I visited Barassie the other day, as you’d expect I went for a walk along the beach with Jack 🙂 The beach is odd. If you approach from the B746 and park in one of the several free parking areas, head north, there is some litter on the beach, but otherwise it’s fine. You can walk along it for about 6 miles to Saltcoats. It borders a golf course but that’s mostly hidden from view by some dunes, which Jack particularly likes, as there’s often rabbits in them 🙂
If you go left there is a mile long grassed area perfect for picnics in the summer and games with the kids. Despite all the dog poo bins there is still lots of dog poo about. Come on dog owners, it takes nothing to pick it up.
Anyway, go down to the beach here and there is a LOT of refuse including sanitary towels and plastic tampon applicators. There must be an outfall close by. There is also over a quarter of a mile of beach that is covered in leaves. Small tree leaves, all the same species, and in parts up to 3 feet deep. I’ve never seen anything like it but the light was bad that day so I didn’t get a decent picture.
Later I noticed row after row of cut logs on the harbour waiting to be loaded onto ships. I don’t know if there’s a link between the two, but the cut logs obviously have no leaves on them, certainly not to explain the sheer amount on the beach.
Never mind, the north part of the beach looks like this:
Don’t let the rocks fool you, it looks gorgeous. Here’s another view a little further along.
Anyway I mentioned serendipity in the title.
A work colleague had mentioned to me a website about solar flares, and how you could track them to find out when the Aurora Borealis would be most active. She knows I have never witnessed the aurora, so passed he info on. When I had a look, it even told you great points to view it from, as they have no high objects surrounding them and little light pollution. One of the best places mentioned was…Barassie beach! I’d only been there the day before so how serendipitous?
Sadly there’s no aurora due.