Wash out Tuesday

It was really heavy rain on the Tuesday and I went down to the glen to check how the stencils were doing.

Previously I had tried some small stencils in my garden and they were still there after it had rained, but in the glen there was more traffic to consider and some stencils were in puddles overnight!

Although it was a pretty miserable day I had a chat with these visitors to the glen!

Although it was a pretty miserable day I had a chat with these visitors to the glen! who were reminiscing about the history of the glen!

1925

1925

1930

1930

taking cleo a walk in the woods

taking cleo a walk in the woods

wet and dark!

looking down at the burn

Is it a wolf? no it's cleo

Is it a wolf? no it’s cleo, scary eyes though!

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the best laid plans!

Today I had hoped all the stencils would finally be sprayed….then I woke this morning to the sound of rain….

We had a lovely day on the first day of the project on Monday! followed by a  wash out on Tuesday. Yesterday we got got some stencilling done with the green spray which was fun there are now frogs, dog prints, bear prints and footprints!

I had hoped to go back yesterday evening but life got in the way, a dentist appointment late afternoon (a huge filling) and an invite for a meal ( not to be turned down!)

Here are photos from our first day…many thanks to Lorraine, Juliet, Angela and Kirsty for helping out.

Lorraine and Kirsty pacing the path working out the gaps between each stencil and marking with a cross.

Lorraine and Kirsty pacing the path working out the gaps between each stencil and marking with a cross.

Angela and her daughter Kirsty who stayed all day helping with the project!

Angela and her daughter Kirsty who stayed all day helping with the project!

It was really busy with car after car entering through the gates, here is a nice considerate driver trying to avoid the stencils!

It was really busy with car after car entering through the gates, here is a nice considerate driver trying to avoid the stencils!

Lorraine trying to stop traffic for a few minutes! she does look like she is behind bars!

Lorraine trying to stop traffic for a few minutes! she does look like she is behind bars!

Ice Age-Kirsty grappling with the paper, in hind sight card would have been better as we had to keep putting stones on top to avoid the paper blowing away...

Ice Age-Kirsty grappling with the paper, in hind sight card would have been better as we had to keep taping it down and putting stones on top to avoid the paper blowing away…

welcome to letham glen! one of our first stencils

welcome to letham glen!
not the best one but it was one of our first stencils..

lovely shadows... the stencils look huge in these photos but are actually quite small and compact.

lovely shadows… the stencils look huge in these photos but are actually quite small and compact when sprayed..

spraying the stencils, the cans did not last long and I had to order more white!

spraying the stencils, the cans did not last long and I had to order more white!

some visitors reading the stencils..

some visitors reading the stencils..

Spring 2013

This art project came about after having a brief conversation about creating something temporary in an outdoor space. Something which would be accessible to the public and perhaps incorporate some historic facts.

I had recently seen an artwork which used temporary chalk spray with stencils and I was keen to try these new materials. The idea formed of having a stencil trail running through  Letham Glen and  people could take a stroll and learn a little of the history of the glen.

Like all public projects there were a few hiccups along the way, but I had great support from Buckhaven Beehive and John Falconer from Parks and Countryside services, Fife Council.

I have always loved Letham Glen and often walk my dog Cleo in the woodlands. My first photographs here were taken in the Spring 2013 as I wandered around and looked at possible surfaces to stencil on. Of course I ended up taking the same photos of my favourite bits of the glen again! which is beautiful all year round.

Patricia Bray

lovely mossy covered logs!

lovely mossy covered logs!

ye old graffiti!

ye old graffiti!

one of my favourite trees even with no leaves!

one of my favourite trees even with no leaves!

still some leaves around..

still some leaves around..

What or who could be hiding under there

What or who could be hiding under there?

lovely soft colours

lovely soft colours