Blue sky, beach, Ben & Barry

Another Bank Holiday Monday!  In our strangely unbalanced public holiday system they just keep coming at this time of the year.  Feels great at the time, but once Spring is over there’s a long wait before any more arrive.

What was even stranger was that it was such a beautiful morning.  Rain, sleet and hail have all been mentioned in recent weather forecasts so of course we had blue skies instead.  To be fair there’s plenty of time for the clouds to arrive, and as I’m going to be spending the day in Northumberland it’s bound to rain at some point!

I was on the beach early this morning which meant that the dog walkers were my only companions, but with the sea front cleared of yesterday’s cones and tape there were more of them.

Of course fate decreed that I didn’t need them.  The nearest person to me as I arrived on the beach was Barry; a nice man and a great subject.

He was out walking his greyhound, Ben who came to join us immediately.  For a moment I was going to be shooting the partnership, which would have been a pity as I would have lost the detail of Barry’s great expression.  I commented on how friendly Ben was, to which Barry replied that he was anyone’s friend, but especially if they had a sausage or a pork pie!  This surprised me momentarily as greyhounds (Ben included) are so sleek, then I thought of my daughter Holly; long and lean but addicted to pork pies.  Nuff said.

Anyway it seemed that Ben could be tempted away by more than just meat products for another dog came bounding by overjoyed at the space available for running wild.  Well if there’s running to be done you can’t hold a greyhound back and soon Ben was away with his new friend.

This suited me perfectly as it gave me the chance to concentrate on getting that great image of Barry.  Thanks Ben.

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