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30 - Up at 7am. 18C in, 11C out. A repeat of the weather of the last few days. Mostly clear but a strong and gusty easterly breeze. . . walked BGdns. Big trouble walking, from the pain in my right knee. Carried straight on down around the harbour and out to the seat above the end of the breakwater. Sat around and filmed the waves breaking over the breakwater a little bit again. The wind appears to have changed to more of a NE and seems to have made things look rougher on this side of the bay than yesterday - but I've seen plenty worse. Sadly, nothing much appeared to be braving the rough water, so sadly nowt much to film. . eventually carried on along to have a look at the open air pool at Shoalstone. Wow - barely recognisable being largely underwater, and taking a pounding from the waves! . . . eventually back to the harbour and sat under the old fish market roof for my coffee. . Back along and up to BGdns again for yet more sitting. Oooh, ooh, oooh - yay! At last - a trawler was heading out to sea. Despite being up on the higher seat with it's obstructed views of the bay thanks to all the badly overgrown trees etc, I raced to get my camcorder and bag of rice out, and had a go at getting some footage of that trawler hitting some waves as it headed out on its long commute to work. Filmed the Emily Rose steaming out - at length! I guess from the point of view of the guys on that boat, the conditions weren't in the least bit rough at all. They must see weather the like of which I would only dream of in a nightmare! Nevertheless, 'I' thought I managed some reasonably neat footage (from a lanlubber point of view). I even ended up returning to sit on the higher seat, with the camcorder next to me, and unusualy continued filming until the boat was really very nearly completely out of sight, and little more than a dot in the distance, even when viewed on the camcorder screen at 70x zoom! . . . . PCd the trawler footage for hours, trying to trim it down to just the more spectacular wave hits etc. lol. Eventually set it uploading to Youtube. A good three hours to upload while I watched TV . . . ate four burgers in bread rolls, most of a pcket of chocolate biscuits and some chocolate. . .to bed around 1am.
29 - Up at 6:45am overheating a bit! 18C in, 12C out. Sunny. . walked BGdns and soon on down towards the harbour. The tide was well in, and an easterly type swell was washing water all across the coastal path near the yacht club. Timed things wrong and got my feet soaked. . carried on out to the seat above the end of the breakwater. Sat around up there for ages, watching waves occasionaly breaking up over the side of the breakwater, hoping to see some vessel or other heading out into the rough waters of the bay. Sadly nothing much was moving at all. At length, eventually the pilot boat went out, only to prove that despite some big waves hitting the Torquay/Goodrington coast pretty bad, the actual at-sea state wasn't 'that' bad at all, in terms of a potential spectacle filming opportunity. Gave up sitting in wait and headed back to the harbour and then back up into BGdns to sit and drink my fairly cold coffee. . back via the pet store for a 15kg sack of Wagg dog food. Carried it home over my shoulder! . . PCd . . .TVd . . ate two haslet finger rolls with mini cheddars and coleslaw followed by chocolate . . . to bed around 12:30am.
