Kirkandrews Regatta

We had a visit from our friends Lyn & Paul with two additional generations of their family and managed to get out on the water for a mini-regatta.

We had 2 double kayaks, two single kayaks and two paddleboards out in Kirkandrews Bay. Here’s Paul, inspecting the fleet before launching.

John had his first attempt at paddleboarding – not totally successful!

Eventually we all got out into Wigtown Bay for a cruise along the coast.

Bad Courgettes

We grew some really nice courgette (zucchini) plants this year and harvested the first of them yesterday from the plant in our greenhouse to put into a stir-fry.

Everything was going well until we tasted the food when we found that the courgettes had a really unpleasant, bitter flavour. We discarded the meal and continued with our dessert of crumpets. Unfortunately in the middle of the night we were both quite unwell and it seems that the courgettes had a problem caused by an over-production of plant defence chemicals called cucurbitacins. This is mainly a problem in courgettes and summer squash and is caused by a mutation within the plant. There had been reports of similar issues with home-grown courgettes last year but we had not heard of any problems this year. We have reported the issue to the seed producer (Thompson & Morgan) and the garden centre where we bought the seeds.

The plant from the greenhouse will be discarded but we still have two other courgette plants outside in the garden so we will be very careful in checking their produce before attempting to cook or eat it.

Paddling Again

The view out from Duncan’s Cave

We had some mid-day high tides and good weather in the middle of May so we managed to get out for a paddle along the coast with our friends Anna and Rob.

Gabrielle heading round the back of Little Pinnacle
Anna and Rob emerging from behind Little Pinnacle

The calm seas enabled us to see a couple of porpoises but they were too far away to get a photograph.

Weathering

The local rocks are made up of massive formations of steeply inclined sandstones and mudstones of the Silurian period dating from around 420 million years ago. These are deep water sediments, known as turbidites, formed by underwater avalanches from the continental shelf into deep ocean basins.

Click on this line for a detailed geological description.

The rocks are prone to weathering in regular patterns of lines of oval depressions or holes along the bedding planes.

Here’s another example where the rippled bedding surface has been weathered into lines of oval depressions.

Betty showing the scale of the rock features