Channeling King Canute

My grandson doing his King Canute impression here by trying to turn back the tide on the beach at St Andrews.

Result: predictable. But full marks for trying.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Sand

The Inner Harbour, St Andrews

A tranquil view of the inner harbour at St Andrews in the Kingdom of Fife.

CMMC 20 January 2021

Lobster Pots

One of the possible subjects for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week is ‘fishing items’.

I saw this pile of artfully positioned lobster pots on the quayside in St Andrews, in Scotland. Those figures are standing on the seawall on the other side of the harbour: the lobster pots aren’t that big.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge 7 April 2020

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Face In The Crowd

This anonymous dog-walker, lost in his own thoughts but with his faithful pet loyally tagging along, may not even have noticed the exceptionally blue sea on a perfect autumn day at St Andrews harbour – nor all the other people with their dogs that surrounded him: at a respectful, privacy-preserving, distance, of course.

Weekly Photo Challenge: A Face In The Crowd


The themeĀ  for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is ‘Shadows’. This is the top of a ladder which allows sailors to step down into their boats from the jetty at Saint Andrews harbour, in Scotland. The low, bright sunlight casts strong shadows on and from the freshly painted metalwork – too red not to apply some selective colour to the image.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Shadows

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude

On a sunny autumn day in St Andrews, my grandson dips a toe in the waters of the North Sea.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude

Fishing Boat At Anchor

On a very calm and sunny day in the harbour of St Andrews, this little fishing boat was reflected almost perfectly in the still water.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Reflections

52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 19 – View

Have I got views for you. So many to choose from, but here’s a view – taken on a lovely calm, sunny day at the end of October this year – of the harbour at St Andrews in Scotland:


52 Weeks Photo Challenge: Week 19 – View

Thursday Doors: St Andrews (part 2)

As promised, this week we have some more of the interesting doors on offer in St Andrews – although, just to be awkward, we begin with a gateway: to one of the old buildings of the University (the Latin expression over the gate reads ‘In principio erat verbum’: ‘in the beginning was the word’).


This is a wider view of one of the most prominent commercial buildings in St Andrews, the J & G Innes bookshop, with its original windows and wooden frontage:


Rather more dourly Scottish is this example:


Down by the harbour is the rather more modern Harbourmaster’s Cottage:


Some more traditional doors, gentrified by the people who live behind them:



Thursday Doors 10 November 2016

Thursday Doors: St Andrews

In a previous existence, we lived in Scotland for twenty years and it’s always good to return, as we did recently for a week’s holiday.

One of our favourite places is St Andrews – home of golf and also Scotland’s oldest University (established between 1410 and 1413) . We know it pretty well – not least because our daughter went to school there – but never tire of it. This is one of the gates to her alma mater, St Leonard’s:


The town centre is very compact and there are plenty of solid old stone buildings to admire – together with their characterful doors:



Some of the architecture is not only old but comparatively unusual, like this stone porch:


Not so unusual, but still attractive is this old half-spiral staircase:


The overall impression is one of solidity:


More from St Andrews next week.

Thursday Doors 3 November 2016