Monday, 21 August 2017

Return of the Sea Haar...



It came from the sea.. no not the rubbish 2005 remake! but the original by Director John Carpenter

One of my favourite films is the classic cult 1980 film  `The Fog`...
Instead of posting the trailer here is the making of the film, and how this 1980`s classic came about...



Today dawned a clear sky but within a half hour when i rode to work a sea Haar rolled in...
This occurs when cooler sea air is blown onshore and meets warmer air inland,
It can be pee soup thick and soaking wet, or like this morning waves of a dry cloud like mist drifting by...


Throughout the morning the sun was trying to burn through and produced an amazing light...

Funny thing is it can be like this on the East coast, while 5 miles inland it is a clear blue sky!,
Delivery drivers said of the good weather in Haddington  on the other side of the Garleton hills!

Here are some older pics from previous blog posts of Sea Harr on the coast...












Fog, Sea storms, and history documented into folklore...
Famous Author Robert Lewis Stevenson wrote books while here in East Lothian at Seacliff.
A book he wrote in 1892 titled  `The Wreckers` was based on tales he was told of `The Pagans of Schoughall` who lured boats in storms onto the rocks by walking a horse with a lantern tied on a rope between the horses neck and and a front leg,   slowly walking the horse along the cliff tops would look like to a boat out at sea in a storm seeking sanctuary of a boat at safe anchor bobbing in sheltered waters, the boat would then run aground as it came into the shore on the Carr rocks and the plundering  by the goulish people would then take place...

So real or not you can imaging such things taking place here on the coast when you live here and know the local history...

If your interested in this kind of stuff a previous blog post tells of East Lothian own version of a Whisky Galore type happening...

East Lothian`s Own Whiskey Galore Story...

More soon...


Sunday, 20 August 2017

Sunday cycling, Tyninghame, and cycling to Boards of Canada...



Sunday morning, and a wee ride out around the local trails and woods to the coast at Tyninghame,
I took the Surly Wednesday, yep that is a dropper seat post now on the bike!, will do a bike update post next week on how it is going,
Any hows today was lovely light and lush green colour in the woods after recent wet weather...


There are some lovely old walls in Tyninghame Estate, all these stones were had cut by hand...


Mosshouse Point and views across the river Tyne Estuary to Hedderwick Sands...



Around the salt marsh and out to Sandy Hirst Point...





Here is some film riding out to the point...
Been riding with my old iPod mini listening to music while riding again, and it is full of tunes by Boards of Canada, not sure how many BOC tracks i have but always love listening to them while cycling. It is music i can lose myself and find myself when out on my own,

To this film is the track `Smokes Quantity`...


Cycle to Tyninghame; Aug 17 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.



From Sandy Hirst Point it was a short ride to get onto the rocks to St Baldreds Cradle...






The tide line was busy with visitors but quieter out across the rocks...
Here is another bit of film,
At per title `Rock Crawling is my Yoga`...
Song is `Rue The Wheel` by Boards of Canada...


Fatbike Rock Crawling is my Yoga #1 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


More soon...

Harvest is Go!


With a near gale force wind blowing Saturday the Combines have started on the main harvest!
Working Saturday affy doing car parking and other stuff for `Hops In The Garden` Beer Festival i passed the big monster cycling to work,  this 780 Claas has a huge cutting width!, must be getting on for 35 feet..


Down at work and the afternoon flow of traffic arriving was steady which meant an easier time and steady flow of visitors...



I got away before 5pm after some pizza and pint of a German style Hops Lager, suitably named `Fury` it has a good kick!...


Not home for long as the drone of the big Harvester had me back out for a cycle on the 29+ KramPug...


Nice evening light across the shire...








When the sun came out again from behind a big moody cloud it was time to get some film and catch the shadows...

Song is `I Took Your Name` by R.E.M.


Harvest Cycling 2017;  Pt 1 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


I should have stayed out another hour for sunset but tired from a busy day and had a film to now edit!


