After a quick coffee, myself and Martyn, who arrived late last night, after a mammoth drive of 5 plus hours, set out on our first paddle of the year. The weather could have been mistaken for a summer's day just a bit colder but on the horizon it was looking a bit ominous.
If it was rain it soon turned to snow and the wind picked up even more, what we thought would be a nice easy paddle was turning into a bit of a slog and we had only been on the water for about 10 minutes or so, I hope this wasn't going to be the shape of things to come for the rest of the year.
We made it over to the shelter of the cliffs by Porth Melgan, well out of the wind at least but it was still snowing quite hard.
The storm soon passed down through Ramsey Sound and the island began to reappear, although the snow did continue for a short while.
With the snow finally stopping and the sky starting to clear there was a light covering of snow on Ramsey Island and Cairn Llidi and above Whitesands.
Whilst we were looking at Lord Saltoun there were 2 loud claps of thunder and looking northward the sky had turned ominously black again and another storm was on its way. Sure enough as we started to paddle back to Porthsele the wind picked up and it started to snow again.
I would like to thank Sian, Alan and everyone who made it another special New Year, especially the odd couple in those morphsuits you know who you are........