Yes, the sea was as wild as it looks. The Nuns' Beach was completely submerged, and on the main beach, the little headland on which the castle stands was surrounded by water, unlike the scene last year, shown in other blog posts. This one, and this one, for example. And there must have been some storm out at sea, because there was a lot of foam at the water's edge, and the waves were sneaky little buggers - I was gathering some seaweed that had washed up to use in my garden, when I got hit by a rogue wave, could have been worse, Dolf warned me just in time and if he hadn't, I would have been a lot wetter.
Another thing: Correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't there TWO blowholes on the Cliff Walk not so long ago? When we walked here on 1 January 2018, there was only one, and one very deep inlet.