A hearty good morning from all at the wee coastal cottage. The weather forecast says it's going to be drier today. Over the last couple of days even Sophie found the combination of 'power shower' rain and the 60 mph winds that drove it horizontally into her face to be 'daunting' . 'Daunting' means she was happy with frequent half an hour trips outside rather than heading off across the fields for a full hour. It was the first outing for her humans and their newly bought water resistant 'yachting' wear. The combination of Wellington boots and plastic over trousers may not be stylish but it is practical. The trousers are truly voluminous in a Michelin Man sort of way.
Today, despite the early hour and the piercing wind, we find that we're not the first villagers up and about. There's a small group of humans and Jack Russells standing on the foreshore. On the rare occasions when there's a combination of a high tide and a 90 degree wind from the North Sea the water is funneled into the Bay. This causes twenty foot waves to form. Today is one of those days. From down here on the beach it looks as if the water's higher than the land. An unusual enough sight for this small gaggle of onlookers ( and their dogs ) to be out in the half light. Sophie ignores the yapping Jack Russells. She clearly considers them to be noisy oafs.
Five swans stand in a circle in the field that was recently planted with grass. It's too windy for them to take flight so they contentedly munch away. Flight delays have their compensations. The cormorants and the seals are nowhere to be seen.
This mornings croissant a disappointment. Cold, stale and made of dough that would shame even a supermarket loaf . 1/10. Sophie of course thinks that it's wonderful. It goes without saying that the staff in the coffee shop now greet Sophie by name. Angus is ignored.