I set out for my usual exercise circuit today. Walking down Gwelfor Road towards the sea front, it was lovely to see so many wild flowers providing a colourful display.
Instead of turning left at the bottom of Gwelfor Road, past the Neuadd Dyfi, through the tunnel and left along the beach to return up Copper Hill Street, I found myself turning right into the sand dunes and walking in the direction of Tywyn. I am so glad I did, because it was a lovely walk. In the sand dunes the story was quite different from the hedges and verges of Gwelfor Road, with only occasional dots of colour in an otherwise attractive but fairly unvarying selection of shades of green over the powdery ivory sand, dominated by marram grass. Marram grass is super. It casts spiky shadows, sways so elegantly in the breeze and carves out perfect circles in the sand. The occasional dots of colour came mainly from small dandelions, daisies and, to my great surprise, huge and simply stunning colonies of violets. Peacock and red admiral butterflies kept me company, and there were plenty of bumble and honey bees. The dandelions were doing a particularly good job of keeping the bees and butterflies busy. Little meadow pipits erupted out of the grass, taking to the sky with much angry peeping.
Walking back along the beach, countless dead jellyfish, a translucent myriad of opal colours, had been washed up, but there was not much else of interest on the strandline. The sparkling sea, however, was a wonderful almost Caribbean blue, very clear. In spite of a strong and slightly chilly wind, it looked untroubled and still. Very peaceful. A single white fluffy cloud interrupted the endless flat blue of the sky. The wind had built up thousands of little sand ramps, raising shells and pebbles on customized, sloping plinths, utterly fascinating. A pied wagtail stayed a few jumps ahead of me for maybe 15 minutes.
There was no-one in the dunes, there were very few people around on the vast sands and as I walked along the silent shop fronts and turned up Copper Hill Street there was no-one else visible. Oh for a salted caramel ice cream 🙂