The Caribbean? South of France? North Africa?
No! Balmedie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
We have beautiful beaches. We also have fairly crappy weather. The occasional cracking day brings people out in their droves. Today there appeared to be a surprisingly large number of pre-school kids (and supervisors), a cross-section of society I don’t tend to rub shoulders with very often.
Visiting beaches in Scotland isn’t something I’ve done very regularly. However, on Tuesday I made a move that might change this… buying a fishing rod! It got it’s first outing that evening, feathering for mackerel in Inverbervie… without success!
Today was the rod’s second outing… targeting flatfish. To be honest, beyond 5 minutes research in the internet, I didn’t really know what I was doing. Fortunately, every nursery school pupil on the beach appeared to be highly experienced, and very generous with their advice:
Expert #1: “Throw it out further!”
Expert #2: “You need to put it in the water!”
Expert #3: “The fish were nibbling my toes while I was paddling.”
Paul: “Can I borrow one of your toes to put on my hook please?”
Expert #3: (After a nervous pause) “No.”
Unfortunately, despite this sound advice and offers of assistance, my rod must still look forward to it’s first catch.
Still, it was a good excuse to switch off and stare at the sea for a few hours while the girls turned into kids again, playing chicken with the (near Baltic) North Sea waves, collecting shells, burying each other in the sand, and generally larking around.
Apparently it’s going to be even nicer tomorrow. Head to Scotland, and bring your buckets and spades! (or fishing rods)