28 - Up around 7:30am. 18C in, 12C out. Mostly sunny. . . walked BGdns, out to the seat above the breakwater, back to drink my coffee by the old coastguard station before heading back via BGdns again. Shopped for a few supplies and more blocks of frozen tripe for Bella on the way home . . .drank a glass of red wine while cooking. Ate a large portion of pasta, cheese sauce, chopped fried bacon and grated cheese. . . napped . . . TVd . . . ate the remaining cheesey pasta, chocolate and chocolate biscuits . . to bed around 1am. Much trouble from my blocked/running nose today. :o(
27 - Up around 7:15am. 18C in, 11C out. Sunny. . . walked BGdns wearing layers and a coat because I'd been so cold in the shade and the breeze yesterday. Overheating this morning of course! . eventually carried on down and out to the seat above the end of the breakwater to sit for a while. Much cooler out there in the breeze. Mustered the energy to carry on walking all the way along and up to the clifftops at Berry Head. Chilly, blowy and none too pleasant up there. . eventually started heading back through the Napoleonic fort area overlooking the quarry on the Torbay side of the headland. Off in the distance I spotted a small day fishing boat heading out of the bay to go fishing. Although the waters of the bay weren't 'that' bad, there WAS a deep underlying swell rolling in from the east because of all the wind, and that boat was just ploughing at speed straight through it all. Couldn't resist pulling the camcorder out and having a go at filming some of it - resting the camera on the top of the wall high up on the quarry's edge, giving an almost aerial view of its passage. Funny coincedence was that YET again, it was that same 'SN5' boat which I seem to have been finding regular reasons to film of late. (the sea birds on the 14th, the tangled net on the 21st, etc etc). . . . . eventually returned all the way back to under the old fish market roof to sit and drink my barely warm coffee. Whilst I was sat there, a family was sat nearby on one of the seats eating a takeaway or some such. A particularly 'vocal' (constant plaintive 'whistling') baby seagull, which I've often seen hanging around down there, was hanging around close-by them hoping for some food, and being something of a minor nuisance. The man in the group ended up getting to his feet and making something of a display of shooing the seagull away, ending up with him making as if he was going to kick it! (He very nearly made contact with it!) I HATE it when people act in such a barbaric way towards some innocent starving creature. Far too many people seem to think they have a right to attack or kill seagulls especially, given the recent bad press etc, etc. Jeeze - that poor bird is probably just a meal or two away from starving to death. What do these overweight people expect if they are going to sit around with lots of food on display, stuffing their faces (again) like that? I was SO angered by what I witnessed, I made eye contact with the guy when he turned from his kicking motion, and ended up blurting out, 'You kick it, I'll kick you!'!!!!!! Thankfully, unexpectedly the guy just quietly returned to his family and I got away with it! PHEW!!!!!! That could SO easily have turned really ugly if he'd been a different type of person. I felt terribly guilty about losing control of my anger and having said that, and didn't sit around there for too much longer. Having such difficulty controlling my anger, or dare I say even 'rage', is a relatively recent change in me, which seems to becoming more of an issue the older I get!!?? I don't understand why, and I do NOT like it! :o( . Walked all the way back along and up into BGdns for a bit more sitting around before eventually heading home. . . PCd the bit of SN5 leaving Torbay footage, uploaded it to Youtube, and posted links etc to Facebook's Brixham Fishing - actually commenting about the weird coincedence of me continualy ending up filming the same boat etc. Some while later, whilst I was still sat at the PC, someone messaged me via facebook. Turned out to be one of the crew on an incoming day-boat, suggesting that if I wanted to film some other boat 'for a change', they were on their way in and would be reaching the breakwater at such and such a time. I kinda couldn't resist 'the challenge' of that, so quickly got off the PC, made a coffee and then headed straight back out to BGdns with my tripod etc. Ended up set-up atop my favourite searchlight gun emplacement filming several of the day boats coming back in after their day's fishing (although only so as to capture enough to be able to extract some still frames for a facebook post later, etc). Amongst all that footage, I very much managed to capture some images of the guy who'd messaged me. lolol :o) . .a lack of daylight eventually called a halt to any more filming, but I ended up still sitting around down there, watching the cool sunset and taking a few photos. I was so occupied with watching the sunset, I missed the so called 'super moon' rising 'out of the sea', and didn't start trying to capture some of that scene until it was well up in the sky over Berry Head. I'm not a lover of this new 'super' moon term, but it WAS quite prominent and bright, still being so low in the sky . . eventually headed home well after dark (with some difficulty because I hadn't brought my torch) . . . PCd . . . TVd . . ate a pastie and a couple of sausage-roll-like pastry cheese rolls, crisps, banana and chocolate biscuits . .kept an eye on the moon through the bay window whilst watching TV, because of the 'blood moon' eclipse thing due to happen later, but I just couldn't stay awake and ended up going to bed around 2am without having seen any sign of it (although I think locally it WAS largely obscured by cloud during most of the vital moments). . . Instead of giving Bella the 'new-usual' tripe this evening, I instead mixed her biscuit with some of the left-over beef mince stew I'd cooked the other day. Would you believe it - she promptly refused to eat most of it!! SO weird how she'll definitely eat that disgusting smelling tripe stuff - but will still NOT eat 'anything' like a normal dog would!??? :o(
26 - Up around 8:15am again. 18C in, 8C out. Sunny. . . walked BGdns. The place was covered in litter, bottles, broken glass etc, etc. :o( Collected it all up and managed to cram everything I could find into a single carrier bag for eventual depositing in a bin . .sat around feeling down . .eventually down to sit near the old coastguard station for my coffee. Back to BGdns and finally home via the store for supplies . . .TVD. . ate two ham finger rolls, crisps and coleslaw. . . napped until 7pm . . . TVd . . ate chocolate biscuits and bowls of rice krispies. . . to bed around midnight.
