The man of The Place was going to Largs on the North Ayrshire coast with his diving group for the last sea dives of the season. After mid-November, it gets a bit too chilly for fun when diving in the UK. Naturally there are stalwarts who dive all year around, but you find that sort everywhere.
As I haven't seen much of my man lately, I decided that George and I would tag along. I'm so glad we did. We all had a fantastic day out.When we got to the marina in Largs, we discovered that they have these very handy trollies for taking things from ones car down to the boat. Divers always have very heavy things and these were a Godsend. Above is Henry getting ready for the day's diving.
Jim and Sue.
The divers and Captain John (in the back with the clipboard).
I tried to take a photograph of the starfish that could be seen from the docks. There were loads of them but my camera kept auto-focussing on the water's surface and I couldn't get the shot.
The tide was going out when we first arrived and this heron was taking advantage of that to get a little crab or two.
George and I weren't diving. George is too young for BSAC training and I stay behind so that he doesn't get lonely. When George is old enough, then we'll all dive together. In the meantime, we had a fun day in Largs. The first thing we did was go to Nardini's for breakfast. We didn't have their famous ice cream because it was too early for us. At the end of the day when we were having our fish and chips, we were too full for ice cream. We'll get double ice cream next time to make up for it.
As with all seaside towns in the UK, there are amusement arcades all along the seafront. George and I love these. Our favourite games are the penny falls or penny pushers. We spend loads of time timing it so that when we drop our pennies, they will land correctly and the pushing arms will shove enough pennies forward to allow our prizes to drop. We can spend hours at those.
George won most of the prizes. He was very lucky. These are George's prizes.
This is what I won.
For those of you planning a trip to the UK, please don't overlook the seaside towns. It is where, for centuries everybody went on their holidays. You won't get a more authentic British experience. The best fish and chips can be found at the seaside, the freshest air and oddly no foreign tourists.