Monday 3 August 2020

Hot day, cool place

With much of Europe sizzling in the summer heat, and sun seekers on beaches in the south of England packed together like sardines, can Gail and I be forgiven for feeling a touch of Schadenfreude as we enjoy a refreshing ramble along the empty coastline in the northeast corner of Aberdeenshire? 

It matters not to me that there are no palm trees here, that our camera angles are carefully selected to exclude the St Fergus gas terminal complex to the south, and that the 25 mph wind makes the claim of 21ÂșC seem optimistic...

After exploring the dunes, I look across to the seashore and ascertain that social distancing will not be an issue hereabouts.

So I boldly venture onto the beach, where I soon discover that it is best to stand on the wet sand below the high tide mark, to avoid the grains of sand blowing in one's eyes. (Gail is tall enough not to have this problem), 

Who needs a holiday in the Caribbean?


  1. Hari OM
    Well, if one was offered me, Bertie lad, I might not refuse. But Sunny Scotland is something to be treasured. Even with sand in the eyes!!! Hugs and wags YAM-aunty xxx

  2. You've got it all right there, Bertie! Absolutely gorgeous!
    Please send some of your cooling breezes our way.

  3. Bertie, thanks for taking us along on your beautiful seaside adventure. It looks like it was a perfect day to be at the beach.

  4. Bertie what an absolutely breathtaking set of photos and the peace and quiet there on the Shores of Aberdeen. Oh I too am a bit vertically challenged. I hear you on the blowing sand. I do wear glasses so that helps.
    Thank you for sharing the beauty that surrounds you and Gail
    Hugs Cecilia

  5. How beautiful! What a lovely adventure you had! You are one lucky pup to get to go to such beautiful places!

    Kiki and Rosie

  6. We totally agree Bertie, and would much have our chilly beaches than warm tourist-y ones!

    Although our Mama is missing her week of warm blue water this year.

  7. Bertie, we are glad you had a wonderful day out for some exploring. We hope that you enjoyed the time on the beach. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos. Have a great rest of your day.
    World of Animals

  8. A bit of Shadenfreude going on here as we look south to Victoria and their severe 6-week lockdown! Another lovely walk without having to worry about distancing!

  9. So much great adventure so close to home!!! Wish we could sink our paws in some beach sand like you.

    Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber

  10. OMD, you gots it good Bertie!!! That is one beauty of a beach you gots there my furiend! I agree, who needs the Tropics and all that humidity!!!!
    Ruby ♥

  11. How we wish that our local beach could go back to looking like yours, Bertie. They are only empty in the winter. Just now they are crammed full of people on top of one another, and it's impossible to keep 2metres apart, even though some people try. It's better to stay at home these days.
    Inca xx

  12. Lovely new header photo, Bertie. You look in top bouncing form.

  13. What a gorgeous place! Bertie, you and Gail have the best adventures. You have such a variety of places to visit, and they are all so beautiful! And you are SO handsome.