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Saturday, 16 February 2013
Maybe .... it's Spring???!
Shhhh .... perhaps we should whisper that?? But today it was mild, the sun shone (between the showers), the birds were singing (starlings and oystercatchers), and the trees are getting buds and the bulbs pushing up through the ground.....
So of course Button insisted we took a walk on the beach. I'm not exaggerating ..she stands at the door and meows and won't go out, then I put my boots and coat on and she's at the door meowing and trots out waiting for me to follow. Sometimes I think she's a dog!! (oooh she'll get me for that comment!).
We started out heading for the sandy beach, but the dunes got a lot of damage from the storm tide and I decided it wasn't safe to try and scramble down the shifting sand. Button, of course scampered down calling for me to follow. Oh were I as nimble as a cat! Lots of tangles on the shore (Orkney word for Kelp seaweed).
So we retreated and went back to our favourite walk on the shell beach. Um... I thought cats weren't supposed to LIKE water??
Lots of shells still on the beach
And I love watching the seaweed gently swaying as the waves lap the shore. How did this survive the storm?? So delicate but so strong....
I love watching and listening to the waves.... (hmmm speck of dust on the lens there...)
And then walking back, we saw some daffodils struggling up among a pile of sand blown by the gales. They might think they are somewhere tropical! Well once they stick their heads up a bit further the weather will disabuse them of THAT!
But in the shelter of the dyke (wall) and the shrubs, these daffodils are fairly coming on....
Meanwhile the chooks have come to greet us and ask for news of...food ....of course!