After a few dreich miserable days, quite unexpectedly, out popped the sun so yesterday, life was abandoned due to sunshine. So like any good citizen, we headed to the beach. As you can see we left early to avoid the traffic, it can be hell on the roads here. As I'm on a mission to 'Live in the moment' so we went to find Newark Bay recommended by a chum........map here.
As always when faced with dangerous terrain the hoonds tend to form the forward party. Haggis attempting some kind of 'yoga' in the wake of Peedie's lead. That Haggis dog, I'm afraid to say, is just not right in the head, so he fits in well.
The obligitary beach graffiti is customary when visiting a new beach. Whilst its not quite Banskie, it will do. Always a good plug for the posh wellies too.
Now, what I find difficult in Orkney is the crowded beaches. Sometimes its hard to find somewhere peaceful to walk. Today for instance, we passed 4 people in total, thankfully we all wandered off in different directions or it might have caused a major traffic report.
On days such as these, it pays to wear your wellies, they get a free wash in the sea.
And so they had a good splash. Seemed only fair, its been so dreich and dull here, nice to get out and enjoy the sunshine whlist paddling.
There's something about big skies isn't there and a nice long walk.
Listening to the water gently lapping in and out.
After the gales at the weekend, the beach is strewn with kelp and other tousled seaweed, tossed high up on the shores, deep in places. Given the calm of the day, the sunshine and the lack of wind, its hard to imagine gales at the moment. I think today might be summer.
Off in the distance a herring gull sits watching us on top of the slipway poles jutting out of the sea. You'll be glad of my rubbish photography, herring gulls are really angry looking and that would spoil the mood......its more 'romantic' from this distance.
The sunshine dances on the water, so I of course had to join in. Only polite don't you know. Wellies looking quite clean now, which makes a nice change from all that mud.
We reach the top of the slipway, fighting our way through deep kelp on the shore to clamber up. What an amazing view looking at where we've walked. Newark Bay gets a big tick, nice beach!
When not working, or playing guitar Mr Flowers prefers to walk on water. He does stuff like that and likes to show off now and again.
Whlist I attempt to drown myself taking photos of various seaweeds dancing in the shallows.
We head back along the bay, joined by a couple of frolocksome seals. Yes, those tiny dots are seals. They were so close we heard them giggling way. We really did. But you know how seals are. One minute you see them......
The next minute you don't. They appear to be playing with us. Curious as to our chatter and the dogs attempts at swimming don't frighten them too much.
We walk towards The Point of Ayre - so many birds pottering about in the sunshine, we carry on past their chatter over the now rocky shoreline.
Until its time to turn around and head back. What a perfect beach to stroll on when abandoning life, don't you think.
Another new beach walked, more coastline claimed in the great 'Bag all of Orkney's beaches' escapade I appear to be on. This weeks beaches have included Scapa, Inganess and Waulkmill which we know really well, but its nice to find a new one to explore. Thanks to Pete and Wendy for such a lovely suggestion and for the chicken lodgings, I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
Walk abandonded due to sunstroke and exhaustion, life resumed, a wee bit more refreshed. Wellies clean.