The simple life

April 29, 2013

Ah, life was a lot simpler when I was a girl and kids were a lot hardier, either that or summers were considerably warmer than they have been for the past few decades. I mention this fact everytime I walk past the swimming pool on the outskirts of St Monans; not about the summers being warmer but about how hardy we were as kids as my friend and I used to swim in this pool. We didn't do it very often as it unnerved me slightly coming face to face with fish while swimming and you could never put your feet down as they would squish into layers of seaweed and whatever else lurked on the bottom. The pool is no longer maintained and to be honest I don't think it ever was, not really, but it didn't stop us having a dip, admittedly that was in the days before liability claims, no child would be allowed in this pool these days; their parents would probably sue for the trauma encountered meeting a fish!
The swings at Pittenweem must have the best view any kid could have along the East Neuk of Fife.




The very best thing about the East Neuk in my opinion is the woeful lack of mobile access, especially if you are an O2 customer as I am. Good if you want to get away from it all, bad if you break a leg while walking the coastal path and need help but then you can't have everything I suppose... Baby girl and Craig came to stay for a couple of nights and although they said they loved the peace and quiet of the little fishing village the reality of doing cold turkey away from social media was another thing entirely. There is a little spot at the harbour in St Monans where you can pick up a signal and that's where the digital crew hung out...so much for the simple life.

2 comments:

Lynne said...

I remember many happy summers in a similar pool in St Andrews; leaving the pool with a blue tinge round your lips, seaweed between your toes and the joy afterwards of hot orange held up to chittering lips - them were the days !.......

thecelticcookinshanghai said...

Life did seem so simpler then. Now a culture of blame spoils some of the best things for kids. Love the pics of everyone ignoring the beautiful scenery but scouring mobiles! Sign of the times. Raises a question of would we like to go back?

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