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Fife rocks!

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

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lookatdesktop wrote on April 29, 2018, 8:16 PM

If people did this more, what a wonderful thing it would be. I love this idea. I think it is worth a share on my Facebook wall.

MegL wrote on April 30, 2018, 5:00 AM

Great idea. Good fun to paint on a rainy day and fun to find.

Kasman wrote on April 30, 2018, 3:31 PM

Great stuff! Perhaps it will motivate someone to do something similar where you are.

Kasman wrote on April 30, 2018, 3:37 PM

Our grandchildren (Ruby and Rory) have joined in the Fife Rocks fun by painting a few of their own rocks and placing them around their local park. They have also found rocks placed by others and they are having a lot of fun planning how to paint their next rocks.

VinceSummers wrote on April 30, 2018, 6:31 PM

This particular rock is a work of art, if you ask me.

melody23 wrote on May 1, 2018, 5:25 AM

oh, i seen something about this down this way to on facebook recently maybe its catching on in other areas too!

Kasman wrote on May 1, 2018, 2:44 PM

Many of the rocks I have seen posted on that Facebook page are really well done - more likely the work of Mum or Dad rather than Junior!

Kasman wrote on May 1, 2018, 2:46 PM

Why don't you join in? You could paint a rock to resemble a nurse! emoticon :smile:

melody23 wrote on May 1, 2018, 5:25 PM

not a bad idea at all!