Sunday 7/7/13

What a lovely day the sun was shining and I went down to Leham glen and set up a gazebo next to the craft centre (mybus)

On my table I had colouring in pics of animals who used to be in Pet’s corner in the glen and pics of Hercules the bear who used to visit the glen.

There was a craft stall event and the glen was busy.

To make the day even better when I got home I watched Andy Murray win the tennis!

The gazebos for the craft stalls and the crazy golf

The gazebos for the craft stalls and the crazy golf

nice dappled shade of the tree I was under

nice dappled shade of the tree I was under

visitors reading the stencils

visitors reading the stencils

people walking through the glen reading as they go!

people walking through the glen reading as they go!

drawings of some of the animals who visited ( Hercules the bear) and those who lived in the glen

drawings of some of the animals who visited ( Hercules the bear) and those who lived in the glen

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Here are some of the comments people made to me about the stencils.

What a fantastic idea! please make this idea(Letham Glen stencil trail) permanent. It is great for loads, visitors and especially children to see this so attractively presented. we need to see our history of the Glen so readily available!

Where are Rusty and Trudy? the foxes? Great display and interesting info- miss the Go as you Please with the majorettes!

Great idea, love it very informative, a great local history lesson x

she told me she had read every single stencil all the way up the glen!

she told me she had read every single stencil all the way up the glen!

Friday 5/7/13

Went down to put in one last stencil with information about mybus who have taken over the craft centre. It was a lovely afternoon and the park was full of families enjoying the sunshine.

I had left information about the park and the project in the craft centre. I also printed out pictures of animals who used to live in pet’s corner for children to colour in. These had nearly run out so I had more printed to take back on Sunday when I will hopefully be under a gazebo outside the craft centre if I can put it up! if you see me struggling come and help!

an interested young visitor keeping an eye on things!

an interested young visitor keeping an eye on things!

his friend came along to have a look too!

his friend came along to have a look too!

trees

some info about trees..

not so sunny 4th July

On my own today finishing the rest of the stencils. It was supposed to be a lovely day! It was raining in the morning but I was determined to finish so I loaded up the car and was able to park next to the craft centre ( mybus).

Got out marked a few crosses where I was going to stencil and the rain came down again, so I sat in my car and had my scrambled egg roll and cup of tea I had got from Stuarts the baker.

The day did clear up but there was an awful wind and the stones I brought with me to weigh things down were not heavy enough.. I think I needed bricks!

rain

rain

craft centre in the rain!

craft centre in the rain!

Sillerhole

Sillerhole ( one of the previous names for the glen)

look what I've managed to do after the rain stopped!

look what I’ve managed to do after the rain stopped!

I can see the end in sight time for another cup of tea I think!

I can see the end in sight time for another cup of tea I think!

There was an article about the project and a photo of Lorraine and I in the East Fife mail on Wed July 3rd. It was titled ‘Hoping to chalk up a few visitors’

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!

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