“Twas a dark and stormy October”   10 comments

October half-term week at my parents caravan in mid-Wales is an annual fixture for us. We’ve had some superb weather the past few years with some sunny walks on the beach and in the nearby mountains. Not this year. The weather was cold, wet, grey and miserable most of the time although I was only there for the two weekends at either end.

Still we got out and about so here are a few photos and some words about our little adventures:

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Lots of dark skies and seas to challenge this budding photographer.

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

And some wildlife, including a seal who we followed up the beach for 30 minutes as he swam and played in the waves a few metres from the beach. Not bad for photos of grey deal in a grey sea under a grey sky

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Storms arrived to batter the coast along with a little sunshine to brighten the mood

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

The following day was dark and bleak with a beach covered in foam and a wind you could barely stand up.

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

The dark skies matched my mood as I had to head home and go back to work for a week while TBF and the kids stayed the rest of the week.

When I returned the weather was, well, much worse, a day of torrential rain while I sat in the caravan and worked. The day after was ever so so slightly better. Torrential rain with the occasional sunny interval. Encouraged we headed out to the Hafod Estate to look at the waterfalls guessing they would be impressive after such a wet spell and indeed they were.

Hafod Estate

Hafod Estate

Hafod Estate

Hafod Estate

Hafod Estate

Hafod Estate

Hafod Estate

You can look at a more detailed post from our visit a couple of years back

That evening there was a high tide and combined with strong winds the sea overwhelmed the coast. The car park at the beach was strewn with driftwood where the tide had flowed in over the foreshore. We took another walk along the promenade at Aberystwyth and were stunned to see how much beach was now on the road and the damage to the pavement and railings

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

I’ve been coming down her for most of my life and I don’t recall seeing this happen before. Never ceases to amaze me the power of the sea and the damage that can be done to seemingly solid structures in the spate of a few hours.

As you may know over Xmas and New Year these storms and high tides returned with even more furious force and have pretty much destroyed the same stretch of sea-front. I can only hope that the the local authority can provide the necessary funds to restore this wonderful seafront that has such a special place in my memory. As we strolled along the prom and through the castle grounds we had no idea of the destruction that was to follow. It will be interesting to see the recovery when we return again in March

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

A walk back over the Constitution Hill and back to Clarach for a final stroll on the beach before leaving all behind for the winter

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

Aberystwyth, Clarach Bay

10 responses to ““Twas a dark and stormy October”

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  1. I always say I like wild weather, but there are limits nevertheless, and an awful lot of people have had far too much weather related trauma to deal with of late.

    And that seal looks remarkably like a swimming Labrador.

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    • Such a tragedy to see all that damage. Like you I love to see wild weather especially on yen coast but all too easy to forget the after effects.
      That seal really was close to shore. I’d have got photos if it hadn’t been so dark and gloomy

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  2. The skies do look pretty dark in your pictures and some pretty big waves too! Looks like you did get a little sun at least. You can never predict the weather so you just have to go with what it is and make the best of it!

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    • The weather in the uk was pretty gloomy all the way through October but we did get some sun in November (posts to follow), as you say sometimes you just have to get out and make the most of things whatever the weather

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  3. You didn’t fancy any surfing on this occasion then?
    It was terrible to hear about what happened in Aberystwyth. Elsewhere too, I suppose, but I followed that story more closely because I know the place.

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    beatingthebounds
    • I’ve not been down but the images are frightening and the damage is immense. A walk along the seafront with the family and some chips is a favorite pastime, just hope well be doing it again next year.

      Waves were too choppy otherwise I’d have gone in 🙂

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  4. Very interesting to me to see Your beautiful photos. Great presentation. I loved especially sea and wave photos.

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  5. It does indeed look dark and stormy! However I was surprised to read ‘I’ve been coming down her for most of my life and I don’t recall seeing this happen before’. Hmmmm the difference that a letter makes 😉

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    backpackingbongos

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