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“My mind was a mess”—how an afternoon spent rockpooling taught me to slow down

The world will come to life around you if you let it

By Cal Flyn   April 2020

Illustration: Kate Hazell

Is there anything more soothing than rockpooling? I highly recommend heading to the coast whenever you are feeling overwhelmed and doing a spot of window shopping along the rocky foreshore. We’re spoiled here in Orkney for beaches, but some of my favourite seaside spots are the rockiest bits, like the causeway between the Brough of Birsay, a tidal island, and the island we call “mainland.”

The causeway, a narrow concrete path, crosses a rocky 250m expanse of flagstone, laid down in layers that splay open like…

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