14 August 2019: Day 4 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 2 – St Andrews

Good day everyone,

Hope you are all still healthy. This week was very busy with my studies and finishing up editing work for clients.

For the next few days, I can concentrate on editing our Scotland vacation.
Let’s continue our Grand Tour of Scotland. Today I am sharing with you the photos I took while exploring St Andrews.

Dad was still not feeling up to walking, and he stayed in the car while I explored and took some photos of the surroundings.

My first stop was St Leonard’s Parish Church. On my next visit to Scotland, I am definitely going to make a point of it to go inside the churches to capture the interiors as well.

St Leonard’s Parish Church
St Leonard’s Parish Church
St Leonard’s Parish Church
St Leonard’s Parish Church
St Leonard’s Parish Church
St Leonard’s Parish Church
St Leonard’s Parish Church
St Leonard’s Parish Church Bell

While I was exploring, I noticed the different types of stone and brick walls. It really stood out to me.

Patched wall

Up next are some random photos of the buildings and houses.

My next stop was the Victory Memorial Hall. The blue door and entry of the hall caught my eye immediately. I searched online for more information about the Victory Memorial Hall, but shockingly, I could not find any.

Victory Memorial Hall
Beautiful blue door of the Victory Memorial Hall
Victory Memorial Hall

St Andrews has so many beautiful churches, and I only walked down one street.

The Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church have a spectacular exterior, I can just imagine how the interior must be. The beautiful flower baskets in front of the windows really caught my eye.

Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Stunning Window of Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Beautiful Hanging flower baskets of the Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Stunning Blue door of the Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church
Hope Park and Martyrs Parish Church

Thank you for exploring St Andrews with me. In my next post we will continue exploring.

Keep safe and healthy.

Till next time.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

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“Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.”

Dalai Lama

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“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

Unknown

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“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”

Confucius

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“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”

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“There is simply nothing better than to climb out onto a rock, and sit for hours with nothing in sight but sea and sky.”

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“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”

Lucille Ball

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“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”

Unknown

14 August 2019: Day 4 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 1 Knockhill Farm B&B

Good day everybody,

I am feeling much better today. I hope you are all still healthy and enjoying life to the fullest.

WOW day two on the road, but first a little of our stay and warm reception at Knockhill Farm just outside St Andrews.

Linda Wood, the owner of Knockhill Farm B&B, made us feel right at home with her friendly reception. We ran late, and she was worried that something happened to us on the way there. She even went as far and contacted Nordic Visitor, our tour agent, to find out if they had heard something.

Linda showed us to our accommodation for the evening, and we talked a bit about our day. She then told us that breakfast will be served at 8:00 AM and showed us where we must go.

Big Lounge and kitchen area

Our accommodation had a spacious lounge, with 2 comfortable couches, a television, and enough reading material to keep us busy for the night.
In the kitchen area, we had a variety of coffee and teas to choose from.

Spacious Shower and bathroom
Basket of goodies and towels

The bathroom was also very spacious and had a beautiful big walk-in shower. There were fresh bath sheets, face towels, shampoo, shower gel, and cream.

Two comfortable twin beds

The spacious bedroom had two twin beds, cupboards and, a dressing table.

After a long warm shower, I put on my PJ’s and made myself and dad a nice cup of coffee. We sat down in the lounge, dad grabbed a book and started reading and I started writing a quick blog with photos I took on the road with my phone.
When I first anticipated writing a blog every evening, I did not factor in how tired I would be after a long day on the road.

We went to bed around 10:30 PM for a well-deserved rest.

At around 5:00 AM, I woke up refreshed. I got out of bed, got dressed, and gathered all my things. I grabbed my camera and headed outside to take some photos of the farm and its surroundings.
I made dad and myself a cup of coffee then I woke him up just after 6:30 AM, giving him ample time to get ready.

Our Room The Stable

Dad finished with time to spare, and we decided to take a walk down the road.

Red champion Silene dioica
Red champion Silene dioica
Red champion Silene dioica
Red champion Silene dioica
Blue Pansy
Yellow Pansy

Thank you for joining us at Knockhill Farm B&B. Hope you enjoyed your stay just as much as we did. Our next stop St Andrews.

Till next time. Stay safe.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

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“Never give up. Fight for your goals

Unknown

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“Be good to people for no reason.”

