The recent stormy weather has
had quite an impact on the beach.
There are dozens of mermaid’s
purses washed up with the seaweed.
And last Sunday we saw a seal
swimming just off the shore. He was too far out to get a good photo and every
so often he’d bob under the water and reappear further along. There is a colony
of seals not far from where we walk Dusty, but this is the first time we’ve
Sea foam blows off the sea
and rolls along the beach in little fluffy clouds. That’s quite unusual too.
But most of all, there have
been dozens of cuttlefish bones washing up. It’s never been unusual to see the
odd one here and there, but right now they’re scattered all over the beach. And
there are tiny ones too, which is sad, as they would be babies and it’s very
unusual to see baby ones.
The bigger bones all have
Cuttlefish have several
predators including sharks and seals. I think the teeth marks look as if they
belong to seals.
A little further down the
coast around Mersea Island and Brightlingsea, a pod of pilot whales has been
Sad sight though this morning
of a Harbour Porpoise on the beach. I crossed the creek to check if there was
any possibility of it being alive, hoping to be able to get it back into the
water, but it was dead. Poor thing had injuries to its tail and fins.
Dusty will take his last
antibiotic on Tuesday – then we wait and see if the infection has been beaten
or whether it will be another trip to the vet.
Although he's written several historical stories for The People's Friend, this is the first time my son,
Sam Curteis, is in the same issue as me and I’m that
pleased. His lovely story, A Travelling Man, is the first in the magazine and
Fiction Ed Shirley mentioned it in her blog.
And my story – well that
little grain of truth in my stories I spoke about on the People’s Friend blog
– there is more than a grain in Sunshine and Showers.
Driving along the by-pass, I
saw a beautiful bird strutting about in the road ahead, pecking at the grit, as
they do. I slowed down, hoping he’d move before I got there (he did).
My grandson saw and sat
forward in his seat. “That’s a… it’s a … It’s one of those peasants!”
And one of my granddaughters
was talking about a beautiful dog we sometimes see out on our walks. She
confidently told her parents that he is an Elastic Malamute. I blame my accent!
Two of my short story books
are on sale at 99p (usually £1.99) for the next six days. They should also be at a special price from Amazon.com.
You Can’t Love a Stranger –
all stories include an animal of some sort. Available from Amazon UK.
Haunted – all stories include
a ghost. Available from Amazon UK.
And here’s Dusty cuddling up with
one of his best friends – Bananaman.
I am absolutely thrilled to
be a guest on the lovely People’s Friend “Getting to know you” blog.
You can see my contribution here.
There are some great posts on
there and I’m so pleased to join in.
The picture with the post
sums up summer for me – it was a great one wasn’t it?
Update on Dusty: He is much
better (hurtling now into adolescence and all the naughtiness that entails) and has an appointment next week to
determine if he’ll need a further three weeks of antibiotics.
Harley says: “Yes, I know he’s
behind me sticking his tongue out (how rude). He’s still miffed about National Cat Day!”