is St. Andrews – not far as the crow flies but a little bit of a drive via Dundee.

The town of St. Andrews is pivotal in Scottish (world?) history for many reasons. Not least due to John Knox – there is an excellent Wikipedia article about his life.

There is much a modern reader might find objectionable or at least uncomfortable in his life. A man of God carrying a sword, sermons causing riots, meddling in politics, publishing anonymous attacks? However his strong will, radical ideas and example of individuals struggling any way they can against oppressive governments has universal appeal.

So as I stroll along with the sand with Dandy, I try to picture a chained Knox in a French galley rowing away from Scotland. His strong will forming to return to his home country one day and preach the true Gospel of grace once again. For all his mixing with Queens and great minds such as Calvin, his dedication and faith in giving the Gospel to the people were his primary focus and not political reform and social programmes.


Knox’s grave is in the middle of an Edinburgh car park. This is a scandal. I think Scotland needs a loud, brash and un-PC Knox preacher of today to stir things up but maybe not to riots with a two handed sword!

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June 12, 2010 at 7:39 am

Posted in Christian, History, Scotland