No guest picture today but a farewell one instead. We went off in the morning to visit Fife and waved goodbye to the tulips as we went in the hope that we may see them in flower when we return.
Mrs Tootlepedal will be very upset if they have come and gone before we get home.
Our journey took us towards Edinburgh and we were impressed by the amount of snow on The Pentland Hills when we got near to the city.
We made a stop at a large garden centre for lunch and then visited a butterfly-filled greenhouse attached to the garden centre. It was wonderful. I took so many pictures that I have put them in a separate post which you can find by clicking on the butterfly.
We pressed on northwards, circling the city on the by-pass and crossing the Forth on the suspension road bridge. Mrs Tootlepedal was able to catch a glimpse of the new supported beam bridge as we went by. Maybe the next time that we come this way it will be via this new bridge.
Once we had crossed the bridge we turned eastwards. A tempting sign offered us a Forth Bridges viewpoint and we tried to find it. Either it has been overtaken by the vast building works that are going on or someone has stolen the signs to it, because we never found it.
We took the coast road, pottering along through many small towns and villages, stopping to visit the beach at Burntisland and look across the Forth at Inchcolm Island…
…and the skyline of the Edinburgh on the far shore.
We could also see the familiar outlines of Arthur’s Seat and the Salisbury Crags.
It was a beautiful day as this picture looking back across the links beside the sea shows.
We arrived bang on time at Anstruther, our destination, and settled into the cottage which we have hired for a week.
Anstruther is one of the coastal villages in the East Neuk of Fife and is famous for its fish and chips. With this in mind, we thought that we ought to work up an appetite and went for walk through the village.
We looked back from the church towards the new harbour front.
Then we walked past the new harbour…
…and into Cellardykes, a village so close to Anstruther that it is hard to tell them apart. Cellardykes has a handsome Toolbooth…
…and houses built so close to the sea that they can probably catch fresh fish from their sitting rooms when the tide is in.
There was no way in front of the houses so we had to walk through the village, spied upon by the natives as we went.
We found a gap and looked across at the Isle of May…
…which is a haven for sea birds. We hope to take a boat trip there later in the week of the weather is suitable.
We got as far as the harbour at Cellardykes…
…where Mrs Tootlepedal remarked on the interesting way in which the harbour wall is constructed…
…before heading back to Anstruther and the chip shop.
The fish and chips lived up to their reputation.
After tea, I popped out to see if there were any flying birds about and took the opportunity to point the zoom lens across the Forth towards the Bass Rock, site of a world famous gannet colony.
It was only when I looked at the picture on the computer that I realised just how many windmills there are on the hills to the south of the Forth.
Sadly, the forecast doesn’t suggest that the next few days will match the first one as far any sunshine goes but we hope for the best.
A local gull obliged by gliding past to become the flying bird of the day.