Archive for June, 2010

Fog

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

dawn over bow creek

Bow Creek at dawn on a quiet summer day is a magically calm and lonely place.

dartmouth fog

At Dartmouth the sea fog rolls into the town.

We hugged the coast very closely for a while, then used the faint disk of the sun to navigate out to the Mew Stone and play with the seals.

tim P

We can take families

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The club has three double kayaks. The stiff, and heavy, model pictured here and two inflatables. Perfect for messing about in the very warm weather we now have.

richard and alfie in the double

timP

A perfect early summer day

Sunday, June 13th, 2010

Occasionally, a high spring tide at the right time allows me to paddle down to Dartmouth from the tidal limit at Bow Bridge. Just down Bow Creek, the calm freshness of an early summer morning lit up the ancient industrial and port village Tuckenhay. Now it has holiday cottages and apartments in the cider press and the paper mill, but these enduring place names and the disused quarries and lime kilns hint at the life it must once have had. Now Bow creek has silted up so much that there is little boat traffic and the Little Egret ornament the mud flats with their pure white feathers, disturbed only by occasional canoeists and motor boat people coming up on the tide to the two pubs. Their drinking time is limited, or much extended, by the short period when boats can float.

Tuckenhay

At Dartmouth I joined the canoe club boats for a tour on calm water to the Mew Stone, a natural harbour at low tide and home to a seal colony. Returning, we passed the dark pine grove on the east side at the entrance to the estuary.

Pine wood cliff

tim P