....and the dirty spume blowing around in Bay MacNeil itself. It was painful work: forty-mile an hour hail isn't much fun, and clambering over the rocks to get a good shot was worryingly slippery.
The weather began to show signs of clearing as we set off home, with watery sunshine picking out the colours in the beach and cliff....
Our thanks, as always, to the engineers from Scottish and Southern Energy for their efforts in pretty appalling weather, and to the switchboard operators who are unfailingly helpful and cheerful.
Many thanks to Hebe & Lizzie for some of the pictures.