Sea kayaking is more regularly done in the summer months when the weather is warm and choice of sustenance includes ice cream and cold fizzy pop. Stealing a day of paddling on a brisk winter's day is really special but you have to remember to wrap up warm and bring your thermos flask.
I was joined by several good folk from North West Sea Kayakers for a breezy 20 mile paddle round the Ormes These are towering headlands of limestone on the north wales coast.
This kiosk cum promenade cafe was to become our bolt hole. I was amazed to hear people ordering ice cream. We mostly ordered something with chips and a hot drink before heading back west.
With wind against tide, the return journey became a little tougher but curious cloud formations offshore created dramatic skies making it all worthwhile.
The sky burst into a blaze of glory as we reached the final headland. A perfect end to a proper day out on the sea.