The Healing Paths of Fife


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Diana walked along the Fife Coastal Path from North Queensferry – beneath the famous Forth Rail Bridge – to St Andrews. While on her way she trod in the footprints of a multitude of pilgrims and famous people through the ages, but she also followed in the steps of ordinary folks of Fife. She ‘met’ some fascinating characters – from St Margaret in Dunfermline to the real Robinson Crusoe, Alexander Selkirk, in Lower Largo. Diana’ heart was captured by the beautiful surroundings along these healing paths. As she paused to have a ‘wee blether’ with those she ‘met,’ she learnt a new way of looking at her world, finding values which gave her a blueprint for the next stage in her life and she was fortunate to discover a sense of peace. The further Diana travelled the more she became absorbed in the history of Fife and her affinity for the area grew. As you read on you may find yourself ‘walking beside Diana.’ Her experiences might help you with some of the challenges you face in your own life, or they may inspire you to visit the region of Fife and have adventures of your own. Some would call this an allegory but it is certainly a memoir with elements of fantasy. Diana leaves the reader to judge which is which. Part 1: From Redundancy to Rejuvenation ~ Serendipity! Diana and her husband temporarily relocated them both to Fife. At the same time Diana was made redundant from a life time of teaching. During this time they walked along the coast in manageable chunks whilst Diana reflected the past and possible futures. Part 2: Letting Go and Moving on ~ In order to live her new life to the full, Diana needed to truly let go of much of her old life. That did not mean forgetting her friends and family but finding a new and deeper relationship with them, even at a distance. As she and her husband threw themselves into community life in Fife, deep down Diana was still searching for her true purpose and with the encouragement of new and old friends alike she ….

“The story magically interweaves fact with fantasy. Diana shares with us her predicament when she finds her husband off working in Scotland and then finds out she herself is redundant. I really enjoyed this beautiful tale and I was treated to a wee glimpse of the coastal paths of Fife and its rich history.

Very Highly Recommended the beautiful little maps and images add to the printed delight that I held in my hands. Thank You Diana Jackson.”

Rose English ~ author