Saturday, 18 July 2009

Take time to smell the...not roses, but seaweed!

In the midst of the maelstrom that is the last week of term before the summer holiday, my youngest and I took time out. We went for a long walk over the sand dunes at Ynyslas, north of Aberystwyth. The beach at Ynyslas is often a good place to see particularly fine examples of gnarled and twisted driftwood, owing to the ancient petrified forest that lies just of the coast between here and Borth.

Dating back to the Ice Age, at low tide it is still possible to see the stumps and even branches of these trees that may have shared the earth with some of our earliest ancestors. Amazing. On our walk we enjoyed a little 'beachcombing', looking for what James rather charmingly called his 'beach treasure'. Fascinated by sea urchin cases, crab carapaces and oyster shells, he then became mesmerised by the sight of a jellyfish that had been washed ashore, though thankfully he soon moved on to other things.

Only a small thing; no money and no effort, really - but a precious and wonderful memory...

1 comment:

whatshappeningatmyhouse said...

Gorgeous scenery, Cath, and it looks like you were lucky with the weather, too.

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