Welcome to the exciting news that should have everyone buzzing in Dundee! Brace yourselves for a breath taking green revolution as the legendary Eden Project is set to bloom in our beloved city. Get ready to immerse yourself in a world of awe-inspiring beauty, innovation, and endless possibilities!
The arrival of the Eden Project is an absolute game-changer for Dundee. This ground breaking project will not only rejuvenate our city's landscape but also inject a much-needed dose of vitality into our economy. Picture this: tourists flocking from far and wide, enchanted by the architectural marvels and vibrant ecosystems that will flourish within its stunning biomes. Dundee's coffers will overflow as local businesses thrive from the influx of visitors and eager green thumbs alike.
Financial benefits aside, the Eden Project will breathe life into Dundee's cultural scene like never before. Imagine strolling through lush gardens, indulging in a sensory journey that transports you to the farthest corners of the Earth. You'll encounter exotic flora and fauna, unlocking secrets of distant lands without even leaving Dundee's embrace. As cultural exchange becomes the norm, locals and tourists alike will revel in the rich tapestry of diversity, connecting people from all walks of life.
But the magic doesn't stop there! The Eden Project will nurture the next generation of environmental enthusiasts and budding scientists. Schools and universities will collaborate with the project, cultivating a love for nature and inspiring a new wave of eco-warriors. From educational programs to interactive exhibits, Dundee's youth will flourish in a world where sustainability takes centre stage.
So, mark your calendars, Dundonians! The Eden Project's arrival is a monumental event that promises a greener, brighter future for our beloved city. Get ready to witness the metamorphosis of Dundee into an environmental hub, brimming with vitality, creativity, and a renewed sense of purpose. Let's join hands, embrace change, and welcome the Eden Project with open arms. Together, we'll create a bloomin' marvellous city that leaves the world green with envy
Following our recent blog on the Larick Beacon (or 'The Pile' as many know it) we've been contacted by the Museum of Scottish Lighthouses. They've managed to find some records of the beacon and have been kind enough to send them over to us. The records paint a picture of the day to day running of what was an essential element in an Estuary with strong currents and dangerous tides. I'm sure we've all looked out over the Tay at low tide and wondered why more boats don't end up in trouble stranded on the huge sandbanks that appear twice daily. Nowadays its mainly down to GPS and other electronic trickery but 150 years ago the beacons and lighthouses were essential features. This came at a cost for some though.
The smalls lighthouse above is a very similar construction. It shows the octagonal living quarters below the beacon itself. The keepers shifts lasted roughly 14 days. Yes that's 14 days and nights at a time before being swapped out by the alternate shift. I worked offshore and that seems ok but somehow being 500mtr from shore seems different. I assume that wood for the Beacon and provisions were brought over regularly. One of the first keepers were a Mr and Mrs Ireland who alternated with an N.Barron and co-worker of the same name. Presumably a father and son team or perhaps cousins.
The wind direction and weather was recorded in the above Journal as well as the time the light was extinguished. It shows a period of 4 days of fog which included 47 hours of bell ringing to worn seafarers. Task for the keepers included blacking the piles and painting the structure. The keepers seemed to vary their shift a little presumably to help each other out. The longest shift covered appears to be 8 months straight (although 2 separate days off when they went back to shore are included in this). Christmas day, as we know it now, wasn't observed in Scotland until well into the next century at that time so no mention is made. No mention of new year either which at the time was observed on the 6th of January when kids would hang up a stocking.