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Hi, my name is Andy Baskerville and I’m a Cornishman now living in Scotland. My early life was spent growing up in Penzance, I then went to college in London and from there got a job (Chief Geological Technician) in Guildford, Surrey, where I lived for 12 years.

In 1998, I moved back to Cornwall, to live in St Just, a beautiful mining town on the Lands End Peninsula. Unfortunately in 2006 I was made redundant from a permanent full time job (something quite rare in Cornwall!!), as a photographic printer.

From Cornwall, I moved up to the other end of the UK, to marry a wonderful Scottish lass. I now live in another beautiful part of the world, the Kingdom of Fife, in Scotland.

This blog consists primarily of photos I’ve taken whilst out and about in Fife, plus a few notes about some of the locations I’ve visited.

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  1. Hi Andy,
    Thanks for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the blogosphere and for the follow. Your support is greatly appreciated. Perhaps you might like to join in the fun on my weekly β€˜Capturing History Challenge’ https://edmooneyphoto.wordpress.com/2015/09/30/capturing-history-challenge-week-6/or the Spooktacular 2015 https://edmooneyphoto.wordpress.com/2015/10/01/spooktacular-2015/ for Halloween. Looking forward to seeing more from you and your blog,
    Have a great day,
    Eddie

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  2. Hi, Andy You’re a geologist! My degree was geology, although my teaching subject is geography. You’ve certainly moved around a bit, and to some beautiful counties, too. Fife sounds wonderful, and I’ll look forward to finding out more about it. πŸ™‚

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    • An amateur geologist Millie πŸ™‚ I was Chief Geological Technician for a company in Surrey for 12 years – best job I’ve ever had! Unfortunately, I only decided to start really taking an interest in academic things after I finished school, so I never got to study at degree standard. I’m going to need to be careful what I write down, you’ll know more than me!! LOL!! πŸ™‚

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      • I’m learning all the time on WP, Andy. I still love my geology, and always add to my rock and fossil box wherever we go, but I’m very into history right now. I write historical fiction, you see, so I spend a lot of time researching that. I’m really looking forward to your posts. I do travel posts, whenever possible, too, but I don’t delve into geology. Having said that, I’ve got one more post to do about our Malta holiday in September, and that’s about the lovely main rock on the island. (I’m just telling you that so you don’t think I’m telling you ‘porkies’ if you happen to see it later this week.) But really, most of my travel posts veer towards the history. Keep writing about Fife, and I’ll read it! πŸ™‚

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      • Wow!! You write fiction, well done! It’s the writing part of a blog that I find so difficult, taking photos is the easy part! I do know what you mean about constantly learning on WP, I’m enjoying researching historical facts about various places in Fife, so researching for a book must be brilliant!
        I’ll look out for that Malta post πŸ™‚

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      • Your photos are superb. Mine are pretty awful – mostly taken on my Samsung tablet. Between us, we could probably do an amazing post! πŸ˜€ Researching for my books (a Viking trilogy about King Alfred) has taken us all over the place. We had a wonderful holiday in Denmark and I learned so much about the Viking way of life there. πŸ™‚

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      • Thank you for the comment about the photos πŸ™‚ And your photos are great, nothing wrong with them at all. I wouldn’t have guessed they were taken on your phone! That must have been brilliant to learn exactly how the Vikings used to live. We tend to picture them as being a bunch of marauding savages, but I bet they are anything but, back in Denmark.

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      • My Samsung is a tablet, not a phone, but it takes photos in the same way. It has a screen, 6 x 9 inches, and it’s hopeless for taking photos in the sun. I just can’t see the screen with the glare. And in darkish places indoors – like inside castles – even on a ‘night’ setting, it’s hopeless. It has no flash, you see, just the change in settings. We usually end up relying on our digital camera, which is only small, but at least the photos are clearer. The photos round Newark and the village were all my Samsung, though.
        You’re absolutely right – Viking home and family life was a very different story, which |I’ve been sure to highlight in my book – with a bit of blood and gore thrown in for good measure. πŸ™‚
        I love Amanda’s blog, by the way. I can’t say I recognise many of her mystery photos, just the odd one. She had one on Pompeii a while ago, which I recognised because I’ve been there.

