Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Penlee Lifeboat On A Job

The weather had deteriorated overnight,  the wind had really picked up and the sea had become quite choppy. I checked the weather radar and there were mega storms out to sea, but it looked like they were going up the coast and would miss us in Mousehole.

I spotted a large jack up rig coming into the bay, it was being towed by two big tugs. Im guessing it was sheltering from the rough seas.


As I was taking the boys out the Penlee lifeboat was motoring out at high speed. 

There was also a large helicopter hovering just above the sea. 

The lifeboat was heading out to a yacht. 



They soon caught up with it and came along side.

Im guessing it was engine failure and it would be too tricky to sail into the marina with high winds. 


They soon got a tow line on and away they went back to port. 



I carried on my walk through the village and up to the hill behind Mousehole. 

I went for an afternoon beer down the ship, the weather just looked too dodgy to go exploring. 

The rig has now jacked itself up well out of the water and the the two tugs were anchored nearby.

I sent my photos to the local Penlee lifeboat station, they sent me a nice thank you note and put up a couple of my pics. 

Well done the RNLI.



Monday, July 17, 2017

Back To Being Nigel.....






............No friends.

Brother Russell and wife Tracy left yesterday afternoon, but firstly we went for a good walk around and managed to get a look at the redundant Penlee lifeboat station from another angle.

After they left I went down the pub, it was absolutely packed with the Mousehole choir, they had been singing earlier on the quayside. They belted a few songs out in the pub, it was very moving.

As it was a Sunday the chef came to visit the boys with loads of roast beef, they are very spoilt down there.

They are switching on the lights at night, they are quite nice. 

After a very late night it was a late start to the day, I went for my usual stroll around Mousehole with the boys. 

Elaine and I stayed at this cottage about four years ago, its lovely inside and has a nice garden and a garage! 

It really is a lovely place to visit. 

After lunch I drove over to a beach near Hayle called Gwithian, its separated into two parts dog and non dog friendly. 

This is the non dog beach. 

And this is the dog beach, and what a lovely beach it was. 




I tied them together so Sammie couldnt scarper. 

The biggest dog friendly beach I have ever seen. 

There were a lot of people out learning to surf. 

Next stop was Praa Sands which is where my love affair of Cornwall comes from, we came down here every year all throughout the sixties and early seventies. 

On the way back to base I pulled in to check out the Penzance to London sleeper which is kept in sidings near St Michael's Mount until it is ready to head back to London about 22.30.

This engine was originally built in the early sixties and hit the tracks on February 18th 1965, it has been rebuilt, but still good going to be hauling an express train at over 50 years old. 

The St Mary lifeboat was on the slipway at Newlyn so I had to stop and check it out, looks like its just getting an anti foul. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Cornwall, Relos and Boaters

My brother Russell and his wife drove down to see me Thursday night, they head home Sunday evening.

Yesterday (Friday) we headed over to St Ives for the day, it was a glorious sunny day.

Perfect weather for sitting outside of a pub watching the world go by.

Me and bro.

It was pretty crowded but not packed, that will start in a week when the little darlings finish school for the summer hols.

Family shot.

One of the smaller St Ives beaches is dog friendly all year round, such a great idea.

Another St Ives beach.

We watched these pasties being made earlier in the day, so bought some on the way home for dinner.

In the early evening we headed down the ship pub in Mousehole and met up with some boaty friends who happen t be down in Cornwall for a holiday.

Dot and Gordon (NB Ewn Ha Cul) and Roly and Bev (NB Klara), we will catch up again in the week and also later in the year when they escape to Mojacar for the winter.

Today we headed for Lands End, the weather was fine when we left the base but soon deteriorated and was quite cold and a bit of drizzle thrown in.

I had my wet weather Jacket in the car so I was OK, but Russell and Tracy only had t shirts so had to buy a couple of sweatshirts, they looked like a couple of American tourists with their matching clothing.

This group was having their photo taken, you usually have the name on the sign of where you come from but they were pointing to their imaginary friend.

Stunning views at the tip of England.



It was at this point that  Elaine and I sat in February 2015.

The pic below was taken in Feb 2015, we were  participating in a bit of omphaloskepsis.

We were living in Bollington at the time, and were trying to decide which direction we wanted to go in next, I told Elaine it was her choice and I would do whatever she decided.

She didnt want to go back to Oz as it was just too far and any medical treatment would be so expensive, and as its such an expensive place to live I would have to go back to work, she didnt want to buy anywhere in the UK  just yet. She said she didnt want any more chemo, she just wanted to travel around as much as possible until she no longer could. We decided to buy another motorhome and hit the road again.  A month later we bought the Rapido, once we made a decision about anything we put it into practice asap.

The weather really started to turn, and the mist rolled in from the sea.

On the way back to base we stopped in at Porthcurno, which has a superb beach.

Then it was time to pig out on a cream tea.

Tonight Russell is being chef then we'll head down the pub for a nightcap.

Love xxxx