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The Last Post ~ on Fife for a wee while anyway!

DSCN2405Before ‘virtually’ leaving Fife and its coastal path for a while to return to Bedfordshire (virtually of course) for a very special centenary and some exciting news related to my writing, I would like to share with you some of the wonderful blogs about my adopted home, the Kingdom of Fife.


The first is Ben Dolphin’s ‘Walking the Trail’ . Ben is currently writing for ‘The Welcome to Fife’ site which is like a breath of fresh air. The link leads you to his post about walking the newly resurrected Fife Pilgrim Way, which will be opening officially in July 2019. Ben’s description of Culross as a ‘ridiculously cute wee village’ on the Forth shoreline, west of The Forth Bridge, made me smile because it is just that. As well as being such a lovely surprise, the village is steeped in history, myth and mystery; maybe a place to visit mid week out of seasonnow though, due to Outlander fame!

Ben is well worth following on Twitter too, for his wonderful photos as well as articles.

Another must to follow on Twitter if you love or would like to visit Fife, or have an interest in wildlife and photography is David Steel. David, I believe, is currently the curator of The Isle of May, the island in the Forth estuary off Fife Ness which looks much like a whale. For up to date news of the wildlife on the Isle of May, including the delightful puffins, the Isle of May Nature Reserve  blog is well worth reading too.

Watch out for David’s photography courses and his wonderful photos on twitter.

If it’s atmospheric photos of the weather in Fife you are searching for then Simon Swales is the man on Fife Weather. The posts are rare but none the less beautiful for that.

If I have missed anyone important, I’d love to hear from you, either as a comment or email me at diana@dianamaryjackson.co.uk.





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Snowdrops ~ Is it Bennington Lordship or Anglesey Abbey? ~ no, it’s Shefford in Bedfordshire!

Chicksands Snowdrop Trail

Friends asked us last week if we’d like to join them on a snowdrop walk. We’ve enjoyedDSCN1806[1] the delights of Bennington Lordship and Anglesey Abbey in the past but were surprised to be told that we would only be driving a few miles from where we lived, to Shefford in Mid Bedfordshire. Choosing the day in the week which held the most promise, we agreed to meet today, Tuesday. True to forecast the sun has shone all day and the sky has remained a crisp clear winter blue.

I’d often noticed people walking in woods near the entrance to the Chicksands Base andDSCN1802[2] Priory but never stopped. Parking a little way into the village of Shefford and taking care to cross the busy A600, we entered the woods beside the roundabout with the A507.?????????? Within a couple of minutes a bank of snowdrops fell before us and soon we were not only following a snowdrop trail but a delightful wood carving one too.

There were blankets of tiny white beauties at every turn, some areas more striking than others and with the sunshine penetrating the canopy above, it was a lovely walk and quite a surprise to so close to our home in Bedfordshire. If I’d known about it I might have included it in my murder mystery ~ only joking 🙂




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