A FEW DAYS ago Mrs Kasman and I were out and about for a pleasant afternoon run in our car. We choose to visit a small nature reserve not to far away from us. BIRNIE LOCH is a popular place with a small car park and a nature trail around the loch - ideal for chilling out on a pleasant sunny afternoon.
As soon as we stepped out of our car I spotted the small object in the photograph lying under a bench seat. It was a painted stone - painted to look like a cat (open in a new tab for a better view). Underneath was the inscription Fife Rocks and the name Jay .
I wondered what such an object was doing lying there. At first I thought it was something a child had done, perhaps a school arts and crafts project - and I wasn't too far wrong!
A little online research revealed that this was part of a fun project in our local area. The idea is that people (mainly kids but not necessarily so) paint small rocks with any design they wish and place them in an easily accessible location somewhere in Fife Region - parks, nature reserves, popular walks, etc.
The idea is that searching for and finding these painted rocks adds interest to a walk with children, encouraging them into the habit of going for a healthy walk in the countryside. This is much preferable to the activities which many of our children seem to be addicted to today - playing games on their Xbox or spending hours on social media doing nothing constructive.
There is a Facebook Group dedicated to this activity in Fife and anyone who finds one of these painted rocks is encouraged to post a picture of their find with details of where it was found and to declare if they left it where it was or moved it to another location.
I think this is an excellent idea and will help our children get out of the 'couch potato' mentality so many of them seem to have become fixated upon. Is there anything like this in your area?
PS: We posted our find on the FB site and moved it to another location. Hope someone finds it soon!
Image Credit » Kasman