After battering us with storms for weeks on end, the weather finally relented over Christmas – so on Boxing Day we drove to Gullane in East Lothian and took a walk along the beach.
It seemed like everyone had had the same idea – I’ve never seen so many people there! But it was good to be by the sea, and to feel the sun on our faces. I found some shells with piddock holes drilled in them, and another handful of pebbles made their way back home in my pocket.
Gullane’s beach and ‘bents’ (a Scots word meaning ‘rough grassland’) face north across the Firth of Forth, with the coastline of Fife in the distance. The bright orange bushes are sea buckthorn, which give the impression of Mediterranean warmth. But the sand was still frosted where it lay in shadow, and no one was dipping their toes in the waves!
Photos copyright © Colin & Jo Woolf