25 - Up around 8:15am. 18C in, 13C out. Sunny. . . walked BGdns, out to the seat above the end of the breakwater, back to under the old fish market roof for my coffee, straight home through town . . . did dish washing chores . . .cooked up a big pressure cooker pot of minced beef and mixed veg stew . . ate a bowl of stew with two pieces of bread and butter . . . napped . . . vacuumed a bit . . .DF called in for arguments coffee and biscuits until around 10pm . . .TVd . . ate stew followed by biscuits and a little chocolate . .to bed around 2:40am.
24 - Woke earlier then up around 8:15am. 19C in, 14C out. Sunny. . . .walked BGdns. A handful of seal just off the rocks. One in particular looked rather unwell, possibly even with an injury to one of its eyes. :o( . . eventually carried on down to the harbour. Sat under the old fish market roof for a very long while, sheltering from a passing shower, drinking my coffee and having to make small talk with holidaymakers cooing over Bella. .carried along towards the breakwater. Border patrol cutter 'Searcher' was unusualy actualy moored up alongside the town pontoon. . . . sat near the old coastguard station for a while before eventually returning to sit in BGdns some more. Ultimately home via the local store for a few supplies after in excess of a five hour morning dog walk!!!! . . . ate a pastie with two bags of crisps and a couple of bananas. . .napped . . ate chocolate biscuits and a couple of bowls of rice krispies. . . to bed around 2am.
23 - Up around 7:45am. 18C in, 10C out. Sunny. . . walked BGdns, down to the harbour for my coffee, back to BGdns and eventualy home gone midday . . . PCd. Battled away some more with the spectacular sea birds footage from the 14th and after far too many hours, finally managed to call it quits and get it uploaded to Youtube. . . TVd . . .ate a large amount of mashed potato mixed with corned beef, chopped onion and butter followed by coffee cake and then bowls of co co pops with cream . . . to bed around midnight.
22 - Up around 8am. 18C in, 12C out. Sunny. . . walked BGdns, out to the breakwater, back to shelter from a shower under the old fish market roof drinking my coffee, BGdns and home . . .PCd/TVd . . . ate two ham, mayo and grated cheese finger rolls with crisps and coleslaw followed by chocolate. . . to bed at midnight.
21 - Up around 8:45am! 18C in, 12C out. Grey. . . walked Bgdns in waterproofs in the drizzle. Sheltered in gun emplacements for ages, pointing the camcorder at a fishing boat just offshore which appeared to be having difficulty with a tangled net. At the same time, the lifeboat was out in the bay on excercises, and the tall ship TS Royalist left harbour and set sail. Ended up having to call it quits when the drizzle 'thickened' and everything pretty much just disappeared into it. . ended up scouring the nearby rocks and filling a carrier bag with all the bottles and litter that was laying around all over the place. FFS! :o( . . . carried on down to the inner harbour to sit under the old fish market roof for my coffee - and to take off my leggings and coat and stash them in my rucksack when the rain eventually stopped. Briefly shopped for supplies and then headed back home via BGdns again, arriving home gone 1pm yet again! . . . PCd the rest of the day away acheiving nothing . . .TVd . . .ate two small chicken kievs with chips followed later by bowls of co-co pops and some chocolate. . . to bed around midnight.
