Yesterday we took a short trip to Porthcawl, just for a walk along the beach. The tide was out, further than it usually is on our other visits and tidal pools were uncovered at the water’s edge. I love rock pools, I used to spend most of my childhood holidays hunting for shrimp when I wasn’t playing in the sea. It was great to see these pools uncovered and we spotted a lot of wildlife, some I’ve never seen.
We could see a lot of starfish caught on the beach and we weren’t sure if they were alive or not. The little fish I think is a sand eel, it was jumping about on the beach and I picked it up to put back into the sea but it was dead, the seagulls were waiting for us to leave to have their dinner.
In this first picture you can see this crab, it’s alive but it’s covered itself with wet sand, there were other crabs hiding beneath the sand too you can see my video on my twitter, I’ve pinned it to my profile for now as I can’t figure out how to link it here.
If you look closely here you can see to the left of the sunlight a small shell, this rockpool was full of hermit crabs. I’ve never seen them before, well only in an aquarium. I could’ve sat there for hours watching them. The picture to the right (taken by my boyfriend) is another hermit crab that we found on the beach, and the one below.
Walking along the beach is lovely by itself but when you get to see all the wildlife it’s even better. It was a boiling day and it was lovely to smell the gorgerous sea air and the scent of the sand for a short time.
Summer Reading Challenge
I have finished 8 out of a possible 20 of my Summer Reading challenge. I’m reading two which count to the challenge at the moment. I started reading too many books so I may stop reading one until the challenge is over.
I’ve still got to catch-up on my Netgalley reads and I’m hoping to read some books on writing in September and maybe rereads. That’s if I’m happy with how much I’ve read from my tbr.
I want to gues-estimate that I’ll read around 13 books for this challenge, it is meant to carry over into September and I didn’t start it until late June. I won’t be quick enough to read 20 but 15 I’d be happy with.
I’m reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield at the moment and Why Mummy Drinks by Gill Sims.
What are you reading? Have you been to Porthcawl?