When the tide came in, Algy flew up from the rocks to the top of the brae behind them, and perched in a stunted bush. The position was a wee bit exposed, to say the least, and more bad weather was moving in fast across the ocean from the west, but the view across the Bay of the Sand Islands was worth a few ruffled feathers!
The landscape looked strangely flat from this high point, and the wee beach at this end of the bay looked bigger than the much larger beaches beyond it, but it certainly was a grand view, to be sure 🙂
In the West Highlands of Scotland, it’s necessary to seize every chance that you can for sunbathing, as those chances may be very few and far between. And it’s worth knowing which spots are just ideal for soaking up the sunshine, especially when the air and the wind are cold – but be sure to check that the tide is going out, and not coming in 🙂
Perching on the warm rocks in the sunshine, surrounded by many
fascinating rock pools and the beautiful turquoise and deep blue sea, it
seemed to Algy that the life of a fluffy bird was sometimes a very
pleasant one, even if the barnacles did prickle his tail feathers…
[Algy apologises if you have already seen this. He had to delete the original post as a Russian spam bot chain got hold of it.]
Algy has been very busy posting out parcels to all the kind friends who pre-ordered a signed copy of his book A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird, and he thought that you might like to see a photo of the actual postbox where all those books get posted – more or less at the edge of the known world 🙂 As you can see, the box is not big enough to post very many books at one time, and it is quite a tricky job for a fluffy bird!
Behind Algy’s back lie the sand dunes and the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, stretching out into the west, and the dark ridges which you can just see in the background to the north are islands.
In a few weeks’ time, Algy is going to open an Etsy shop, where you will be able to buy signed books and other fluffy things. But if you want to buy a signed copy of the book – perhaps with a dedication to a child – before the Etsy shop opens, just get in touch 🙂 You can use Tumblr mail (if it works!) or the contact form on Algy’s own web site.
The area of the lighthouse rocks which Algy loves best is on the more sheltered side, away from the open ocean, but right down beside the sea. It’s necessary to be exceedingly careful down there, as the tide can wash in very fast and the water is deep and dangerous. When the sea is angry, it will smash anyone and anything onto the rocks with great force. But when it is relatively calm, it is safe to perch among the rock pools and watch the waves roll in, with the islands of the Inner Hebrides floating on the horizon. Even then, however, it is essential to keep one eye on the advancing tide at all times!
The wind on the west side of the lighthouse was bitterly cold, and Algy quickly sought shelter under an overhang of the massive rocks. He was happy to discover a patch of bright yellow lichen to blend in with his hair, but he had a wee bit of bother trying to find camouflage for his fluffy white feathers 🙂
And when you have read the book, Algy says PLEASE write a few words of review on Amazon – that would be a big help xoxo
If your country is not listed above, please go to your local Amazon site and search for A Surprisingly Fluffy Bird in Kindle books. You do not
need a Kindle device to read Kindle ebooks – there are free Kindle
reading apps available from Amazon for most computers and devices.
Kindle book promotion will start shortly after midnight Pacific Standard Time on Friday 24th July 2015 and end at approximately midnight Pacific Standard Time on Sunday 26th July 2015,
although the precise times are controlled by Amazon, not by Algy.