Saturday, 25 April 2015


One of my favorite boats on the river Rula is a Norske 35, I've written about her before.

Back on her mooring with some fresh paint and varnish, looking really good and ready for the season.

Thursday, 23 April 2015


I took the rare opportunity between meetings to walk along the Thames South Bank and although I've seen HMS President before, it always makes me smile.

Built in 1918 the ship originally HMS Saxifrage, was "camouflaged" by the artists Norman Wilkinson and Edward Wadsworth, the latter one of the vortist movement. The idea was to confuse rather than hide the ship, the graphic and modernistic forms will be instantly recognisable by anyone who studies art and design history, ironically described as modernist despite being 100 years old.

The modern recreation was carried out by Tobias Rehberger

Monday, 20 April 2015

Fly fishing on the Hamble

Not something you see that often, but it seemed like conditions were right an a glorious spring evening down at Swanwick hard.

I'm not sure why coastal fly fishing  not more popular here, I've even seen fly fishing for big fish out in the Caribbean, imagine trying to land a 100lb Tarpon.

Sunday, 19 April 2015


We were away over Easter but returned to a nice surprise, Joseph had won a giant Easter egg in the local charity raffle.

It was an egg of serious proportions, which was delivered while he and Erica were away visiting grandma and granddad, so it was quite a while after Easter before it was time to crack the egg, and of course it required a hammer of equal proportions.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Just one more

I know I've probably done folk boats to death, but this one just looked fantastic in the evening sun.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Floating Voter?

Boats for votes or votes for boats?

Presumably the Green Party would be in a rowing boat?

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Danger signs

This sign always slightly amuses me.

It would have been helpful if they had been a little more specific.