Thursday, December 12, 2013

Poole

Twin sails bridge


We have now moved on from Lymington to Poole.

The marina we are currently at is nestled behind two bridges which open on the half hour, if needs be.

Another first for us - getting in position in time for a bridge to open, which needed a little harder of a push on the throttle than we usually use for that last twenty minute 'sprint' to the bridges.

In the event, the bridges were lifted solely for us, with the first bridge looking pretty normal for a lifting bridge. The second bridge lifting, which you can see in the picture, turned out to be an unexpectedly magnificent performance, perfectly highlighted by the late afternoon sun.

If we had missed this bridge opening, we would have been fumbling our way into a strange berth in the dark, again. Turns out this was a good thing, as the marina berth numbers were all but impossible to spot, even in the daylight.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Hurst Castle

Hurst Castle


Last weekend we walked out to Hurst Castle.

It was a somewhat strange feeling sitting on Hurst Castle, sheltered from the wind in a warm sunny spot, watching the water from the Solent rushing out through the narrows there.

I've been backwards and forwards through these narrows by boat several times now, but not really appreciated just how powerful those currents are, until sitting there watching them from the shore.

The picture shows the waters near Keyhaven, looking along the narrow spit towards Hurst Castle. The white tower is the lighthouse, with IOW in the background.