Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Ipswich Waterfront

There is always something interesting to see down at the Ipswich waterfront and as I have been spending quite a bit of time down there recently working on Brown Eyes, I have had the opportunity to witness this for myself.  As I usually have a camera with me I have grabbed a few shots to post on here......I hope you like them.
This cygnet often visits Brown Eyes with its parents. 
Copying mum.
What was the question?

I like the reflections in these windows. 

Monday, 16 July 2012

Who are you looking at?

Just a nosey pigeon who wanted his photo taken.....

Saturday, 14 July 2012

More Winches....

With a total of nine winches on board Brown Eyes, I have quite a task of getting them all serviced.  Some seem to be the original winches, fitted 30 years ago, and some have been added more recently.  I have just tackled one of the two-speed, self-tailing winches - without the aid of a manual!

Taking it apart seemed never ending as the pile of removed parts stacked up.  Once cleaned, re-greased and oiled as appropriate, I then gradually worked out how all the cogs, bearings and pins went back together.  I did have one spare part left over once it was reassembled, so then had to partially take it apart again until I got the offending item in its correct place.......
Seven to go......

PS - In case you hadn't noticed this is post number 100 - thank you for all your support, page views and comments.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Interesting Ipswich

Ipswich may not seem the most interesting of places to go to in the UK, but there is certainly much to see and do here. There is always something going on in and around the town and some lovely scenic areas to visit.......and, of course, there is sailing and other water sports to take part in. 
Wind Vanes 
Just a lovely view over the Orwell
The Orwell Bridge

The 'Formation' sculpture by Rick Kirby

Thursday, 12 July 2012


This quote is also on my website and is one of my favourites, but worth repeating on here I think:

"Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which you may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt.  So many people live in unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.  The very basic core of a man's living spirit is his passion for adventure.  The joy of life comes from encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endless changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.  If you want to get more out of life, you must lose your inclination for monotonous security and adopt a helter-skelter style of life that will at first appear to you to be crazy.  But once you become accustomed to such a life you will see its full meaning and its incredible beauty."
- Christopher McCandless

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Sunday, 8 July 2012

All the Fun of the Fair.....

A fun fair was the theme of a wedding we recently attended.  Strong-men and merry-go-rounds, hog-roast and cup-cakes certainly made it a memorable day for all involved.  Congratulations to Joe and Carol; wishing you all the happiness in the world for your life together.

I love a hog roast, but struggle eating a whole one!

My training is going well
Having fun.
The bride

Sunday, 1 July 2012

More Music....

A fantastic day out at the Ipswich Music day today.  Some fabulous bands to watch and listen to whilst sitting in the sun.  No photos, but you can click on the link above to find out who was there.
Ten envelopes left Anita and I'm looking forward to them all.

Anyone for Polo?

Trinity Park in Ipswich was host to some International Polo this weekend and having never seen polo first-hand we decided to have a family trip to the event.

As well as the Team GB v Australia, there was also junior teams competing and other senior events.  I had never realised that the field of play was so large and if you stood behind one goal it was difficult to see the play at the far end.
As well as the polo competition there was also a competition for the best dressed spectator and it appeared that many people had dusted-off their tweed jackets, salmon jeans and any other clothing they could find not normally worn on the high street or in daylight.  I'm ashamed to say I didn't get any pictures of those spectacles, however, I did get plenty of the action on the field.............