Tuesday, August 23, 2016

BACK TO DEFCON 1

My bottom is clean and the prop well scraped but scare 1 has fizzled out in the middle of the Atlantic.

Scare two is keeping it's powder dry while wetting the Northern islands and may be a threat to the Bahamas.

Scare three is frightening fish in the mid Atlantic.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

AUGUST 20TH First credible scare of the hurricane season.

The Cape Verde hurricane factory has finally woken up and we have three systems in the Atlantic. One just might brush by.



I have had to switch the VHF off as I am fed up with the Chicken Little disaster mongers. Instead I will clean the bottom tomorrow and if it does look like being a serious threat will leave for Trini on Monday.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

CARNIVAL IN GRENADA

Well another year of carnival is over.

The light sticks have been discarded.

The motor oil [ used ] has been scrubbed off

The sore heads have gone home and in 9 months Grenada will have a mini baby boom as usual.

I liked the kids carnival best and as there is a big contingent of boat kids around this year they had a ball.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

CATS ARE AMBUSH PREDATORS

Dizzy is an ambush predator. Well sort of.

So when I bought a new chair for the salon he saw this as an ideal opportunity to hone his predatory skills


Here he is ready to ambush the cardboard wrapping from my chair.

He has yet to work out what is going to go wrong when he pounces.

I was laughing to much to take a picture.


Once I had finished the ' some assembly required 'he took up residence under the chair and launched sneak attacks against my feet.

But he was always alert for the big kill and any time I got up,


He would pounce.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

GUNS and CARS

I have been interested in cars all my life which is natural when you know that my mum and dad owned a garage and lived on the premises and I grew up around cars. I fixed them, raced them, repaired them recovered them sold them and took them apart. The simplicity of the Morris Minor engine was not that different the mechanics of the 4 cylinder Mazda engine in the latest model 2 hatchback.
But in contrast with the first car built by Benz in 1885 they are generations away in terms of power output reliability and complexity. The engine used by Mr Benz only had one cylinder and the massive power output of 3/4 horsepower.

Although I was introduced to rifles when I was quite young as I did some 22 target shooting at the Milnathort rifle range and was taught to strip and clean the very basic single shot breech loader that was used for target work I was not that interested in the technology.

This all changed a couple of years ago when I met a self confessed serious gun nut when I was skiing in Salt Lake City and he started me off on the history of gun making and insisted that I should watch this video.

https://youtu.be/lui6uNPcRPA

I did and marveled at the skills and craftsmanship of the early gunsmiths.

We have had some bad weather recently and while I have had a good wifi connection I watched and read some material on early gun designers and manufacturers.

Samuel Colt is recognized as the first manufacturer to mass produce guns with interchangeable parts. In other words the first production line was not thought up by Henry Ford.

Peter Mauser essentially perfected the design on the bolt action rifle in the 1880s at the same time as the first crude car with it's one cylinder engine rattled out of that shed in Germany.

That bolt action was used in World War 1 and 2 and is still sold today in a hunting rifle. The exact sane design.

Final thought all gun designers and gunsmiths are men although woman are widely employed on the gun production lines. Why is that ?

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

EVERYTHING IS IN BLOOM



Whole hillsides have turned red as the flame trees come into blossom. The effect is made more spectacular because they have no leaves when they blossom.

The hummers like them too there were at least two maybe three working this tree without squabbling.


The other stuff is in bloom as well, it is wonderful what a bit of rain does out here.

Local Boat Names

A positive frame of mind.

BLUE BEAK

I have seen lots of similar small herons before but this is the first one with a bright blue beak.

My bird book failed to help me out with an identification but it may be breeding plumage on a dark heron.

A BIT OF A SHOCK WHEN i GOT BACK

I guess there must have been some fouling on the loop which chewed through my primary line. Just as well I had a backup.

Monday, June 20, 2016

HOME AGAIN

Serendipity strikes



What are the chances of finding Fray Bentos Steak and Kidney puddings in a tiny shop on a small Caribbean island.

Nothing like a bit of comfort food after a day spent trying to spear lion fish, I must have missed 10 time. I used to be a deadeye dick when I was out before. Maybe it is using a prescription mask instead of contact lens and a plain mask.


The tiny shop whoich is set up as a deli has a piece of deli history, a manual slicing machine. Much to my surprise I found they had bought it new only a year or two ago.


After a good fast sail down from Carriacou to Grenada I turned the corner at Calivigny island to come home to my mooring in Clarks Court Bay. I was a little upset to see that we have a sunken ferry marring my my view. it has been rusting away for years and I guess something finally gave way.

What is it with cats and books.


There I am just dozing off with my open book on my chest as I wait for the morning cruisers net to start up on the VHF.

Up he hops and settles down on the book on my chest with no sense of my personal space.

SLIPWAY TYRREL BAY


The tenacity of plant life is scary at times. Look at the cactus growing out of the corrugated tin roof over the winch.

For anyone who has seen Vanishing Sail Alwyn Enoe was the last boat builder to use the slipway and it's railway truck to build and launch a boat.

SUNDAY LUNCH IS BARBECUE AT RODGERS BEACH BAR


Finding a parking space is just hellish. It is not all beer and skittles in this cruising life.

I will just wedge my nose in here and gun it.