Saturday, 27 February 2010
Another Itchen Ferry
The best known builders in the 19th century were Alfred Payne and Dan Hatcher. I don't know much about this boat, but she certainly looks like an Itchen Ferry.
Alice has a sweet transom, I've seen her out on the water but this is the first time I've seen her close up. She is decked over and has a chimney that suggests she will has snug accommodation down below.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
As you would expect some progress has been made since then culminating during 2009 with the introduction of new purpose designed and built ferry's operated by Wight Link, named Wight Light, Wight Sky and Wight Sun.
These new ferries are bigger and better than their predecessors, and therein lies the problem which has become something of a local controversy.
The Lymington River Association claim that the new ferries are damaging the mud flats, salt marshes and the river banks with their new propulsion and steering systems. Indeed they feel so strongly about it that they have hired a barrister and taken the case to the high court.
In the picture below you can see a ferry making an approach in the outer river. I've been in close quarters at that point with a ferry, just where the river does a dog leg, and it can be a little uncomfortable, especially at low tide when there's not much water.
This is clearly a hot issue, there is even a flickr group dedicated to the issue, which also has some great photographs.
The picture below - well nothing to do with the ferry, just a nice photo of Lymington Yacht Haven, shame about the "Danger of Death" sign - or maybe it's becasue the river is too congested!
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
A Blogging Year
What I couldn't have imagined back then, was that the blog would attract over 20,000 visits, so a big thank you to everyone who has taken even a passing interest in my ramblings.
Although my blog has mostly been about local boats, sailing and rowing, curiously the topics which have received the most comments are:
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Today was a morning low tide so a good opportunity to show that we do have some fine mud. In the background is Salterns Boatyard and some live aboard barges.
The sun was just rising, casting light above and through the trees.
Friday, 19 February 2010
When I buy a new boat I normally change the sea cocks, they are the through the hull fittings which allow water into or out of the engine, sink and toilet. Greta has Blake's Type -old fashioned bronze sea cocks, so I decided to keep them. This is seriously old technology, you need to "grind them in" using abrasive paste, to ensure a good seal, every couple of years. It doesn't take long, and it gives you something to do while the boat is out for a scrub between tides.
So with the weather putting off outside work, I took the sea cocks back to the garage and the machine polisher. Despite being 20 odd years old, they came up shiny and looking better than new. Too bad when I refit them, they will be hidden away under the toilet!!
Wednesday, 17 February 2010
In the center of the picture is one of the Palmserston Forts, built to protect the Solent against the perceived threat of a French naval invasion. I think this one the No Man's Land Fort as we were up in Stokes Bay, but it could be the Spitbank Fort, to be honest I wasn't paying that much attention!!
But turning west there was some cold, grey sky moving in over Calshott, time to head home.
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Joseph is two weeks younger than Chloe, clearly he has a eye for the older women! They have been seen out together several times, below they are enjoying lunch at Joe's regular haunt, The Jolly Sailor.
While many couples will be enjoying a candle lit, valentine dinner, given some of Joe's eating habits, that might be one to miss.
With special thanks to Chloe's mum, who might have helped her make the card!
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Another Mystery Boat
In the scuttlebutt section Dylan has a clip of an unusual and interesting day boat at the Walton Yacht Club.
With carbon spars and a Laser style drop in dagger board, she looks fast, the raised floor suggests she might be water ballasted.
If you know more, please drop me an email.
Friday, 5 February 2010
You would have to get up pretty early in the summer to see the river so tranquil and so lovely.
Thursday, 4 February 2010
This looks like a Maurice Griffiths designed Eventide, highlighted against the woodland backdrop, notice the ebb is running really fast.
The last ferry was really struggling to make progress against the tide. It was getting cold and with the last of the light slipping away, a warm fire and a pint of beer was calling us indoors!
Monday, 1 February 2010
The green grocer was selling off the last of the years' Seville oranges and Erica suggested that we make marmalade. Not having the recipe to hand, and given that they were at a knock down price, I bought 3 kilos.
Three kilos of oranges makes quite a lot of marmalade. In my defense I did squeeze all the juice, and remove all the pith and finely chop all the rind. Even so we maxed out the jam pan and had to call in a couple of other saucepans to handle the volume.
Erica is a pretty good jam maker and the results are delicious, all 22 jars!!
Gitchi Gitchi Ya Ya Da Da (?)
Gitchi Gitchi Ya YaHere (?)
Mocca chocolata Ya Ya
Creole Lady Marmalade - as they said in the song!