Toddlepedal et al….et al

Andrew's closed sign

Today’s guest picture comes from a walk that my brother did last month.  He remarks, ” If you choose to close your teashop at 4pm, I can’t think of a nicer way to tell thirsty ramblers.”

Andrew's closed sign

We had another fine and windy day here with occasional showers, very fine and very windy.  It was pretty chilly when I went to get the newspaper after breakfast but as the day went on, it warmed up nicely.

I had a quiet morning while various members of the group walked round the town or went to the beach to dig sandcastles.

After lunch, Matilda went for a nap and I went for a walk along the Fife Coastal Path with my wife and son (Ally and Alistair, hence the ‘et al and et al’ of the title).

We walked eastwards towards Crail, the next village along the coast and this had the advantage of giving us thewind and sun at our backs, ideal for walking and snapping as we went along.

Fife coastal path

There was lots to see on the way.  New ducks…

Common shelduck
Common shelduck

Old friends.

eider and oyster catcher
Eider and oyster catcher

Very small birds

wagtail and lark
Wagtail and lark (descending)

White stuff beside the track, sometimes vegetable….

dead nettle and white flower
Dead nettle and an unknown (to me) plant

…and sometimes mineral.

A shell beach

The most surprising thing that we saw was a kestrel, which rose up from the beach and obligingly hovered a short way off for quite long enough for me to get the camera out.


The least surprising was large quantities of celandine and lichens…

celandine and lichens

…but they were very welcome all the same.

We did see a very strange boat which passed on its way along the Forth.

Forth boat

The Isle of May looked like a huge whale riding the waves.

Isle of May

We were walking along flat ground on the very edge of the seashore until we came to a large and unexpected outcrop of rock.

Fife coastal path

The weathering was wonderful.

Fife coastal path

For a moment it felt as though we were in one of those canyons that appear in Westerns…but not quite on the same scale.

Fife coastal path

We could have spent some time there but we walked on and finally got our first glimpse of Crail.


It is undoubtedly a picturesque spot.

Crail harbour

As you can see, the town is built up a cliff and as we climbed up towards the town, we could look down on the harbour below us.

Crail harbour

We had arranged for Clare to drive Matilda to meet us when she woke from her nap.  The times for Matilda’s nap and our four mile walk fitted very satisfactorily and not long after we got to Crail, we were joined by the chief guest.

Matilda at Crail

We walked down to the harbour (not very interesting and with the light in the wrong direction anyway) and then walked a bit back up the hill…


…to find a small art gallery which had an outside tea room with an excellence view.

Crail tea room

.It was breezy but just warm enough to sit outside with pleasure (and a coat) so we had a cup of tea and a slice of cake or two between us.  While I was settling the account, Alistair borrowed my camera and took a picture of the chief guest.


After our tea, Clare drove Alistair and Mrs Tootlepedal back and since there was only room for four in the car, I walked back the way we had come.

I was really pleased to have this opportunity, as the walk was as good going back as it was coming and although the wind was still brisk and in my face this time, it wasn’t strong enough by this time of the day to spoil a good four mile walk.

All in all, I walked eight miles, which is the furthest that the new knee has gone in one day.  As it took no hurt and my other leg seemed to have benefited from the exercises, I can see no reason why some more good walks should not be on the menu if we get some good days this summer.  Considering that I was struggling to walk two miles a couple of years ago, this is a tribute to the National health Service.

Just a note here for those interested in hydration and feeding when taking exercise.  I needed no less that two cups of weak tea, a slice of lemon drizzle cake and three small pieces of tablet to sustain me for the two and a half hours of exercise.  Of course I carefully balanced my limited hydration by employing ancient mystical methods of reducing evaporation as I went along.  I walked nice and slowly.

Mrs Tootlepedal cooked us an excellent tea to round off the day and we were all pleasantly tired by the end if it.

The flying bird of the day is that obliging kestrel.

flying kestrel

Published by tootlepedal

Cyclist, retired teacher, curmudgeon, keen amateur photographer.

29 thoughts on “Toddlepedal et al….et al

  1. Sounds and looks like a very worthwhile day, not to mention seeing the kestrel hovering politely. Glad your knee stood up to all that walking and that your other leg enjoyed it too.

  2. A very lovely area – the rock formations are grand (especially so to a prairie dweller!). The kestrel has beautiful colouration on its underside. Oh – and well done knee!

    1. The kestrel is lovely from above but you have to take the shots that you can get and not complain. It was above my head before I got the camera ready.

  3. Gaye and I enjoyed the same cafe in Crail on several occasions last September and the Lemon Drizzle Cake is just beautiful. I do like your theory on hydration when walking and must put it into practice. Hope you continue to enjoy the East Neuk. The weather is due to warm up in the next few days.

  4. What a grand day! I liked the views out to sea and of Crail. The rock formations and colours were very interesting and your white flower is probably from the cabbage family and looks very much like water cress but most likely isn’t.

  5. A very beautiful and enjoyable day, with many nice photos to remember it by. An 8 mile walk on the new knee sounds like good progress, and I like your ancient and mystical methods of reducing dehydration. 🙂 May you have many more long walks.

  6. Very nice picture of the chief guest. Good news that your knee coped with a long walk,

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