I popped down to the beach for a swim a little earlier, but instead I got:
|[Eddie Izzard via GIPHY]|
Not really. But I did walk up a stretch of cliff that was covered in bee orchids (Ophrys apifera). I'd never noticed them before, but then I rarely climb up the cliff*, instead preferring to walk up the promenade slope or the steps behind the beach huts.
|Aren't they stunning? The flowers really do look like cute little bumble bees.|
|Eeek! How did you get in here, you common vetch!?|
|Bee[orchid]s. Faasands ov 'em! Well, a few, at any rate.|
|Lovely. The last time we saw orchids was nearly a year ago in the waste ground across the road from the previous Castle DeVice.|
And for those Eddie Izzard fans amongst you, here's the full Covered in Bees sketch:
* Not recommended. At all! Basically, there's a small area with a shallow slope that is safe to traverse when dry, but you can forget about it during or after a rainshower, unless you enjoy getting covered in mud as you slide down the cliff only to get dashed to pieces on the rocks below.