A busy week; Saturday dawned warm and sunny, a pleasant afternoon spent with friends on the shore. Each equipped with a camera, lost in their own world, exploring rock pools, enjoying the seabirds and open vistas. Oh, and did I mention the sun? That last wonderful, surprisingly warm September sun….

Waking to the sound of the wind whipping over the roof, the rain thumping, with fat drops, against the window and the shipping forecast. “Mull of Galloway to Mull of Kintyre including the Firth of Clyde and the North Channel…. 7 to severe gale 9”.  I chose the wrong week to trim the hedges!  The sunflowers lie smashed on the ground, leaves and branches strewn across road and garden. Seems like only yesterday we were living the rural idyll – oh, wait it was yesterday…..

Goat’s hairs may have been flying and the watery sunset might have been a clue to today’s weather but the wild sea, the huge swell and sea birds struggling against the wind says autumn has blown in with a vengeance!