Day 15 - Monday
I woke to the sun shining and clear blue skies!
This morning I made 'field tripod' for mounting my video camera on. It was made from simple birch twigs and some twine. I really enjoyed the task and it just goes to show how simple, yet creative tasks stimulate our brains - well at least it does mine! I also searched the beach for a piece of wood that I can fashion into a 'woodar' a musical instrument that I can attach fishing line to make sound - must be going mad.
Whilst walking on the beach, I found a piece of wood that looked a little like a snake or serpent, so I fashioned a couple of teeth for it, gave it an eye, and placed it in the garden. I haven't named him/her yet but will wait until something is given to me.
I have started the first batch of ‘grow your own organic bean shoots’ but as I do not have any muslin as the packet recommends I am using toilet roll. With luck that will work, and in 5 days time I will have even more ingredients for my evening stir fry.
Day 16 - Tuesday
An easy day today and unusually, I did not wake up until 9 am! After breakfast with the sun coming through occasionally I walked down to the beach. On the track on the way down there was a National Trust 4x4 basically blocking the path. There was one National Trust guy repairing a gate into a side field where they had just put an Aberdeen Angus bullock and a Friesian cow. They do this occasionally to feed in the fields and keep down any invasive weeds, gorse and blackthorn scrub etc; this helps with the Eco environment of the natural species in the fields and encourages rare plant growth.
As I past he was holding the gate in one hand and trying to reach his drill with the other. He asked me to help and of course I could not ignore him. Turns out that he knew all about me as in their office they have on their bookings calendar 'The Solitude Man' - that made me laugh. He quizzed me about what I was doing and I told him as best I could. He said he was very envious about what I was doing. After about 5 minutes I bade him farewell and walked on down to the beach.
It was low tide, so another opportunity to search the rock pools - still no sign of crabs or shrimps which really surprised me.
What I do find fascinating is staring into rock pools - sometimes when the water is calm and not disturbed by the wind, it can be beautiful like looking into another world, another realm of fascinating plants and animals.
I did however find a largish dogfish, dead on the rocks, a feast for the gulls.
Later that day, I returned to the bothy and cooked up some rice on the wok and had stir fire, followed by cheese and biscuits and some chocolate. Heaven!
Thinking back to the young National Trust mans comments, it reminded me on how indeed I was fortunate to be doing what I am. I am blest to have this opportunity, which for many do not have the time or even the inclination to try out. I personally believe that for many people and their general health in life, it would be so much more rewarding if they could take 'time out' and get away even for a short time.
Day 17 - Wednesday
I woke to brilliant sunshine although the skies do have clouds scudding by up high. With the sun came the opportunity to get my solar panel out to charge. With no electricity supply in the bothy, the only way of keep my iPad, camera and phone going was using this ingenious solar charger going. Its performance when the sun is not directly shining is greatly diminished, so when the sun shines that is when the solar panel comes out. As the weather looks great, I have decided that another night out is on the cards. I have a yearning to sleep down at the beach again, and hopefully see some stars during the night.
Good weather also equals admin washing, so I managed to get a bit of that done as well. I am very conscious of what we used to call in the army as 'hygiene in the field'. Not the most riveting of jobs, but necessary all the same. That done, it was quiet time and some meditation and reflection.
I had always intended to go down for my night on the beach in the late afternoon, but by lunchtime I was itching to get down there and enjoy the sun there, so I set off.
Returning to my old 'campsite' I was delighted to see it had been untouched, so with a few alterations only, I was then able to go down to where the sea met the sand and paddle.
The feeling of cold water and fine sand on the toes and ankles was amazing! I had read once about the importance (and health benefits) of properly connecting with the earth by getting your shoes and socks off and exposing our naked feet to the ground.
The reason is quite simply.
Our planet has electrical currents running all over it, literally everywhere. There are some major lines and these were coined with the term 'Ley Lines' by Alfred Watkins in the 1920's, and these feed off the mega grid system that encompasses the whole of the earth. Think of it like B class roads leading to A class roads and in turn all the way up to the motorway system. Never mind the country paths, tracks, railways and airways as well! So, if us humans can connect via roads and railways, we are then only copying the planetary communication lines laid down since the birth of earth. These planetary 'energy' lines are far more special though, as they are a direct link to Mother Earth or Gaia.
The whole subject about the earths energy lines would take a whole book to describe and there are plenty of those out to read if you are interested. As far as I am concerned, what it means to me is being able to 'ground' and to enjoyed the earths energy given to us 'free'. I honestly believe that it's good for us both physically and spiritually, to connect to those energy frequencies that are being sent out form the earth.
So, given the chance, get those shoes and socks off (an obstacle to connection) and walk around in your back garden, the local park or across fields. You will love it!
Returning to the beach I was able to collect more firewood, have my supper cooked over an open fire of lentils, peppers, onions and carrots whilst watching the sun go down. The beauty of that orange globe disappearing slowly over the horizon is a view that we had had for time eternal, and yet it's beauty is still fascinating and spell binding. The wind was light and the sea had that gorgeous still mirror like glean to it. I meditated whilst this time honoured spectacle was happening about gratitude and the beauty of nature.
Slowly, the night came in and it was with great anticipation that I awaited the full moon to make its appearance. Unfortunately, the clouds also started to arrive in dribs and drabs, although the stars were still there to see fleetingly. By 3.30am I felt the first spot of rain, and with no moon to see (although I could certainly feel its presence), I decided to return to the bothy, arriving back just gone 4am. As I turned the dials on the combination padlock, the heavens opened and it started tipping down. One could say 'divine timing' brought me home dry as a bone!