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Kinghorn ~ Diana’s Virtual Tour of the Kingdom of Fife

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My first memories of Kinghorn were looking over the Braes down to Kinghorn Harbour.

 

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The Village Show in August 2013, admiring the lengthy carrots and mouth watering scones and sponges, not to mention the vibrant village atmosphere, coincided with our second visit.

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We also enjoyed a warm welcome at The Wee Shoppe, a place we still frequent for a cuppa, blether and an occasional toastie. Mind you, these resilient folks can sometimes be out in inclement weather and they’re still smiling 🙂

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I have such happy memories of New Year’s Day when the hardy folks of Kinghorn go in for a dip at The Loony Dook in aid of The Lifeboats.

When the sun is shining down on this sheltered bay it is possible to bask in its warmth twelve months of the year, and we do!

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Kinghorn became our temporary home for a year but we did not notice the gradual capturing of our hearts, even when there’s an icing sugar coating of snow which happens very rarely.

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It took a wee while to realise that one day we would call Kinghorn our home.

As in many parts of Fife, the industries of Kinghorn are long gone ~ a tannery, linoleum manufacturer and boat builders to name but three. Today small businesses thrive and the High Street has a variety of busy shops including arts and crafts at The Sea Witch and The Dragon’s Den, a dressmakers and many cafes and pubs, including the recently reopened Harbour View. (Known locally as the Carousel due to connections with the fair ground trade I believe.) The Station Gallery is well worth a visit on a Saturday morning too. In fact, we are a creative lot here in Kinghorn. Look out for the ever popular Round the Horn where people open up their houses to show off their work.

(Author Diana Jackson enjoys researching social history and this inspires her writing. Her latest release ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’, a fantasy / memoir, reflects her growing love for the Kingdom of Fife.)

 

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Diana’s Virtual Tour of the Kingdom of Fife ~ Cambo Gardens

Breaking my rule of writing these posts chronologically I am jumping to the present. DSCN4464.JPG

 

Today we visited The Snowdrop Festival at Cambo Gardens between St Andrews and Crail. It is two years since our last visit and the restoration work they have carried out on Cambo Country Estate  is remarkable and its history is fascinating.

 

The snowdrop walks lead you through woodland;DSCN4468 into more formal gardens where the multitude of varieties are labelled; then most beautiful of all beside the brook on a path towards the sea. A morning here is as enchanting as ever, but now there is a lovely cafe and visitor’s centre too; all tastefully housed in the restored stable block.

 

 

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We have also visited Cambo in April, which was equally charming, but for anyone in Fife at this time of year, taking a stroll through banks of snowdrops all the way to The Fife Coastal Path and The North Sea is a must. I hope that the photos will speak for themselves.

Isn’t the tapestry below stunning too?

Enjoy!

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(Author Diana Jackson loves researching social history and this inspires her writing. Her latest release ‘The Healing Paths of Fife’, a fantasy / memoir, reflects her growing love for the Kingdom of Fife.)

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Walking over The Queensferry Crossing in aid of our new Kinghorn Community Library

In two weeks’ time, on Sunday 3rd September, we are lucky to have been allocated tickets to walk over the new bridge over the Forth, The Queensferry Crossing near Edinburgh, Scotland. It will be a motorway linking Edinburgh with Fife and the north, leaving the old road bridge initially to be repaired and then to be used for buses and taxis I believe.

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The Queensferry Crossing Scotland

I would like to make this a more meaningful experience for my community by raising much needed funds for our new library which will open officially on the same day, Sunday 3rd September.

I realise than many of you will not visit or benefit from our library, (although you would be more than welcome to pop by and say hello) but if you believe that reading should be encouraged from a very early age and that libraries are precious for our leisure, for education and as a focal point for community life then we’d really appreciate a donation of as little as £3 or $3 or much more if you are feeling generous. I am aiming for £200 and have a long way to go.

Follow this link to our Just Giving Page and the contribution will go directly into our Kinghorn Library bank account.

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/kinghornlibrary

On Saturday I took these pictures at the Queensferry Regatta when some very brave men and women competed in their skiffs. It is an excellent spot to view all of the bridges in their glory.

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