What an amazing day!
I should start with it’s horrific out there. We have another storm with no name. It’s blawin’ a hoolie and the rain is coming sideways! It’s wild!!!
I’m still feeling rotten. The cold is hanging around and making me feel really lethargic and, if I’m honest… (which I always am) a bit down.
I did the usual Saturday morning… not knowing what to do, where to go and stressing about making the most of my time. Dogs have to come first.
So took Bhruic and Freya out and they had a good run in Spiers old school grounds.
Check the tongues 👅👅🤣
When I got home I decided to take Calaidh down to Portencross beach.
This was the weather when we arrived….
That didn’t stop us… it was wild!! Honestly the kid of day that you usually want to stay in… batten down the hatches and not move from the couch but I’ve done a lot of that recently and I wanted today to be different.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Portencross like this. The waves were huge. I had to make sure Calaidh stayed away from the sea it was so rough.
Huge big splashing waves on the bit I usually go and sit!
Calaidh’s playing in a rock pool while the swell is crazy in the background.
Love the calm in the foreground.
Now these are waves. I never went down onto the main beach but I’ve never seen it like that.
Looking over to West Kilbride.
Got a surprise text message asking if I was at Portencross?!? I’ve not seen Aileen for ages and she potted Abbie the camper van in the car park.
Was so good to get a quick hug!! We didn’t get a selfie but here’s photo of her dog Millie with Calaidh. Both as addicted to tennis balls as each other. Had to try to get Calaidh away without stealing Millie’s ball 🎾 🤣
Almost two peas in a pod!
Calaidh and I went round to a Portencross Castle and kept walking.
Check the size of this container ship at the end of the Portencross pier! What you maybe can’t see is the tiny lifeboat that sailed out to them. I would not have wanted to be in any of those ships today! The wee lifeboat circled round the back of it and then pulled alongside and sailed along for a while 😱 then sped off.
I found a new path we had never been on.
And it opens out to this huge expanse of grass.
Calaidh was in her element!! She ran up to one dog and tried to pinch her stick 🤦🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️🤣 the kind lady threw her another one and she ran off for that.
We were absolutely soaking when I turned around to head back to the van.
I was having such a lovely time. The fresh air, the solitude, the lack of people except the few crazies braving the elements. Even the weather was actually out of this world. It felt amazing. It was so exhilarating. I actually woo hoo’d out loud a few times…. And not a soul would hear me. I was really wouldn’t have cared if they did.
By the time we got back here the rain was torrential. Absolutely stotting down. Sideways in the wind. I realised then how cold I was. My leggings were soaked and it was draining down into my boots. My feet were squelching.
This is a big muddy puddle on the road with the sea and then the castle. So much water!!
We got back to Abbie and she was about the only car in the car park. Thankfully not washed away but cleaner than she had been.
Now for the funny bit… I tried to dry Calaidh as best I could and got myself sat in the van when the phone rang… Craig… where are you? I’m at Portencross beach…. Awww I’m just home he says…. Brought you in a KFC Zinger rice box.
The last time he did this I was a few parking spaces down. If you remember I jumped the van into reverse and walloped into a parked BMW. Exactly the same place and same thing he said. Talk about coincidence. what are the chances?!?
You’ll be pleased to know I jumped into reverse and clearly viewed the reversing monitor to ensure I hit nothing. Check me.
Home, hot shower and KFC rice box followed by hours spent writing this as there are so many photos to go through. I have The Handmaid’s Tale on in the background.
Cuddles in with the pups. What’s not to love.
I could have given in to it today and instead I chose to make the day count…. And I think I nailed it.
Stay safe everyone ♥️♥️♥️