Unknown

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“You cannot always control what’s around you, but you can always control what’s within you.

Unknown

Flower of the day Challenge: 21 July 2020

Good day friends,

Been feeling a bit under the weather over the past few days. Flowers always cheers me up so here is my one for today.

My Grandmothers sister loved Barberton Daisies. Her back garden was full of them all the different colors you can think of and she had single ones and doubles. That is how she described them.

I am not 100% sure if this is a Barberton Daisy. I took these photos while we were walking in Edinburgh.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

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“When fear comes knocking at your door, you must answer it with faith. Nothing else is effective against it.”

Unknown

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“You are responsible for creating a life that makes you happy and fulfilled. No one else can do that for you.”

Unknown

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“Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.”

Doug Firebaugh

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“Believe in your dream no matter what happens, it will come true.”

Unknown

13 August 2019: Day 3 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 10

Good day to my internet friends

I hope that you are all having a great week. Today’s post is going to be sweet and short.
I did not take a lot of photos in Anstruther, because we were running late and I could not phone the guesthouse where we were staying. I only had a data package, and it did not include airtime.
On our way to get supper, we stopped at St. Ayle Church. I took a few photos through the gate, and then we were on our way again.

Since I started planning this road trip through Scotland with dad in October 2018, I decided that we are going to visit Anstruther Fish Bar. I have seen so many posts on Instagram about this award-winning restaurant that we just could not pass through without trying out something on their menu for ourselves.
When we got there, the queue went out the door and down the sidewalk. It was late, but we were starving and decided to stay.

They did not disappoint. The food was delicious.

Haddock and Chips

Just before we left, I took some photos of the harbor and surrounding buildings.

Arrived safe at Knockhill Farm.

Thank you for joining us on this short visit to Anstruther.

Till next time. Stay safe and healthy.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

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“Learn to trust in the journey even if you don’t understand it.”

Unknown

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“The easiest and simplest way to ensure that your day ahead will be filled with magic is to fill your morning with gratitude.”

The Secret

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A while back I had a 365 day inspirational or motivational photo project. Well I think it’s time for another one. So here it goes.

I will try my best to post one photo every day for 365 days.

“No matter how bad things are, you can always find something to be grateful for.”

The Secret

Wordless Wednesday: 15 July 2020

13 August 2019: Day 3 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 9

Good day everybody,

Hope you are all still healthy and staying safe. Today’s post is not going to be long. I would rather let the photos tell the story.

Our next stop on our Grand Tour of Scotland that we booked through Nordic Visitor is St Monans.

St Monans is a village and parish in the East Neuk of Fife and is named after Saint Monan.

It was raining when we arrived in St Monans but when we got to St Monans Kirk the sun was shining.

St Monans Kirk is situated on the west end of the village on the edge of a rock overlooking the ocean. They say that St Monans Kirk is the closest to the sea in the whole of Scotland.

Dad decided to stay in the car because the wind was just too cold. I grabbed my camera and walked around the Kirk trying to capture it from all angles.

View from the road.
St Monans Kirk and graveyard
St Monans Kirk and graveyard
St Monans Kirk and graveyard
St Monans Kirk and graveyard
View from the church Wall
View from the church Wall
St Monans Kirk and graveyard
St Monans Kirk and graveyard
Beautiful Windows
Beautiful Blue door of St Monans Kirk
View from slope of St Monans Kirk and Graveyard
St Monans Kirk and graveyard
View from parking lot of St Monans Kirk and graveyard

Our next stop was St Monans harbor and the Wellie boot garden.

Next on my places of interest list was the Wellie Boot Garden. I have seen so many photos of it on Instagram and just had to capture it for myself. I had a bit of a struggle with the sun and the wet ground but I got it done in the end.

I just love the way they utilized the old Welly Boots as planters for the flowers.

The view from the slipway was also very beautiful. I just had to take some photos of the boats on the water.

Thank you for joining us for our visit to St Monans. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Till next time. Stay safe.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

Never to old to learn something new.

I was always proud to say I am a self-taught photographer. Since I started my journey as a photographer in 2009 I have watched countless YouTube videos to help me and read a lot of articles on different types of photography, how to edit and marketing.

I subscribed to Creative Life and sat through many nights of online workshops. I also bought a few workshops for myself and I am still using them. I took hundreds and thousands of photos up to now, overcome many obstacles, and improvised when I was in difficult situations.

