Saturday, 8 February 2014

High Tide 04:53 (2.20m)
Low Tide 11:08 (0.90m)
High Tide 17:50 (2.10m)
Low Tide 23:35 (1.00m)
Sea temperature: not taken
Sea conditions: shallow and choppy with a trough
Weather: promising as the wind was blowing blue skies our way
Joined by: The Usual Suspects
Topics of conversation:
Flotsam and jetsam - Yesterday we'd swum in the rain from the beach huts and the water had been much calmer. We'd been conscious of the stumps, which have been exposed again at that end of the beach and discussed finding some way of making them. Yesterday evening I'd been on the beach with the dogs as the sun was setting and it had been a beautiful evening, marred only by the rubbish on the sand and shingle. Since the surge the wind has distributed all the flotsam everywhichway and it has seemed pointless to clean it all up but I realised that it just gets moved about by the tide each day as we watched a plastic potty move up and down the beach over the last week so I did a mini beach clean as the sun went down. This morning we spotted something new blowing in the wind just where The Poet comes over the dunes towards us. He retrieved it and held it up - a buoy with a flag, beautifully made and marked with it's boats details.

The "Mary Lauree" is a small fishing boat, registered to the EU fleet and based in northern France. She comes from Grandchamp-Maisy and is 9m long, so the buoy must have floated off from her nets and travelled up the Channel to the North sea. We thought it's make a great 'in residence' flag for the team to know when the hut is open if it's raining, but it is too big to fit inside and will surely get nicked if left out, so I have taken it home and will shorten it as I can't see the fishermen wanting to travel this far to retrieve a polystyrene block and a bamboo pole. It's currently acting as a wind vane in our pond, where it floats perfectly in the deep end. The Pirate and I tried to recall O level french and plumped for sending an email, if we could find an address, with the title "Nous avons votre pendant". I'll have to check that with my French speaking friends if it comes to it though. He told me about a girl who tried to wing it in a spanish test when she needed to write 'hamster' so she looked up 'ham' and 'stir' and put them together, I guess that would be 'jamonagitar' - henceforth all hamsters shall be named thus.

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