Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Murray's Isles the temperature had risen noticeably and there was a line of blue sky approaching from the south.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Ardwall Isle with its former farm house hiding on the seaward side. The isle was once home to a well known smuggling family.
a little cove on the SW side of the larger island and made our way up over very tussocky ground to the...
Port Macadam was built. The house was for the pilot who escorted ships up the Fleet.
Monday, November 23, 2015
We went down to the boats to collect our breakfast things as the sun slowly but steadily...
Inchmarnocks (Ix) make one Cara (Cx) and ten Caras make one Barlocco (Bx). It might be some time till we have another Barlocco (Bx)! A key feature of this fire had been Ian's large log fireback which acted both as a reflector and a generator of heat..
In the background we saw the tide was coming in but we were in no rush to carry the boats far. So Mike toasted his toes by the embers and Ian went hunting for shells.
Sunday, November 22, 2015
bar which connects Barlocco Isle to the mainland had dried. Our destination at Barlocco beach (the one with the fort folly) was 320m away on the other side. We could paddle 2.5km round Barlocco but the carry would still be 250m. A trolley would have been most beneficial but as I already knew there was little fire wood on the beaches, I had advised Ian and Mike to leave the trolleys and bring wood instead. In retrospect we should have brought one trolley and only two of us should have brought logs.
Anyway the retrospectoscope is a very powerful instrument so we had no choice but to get on with it. We left our bags of wood at the bar and carried the three kayaks up the beach. That was 1km of walking and 1km of carrying! We discovered that burning logs is not the only way to get warm. We just managed to beat...
Saturday, November 21, 2015
As we turned to the west we left Little Ross Island and the sound of heavy gunfire at the Dundrennan Range far behind.
More gunfire from the range accompanied our return to the open sea. Even though we were now some distance away, the reverberations of some particularly heavy rounds shook the channel walls and our chests.
Ringdoo Point we made for...