Today we have had very strong “maestral” winds, around force seven. Driving up the north-east coast the sea was a vivid blue and the white horses were being whipped up by the wind into a fine spray across the top of the blue. Very exciting.

Despite the obvious strong offshore winds, the beaches were busy and many holidaymakers had their lilos out as usual. Many a time I have seen people blown far out to sea, only to find that they are unable to paddle back in again. Some abandon their lilos and swim back, others hang on (bravely/foolishly?) and are rescued by one of the boats in the area. What I always wonder though, is where do all the abandoned lilos go? I can feel a song coming on…

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