Last week I had already walked along Tonfanau beach, but was nowhere near ready to go home on such an unexpectedly sunny day. The BBC weather website, which I checked just before I left the house, was promising storms so I had cancelled my plans to go hillfort hunting. Although my walk started out with most of the surrounding hilltops sitting under large clouds, they eventually cleared and the sunshine was glorious. So instead of going back to my car, parked by the Tonfanau footbridge, I turned along the footpath that wends its way along the southern banks of the broadwater and the river Dysynni, and I am so glad I did. By the footbridge there were a couple of families with kayaks, all having a good, peaceful time, and a little further on there was a lady with two small boys swimming between the shore and a sandbank. One of her sons announced with great satisfaction that that the water was “as hot as a bath.” But the further I walked, the emptier it became, and eventually it was just me and the birds. And what a lot of birds there were!