It rained all day yesterday and most of the night so it was a pleasant surprise to wake up to a sunny morning. I went for a walk to the beach as soon as I had done my shopping - 6x apples, 6x pears and a small bag of potatoes all for €2 on the SuperValu 3 for 2 offer, I added unsmoked bacon and a head of fresh cabbage - that's Sunday dinner and my fruit for most of the week sorted.
The sky had that it's-going-to-be-showery-later blue look and there was a brisk wind so it was ideal for my half hour walk to the beach. As I passed the quays I noticed that Rebecca was gone from her moorings, no doubt off on one of her deep sea fishing expeditions. A few boat owners were pottering around either getting ready to go out or just coming in, a group of young men were readying their sailing boat, the sails cracking in the wind. It was all pretty exhilarating and made me wish I could be off somewhere too. When I reached the beach the tide was coming in, the sun glittered on the water and I thought of Shelley's description and how aptly he described it all:
I see the waves upon the shore,
like light dissolved in star showers, thrown
Isn't that just beautiful? OK, OK I'm getting carried away. The poem was written in dejection near Naples and I have often wondered how you could ever feel dejected when you sit and watch the sea and write such beautiful poetry.
I watched a sea-gull strutting around in the shallows all on his lonesome. Every time a wave engulfed his feet he moved back further apparently not wishing to be drawn into the ocean. Eventually he got bored and flew away. I envy the sea-gulls, the way they ride the waves or simply take off over the water. A few families with children and dogs were taking advantage of the small strip of sand left before the tide reached it. It could have been high summer except that everyone wore jackets and no one ventured into the waves.
That walk has set me up for the day. I come here nearly every day and every day I find something new to discover. I hope the sun is shining where you are! Happy weekend everyone.