Fortunate to say the very least…


We are very fortunate to have several Public Parks near to us.  Open spaces where you can wander at will, freedom to make your own pathway through the trees, by the rivers and round the lakes.

This past 18 months they really have been a blessing during the ongoing Covid situation.  In lockdown they were a lifeline for so many, a place for fresh air and somewhere to exercise.

Whilst Covid is still with us, it has been possible to resume some sort of normal life. The Parks have been ideal places to renew social contact at a safe distance. A much more relaxed approach to life out and about has returned.

There is still space to be alone  but also space for the renewal of activities that had been put on hold.

Most of us just enjoy the chance meeting, exchange of greeting or maybe a brief chat…


Others are more energetic.  I do admire the group of young mums (the Ladies that Push I call them). They jog along with their babies and pushchairs, pause every so often for group lead exercise routines, then its off again.  Not a bad way to socialise and exercise..

Buster and I may admire their energy but prefer a more relaxed walk.  An ever changing scene, and even if the weather at times isn’t the best always enjoyable….and of course as the seasons change it just adds another dimension  to the experience.


All this on our own doorstep…..  lucky, you bet we are.

But the Covid situation is still with us all.  Restrictions have been eased, but we should not let our own guard down for quite some time yet.  It remains important to….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

21st September

(C) David Oakes 2021

Changing Times…. Changing Fortunes


Dysart, Fife, Scotland

Along the Firth of Forth, the Fife Coastline has many ports and harbours.  One time Fishing was king.  Gas and Petroleum have become the principle cargoes.

Dysart is one of the oldest harbours.  It is recorded in records dating back to 1450. Its importance to the local economy  saw the harbour expanded and strengthened over the centuries.  Fishing was of course for a time an important  trade for Dysart Harbour. But its real economic importance was the export of the areas two principle products.  Fife had an abundance of productive Coal Mines. It also was a Salt Producer of some size, from the many ‘salt pans’ along the Firth.

The export trade in both these mineral commodities produced a profitable trade across the Norths Sea to the European Low Countries. Return cargo was often Pantiles and bricks.

But times and economics change.  Dysart soon became too small to handle the larger and faster ships that progress  demanded, so its fortunes waned.

Today, Dysart makes use of its harbour mainly for leisure. A rugged harbour still offering safe sanctuary for those venturing out to the Firth of Forth and maybe beyond.

If you are venturing further afield or remaining local…..

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

21st September

(C) David Oakes 2021