KramPug;
The 29+ wheeled Surly Pugsley i named a `KramPug`  ( Originally Surly Krampus rims and tyres on a Pugsley)  is my Default Harvest bike,  riser bars refitted for hopping the odd deep rut and Alfine Internal Gear Hub for nothing to snag in Straw and for a comfortable bike it`s hard to beat for this time of year in the fields...

4 years now on 29+ wheels and 10 years old this Halloween, an ace bike :)

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Harvest History, here in East Lothian...

After a few real wet days were waiting on the main harvest to start, here is a bit of local history...
On Sunday i stopped at Preston Kirk in East Linton Village while cycling with friend Dave...

Go through the gates and walking up the path to the church you will notice all the writing on the grave stones face east.. except one grave whose writings face west...

Here laid to rest is the man who started the Agricultural Revolution, right here in East Lothian

History Lesson;
In 1786 the Threshing machine was invented and patented here in East Lothian, SE Scotland by a millwright called Andrew Meikle of Houston Mill, East Linton on the river Tyne.
This invention started the agricultural revolution changing a harvesting labour intensive process called flailing that had been in use since the middle ages...


Combining it all...
Then in 1834 American Hirman Moore produced and patented a combine harvester- combining the three processes of harvesting corn; Reaping, Threshing, and Winnowing,
The first combines were horse drawn, then later rhey were steam powered, and then as they are today self propelled with a combustion engine.
These Combines were being made in Scotland and operating in East Lothian by 1939...

Hailes..


Today all around the world the combine harvester still use a threshing device that operates on the basic design as invented right here in East Lothian by Andrew Meikle.
East Lothian`s rich agricultural lands are also known as `The Garden of Scotland`...

Film i made with footage of the 2013 Harvest,
Song is `States of Mind` by Utah Saints


September 2013; An East Lothian Harvest Cycle 2013 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Weekend Cycling with friends... Pt 2 of 2...




Sunday dawned lovely with a big blue sky and big fluffy clouds drifting by out to sea,
Dave an i swapped the bikes back to Fat Wheels for a ride to the coast at Seacliff...


 We rode up Whitekirk Hill first to show Dave the ace views from my old work place...

Defunct and very unlikely to ever return the course is disappearing, the greens now lost...






Dave doing a `coastkid` on the Cairn...

360 big sky views...








We rode north over Becky`s Strip Byway and minor road to Seacliff...





Surviving original Steading...


Wee film from Gleghornie to Auldhame
Song is `Bubble Gum` by Stereo Lab
Sunday Cycle; Aug 17 Pt 1 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.


Flat out cranking in top gear down the road to Seacliff harbour...
Another  wee film,
Song is `One too many Lifestyles`  artist unknown...
Sunday Cycle; Aug 17 Pt 2 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.






The beach was already busy with families so we got along to the start of the rocks and within a few hundred yards had the place to ourselves...


A big playground for Fatbikes...


I managed to punch a hole in the rear tyre which deflated rather quickly,  a tyre worm would probably re sealed it but i had none.  More tyre sealant failed to seal it so i stuck a tube in and we were soon rolling again...
New tyre ordered as it`s over a year old quite worn with a lot of cuts and scars on the sidewalls...






We did some filming on a tech rock section before blasting across Peffersands to Ravensheugh,
Here is some film at the Harbour then once onto the Carr rocks...
Song is a track from the soundtrack for the movie Rumblefish...

Sunday Cycle; Aug 17 Pt 3 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.




Then along The Secret Trail and across to Tyninghame for soup at the cafe, then a blast to East Linton via Binning woods for ice Cream!...

Preston Kirk...


Will come back to here for another blog post on a famous East Lothian resident laid to rest here...

Wee film,
Song is `There`s No Other Way` by Blur...

Sunday Cycle; Aug 17 Pt 4 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

Heading back to HQ on trails and watched some motorcycle racing...






Then finished the ride through the abandoned Hospital...
Song is `Tears From The Compound Eye` by Boards of Canada...

Sunday Cycle; Aug 17 Pt 5 from coastkid71 on Vimeo.

What great weekend!

More soon...