20 - Woke earlier, up at 7:15am. 18C in, 8C out. Sun and mist. . . walked BGdns in what had developed into quite a thick fog. . carried on out to the seat above the end of the breakwater as the fog mostly cleared to sunny spells. . back to under the old fish market roof for my coffee before returning to BGdns to sit around some more. . home via the store for a few supplies . . . PCd . . . ate a couple of miniature cheese sausage rolls with crisps . . . DF called in to argue until around 10:30pm . . .TVd . . . ate two more cheese sausage rolls, some coffee cake and some biscuits. . to bed around 1:30am.
19 - Woke earlier, up at 8:45am!!!? 18C in, 13C out. Sunny. . . walked BGdns and just sat around there for ages before heading straight back . .did laundry . . Mum called in with the papers and food donations . . ate two ham and mayo finger rolls, crisps and a banana . . . napped . . . TVd . . drank a little red wine and ate sliced haslet and chips, chocolate biscuits and chocolate . . to bed around midnight.
18 - Woke earlier when still dark, lay there for a while and then up around 7:15am. 18C in, 12C out. Sunny. .and then it rained! . . . walked BGdns in waterproofs and sheltered in a gun emplacement for a while until the light rain passed - leaving me rather overdressed. . . sat under the old fish market roof for my coffee before removing and managing to stuff my nylon waterproof leggings into a coat pocket. Walked back up to Bgdns and ultimately home . . . PCd the day away at length, and managed to edit and upload to youtube the Seal spotting video, and a seperate one of the injured seal from the 12th. Also ended up cobbling together a quickie of a rainbow/fishing boat from 14th and uploaded that too for what little it's worth . . .TVd . . . couldn't muster the energy to do cooking and ended up just eating a couple of bowls of co-co pops and some chocolate biscuits . . . falling asleep in the chair before to bed around midnight.
17 - Woke around 6:30am overheating badly. Up around 7am. 17C in, 9C out. Sunny spells. . . walked BGdns. Felt tired out and down. Ended up just sat around on the rocks for quite a while before eventually heading out to the seat above the breakwater for more idle sitting. Eventually returned to the harbour, around along and back up to BGdns for my luke warm coffee and ultimately home via the store for a few supplies and the pet store for more frozen tripe . . . trimmed my beard and hair etc. . PCd/TVd the day off, feeling down and VERY needing to be quiet and alone. . TVd . . ate two haslet and grated cheese finger rolls with coleslaw followed by a banana and chocolate . . . to bed before midnight.
16 - Woke around 7:45am, up around 8am. 18C in, 11C out. Cloudy and blowing . . . walked BGdns all wrapped up against the cold wind and forecast rain/gale later. Quite a 'mucky'/wavy sea in the bay, with the ever changing wind initially looking like an easterly. . ended up walking all the way out towards the seat above the end of the breakwater, hoping for the possibility of some filming if any vessel was intending to brave the conditions. True to form, as we headed out towards the marina, the old sailing ship Pilgrim was heading out of the harbour. Reached the wall above the end of the breakwater just in time and set-up to have a go at filming Pilgrim as she rounded the breakwater. Filmed for a bit (nasty in the buffeting wind) but soon stopped when it became apparant that the sea wasn't as rough as it looked somehow, and the scenes were far less of a 'spectacle' than I've already captured on many occasions. . started heading back down from my vantage point - damn - only to realise I'd not spotted a fishing boat heading out. Ended up sat on the wind-blown pathway at the edge of the breakwater beach (even more unpleasant and arduous!) filming the boat as it headed out across Torbay. Once again, the conditions turned out to be better than they appeared, and none of the footage was worth the effort. To cap it all, in the middle of me obviously concentrating on filming something, some old passer by 'butted-in' and wanted to start fussing over Bella and giving her a treat!! FFS! . . .eventually back to under cover of the old fish market roof for my coffee, as a light drizzle began to fall. . . straight home through town in a mostly dry spell . . . PCd this for a while, but eventually caved-in again with it all unfinished. I need to sort out bits of video and upload some stuff before I can finish some of the comments/missing links for the last few days!!!! Not enough hours in the day!!!!!!. . . right - at least that's the seventy year old Torbay councillor Robert Excell cycling across the bay on the 1st, done-with at last! . . TVd . . ate the remaining stew followed by bowls of co-co pops, biscuits and chocolate . . .to bed around 1am.
