Today’s guest picture comes from our son Tony. He attended the Fife agricultural show on a damp day yesterday.
We had a calm and tolerably warm day today at North Berwick although an early glimpse of sun soon headed out to sea….
…leaving us feeling that a coat might be a good thing.
After breakfast, I went down to the beach with Matilda and while she channelled the little mermaid…
I got busy building five sand castles.
As soon as they were finished, the little mermaid turned back into Matilda (her name means mighty in battle) with the inevitable outcome for my castles…
….but luckily, I had a back up.
We went back in after a while and collected Mrs Tootlepedal and went off for a babyccino and a biscuit at the Seabird Centre cafe which has a fine view across the bay to Craigleith Island.
There is a traditional carousel outside the Centre, so what could be more natural than taking a ride in carriage while ringing the bell…
…and smiling at the assembled audience?
We gathered together with Matilda’s parents for a nourishing lunch of soup and bread and cheese and then went back down to the beach. Our cottage leads onto a sheltered corner of the which was heavily use for launching sailing boats…
…and power boats too.
We watched the Seabird Cruise catamaran leave the harbour with interest as we are going to go on that cruise ourselves tomorrow.
Other seafarers took the cheaper self drive option.
When the boat launchers left enough space, Mrs Tootlepedal and Matilda took a stand against the incoming tide…
…and when their castle was washed away (King Knut was right), and a light drizzle had started, we went inside and played cards. I won’t say who won but we were playing ‘Beggar my Neighbour’ and I played the part of the beggared neighbour very well several times so it wasn’t me.
The drizzle cleared and Al and Clare took Matilda off to do some trampolining and have another ride on the carousel while Mrs Tootlepedal and I did some shopping.
While we were walking back to the cottage, we passed a small flock of eider ducks by the harbour, so I went in to get my camera and walked back to the harbour by which the time, the ducks had flown.
I had a little wander round and found that boats, both gentle….
… were still filling the waters round the harbour. It had been a busy day on the sea.
I was hoping to catch a flying bird and was disappointed to find this gull waiting for a lift home.
Out to sea, a low mist had formed, shrouding all but the hills on the Fife shore across the Forth…
…and surrounding the Bass Rock too.
We finished a traditional day in a traditional way by going out for a meal of fish and chips. It has been a good start to our holiday.
And I did find at least one gull who proceeding under its own steam.
20 thoughts on “Traditional pursuits”
Loved those misty sea views.
It sounds like a fabulous day. I love Matilda’s unicorn horn.
It attracted some admiring comments.
I love that first photo of the sailing boats and the sea looks just like I used to love for sea kayaking
It was pleasingly calm.
North Berwick is great – I hope you have a good holiday
It is hard not to enjoy time spent in North Berwick in our experience.
An excellent record of a lovely day. Is Matilda riding in the Coronation Coach?
The carousel was built in 1920 ish so it is probably just a generic coach.
It looks a lovely spot. Hope you get a calm day for your boat trip.
Looks chilly but beautiful! I, too, love Matilda’s unicorn horn.
It wasn’t warm but it wasn’t chilly so we were not complaining.
Lovely photos of your holiday and the sea views especially the mist around the rock!
Luckily it was quite clear by the time that we got to the rock today.
North Berwick looks such a nice place to take a holiday. I love the series of castle-stomping photos.
Mighty Matilda indeed. Looks like you’re all having a lovely holiday.
Sounds and looks like you’re having a great time, Tom, even though your sandcastles took a hammering.
I am used to that happening.
I wonder if she will grow up to be an architect. 🙂