Widdershins


On Saturday we continued on our mini project of walking the Loch Leven Heritage trail one metre at a time, this hejira was from Vane Farm to East Brackley viewpoint and pavilion.  Along this whole route there are many benches, most carved with local lore set in rhyme.  One of my favourites, which I am sure I have put here before is “Droning hum, orange bum, blaeberry bumblebees buzz busily to meadow flowers with pollen-laden knees“.  It sits above the wild flower meadow which itself is adjacent to the Carden hide on the reserve.  The pavilion (we’ve discussed all weekend what to call it, that’s the official title) has sculptures by David F. Wilson.  I had to Google them to find that out, we could not see any accreditation at the site, which is rather naughty and I know one Fife champion of the arts, and artists, who would be spitting feathers if I told her.    Anyway,  I liked the works very much.  It was a crystal clear day so the views were forever, and the gliders at Scotlandwell were taking full advantage of their opportunities.  Very few birds were in evidence and those which were, were too far away to identify but at least included the first Whooper and scaup of 2017.  Widdershins – our out bound route was anti-clockwise.

Afterwards we went up to Tormaukin for the Mincers’ annual nicht oot.  Unfortunately we couldn’t all be there for the meal, thoughts are with those concerned.  There has been some negative input on TripAdvisor lately, have to say we found the place to be fine, staff were cheerful and helpful, food was lovely and the drinks interpretive.   I have never minded waiting to be attended to when the staff acknowledge that there is a delay, and deal with it – it’s being ignored that really riles me.   Suffice to say we plan to return and have pre-booked the accommodation above the dining room so that we can play without bothering anyone.

Bumblebee bench
Bumblebee bench
East Brackley pavilion
East Brackley pavilion
East Brackley pavilion goose sphere
East Brackley pavilion goose sphere
Stone benches
Stone benches
Roof
Roof
Carved silhouettes by Carden flood
Carved silhouettes by Carden flood
Frozen patterns on the flood
Frozen patterns on the flood
Skein of geese descending over Loch Leven
Skein of geese descending over Loch Leven