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      • I’ve got a Samsung tablet too, I hadn’t thought about using it as a camera, that’s a good idea, and your photos look fine to me πŸ™‚ Glad to hear that the Danes are/were a fairly normal race of people back home.
        I’m fairly new to Amanda’s blog too, but I liked her idea of the quiz, and the only two photos I’ve managed to maybe id, are this weeks and my own photo! Lol! πŸ™‚

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      • So you know what this week’s photo is? Good for you! I’ve seen a picture of it in some travel of geography book and all I can think is that it’s a Greek Orthodox church. I noticed that several people thought it might be a Russian orthodox, so I’m probably wrong! Have you been to see it, or just seen pics of it?
        I agree, the quiz is a great idea. I could probably find a few photos to send Amanda, too. Her proverbs and sayings on a Thursday are good, too. I discussed with Amanda months ago about doing some traditional British sayings on my blog – which I’d still like to do, when I’ve got time. She was really good, and said she’d support me by notifying her own followers sbout mine. I just need to find the time! (The story of our lives,isn’t it?) πŸ™‚

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      • I’m only guessing about the photo in Amanda’s quiz, I’m not an expert on churches of any denomination. I just happened to have read an article about Nice a few days ago, it looked familiar πŸ™‚ That is great that she is so willing to help you out Millie, and when you get a chance, you should do some posts on traditional British sayings, I think it would be very popular πŸ™‚

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      • I thought British sayings might be interesting for a while – until I run out of them, tht is.:) We do have some funny ones, don’t we? I’ll have to try to fit it in somewhere. I’m feeling a bit bogged down with posts right now. I’m in the middle of a tag post today, and I still have 3 award posts to do. I’ve already missed a couple of my regular posts this week, simply because I haven’t had the time. I hope you’re faring better than I am right now. Yes, it’s moan time!
        I still can’t remember the name of that church. I just recognise it from somewhere. I suppose we’ll have to wait until next Monday to find out where it is. πŸ™‚

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  3. Thoroughly enjoyed my visit to your blog. The photos and commenntary are a delight – I love the historical anecdotes and facts. I’ve spent many a family holiday in the East Neuk and travelled around a few of the places you’ve highlighted. It was lovely seeing Culross again, especially with the accompanying facts on the cobblestones and lugging. I like your style of presentation and had a good laugh at Ben – ‘the lichen guy’. Had to follow him even if he’s not on WP! Looking forward to getting around more of your site.

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  5. Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. Fife is wonderful – we enjoy visiting so I look forward to learning more about it from your posts. Last year, I went to Cornwall for the first time – we stayed in St Ives and dd a lot if coastal walking. You have certainly chosen some beautiful places to live!

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  8. Hi Andy. Thanks for following ZimmerBitch. So glad I discovered your blog. You’re living in, and photographing that wee part of the world that I’m from, and that the majority of my ancestors seem also to be from (as far back as 1690 anyway). I don’t get back to Fife often enough any more so it is lovely to vicariously enjoy it through your photos. Cheers, Su

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    • I’m glad to have come across your excellent blog Sue, you have some wonderful posts πŸ™‚ You are the second wordpress blogger who I’ve now met who has emigrated from Fife! I’m guessing you’re in New Zealand? From what I’ve heard, that’s the third best place in the world to live, Scotland and Cornwall being the best two! Lol! πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you like the blog Su πŸ™‚

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      • Thanks Andy. Yes, I’m in Auckland. My parents emigrated from Kirkcaldy when I was a kid. My dad and I are now the only ones left here. My mum and brothers now live in England. I don’t know Cornwall well enough, but I’d definitely agree that Scotland and NZ are amongst the best places in the world to live. I could probably do Bordeaux too, and once upon a time I’d have chosen Melbourne (or some of the hinterland towns), but Australia is moving in a direction I couldn’t take, so I’ll be staying this side of the ditch. Unless I could somehow transplant myself to Earlsferry or Falkirk … Oh well, I can dream!

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  9. I just found your comments above about my MMPhoto challenge, and I am so glad you both like the quiz element. I will have to be careful now, to find some challenging photos as you two may end up collaborating together, being geologists and all. Mind you, collaborating on difficult photos is a great idea. Enhances the blogging experience. Go team!

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  10. Hi Andy. I have just included you in a list of favourite/recommended blogs. It’s a Liebster award! Hope you enjoy being on the list and if you wish, you can pass the torch to 11 more bloggers–but please don’t feel obligated. I wouldn’t enjoy doing this if I thought my award nominees felt obliged to follow up with their own award post. πŸ™‚ I just briefly noticed as I scrolled down to this comments box that you have received other awards! Cheers!

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