The Owl and The Pussy Cat

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea In a beautiful 'red and white'(!) boat, They took some honey, and plenty of money, Wrapped up in a five pound note. The Owl looked up to the stars above, And sang to a small guitar, 'O lovely Pussy! O Pussy my love, What a beautiful Pussy you are, You are, You are!What a beautiful Pussy you are!'

Edward Lear

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Scottish Flora and Fauna

And here is some of the wonderful Flora and Fauna we saw
Slightly overexposed orchid

Look close and you'll see an otter...

David Attenborough (!)


More Puffins

…and more puffins

anchored off puffin island

Guillemot colony

sunset at puffin island

leaping dolphins
We also saw several seals and other dolphins, and orchids everywhere, it was amazing.

One Year On..

It's almost a year since I last posted here, a lot has happened.
We sold our house ….and our boat…almost simultaneously, which wasn't really part of the grand plan. We rented for 6 months, bought another boat and have now finally bought another house. Our plans are finally coming together.
Our Boat is currently in Scotland and our house is in Cornwall. At some point they will hopefully be in the same place, which means bringing the boat south! However Scotland is proving to be a lot of fun so we are taking our time over it. Here are some photos from our recent Scottish trip, a circumnavigation of Mull. I think if you click on the images you will get to see them full size.

Lovely old bridge between Seil island and the mainland

View out to sea from Seil Island

Jaywalker in 'The pool of the Otters'

Me at the helm

Meeting up with some sailing friends

Visiting Fingles cave

Arty shot

Cookie sailing in the sunshine

Cookie at Tobermory

On our way back to Oban
We also visited Iona which was lovely but I was feeling a little seasick and it rained in the morning, so no photos got taken.
Next post will have photos of some of the wildlife we saw.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Sailing to the Scillys

I haven't had the urge to blog about creative stuff here, and am comfortable about that, but we have just had a fantastic (for us) sailing trip to the Isles of Scilly, and I wanted to share it here, mainly for Rob and Cally who we bought the boat from, as I'm sure they will love to see that we are finally doing some fun stuff with her.

It has been on of Vince's dreams to sail to the Scilly Isles, and particularly to be there on his 60th birthday, as he had a birthday party there on his 50th. We missed it by one day, but we decided it was officially his birthday 'week' and so he spent that on the islands.

I made him a cake with a map of the Scillys on it as an aid to navigation. I even put the little boat in the right place, which was complete luck as I had no idea where we would be approaching from!

We were very fortunate that a couple of friends of ours, Paul and Sam, were happy to come along for the ride and help crewing. Paul just happens to be a sailing instructor and has done many yacht deliveries, we couldn't have done it without him!

We had Vince's birthday meal on the boat on Tuesday evening and set off early on Wednesday morning. There wasn't a lot of wind, so we motored with a bit of sailing down to St Mawes, where we picked up a bouy and were treated to a lovely sunset and a visit from a huge jellyfish in the morning.

Setting off again in the early morning and with force3/4 predicted we saw very little wind all the way, but just had enough of a breeze to help us along from time to time. Motoring in a sailing boat is a bit tiresome and slow, but the sun shone and the water was mostly like a millpond so there was no seasickness and several sightings of porpoises, sunfish fins (a new one for me) dolphins and diving gannets. We arrived at the Scillys in the last of the daylight, and were treated to another glorious sun set.

We then had three days of glorious sunshine and the four of us split up to visit various islands and friends during the days.
Hope in St Marys harbour

Agapanthus in full bloom everywhere

Morning mist on St Martins

Such lovely clear water, I did go in twice
tho it was fairly cold!

We set off to catch the tides at silly o'clock on Monday morning (1 a.m.) and had a fabulous (if slightly rough for some of us) sail back all the way to Plymouth.
This was when it had calmed down

 Leaving the Scillys and arriving at Plymouth in the dark was very challenging as Vince and I have done very little night sailing, and it was slightly frightening how different the familiar surroundings of Plymouth sound look at night. We were very glad to have Pauls experience to guide us.
 I really felt safe on our lovely boat in the crashing waves, and also very at home down below in the wood lined cosy interior. After several summers of mostly being cold and wet and not really knowing what I'm doing I finally feel I can imagine a life as a boat gipsy one day.