If the 2010 pebble-building competition proved anything it was that the organisers are level-headed people who've learnt not to trust the Met Office and not to panic faced with the vagaries of the English climate.
Two days before the event the weather forecast was absolutely dire, with graphics showing a very black-looking cloud and two equally black-looking raindrops on the Met Office website forecast for the Budleigh Salterton area.
And Gala Week started on Saturday with highly unpredictable showers and drizzle dampening the brief spells of sunshine.
I searched the Lions' website at http://www.budleighlions.org/ for an urgent warning bulletin that pebble-building had been postponed or even abandoned this year. But no, there was no hint of change to the official programme; maybe that's just because Budleigh webmasters might be a bit on the sleepy side I thought uncharitably.
But yesterday morning brought blue skies and a pleasantly mild breeze, perfect for a day at the beach. There were even a couple of hardy swimmers in the sea when we arrived, though I noted that not many of the pebble-builders were in beachwear.
The competition's two categories of 'tallest' creation and 'best construction and design' demand qualities of coordination and imagination in the pebble-builders.