On the outward leg of my circular beach walk at the north end of Rhossili, I had followed the strandline and lower shore. Returning southwards I dawdled along the upper shore where terrestrial plants were colonising the dry sand of the shore and dunes. Seashore-loving plants such as Sea Holly were common along with Sea Rocket and Rock Samphire; and on the dunes Marram Grass proliferated and an individual Sea Stock cropped out where the sand had been sculpted by the wind. One of my seashore plant guide books (The first nature guide to wonderful wildflowers of Wales Volume 2 Seashores and coastal cliffs by Pat O’Reilly and Sue Parker) says that Sea Stock (Matthiola sinuata) is one of Britain’s rarest coastal wildflowers. A bank of pebbles lined up against the foot of the dunes, and it was interesting to note how they and the dry sand were aligned with the direction of the wind where it has been scouring its way through the dunes. Odd items of flotsam like a deck broom and toy cricket bat ended up on the pebbles from the last high tide.