I am writing this after a particularly wild walk along the seafront on Plymouth Hoe. The wind and rain were astonishing and the sea was the roughest I have ever seen it. Tinside Pool is flooded again, with waves crashing over and debris floating inside it. Thank goodness for the Breakwater – it would be much worse without it. I was upset to see the level of damage caused to the Wet Wok restaurant and the Waterfront pub at West Hoe. Many local businesses will be facing real difficulty. The weather this year so far has been truly punishing.
Paul and I have managed to get out and about in the few weather windows. We had a peaceful walk along the river at Cofflete Creek – such a contrast from the high winds.
We also threw ourselves in the sea at Whitsands for a surf on our bellyboards. We had to dodge the showers, but it was definitely worth it.
I was saddened at Whitsands to see a huge swathe of plastic washed up on the beach at the tide line, along with large amounts of plastic debris littering the beach at the high tide mark. It made me realise just how much plastic is out there in the ocean, and the harm it can do. I read this article - two minute beach clean - on Magicseaweed and was inspired to do a little to help. Everytime I go to the beach I take a plastic bag with me and pick up a few pieces of plastic litter. I know it’s not a lot, but at least it’s something.