Sorry about the delay but have not been good the last few days so here it goes.
It was always our intention to take it easy on Thursday because our friends where coming to stay with us for a couple of nights and I wanted to make sure I wasn't too tired for their arrival. The rain from the previous afternoon and night had continued into Thursday morning but was showing the first signs of clearing with the occasinal break in the cloud.
Hubby suggested that we had lunch at the cottage and if the weather improved we could have a short ride out to a local town, spend a couple of hours there and then return for an afternoon sleep. By the time we'd had lunch the sun was showing signs of making an appearence and hubby thought it might be a good idea to visit a local beach resort. So we settled on the resort of Westward Ho less than 10 miles away.
We parked up next to a huge Pebble Ridge which ran for some 2 miles in length, a most impressive sight, perhaps 30 to 40 foot high and made of huge pebbles. This is apparently a totally natural phenomenon which protects the surrounding area from the incoming tides. I found it extremely tiring even with hubby 's help to scale this ridge but was astounded by the fabulous sandy beach. It was even more tiring to get down off the ridge and onto the beach, but we made it down safely and had a slow walk on the flat beach with the clearing skys reflected in shallow pools - very beautiful.
We watched the waves crashing down onto the beach with a small group of surfers braving the elements. The spray drifting onto my face in the strong wind was very refreshing and invigorating, but we knew we couldn't stay long. It was some walk back and still the ridge was to be scaled. I found walking over the pebble ridge to be totally exhausting and couldn't wait to get back to the cottage for a well earned rest.
I slept for over two hours on our return and awaited our friends arrival, knowing I had not fully recovered from my afternoon exhertions and paid for it later that evening when I had to retire early. I had been looking so forward to our friends arrival but got upset because I couldn't enjoy their company; this was the inevitable payback for the enjoyment I had had earlier that day. There always seem to be a payback with this illness no matter how you try to pace yourself, it's so frustrating arrhhggg.