15 - Up around 7:45am. 17C in, 11C out. More sunny intervals and showers. . walked BGdns and poked at this and that (passing trawlers etc) with the camcorder for a while. . on down to sit under the old fish market roof for a long while, just watching people going by. A LONG conversation with a passer by who stopped to fuss with Bella. Unusual woman. . .
One of the followers of the Brixham Fishing Facebook group is a woman who frequently comments on posts asking if what they are doing is safe, or comments hoping all those on board are safe etc, etc. 'Safety' appears to be her overiding thoughts - which always strikes me as ironic, given EVERYTHING these fishermen do is oh so, SO dangerous! I've shot loads of bits of footage over the years of the trawler crews working on the dangerous ruin (of the 'Benbow' I think the instalation was called) at the end of the Breakwater when retrieving their stored fishing gear, but never really done anything with it. This morning the trawlers appeared to be literally queuing up to retrieve some of their gear, and I ended up filming once again, specifically with a post of stills kinda aimed at that woman in mind for later.
PCd doing the 'is it safe' posts to Brixham Fishing etc
. . . TVd . . . ate a bowl
of stew, a few almond shortbread biscuity things and chocolate .
. . TVd until to bed around 12:30am, shortly after all the
coastguard troops had been called out the Berry Head area looking
for a high risk missing person, who seemed to have threatened to
drive over a cliff perhaps!
14 - Up around 8:20am. 19C in, 13C out. Sunny intervals between big clouds. .Walked BGdns with passing drizzle clouds. . Coastal chariot and Sormovskiy 3064 in the bay. The Torquay wheel mostly dismantled already. . cold in the stiff gusty breeze . . on down to under the old fish market roof for my coffee . . straight home through town . . . PCd . . . back out to see the tall ship 'Belem' I heard on the scanner coming into the bay to shelter from the weather. . Too late - already in past the breakwater and mooring up. Rainbows and showers. Sheltered in the gun emplacement. Ended up pointing the camera at all sorts of stuff including sea birds flocking and diving for food next to an incoming fishing boat. . eventually headed home feeling real cold . . . PCd/TVd . . .pressure cooked and eventually ate a couple of bowls of beef mince stew, a banana and chocolate . . . to bed before 1am.
13 - Broken sleep then up around 8:30am. 19C in, 14C out. Bright but cloudy . .very achey!?? Coffee and Annadin tablet for breakfast. . . walked BGdns. On down around the sunny harbour and out to the seat above the end of the breakwater to sit for ages. Eventually back to a seat by the old coastguard station for more sitting with my coffee as things largely clouded back over, before heading back to BGdns. Ended up atop my favourite gun emplacement for quite a long while.
Idly watched a 'long distance' swimmer, amazingly swimming back and forth between the 5 knot marker buoys, WELL out from the coast off the gardens and nearby F/C coves. I'd thought from such a distance, the person was swimming along with a marker buoy attached, like many divers use, so they'd be safely seen by any passing boats - because the person WAS 'that' far out! It was quite a while before I suddenly twigged that the fluorescent marker was NOT keeping pace with the swimmer. Zoomed in with the camcorder for a closer look at what was going on. Oh MY god!!!!! The swimmer was a woman, and the marker buoy wasn't attched to her at all. It was actually attached to her dog, which was swimming along after her!! Wow - that is a LONG way for a dog to swim!!!!
Friendly old dog seemed to have a bit of trouble walking - but loved swimming apparantly - easier on his legs, etc. had a brief conversation and asked if she'd have any objection to me 'maybe' uploading some footage to Youtube (IF I had any worth using) and putting a post of links on the Torbay Dog Lovers Facebook page. . .
PCd the footage for ages before finally getting it uploaded to Youtube . . .the swimming dog . :o) .
. .. TVD . . ate two ham
finger rolls with crisps and coleslaw followed by some mum
donated almond shortbread biscuity things and some chocolate. . .
to bed around 1am.
