Otter sighting

On Monday morning I came up to Goodwick Bridge (Pembrokeshire, West Wales) from the beach and looked up-river, as usual, to see if there was a dipper under the bridge. Instead I saw a sleek body diving in the stream. I watched, then spoke to Derek to get his attention; the creature must have heard me as it turned its head and looked at me. The otter ran and paddled up the side of the stream and jumped into a drainage pipe. We stood and watched. The otter peeked out of the pipe several times. Eventually it jumped down from the pipe and ran up-stream, under the bridge and out of sight.

It was a thrilling sight, the first time I have seen an otter in Britain, and only the third time in my life. The previous times were in Doolin Bay on the west coast of Ireland. The otters run down the streams and across the limestone pavement into the sea.

My friend the biodiversity implementation officer told me that otters hunt in the sea but need to wash the salt off when they come back to land. He also told me I was very lucky to see the otter there – but I knew that already.

Morning pages

Write three pages in longhand first thing every day to release you creatively – weird stuff – but had me thinking too. I first read about Morning pages in Oliver Burkeman’s column in the Saturday Guardian magazine and wanted to follow up so I read the originator, Julia Cameron. But what exactly does first thing in the morning mean – after that first vital cup of tea? after breakfast? Healthy Crush told me – really first thing, as soon as you wake up.

It still sounds weird. But I might give it a go.

Why verbenadays?

I set up this blog so I could find out a little about WordPress, in particular about the technical side.

Why the name? I chose happydays – “already taken”. I tried silverdays – “already taken”; silvertech – “already taken”; appledays -“already taken”. Getting desperate, applepigs, geraniumdays, nothing. I thought maybe it was necessary to spend money to get a name, and out of ideas, I looked out of the window again. Next to the geraniums, there’s a host of verbenas.