It has been a long time since I have written in my Blog. Other things seem to have got in the way and the weather has not exactly been conducive to outdoor photography.
I thought I would share with you some pictures of a lovely little village in Anglesey called Rhoscolyn where we spent Christmas and New Year with our daughter and her family. A little far from Cruden County I know, but the coast is beautiful there, not dissimilar to the area round Cruden Bay.
Rain battered against the window and blocked the view of the sea,
We can look down to the sandy beach of Borthwen from the window of our daughter and son-in-law’s house. Mind you this year we often could hardly see the sea because of the gales and the driving rain that hit North Wales. One day I did venture down to the beach to see the waves breaking right over the little island that shelters the bay. The waves were crashing on the beach and I could hardly stand in the wind. I tried a couple of pictures from the safety of the dunes but the camera was getting too wet and Lily the dog was more than anxious to retreat back to the house. I had to spend a while back in the warmth cleaning off the salt off my equipment.
Christmas storm at Borthwen beach, Rhoscolyn.
Christmas storm at Borthwen beach, Rhoscolyn
We were all a bit frustrated not being able to get out much, the weather was so bad. and to make things worse the electricity went off for the best part of a day. No light, not heat, no cooking facilities and what was worse for the children – no television. At least we had plenty of candles for Christmas.
When will the electricity come back on?
One thing that the stormy weather did provide was wonderful sunset skies with a mixture of oranges, turning to blues and reds and the sun went down behind the clouds. I love taking pictures of dramatic skies. And there were plenty of them at Rhoscolyn.
There were a couple of fine cold days when we did venture down to the beach. It looked so different with the calm water, with views down to mountains of Snowdonia. Lily enjoyed playing football with the children and the seabirds were out too, enjoying a respite from the relentless storms.
Football on Borthwen beach
Borthwen beach, Rhoscolyn with the mountains of Snowdonia in the distance
Redshank on Borthwen beach, Rhoscolyn
Curlew on Borthwen beach, Rhoscolyn
Rhoscolyn sits on a little island called Holy Island right at the western tip of Anglesey, 5 miles or so from the ferry port of Holyhead. The name Rhoscolyn is said to mean “The Moor” (rhos) of The Column (colyn), referring to a pillar which the Romans put up to mark the edge of their territories.
Waving to Snowdonia