Monthly Archive: December 2011


Cold Expectations

Friday 30th December 2011 PART 1 (of 2) ‘Twas on Boxing Day, after a family walk of a couple of hours up in Lyme Park*, that certain Boat Stuff was off-loaded onto Cleddau, she neatly tied up at her Higher Poynton moorings. Somehow, amid all the excitement of remembering presents and party wear for the Macclesfield Christmas, loaded into the car too were several additional items: hot water bottles, gaiters, snow mittens, ultra-thick pyjamas and a few stray Christmas decorations,...


Take only pictures, leave only footprints

Wednesday 30th November Take only pictures, leave only footprints are the words on notices at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. The 2,000 acre reserve is about ten miles north of San Diego and bound on the west by the coast and on the inland north and east by lagoons and marsh areas. Famed as being one of only two places where the Torrey pines grow the area has a diversity of wildflowers, sage scrub and cacti.  The Captain and Boatwif...