Although originally from the west of Scotland, most of my working life has been spent in the east and north of the country.

Moving here just over a year ago after 23 years in Edinburgh, a few things have struck me.

The first one, literally, and every single day it would seem, is the rain. “The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain," we often say. That surely should be replaced with this: “The rain in the west…come on, gie's a rest."

The second, is a more positive one. The Clyde coast is awesome no matter the weather. The scenery and the wildlife are second to none. We have enjoyed many trips over to Argyll in the ferry with so much to see and enjoy.

I say hello each morning to the seals at Skelmorlie as I drive to Largs. They are all called “Sammy”. Every seal, and squirrel for that matter, is always called Sammy.

I have learned a new word. It is 'Cetacean'. Didn’t help that I was pronouncing it as it read – 'Set-a-See-in'. Turns out I did recognise it when I was corrected on the pronunciation - 'sih-Tay-shun'. This may be a new word to you also or you might just think I’m a bit thick.

Anyway, I came across it when I followed the 'Clyde Cetacean Sightings' group on Facebook which has some great pictures of cetaceans, which is to say, dolphins, porpoises, and whales.

Go and have a look. I don’t really know how to tell the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise but can tell you the difference between an alligator and a crocodile. It’s not difficult. One will see you later and the other will see you in a while.

As a Christian who believes in a Creator God, I find myself often just stopping and marvelling at His creation on our doorstep. You may not share the same beliefs as I do as you read this, but I wonder: have you ever stopped and gazed and wondered?

Psalm 19 tells us: "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.

"They have no speech; they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world."