17th February 2021 – Facing north towards the Iveragh Peninsula
“Yesterday I was sitting on the rocks by the shore
I was in a silent peaceful world
Watching the stunning ultramarine sea
Then I saw a movement on the rocks
I stayed still..
It stopped and looked at me: A Stoat!!!
I could tell it wasn’t sure what to do..so we looked at one another for a while.. I barely took a breath
Then the wind caught my hair and back it ran to where it came from
Then a peep from behind the rock!
And then another!! A different face! A second Stoat!
I must have let a gasp of delight as they didn’t re-appear.
Oh my goodness what a joy!
And then ..as if my day could possibly get any better after that!
I went to my new favourite swimming spot
And as I was changing.. I saw something in the water.. not far from the shore..
Diving under the oncoming waves
I felt like I had died and gone to heaven
It was my absolute favourite animal in the world!!!
I watched it glide through the water, then bobbing and diving..
And finally it disappeared from sight clambering up the rocks not 20 metres from me
What a day!
And then I got to swim in divine great waves
What a day!
Heart all burst open with delight!!”