Buried Treasure

As I drive towards the moor the canopy of cloud that has shrouded Paignton all day breaks apart: first a streak of blue over there, then a patch here, and here, the cloud coalesces into cotton wool balls until the tipping point is reached when blue outweighs white.  That is about the moment I cross…

Three in One

It had been snowing earlier in the day, 2 heavy showers, though both quickly turned to light rain.  This may be April in England, but 8 of the last 10 mornings there has been frost on the garden shed roof and that is almost as many frosts as January, February and March combined this year. …

Rhyolite

Rhyolite is a clever geological term for what you might otherwise call lava.  It’s a bit more technical of course in that it describes a sticky sort of lava with a high silica chemical composition close to that of granite.  In this case it is also bright pink and the shore at Sandway Point just North…

Tidal Flow

Despite my happy go lucky, devil may care outward swimming persona I do have rules.  Quite a lot of rules but they are not in any order as they take priority depending on time and place.  For simplicity let’s say they are all rule #1.  Rule #1 for today is swim into the current first,…

Paddleboard? Swim?

In truth it is not a choice.  Just because I have a paddle board does not mean I am any good at staying on it.  I get distracted and then find myself swimming. I am only 50m off Goodrington Beach when I become distracted.  Bobbing in the water is a tennis ball.  I find tennis…