Monday, 30 May 2011
The entrance to Johnshaven harbour has rocks on either side, so there's little room for error as boats come in.
In order to guide boats in through the narrow channel, there are two lights. This red one is at the harbour, and there's a green one directly above it on a higher road. To travel safely through the channel, boats must line up the red and green lights. Simple but effective.
Sunday, 29 May 2011
This is another one taken by my daughter, Kirsty, on the school snapping morning. I'm amazed that you can see St Cyrus church so clearly on the horizon - it must be about 4 miles away and it wasn't exactly a clear, bright and sunny morning.
Saturday, 28 May 2011
This is one of the photos taken by the children on Thursday (my daughter actually, which is how I have access to it.) A great shot of cormorants drying their wings in the wind. A few seconds before this was taken the whole row of birds were doing it - typical!
Friday, 27 May 2011
As a result of this blog, I was asked to take a group of children from Johnshaven Primary School out to take photos of the village yesterday.
The Women's Lifeboat Guild are celebrating their 60th anniversary this year, and have asked the school to produce village related artwork. The photos we took will be used for this along with drawings and paintings that the children are doing in school.
Thursday, 26 May 2011
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
Monday, 23 May 2011
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Saturday, 21 May 2011
Friday, 20 May 2011
Thursday, 19 May 2011
These are especially for regular reader Jenny Beedie - proof that her husband and son didn't spend all day yesterday in the pub!!
They were working on the cottage next door to Starfish Studio. They dismantled an unstable chimney, reused the bricks to build a new one in its place, and removed and capped two other old chimneys.
They came back to finish the job off this morning.
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
If cruise liners are your thing then this will seem pretty titchy, but believe me, for Johnshaven harbour this is a BIG fishing boat. I don't know why it's here or where it came from, but I first saw it yesterday.
Boats of this size are more commonly seen at Gourdon harbour - about 3 miles north of here.
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Monday, 16 May 2011
Sunday, 15 May 2011
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Friday, 13 May 2011
Thursday, 12 May 2011
This fence divides the beach from a narrow path that is regularly being eroded by the sea.
The path is right beside a family's garden and there's an ongoing battle between the sea and the humans to keep this popular walking route useable, and prevent the erosion from reaching the garden wall.
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
This one's especially for Jennifer Gaylord Miles who lived in this house as a tiny tot and is now on the other side of the Atlantic.
I took this photo this morning, shortly before it started to rain. The house to the right of your old house is a holiday cottage so you may want to take a look at Puffin Cottage's website ready for when you come over for a visit!
Monday, 9 May 2011
Sunday, 8 May 2011
Looking down Station Brae. This steep footpath links the centre of the village with Seaview Terrace and is the route the kids take up to school in the morning after buying their sweeties from the shop. The railings are handy to pull yourself up when there's ice and snow lying!
I recently learned that Johnshaven's train station (built in the 1870s, closed in the 1960s) was paid for by the man whose house is on the right of this photo (Serena House). He also had the path built so he could easily get from his house to the station, hence its name.
Saturday, 7 May 2011
Friday, 6 May 2011
Thursday, 5 May 2011
This was taken in the evening sunshine, and unfortunately the carpet of blue in the woods is in the shade.
Contrary to popular belief, these are not Bluebells - they are Wild Hyacinths. I am a complete ignoramus where plants are concerned, but this is one that I do know a little about!!
The confusion over the name of these wee beauties was a favourite topic of my late father-in-law, so in honour of him I'm giving you the facts!
In England these plants are known as Bluebells, but the Scottish Bluebell is quite different, having only one flower per stem. A Scottish Bluebell is known as a Harebell south of the border.
If you're a plant buff, you may be interested in this link to Two Crows, who obviously know a lot more about flowers than I do (not difficult!). There's a lovely pic of a Scottish Bluebell on that page.
Whatever they are called, they are beautiful and they make the woods look absolutely stunning.
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
I never realised how much hard work is involved in taking a boat out of the water. Yesterday evening this boat was being slowly winched onto its trailer and it seemed to be a slow and physically demanding task.
As a wee bonus, here's a pic of the boat in the harbour a few hours earlier when the tide was in. I don't know anything about this rather splendid boat, other than that it doesn't usually live in the harbour here - don't think I've ever seen it before.
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
Following on from yesterday's subject - many gardens in the village are very much on public view. This blue shed is in one of many gardens that sit on the opposite side of the road from the house it belongs to.
I would tell you about the interesting, circular building in the background, but I think I'll save that for another day!
Monday, 2 May 2011
Alison must have the most interesting and quirky garden in Johnshaven.
It's opposite her house, right beside the beach so it's in full view for everyone to see. It's full of a huge assortment of interesting bits and pieces, many of which have been customised by Alison and her daughter.
Anyone is welcome to add things to the garden, so it is constantly changing.