The weather did not begin propitiously today - cold, windswept and rainy;
but what you start off with by the coast is not always what you end up with and by the end of the morning, a long bracing walk along the South West Coast Path in defiance of the weather, had diverted into a leisurely interlude on a sunny beach ...
... for a spot of heavy construction:
I do not think in a three-dimensional way and I do not think I would win any prizes for my method of construction which is haphazard and ill-thought through to say the least. Any building inspector's hair would stand on end at my shoddy attempts to shore up inadequate foundations and bad engineering with the unorthodox and surreptitious, (but judicious!) insertion of pebbles. (Needed to prop up my teetering edifice in the gaps where the building materials, er, didn't quite fit as I wanted them!) Despite its slightly rickety structure ("slightly", Mrs T?!) I liked the fact that I managed to incorporate an "eye" through which to view the sea beyond.
Lucky I photographed it promptly, as, due to its cowboy construction, it was not long before the roof caved in!
H on the other hand does think in a three dimensional way and built a construction that will probably survive a neap tide! Solid as the rock with which it is built and fortress-like in appearance - no contest but his was the winner.
As you can see, he also managed to find a couple of armed guards to see off any invaders attempting uninvited entry over the moat, who stand, sort of like Gog and Magog, at the foot of the drawbridge. I think, in their more fleshed-out days, one was a Horseshoe Crab and the other a Sea Louse. Shells of their former selves they may be, but they still look quite ferocious close up!
And just to complete the day's satisfactions - locally made, strawberry ice cream in a cone, eaten by the sea.
I can't think when I last had an ice cream cone beside the sea - mental note to self not to leave it such a long time again. One of life's truly great small pleasures.