Sunday, 25 October 2009

A week's worth of beaches

We consider ourselves lucky to be living so close to the sea and to have plenty of nearby beaches where we can walk the dogs. Those of you who are confirmed townies and prefer to have concrete under your feet would probably hate it, but for us, it's perfect.

Since we are almost spoilt for choice when it comes to beach walks, I thought I'd do a post on a different one for each day of this week. The timing could have been better, seeing as the rain clouds rolled in today, but, since I can't do much about the weather, you'll just have to use your imagination and picture the sky and sea in blue.

I've started right on our doorstep, well almost. We can see the sea from our house and it's just a few minutes walk down to the harbour, which has a beach on either side of it. (Click on photos for a closer view)

An aerial view of our village can be seen here.

East Beach from the harbour end

East Beach is the larger of the two. It is mainly sandy but has rocks at either end as well as a rocky area in the middle, which acts as a natural breakwater.

East Beach looking towards the harbour

The harbour

The little harbour was once busy with fishing boats but, these days, it's mainly leisure boats that use it.

West Beach

Back to East Beach and the rocks in the middle. Jana blends in well.

The tide coming in and hitting the breakwater.

A more gentle pool is created

A perfect learning pool for a vizsla who dislikes waves.

There are dunes for running up and down....... well as playing hide and seek in (LSH is in there somewhere).

West Beach also has beach huts. They are quite an old-fashioned thing, still popular on some of the more southerly English beaches, but I don't know how many other Scottish beaches might have them. Certainly none that I've ever been to.

Some of them are brightly painted.

This one looks a little sad and neglected.

This one has recently been spruced up and the new cartoon made me smile.

Definitely my favourite.

NB. To get that cartoon you need some knowledge of Bart Simpson and also Scottish words. I'll assume that I don't need to explain Bart's favourite saying but will tell you that 'dookers', in this instance, are swimming trunks/shorts.


Gail said...

What an absolutely charming place to be.

Lindy MacDuff said...

Lovely beach and it looks like Jana truly enjoys it, too. The beach huts are really cute and the paint jobs are so unique. Who would have thought Bart would be international?! D'oh!

jabblog said...

I do envy you your proximity to the sea - there's nothing like a deserted beach for walks. Love the beach huts - so imaginatively painted, such fun!

Amber and Nala said...

The beach huts are so neat and very fun to learn a new word. :)


The Gray Family said...

I love Hopeman beach and so do the dogs. I'm sure we'll have many summers there. The huts are just great.x

Jenny said...

Dagan would absolutely love that one with Bart Simpson!