Thursday, August 24, 2006

Out in a Rhib

Mike, Jems dad, hired a nature watching and razzing through waves trip for the family today. It's been planned for a while and we seem to do something most years. Mike loves to fish, and surveys and illustrates rivers as part of his architectual business.

We went up to Port Eynon and met up with the Davies clan. It was nice to see everyone with not getting accross for Rozs wedding. I'd really recomend it actually, we saw all kinds of stuff including a large and curious male Atlantic Grey Seal, Chuffs (like a crow, but has a red beak & red legs, rare as rocking horse turds apparently), masses of Cormorants etc.
"The common cormorant or shag
Lays eggs inside a paper bag,
The reason you will see no doubt
It is to keep the lightning out.
But what these unobservant birds
Have never noticed is that herds
Of wandering bears may come with buns
And steal the bags to hold the crumbs."

We were with a company called Gower Coast Adventures, who seemed a family outfit and really knew their wildlife, their dive sites and their local history. To be honest, for an inherently 'boaty' family, I think we were all surprised how much we enjoyed the afternoon.

We were hoping to go to Worms Head, but strong winds made it a wee bit too choppy for some of the older family members so we headed west up the coast to Caswall. The boat, Sea Serpent, is a 33' purpose-built R.H.I.B. with a decent 315hp marine turbo diesel and water jet propulsion (which is environmentally friendly to marine wildlife and means you can get right into the shallow water). I had my GPS with me so I know we were cruising around 20-25 knots.

Roz and Rhys stayed over at the flat, so we entertained them with booze and barbeque for the evening.

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