Monday, 9 December 2019

Old Portsmouth

While Joseph was at a trampoline party, we took the opportunity for a early evening walk around Old Portsmouth.

There was a fine view of the Solent from the old fortifications, a yacht making the entrance in the fading light and magnificent sunset.

The Spinnaker tower and Gunwharf, just to the left you can see HMS Warrior with Christmas decorations lighting the foremast.

Still my favorite pub the Still and West.

The whole area around old Portsmouth and the Camber has been improved since we last went with art and craft shops and cafe's installed in the old fortifications and of course Ben Anslie's Americas Cup base.

Fowey again

Despite a frantic autumn, October and November have flown past, we did manage to get down to Fowey for Mrs BB's birthday.

And perhaps as if in recognition of the tiny window of opportunity the weather which was causing flooding in other parts of the country, was fine and settled

The view from our house was spectacular.

Friday, 6 December 2019


There's been a couple of what look like young foxes playing in the field at the edge of the woods we overlook and coming into the garden this autumn.

Seen above enjoying a bit of late season sunshine on the roof of an old abandoned field stable.

And getting quite comfortable under our oak tree.

This morning with a hard frost on the ground one of them came right up to the house looking for scraps Mrs BB had put out for the birds. The magpies and crows who are normally the first to swoop down were all keeping a cautious distance.

Monday, 2 December 2019


We've visited the Normandy beaches a few times but had never visited Omaha beach until this year.

American troops landed on two beaches names Charlie and Dog Green at Vierville-Sur-Mer  where this monument provides a poignant reminder.

Either side of Vierville are sheer cliffs, while the beaches were heavily defended.

The channel as seen from the massively fortified emplacement on the nearby Pointe du Hoc.

Friday, 29 November 2019

Modern Mo Boat

I spotted this a while ago, a contemporary modern design but not following the current very flat, slab sided aesthetic.  Those smooth, rounded sections that roll up to the deck are reminiscent of an early 20th century speedster or commuter yacht as known n America.

Great visibility from a warm and dry cabin. The hull shape is interesting with narrow v sections running into those flat chines seems to have two separate hull forms, maybe a modern take on the Sea Bright skiff

Presumably should be fast, stable and efficient.

Monday, 25 November 2019

Around the Tower

The Tower of London that is, although that skyline is not one Henry VIII would recognise.

I'd arrived nearby early for a meeting so took the opportunity of a particularly fine morning to take a walk around the Tower perimeter, along the Thames and back through St Caterine's dock.

Across the river, the Shard, the Belfast and a collection of modern building which have characterised the river frontage during the past 25 years or so.

Majestic as ever Tower bridge needs no introduction .

My route to St Catherine's dock went across the lock gates, apparently entry can be daunting especially if the tide has started running,

More than a few boats were being used as floating pied a terres and what a great place to stay for a few nights in the centre of London.

I'm guessing that London marina prices aren't cheap, but there appears to be plenty of people who can afford them and are not shy about the fact.

St Thomas tower and the famous Traiter's Gate regardless of your position on BREXIT given the actions of some. of our political class over the past 3 years, there are a few people saying that maybe we should bring this back into use.

Saturday, 23 November 2019

Life's a beach

Even as the depths of winter draw near there's still something special about a beach.

Every day the tide ebbs away to reveal the clean sands which hold a fascination for young and old.

In settled weather brings the opportunity to try and collect something tasty for supper.

Taking inspiration from Venice beach, a unmanned lookout station facing the grey channel.

When the tides out it's a long haul back to the sailing club.