Becky’s Boscastle Birthday Bash

If your truly beloved is celebrating her birthday and you are at a loss what to do or where to take her, let me give you some advice as I think  have found the winning formula: Do what you would do on your birthday and take her along with you. Then everyone’s happy…..well, you are.

It’s helpful if the weather’s nice and if you can take some like minded friends along it’s even better. And if they too are celebrating a birthday the recipe for  guaranteed wall-to-wall entertainment is complete.

Boscastle was sunny and warm. All we needed to do was catch some fish.We did……

Jeremy plus a couple of Pollacky friends
Jeremy plus a couple of Pollacky friends

Fortunately conditions were pretty flat or the heavy thermos and bag of thermal clothes around my feet might have destabilised the otherwise very stable kayak.

We needed a fryable fish as we had vowed to have supper on a remote beach but only bring along salad so we HAD to catch the protein content. So a bass made a serious error of judgment when it tried to eat my toby.

Note huge difference in temperature between front and back seat
Note huge difference in temperature between front and back seat

The foolhardy bass was in the frying pan within five minutes of being caught and boy did it taste good.

Chief cook (not bottle washer)
Chief cook (not bottle washer)

The beach was as stunning and warm as we had hoped and Becky partook in a bit of birthday malarky. The air ambulance was not required.

Jeremy will be needing neck physio
Jeremy will be needing neck physio

Strangely the sizeable guillemot and razorbill colony on Lye Rock was completely deserted. I doubt if the young have fledged yet- more likely an egg eating predator has made a mess of it. The colonies on  Short and Long Island are still busy but we didn’t see any adults flying past with sandeels in their beaks.

On a brighter note we saw at least six puffins off Short island including four in the air simultaneously. Excellent.

Perfect conditions- Jane and Jeremy
Perfect conditions- Jane and Jeremy