I’ve even had comments on Christmas cards, ‘why have you moved up to Scotland. It’s so cold up there,’ or, ‘what about all that rain,’ and so, just in case you wanted to ask me, here are my reasons for moving up to Fife and what I think of the weather here.
We moved to Fife predominantly because my hubby suffered from severe respiratory problems as a child and at least two periods each year as an adult he still had great difficulty breathing in the place where he had grown up. Being near the sea suites us both for health reasons. I am also uncomfortable when it is too hot and airless. Here in Fife extremely hot summer days are rare, but we are more likely to enjoy an ambient temperature. There are less heavy frosts and settled snow is all but unheard of here in Kinghorn on The Firth of Forth.Inchkeith Island, across the water from us between Pettycur and Edinburgh, is allegedly the driest place in Scotland. Yes, we have damp foggy days when drizzle gets into you and it remains dull and grey all day. They call days like this ‘dreich’ up here in Scotland. In fact the Scottish have fifteen extra words to describe the weather than we had down south. The Scotsman lists them here.
You cannot beat living here on crisp winter days when the sun shines down on Kinghorn Harbour and you can sup tea in the sunshine, whilst enjoying a good blether outside at The Wee Shoppe. Or you can stroll across the vast sands of Pettycur Beach to Black Rock.
If the mood takes you, a half to three quarters of an hour’s drive leads you to the beautiful area of East Neuk; the tiny unspoilt fishing villages of Crail or Pittenweem or the more touristy areas of Anstruther or St Andrews. All lovely.
Here are our numerous other reasons which drew us to this particular corner of The British Isles:
The welcome we received when we lived here temporarily in 2013 and more recently in 2015.
The community spirit all within walking distance.
You are never far away from open spaces and the Highlands, islands and mountains. These are only a relatively short drive away.
To top it all, good old serendipity.
We didn’t find Fife; Fife found us!
I will be paying a tribute to Fife in the next couple of months on my other blog in the form of a ‘Virtual Tour of Fife.’