was stormy at the Lookout today, the sea crashing dramatically
against the Worm and the bay was line upon line of breaking waves.
Standing up was an unmastered art as the wind was gusting strongly
and undecided as to which direction it wanted to go. Most of the
time it was coming in through the front door and the pressure
was such that the hatch in the ceiling of the back room was hopping
up and down in a furious rat-a-tat. We decided that it was more
peaceful to keep the back room door closed. The dog bowl was put
out as per usual but was soon in mid air and sailing into the
gorse bushes, Andy set off after it and I am pleased to say that
both he and the bowl returned safely to base.
dogs was by request only today!
was already open when we started the watch but there were no takers
for the first hour and a half. And then they came in crowds! It
started off with one couple, then three people followed and a
whole host then decided that they wanted to cross too. There was
a man with three dogs, a photographer and 63 ladies – I
don’t think I have ever seen so many making the crossing
at the same time.
It was, however,
a bit worrying because the causeway had opened at 8.55 so should
close at 13.55, give or take half an hour or so. We hoped to see
all returned safely. The group of three had reached the start
of the causeway by following the lower path from the direction
of Tiers Point so would not have seen the information board that
we put out, we just hoped that they would take their signal from
the others and return in good time.
on and all the pilgrims, including the ladies, reached the island
safely and spread themselves about. The ladies went en masse to
the sunny southern slope so disappeared from view. We watched
those that we could and gradually the first couple and the photographer
started making their return, prompting the group of three to follow.
Then the man with the three dogs came into view and we watched
them all make the return crossing safely.
We could see
three of the ladies wandering into sight now and they seemed to
be quite content to stay, we stopped worrying about them.
they were all badger faced sheep! And as you know – the
grass is always greener on the other side!