This was my first mini cruise this year after the exceptionally wet and windy winter. A nice spell of fine weather and the first of the year. It was the forerunner of a summer which turned out mainly fine and sunny and such a contrast to the winter which was so wet.
There aren’t too many complaints about the cook. I’m not a delicate eater and like a good meal every evening. Vegetables are central with either tinned tuna fish or eggs and cheese added. Sometimes with pasta or rice all cooked in the same pot. Lunch is likely to be just a sandwich with cheese, marmite or peanut butter.
There is plenty of fruit to eat whenever I fancy it. The fruit and vegetables keep well in a vented plastic box and can be moved into the forward compartment to give more space in the cabin at night. I do like my bananas ripe BTW. There are loads of tins in the lower lockers where they serve as ballast and slowly get rusty. Just sometimes I’ll open a tin of soup or beans if I’m too lazy to make a meal from the fresh stuff, but generally the tins just sit unused. I don’t buy tinned meat – corned beef or the like as I’m suspicious of what’s in it. I suspect that it’s all foreskins and eyeballs and all the other unmentionable bits that civilised people wouldn’t buy .
I find that nice wholemeal bread keeps OK for up to a week if the weather is not too warm After that it gets some mildew on the outside which I scrape off as best I can. When it gets black mould inside I dump it and use hard rye biscuits.
I much prefer to stay in the southern half of the harbour where there’s less development and traffic and would be dismayed if too many man-made structures appeared there.
This metal marker post has recently been erected near to Shipstal Point. It replaced a previous simple wooden stake and must have been expensive. I’m not sure of what it’s doing there, or why it’s so elaborate or exactly what the solar panels are there for, but suspect that there’s a surveillance camera on it somewhere. Sad.
Long Island has a river barge type vessel which is kept mostly on the beach
The local Poole fishing boats go round and round in endless small circles towing a thing like a rake which they lift out of the water every few seconds and then chuck back in. . I never actually see if they’ve caught anything. When the tide goes out you can sometimes see the resulting circles in the mud.
The northern shore of the harbour is very built up and not attractive. The apartment blocks are mostly hideous and the marinas too.
Bill Churchouse in Belgean is almost a permanent feature in the harbour. There can be nobody who spends more time sailing there than him. His boat is a modified Westerly 22 and so quite old and he spends all the summers living on board. He’s a veteran of the Jestor Challenge and always ready for a chat
Only saw 1 jet sky for the whole week
Poole is the site of the Lifeboat HQ and their main training centre, so they’re often on exercise there.
These youngsters were the only other boaters I got to chat to, apart from Bill , during that week as there were so few others about.
They anchored nearby to me one night but the evening was so foggy that I didn’t know they were so close until late the next morning. They’d quietly slipped in unseen from Cowes IoW