Elie Beach

I think as you get older, it's nice to have some things stay the same. I mean, only some things. I find things changing exciting, but I also find things staying the same exciting too. Elie has probably been much the same for over a hundred years, although despite it not making much difference to the feel of the place, both the hotels I remember have closed. It's a little odd, as it's a nice place to go to and the hotels in neighbouring towns have remained open. The Victoria Hotel, named like everything else from that era, after Queen Victoria, and the Golf Hotel, where I sat and tried to watch the first space shuttle take off have both gone and been converted into flats.

Room In Brooklyn

A nice house near the harbour in Elie. I should really have removed the vignetting from this. Or maybe not, perhaps it's nice.

Elie possibly derives its name from ‘Ailie of Ardross’ (‘A Liche’: Gaelic for ‘out of the sea’), the island on which the Granary is built.

It turns out that the floral clock (1903) in Princes Street Gardens, in Edinburgh was originally constructed using the clock mechanism salvaged from Elie Parish Church.

Palm Trees

Always find something nice about seeing palm trees growing in Scotland. They're not all that uncommon, but uncommon enough to notice them when they're there. I guess they're just not the sort of thing you expect to see; I think I find it somewhat otherwordly.

It's also a nice reminder that Alexander Selkirk, the real life Robinson Crusoe was from around here (Lower Largo, a few miles away); indeed, when he finally made it back from the Juan Fernandez islands in the South Pacific, after discovering he couldn't readjust to life in normal society, he chose to sleep on Kincraig Point, between Elie and Largo, to get back to what life was like on the island. The original piece of writing about Selkirk's experiences is interesting.