A walk on the beach is never dull.
You never know what is going to show up.
This was a bit different.
A coastguard helicopter
close enough to blow your hat off.
It was the annual training exercise
for Lifeboat and Flight crews.
Even on a calm day
you could see how perilous this was
as they lowered crew members into the tiny lifeboat
and winched them back up again.
And in the bitter cold,
I felt profoundly grateful to the volunteers
who gave up their Sunday
to train to save lives at sea.