It was another ‘meh’ weather day of drizzle, light rain and a bit chilly – absolutely perfect weather for the beach! But which one...?
Today the minxes decided to go to the central 3 of the Cummingston beaches in the hope of finding some good sea glass. The farthest of the 3 has been brilliant for finding green and sometimes red sea glass, and even little cowrie shells. Alas today all it yielded was about a hundredweight of limpet shells and a red plastic fuel can.
But the fantastic thing about Cummingston is that the other beaches are just a few yards away. So we tried a little rock pooling in the normally wildlife - rich pockmarked stone. No sea anemones or starfish today – just a wall of baby barnacles on one stretch, making it look like the surface of the moon, and pockets of baby whelks on another. After a swift picnic lunch (why do the minxes love hard-boiled eggs on the beach but refuse to eat them any other time...?) We had a play on the sandy beach, a few yards further west. The recent stormy weather had left it pristinely clean and unfortunately swept free of anything other than more limpet shells and a lobster creel. Luckily, at 6, 4 and 2 years old, sandcastle building hasn’t lost any of its fun!
At this time of year, there are nesting seagulls in the cliffs above the caves and natural arches at the far side of the sandy beach (directly below the Burghead radio masts you can see in the photo). Normally the girls love to explore and hide here from the rain; maybe next month when the fledglings have flown?
A little further along the coast are the sandstone Cummingston stacks, busy with a large group of top-roping climbers today (right above the girls' heads, same photo). Inspired, we walked two minutes to the playground right above the beach, just off the Moray Coast Trail, where I was spotter to Mini Minx while Midi gave her first plastic-fantastic climbing lesson on the mini climbing wall. I think she prefers sandy slabs!
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About Me & Mine
Hello! I’m Jay, married to Jon, living in North East Scotland with our 3 daughters: Maxi (10), Midi (8) and Mini Minx (6).
Favourite place in the world:
It’s hard to choose between the stretch of Moray Firth coast between Findhorn and Cullen, and Westray (a northerly Orkney island). Both have an amazing diversity of beautiful coastlines in a small space (empty, clean, sandy beaches; crystal-clear rockpools; crags, cliffs and stacks), fascinating wildlife, friendly people and endlessly interesting weather. Bar visits to friends and relatives, we’ve taken all our holidays in Scotland, north of where we live, for many years. We’ve still barely scratched the surface of this beautiful country.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Rock-pooling and scrambling on local beaches; camping; walking in the gentler local hills; foraging for fruit and jam-making ingredients; and growing our own fruit and vegetables against the combined deterring efforts of our cat and the weather.