Saturday, 4 February 2012

Low Tide01:28 (1.00m)
High Tide08:00 (2.10m)
Low Tide13:48 (1.00m)
High Tide20:15 (2.20m)
Sea temperature: 3.1 degrees - a record low since DK's records began
Sea conditions: waves, deep, not great swimming but not bad enough to stay out as it has been on occasion recently
Weather: snowing with the wind coming off the sea
Joined by: no one
Topics of conversation:
Due to the weather we didn't really hang around much today, it had snowed and settled a little over night and the flakes were still falling in the bitter wind. But we did manage a brief review of the performance of Wind in the Willows so far and DK informed us that he'd been able to introduce the young leads (one of whom is The Pirate's no.2 Son) to those who are influential in the local arts festival. Whilst this is encouraging he did also say that it was in the pub last night, after the show and after a few drinks, fortunately Toad doesn't drink as he's 17 and ambitious. When he'd left the dressing room on Thursday I'd heard him being asked which pub he as going to, "the one where I will be applauded the most!" was his tongue in cheek reply. Mertz later informed me that when he'd played Toad at school he'd had to drink from a whisky bottle full of cold tea and even that hadn't helped him to remember his lines, nor did it keep his blood pressure down (The Pirate also told me about new research on the relationship between tea drinking and reducing high blood pressure). The Pirate hasn't seen no. 2 Son perform yet but is getting the positive feedback that only a father deserves, I was able to confirm that not only does he do the role justice, but he's also a joy to work with, even if he does wipe Toad's warts off each evening in an over enthusiastic moment of face grabbing.
DK's guests for the weekend - The Birdwatcher and his family - have wimped out of travelling up to the east to see tonight's show due to the weather forecast, this is a shame, but understandable as it is becoming more extreme as the day goes by. The Pirate is working about 45 miles away today and hoping for it to hold off till his return, but he did suspect that some of his students may not turn up.
Mabel and I both left the other two on the beach changing as they are happy for us to do in this weather - The Pirate fears for his modesty in the wind and cold.
 I left my two at home - Luna didn't even look up as I packed my rucksack.

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