When I started looking for a job at a studio nobody would give me the credit for all the hard work I put in myself. All that they wanted was a piece of paper to prove that I can call myself a professional photographer.

This affected my self-esteem, I started thinking I do not know what I am doing. After feeling sorry for myself I started looking at different online courses and I enrolled with The Photography Institute.

Up to now, I have learned a lot and I am very glad I did enroll. I am also very happy to say that I am doing great in my assignments and that I did not waste my time reading all those articles and watching all those videos and tutorials

I fell a bit behind with Covid 19 lockdown but this is not going to stop me. I will finish this course before the end of September 2020 as I planned. Even if this means studying full time every day until my last module….

I can’t wait to hang my diploma on my wall. Then I can also tick Photography Diploma off my Bucket list…..

Till next time, stay safe.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

Wordless Wednesday: 8 July 2020

13 August 2019: Day 3 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 8

Good day everyone

Hope you are all still healthy and staying safe.

Let’s continue on our drive through Scotland. Our next stop was Ruby bay. I heard that this beautiful bay won the Keep Scotland Beautiful Beach Award in 2018.

When we stopped in the parking lot I saw the beautiful beach and can understand why they won. It is truly beautiful.

The wind was cold and dad decided to rather stay in the car while I went to capture all Ruby bay has to offer.

Ruby Bay: A Gem of a Beach indeed
Ruby bay with the lighthouse in the background
Ruby bay beach

My first stop was the Lady Tower. The wind was freezing cold but after a while walking I got nice and warm. The views leading up to the Lady Tower was beautiful.

Before I could go into the Lady Tower I had to wait for a couple deeply in love to finish up their “photo shoot” There was water inside the tower and I had to be careful not to step into the water.

Views on route to Lady Tower
Views on route to Lady Tower
Path towards Lady Tower
Lady Tower
Lady Tower
View from inside the Lady Tower
Beautiful Rock patterns inside the Lady Tower
From inside the Lady Tower

From the Lady Tower I headed towards the Elie Ness lighthouse. The path was slippery and I nearly landed with my face in the mud.

Elie Ness Lighthouse
View of Bass Rock
View of Berwick Law
Elie Ness Lighthouse
Elie Ness Lighthouse
Elie Ness Lighthouse

After walking around the Lighthouse I headed back to the car.

View of Elie

Our next stop was a quick one we headed to the Ruins of the once beautiful Newark Castle. Due to limited time I did not go and explore.

Ruins of Newark Castle on Coastal Path
Ruins of Newark Castle on Coastal Path
Ruins of Newark Castle on Coastal Path

Well it was getting late and we still had 2 stops before we could call it a day and we still had to stop for supper. Up next we will be visiting St Monans.

Thank you for joining us on our Grand Tour of Scotland.

Till next time. Stay safe….

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

Silent Sunday

13 August 2019: Day 3 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 7

Good day everyone,

Hope you are still healthy and save.

Today’s post is not going to be that long. We did not spend a lot of time at our next stop Lower Largo on our Grand Tour of Scotland. I would have liked to explore this little coastal town a bit more but time was not on our side.

While driving along the coastal road we spotted this beautiful sculpture. At first I thought it was the Robinson Crusoe Statue but while I was doing my research for today’s blog post I found out that it is actually The Malagan Sculpture. Well now I know…. I just love the detail on the Sculpture and the entrance gate. I am a law abiding person but it took all my strength not to enter and take up close photos of the statue.

Entry to Malagan Sculpture in Lower Largo
Malagan Sculpture in Lower Largo
Malagan Sculpture in Lower Largo
Malagan Sculpture in Lower Largo
Malagan Sculpture in Lower Largo
Malagan Sculpture in Lower Largo

The views from here was also beautiful.

Across the road I spotted a house with the most beautiful gate. It looked like a scene out of a storybook.

Once again I just can’t pass the opportunity to capture the house with the blue door and flower baskets on the windowsills.

I had to look twice before I realized that it was a toy skeleton of a prehistoric animal.

Largo Baptist Church
View of the ocean
Beautiful Red door…

Thank you joining us on our short visit to Lower Largo. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

Our next stop is Ruby Bay….

Till next time. Please stay safe.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

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