PPhotos taken on walks taken over the Christmas holiday week. Maldon, Mersea, Flatford Mill (with friends) and Brightlingsea.
I’m attempting to revive the blog – so much is going unrecorded but life is going at such a pace that it’s hard to stop and put it on the blog.
This weekend – Matt and Ben spent Saturday at Fellowship Afloat, a Christian-run sailing and activity centre just down the coast at Tollesbury. Ben is hoping to volunteer there and this was their start-the-season weekend for volunteers. Ben and Mip had a Sea Cadet competition (drill and piping) on Sunday, but the rest of us went back to Fellowship Afloat for the morning meetings and for lunch. It was lovely meeting some of the people who work there now, and some who began it all 50 years ago, all with an interest in sailing.
They also have a climbing wall which the children enjoyed and we walked along the edge of the marshes. It’s a beautiful place, and at least one of my Grandfather’s old barges is “retired” in the mud there.
I have just finished my model yacht; it is 75 cm long and 135 cm tall. It has taken a year to build and now I have sailed it a couple of times.
I have been sorting out my photos from some of my trips and here is a link to a Google photo album from Royalist.
It’s a 2 masted squared rigged brig:
A beautiful time had on Nancy Blackett sailing for four days with the children. This time we managed to go to sea.
A couple more photos at:
Most of Bear’s replies were ‘no’, but eventually she started to have a sensible conversation
Both our big chaps did a great job of helming. Bee seems to have a really good sense of understanding the wind.
The intrepid explorer was very stable walking about the boat and did a strong job of helming
JJ kept watching the ‘inclinometer’, which reached 15 degrees, though a couple of days later with MIP and Bear on board we got to just over 25!
Bee sailed at one of the Sea Cadet regattas recently. Four of us have done sailing courses at the lake and are steadily progressing. Bee has also begun yachting too, and is working toward ‘Competent Crew’…
Matt has found the cable require to upload the photos from his phone, so we have a few years of pictures to sort through….
Above is Bear at the climbing club she goes to at the University. Climbing is her favourite thing.
A recent Sea Cadet course – Seamanship probably.
Mip learning to iron his shirt at Sea Cadets!
A lazy Saturday morning?
I think this is Mip at the Bedford sailing club firework display using up an out-of-date flare?
Bee and Mip on a 2 day, level 1, (displacement and planing) power boating course last half-term, as part of their Sea Cadets.
Roo making his first Airfix model.
A new Asterix book for his birthday.
The remote controlled boat at the old dry dock.
One of Bee’s models being tested.
Bee made this J class half-model yacht . It was commissioned by the Eastern Angles for this season’s play – Oysters – and is currently touring East Anglia.
In the woods behind our house.
On a walk through the woods behind our house. This was probably October.
Early morning at Brightlingsea to watch the start of the barge race. That would have been September.
(and smack race)
A third sister in May.
Taking up the old floor in the new house prior to the builders moving in.
Dismantling the play house ready to move.
Last sailing at Priory? Matt, Bee and 2 little ones in the Wanderer, JJ and Bear in a Topper (Bear in water after a capsize practice) and Mip on a paddle board.
After the move – taking an afternoon off at Pin Mill.
Picnic at Colchester castle after the dentist
Paddling on the road during a very high tide.
Wivenhoe sailing club. Note the yellow wod (Wivenhoe One Design) in the background.
Another day out at Clacton air show.
First sail at Ardleigh Sailing club in a Merlin.
Matt crewing in a Wod race (the yellow one)
crabbing from the board walk.
Lolly sticks and a glue gun have produced weeks’ worth of modelling – houses, planes, and especially boats.
After a winter of sanding, varnishing , painting and fixing leaks the mirror was ready to sail.
A quick check…
….then Bee an Mip had the first sail. All well – no leaks!
Meanwhile the little one, Roo and I were taken out on the safety boat to take photographs.
Then it was Bear’s turn.
And then the baby decided she needed to go out too. (she wailed and shouted for a very long time until I gave in). JJ also went out too, but that picture doesn’t seem to have made it here.
I think I may have caught up with posting the summer’s photos!
One of the things I’m wishing I was recording better are the books we read as a family and the i player watching. Most of these I have forgotten now. Anyway, currently Matt is reading The Lord of the Rings with the children, I have just finished the Jim Elliot biography and started on Harriet Tubman, and we are watching Tudor Monastery Farm and Frozen Planet.
We stopped off here on our way home from Ironbridge. We had watched some of the TV series beforehand, and finished it when we got back. I forget what it was called…
Sailing continued thrice weekly into the autumn, and is now just once a week for the winter.