Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Low Tide05:15 (0.70m)
High Tide11:25 (2.70m)
Low Tide17:53 (0.40m)
Sea temperature: 19.2!
Sea conditions: Calm but still a bit murky
Weather: Warm, dark skies threatening
Joined by: The Usual Suspects and Uncle Mike
Topics of conversation:
Monsoon - the weather has been hot and today storms are forecast here, I heard from Mertz this morning that he had driven through monsoon weather on the way down to Hertford. The cloud bank over the sea was bizarre and inland it was black, but although we all hung about for quite a while in the water it didn't come any closer - it's just broken here, but only very briefly. Uncle Mike swims in the ponds most days, where the water temperature had been recorded at 22 this week, so he found our new yearly high of 19.2 here refreshing.
Strange clouds

It was a full moon last night and really warm so when we went down for our night swim the beach was littered with people enjoying the conditions, a dog tried to join me as I swam out into the moon path but was called back. Still no phosphorescence though.
Legs and her 'holiday' with her family - this is proving to be more of a working holiday that even she had imagined and DK is clearly concerned about her sanity. This evening she sent me a link which gives an indication of how busy she is dealing with her Mother's archive, its fascinating:
Peg Lynch
Sara and The Poet had swum nearer to their house yesterday and played shoulder fights in the shallow water. Down that end there are strange lumps, like rocks but not, that emerge when the tide is low. It's not good to speculate about what they are as I suspect it could have something to do with the WWII sea defences that often stick through the sand. As I hadn't seen Sara and The Poet since Latitude we had a long chat about what a great line up it had been this year after a couple of duff ones. As I'd been tied to the desk yesterday I'd caught up on a lot of stuff I'd missed due to not having perfected my parallel universe techniques yet, Radio 6 are playing highlights, interviews etc. It's a fine balancing act and The New Yorker and I had discussed how you really need to sit down with the festival programme a week earlier to work out how to make the most of everything. Next year I endeavour to make the most of the dressing up shops too, the Junior Viking had a great idea - he and his dad would buy an outfit each and then have to wear each other's choice. Nice idea.

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