Thursday, June 28, 2012
Fortunately the OOD's decided to allow us to race despite the ominous black clouds, so off we set!
We're getting quite good together on the water now, and although Lewis is frustrated by not having a spinnaker in his armoury, I'm getting handy with gull-winging us downwind. We were the first boat home, beaten by Chris in his Topper on handicap and it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. We managed not to capsize, Lewi even commented that it our Feva was just like a keelboat - "almost impossisble to capsize...!"
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
It's been a few years since we saw Johanna but Miranda was able to tell me who'd given the teddy to her, and why she liked it so much. Now that's making an impression.
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Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I'm listening to Eric Reed playing beautifully on 'Honesty' from the album Something Beautiful
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Monday, June 25, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Was able record some memories and observations, as we rifled through the old treasures. This photograph is my grandfather Robert John Thomas on his wedding day to Gertrude Maud Jeremy
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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Sunday, June 17, 2012
Lewis and I entered the race at Calshot and we finished second out of eight in pretty blustery conditions. It was a day day for sailing sunny and strong. The course was perfectly set for very atmospheric conditions - ie we got very wet!
We also had a good blast in the afternoon in Terry's Laser Stratos keelboat from Bucklers Hard right out into the Solent, as he was itching to get his boat out too. Best day in a boat so far this year and a tan to prove it!!
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Saturday, June 16, 2012
I am also seriously enjoying this CD - John Ellis "Dance Like there is no tomorrow"
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Friday, June 15, 2012
We've been without a telephone line for a week thanks to the difficulty in getting anyone in the utility world to dig a hole in the ground in case they damage their fingernails. The excuse we had before Christmas was the difficulty in getting their (BT) contractor to write a method statement, this time we didn't even get an excuse....
But at least we have broadband and in a few weeks fibre optic comes to our exchange.... maybe I won't drop them just yet.
So I have a backlog of bloggable material, including these two lovely pictures by Miranda. We'd just been drawing animals that she'd seen recently and the Penguin just crept in there, after a sublime conversation about Lewis in a wetsuit.
We are still watching the Blue Tit family and their four young ones as they come back to our feeder, getting more mobile by the day.
Really sad to hear about the death of Abram Wilson, a soulful trumpeter I saw play with Gary Crosby a while ago - London based although from New Orleans originally - just 38 from cancer. What a waste of all that talent.
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Wednesday, June 06, 2012
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Tuesday, June 05, 2012
Something interesting which I've never done before was to visit Poole Pottery. The business has changed hands a few times in recent years and the slightly tacky front of house at the factory shop disguises a real workshop where today there was a potter and a surface decorator at work. The kids were absolutely transfixed (Miranda especially so) by the craftsmanship of the two working away making a teapot, a vase, as well as various Jubilee commemorative pieces. They showed us the glazed pieces before and after firing and couldn't get over the colour shift. Poole Museum has a superb collection of Poole Pottery pieces as well as some examples of the commercial pottery and faience that the Carter business (which started PP) produced. Such a shame that a major part of their retail space is dedicated to such utter crap brought in from god knows where (whilst the real magicians hide at the back of the c 25,000 sq ft room)
See this interesting blog for more PP info
Also had fun watching the sailing in Poole harbour, Lewis able to discern more detail about the boats from about half a mile away, than I could if I was standing next to the boat. Really quite annoying when he makes some observation, and then about five minutes later we all catch on. If only he was so attentive to other things...
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Sunday, June 03, 2012
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Saturday, June 02, 2012
There's some good video footage by Sam Heathfield of our race on Wednesday night on Youtube, the best bit - Lewis and Me overtaking an RSVareo on the final beat towards the finish line (at about 2:41) - nice one Tiger!
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