Saturday, 31 December 2011

263. Lights out at sea


The lights on this ship caught my eye as it passed by yesterday.  This was taken quickly from my living room, and as it sailed by quickly I only had one chance to snap it!

Friday, 30 December 2011

262. Remnants


Dotted along the old railway line path are rusted reminders of what this popular walking route was originally used for.  

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

260. Long nights


This was taken shortly before 4pm one day last week.  Every year it always amazes me just how early it gets dark.  My daughters have been catching the school bus in the dark each morning (7:40am) and getting off it at night in almost darkness (4:10pm).  Still, the nights are now drawing out, as they say.

Monday, 26 December 2011

258. Boxing Day sunrise


This was taken from my living room shortly before 9am this morning.   The sun was a big ball of orange, hovering over the sea - absolutely beautiful.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

257. Merry Christmas!


Was Santa was good to you?  Here's our mini Santa in the window at Johnshaven Stores.

I hope you have a wonderful, happy day today, whatever your beliefs.


Saturday, 24 December 2011

256. Christmas Tree


The Ship Hotel have erected a beautifully decorated tree in the beer garden opposite the pub.
I'm sure its lovely lights will help guide Santa into Johnshaven tonight.

Friday, 23 December 2011

255. Christmas lights in the Square


The Christmas lights add some festive cheer to the long, dark nights.  These were generously paid for by the Community Council, local businesses and individual members of the community.

Thursday, 22 December 2011

254. Johnshaven Stores at Christmas


Johnshaven Stores is open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day.

Changes to the usual opening hours over the festive period are as follows:
Christmas Day - closed
Boxing Day - open 10am-2pm
Tues 27th - open as usual, closing at 6pm
Wed 28th - Sat 31st open as usual (till 8pm every night)
New Year's Day - 12-2pm
Mon Jan 2nd - 10am-6pm
then back to usual until the same time next year!

Merry Christmas from Ewan & all the staff. 


Wednesday, 21 December 2011

253. Christmassy window


Here's another lovely Christmas window display in the village, this time courtesy of Holly in Fore Street.  There's loads of detail - the more you look, the more you see!



Tuesday, 20 December 2011

252. Stunning sunrise


I had planned to have a week of Christmassy photos, but this morning's sunrise was so beautiful that I just had to include it!  This photo was taken from our attic window, looking out to sea.

Monday, 19 December 2011

251. The Old Toy Shop


Lovely and festive!  Every year this house on Castle Street decorates one of its windows to look like an old Toy Shop. 

Sunday, 18 December 2011

250. Station Place, now & then


This is Station Place on the site of the old railway station.  In the distance you can see the railway bridge that was the Photo-of-the-day a few days ago.

Below is a photo of the station as it once was before the line was closed in the 1960s.  This photo was pinched from Johnshaven.com where you can see lots of photos, both old and new, of the village.

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Saturday, 17 December 2011

Friday, 16 December 2011

248. Milne's Wynd


Here's the view looking along Milne's Wynd towards the sea on a crisp December morning.

Thursday, 15 December 2011

247. Santa


Ooooh such excitement!! 
The man in red came to Johnshaven this morning to visit the youngsters at the Little Nippers parents, babies & pre-schoolers group.


Before meeting the children Santa did a bit of research, checking who has been naughty or nice this year.


Many 'Ho ho hos' later, all the children had received a wee gift and are undoubtedly now as high as kites - how many sleeps until Christmas?

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

246. Railway bridge


This bridge, which carries the bulk of traffic into Johnshaven, once spanned the railway.  Now it frames an area known as the Beechgrove Garden.  This section of the former railway line was revamped some years ago by the TV programme of the same name, and is now maintained by a group of volunteers.

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

245. Buzzard


There genuinely is a buzzard in this photo, but I doubt very much that anyone can spot it!

This was taken this morning, looking towards Golden Acre from the old railway line.

Monday, 12 December 2011

244. Water


This tap is located near the slipway for the convenience of boats in the harbour.

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Friday, 9 December 2011

241. Power cut


Hurricane Bawbag blasted through the village yesterday afternoon and left us without power for many hours.  The electricity was off from about 4-8pm and (when my daughter had just stepped into the shower) at 9pm it went off again!  We had no power until it came back on a little after 9am this morning.

When I say 'we' I mean the entire village apart from the residents of Herd Crescent and the end of Castle Street whose power never seems to go off.  Bizarrely, they are on the same line/ circuit/ whatever as Lathallan School and whilst the rest of us were shivering in the dark their Christmas lights were twinkling away. 

The photo is of my hubby, Ewan, keeping Johnshaven Stores open by gas light.  He had to give up at 7:30 when the gas cannister ran out.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

240. Amber alert



The Met Office has issued an Amber Alert for this area for the storm that's coming this afternoon.  These photos were taken at about 11am this morning and the wind was already pretty strong.  It's going to be really, really wild later.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

239. Alison's window


If you've ever wandered along the coastal path you'll have walked past Alison Stewart's house on West Street, and chances are you'll have spotted her window with its permanent display of her lovely seascape paintings.  Her house is right next to the beach so she has amazing views to provide constant inspiration.

You may have seen the window, but just in case you haven't seen the lovely lady herself, here's Alison shivering outside her house yesterday morning!

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

238. Nae sna


While much of Scotland is currently covered in snow, this was the scene down at the harbour this morning.

This time last year the kids had already had several snow days off school, but we've not seen a flake of the white stuff so far this winter.

Monday, 5 December 2011

Sunday, 4 December 2011

236. December sunshine


It's a beautiful, sunny day here today. 
This photo was taken from the beach, looking towards Balandro Cottages up on the hill beside the main road (A92).

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Friday, 2 December 2011

Thursday, 1 December 2011

233. Sunrise


About 8:45am today down at the harbour - big waves in the beautiful morning light.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

232. Creels


Some time ago the Photo-a-Day pic was of a new delivery of creels sitting at the harbour.  Some of them have now had the netting added.  I'm sure there's a technical term for this - can anyone educate me?

I think I've changed the settings so that anyone can post comment without having to register/ sign in.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

231. Impending storm


It's not actually impending, there is a storm blowing right now, but at least it wasn't raining when I took this photo at about 9:30 this morning.  What the photo doesn't show is the fact that I was struggling to hold the camera still as I was being buffeted about by the wind.

No doubt these plastic boxes and all of that seaweed will be thrown onto the road at high tide.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Saturday, 26 November 2011

228. Christmas Fair


Here's the Christmas Fair in full swing in the Village Hall today.  It is organised by a different village group every year - they hire tables out to other groups and provide refreshments in the wee hall at the back. 

This year it's the turn of Johnshaven Primary School to run the event - you can just make out the Santa hats of some children on the stage, singing Christmassy songs.

It is a great fundraiser for all the participating groups and is always very well supported by the community. 

Friday, 25 November 2011

227. Now you see it, now you don't!


I've tried to add short video clips to the Photo-a-Day blog but, infuriatingly, they've never actually uploaded properly.  So, these photos will have to do - a wave - now you see it, now you don't!
These were taken this morning.  It's beautiful here but very, very chilly.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

224. Unseasonal growth


Even a plant ignoramus like me can see that these bulbs are popping up a bit early in the Starfish Studio tubs.  On Radio Scotland this morning Fred Macaulay said that there's snow on the way, so I hope they're not doomed.