Listening to: Walk Don't Run (The Ventures)
Watching: Harvey (James Stewart)
Trying: to stay warm
Because: the wind is hammering down from the north, we've had snow and hail.
Surf: 12ft and full of jellyfish
Heck! It seems the bloom/smack/fluther or jellyfish I saw on Taft End beach were the same variety that attacked a salmon farm off the Antrim coast in Northern Ireland, killing the entire stock.
They are called Mauve Stingers (a pretty funky name in my view) and, while they will give an adult human only a nasty sting, they are deadly to fish like salmon and cod.
Apart from Taft End, I've seen them at the next beach along on the south west of the island at Rapness Cemetery, while I spotted some at Swartmill on the other side of Westray today. That's more worrying because it's only a mile or so from the salmon and cod farms near Pierowall harbour.
For the full Antrim story check this link (sorry, it will have to be cut and paste, you know what I'm like with technology):
Jellyfish update: An expert has been on Radio 5 to say the bloom or whatever you want to call it is at least 200km long!