12 - Up at 7:30am. 19C in, 14C out. Sunny after plenty of rain. . . walked BGdns with just a hint of drizzle on the way out. . on down to a seat near the old coastguard station for my coffee. Back along towards BGdns. Plenty of vocal seal on the rocks. Filmed with the camcorder for a brief while from in front the old Astra building. Filmed some more in BGdns when I saw an injury on one etc
. . . a bit late getting
back and met Mum coming down the road on the way back with the
papers and food donations etc. . chats and a bit of showing this
and that on the PC. Whilst doing so, we bumped into a breaking
news report which confirmed Jeremy Corbyn had just won the
election to be the new leader of the Labour party. Being
generally rather 'left-wing' myself, I confess to being rather
pleased about that. For far too many years it seemed
to me, that the labour party had become so right
wing, that it no longer in any way represented the views and
opinions of vast numbers of the population, and as such, that
part of the population really had no-one to vote for, and no
political voice or representation in decision making whatsoever.
I'd begun to assume that 'I' was simply out of step with how
society seemed to be evolving into being ever more right wing.
Whatever the long term 'success' or consequences of his
appointment, at least there seems to be some hope of a party
offering an alternative to the right-wing (selfish, self-centred,
unempathic, heartless - as I see it) trend. Whatever - it's good
there's been a bit of a 'shake up' I think. :o) . . PCd
and ended up posting images of the seal, and even a bit of video of the injured one, directly to various public group
Facebook pages. This posting of 'stuff' to such pages, HAS really
become something of an all-consuming obsession of late!!?? Sadly,
because of limits on webspace and the like, I really can't
possibly keep uploading all such pictures etc to here too - which
is a real shame, because just one or two of the many pictures and
video screen captures I've been contributing, ARE pretty neat
shots in my opinion (even if they are rather grainy, blurred and
low res by today's standards). :o( That IS one of the beauties of
that Facebook buisness from my point of view I guess. The ability
to make 'unlimited' full-sized posts at no cost to my webspace
etc, kinda. I seem to 'get off' on contributing stuff (no matter
how much work or how long it takes me), so as to provide a
throw-away brief moments interest or entertainment for anyone who
may be interested. It's a very weird thing to keep doing. I'm
even worried I'm actually overdoing it and people will get sick
and tired of ME posting so much stuff (all under my 'John Thomas'
pseudonym of course). Oh well - it's giving me lots to do at the
moment (not enough time to feel down!) - and will of course all
come to an abrupt end as soon as Bella goes, whenever that may
be. :o| . . . TVd . . . did the mountain of dish washing chores.
. .TVd . . . cooked and ate four quarter pound burgers in
buttered cheesey baps followed by chocolate . . . to bed whenever
after falling asleep in the chair more than once again!
11 - Up at 7:45am. 19C in, 14C out.
Cloudy grey. . .walked BGdns. On down to sit under the old fish
market roof for my coffee. Mum unexpectedly turned up again for a
sit and a chat before we went our seperate ways . . straight home
through town . . mowed the lawns and pottered in the gardens
strimming and tidying up a bit. . . PCd/TVd . . an 'assisted
dying' bill was voted out in the commons - again! Disappointing.
What exactly are politicians good for, if they can't even manage
to get together and come up with a suitable safeguarded solution
to something that SURELY the majority of the population now
actually want? Seems like THE most appalling arrogance that so
many people (the religious especially) are so willing to prolong
other peoples suffering! The local MP Sarah Woolaston is a doctor
- she voted against it - and yet, correct me if I'm wrong, their
basic tenet is to 'do no harm'. Prolonging the suffering of
someone with a terminal illness who is sound of mind and wishes
to end their life, IS doing GREAT harm to another in my opinion.
:o( . . . ate bowls of rice krispies with cream and large amounts
of sugar followed later by a whole tin of chopped ham and pork,
on its own with a large bag of crisps. Followed that up with a
banana, biscuits and chocolate . . falling asleep in the chair
again! To bed before midnight.
10 - Woken around 7:30am by neighbour noise. Up at 8am. 19C in, 14C out. Grey and misty to start. . . walked BGdns. Yet again the vocal buzzard was hidden somewhere in the trees CONTINUALLY calling?? Despite the stiff easterly breeze (25mph gusts) and occasional sunny spells, a weird, dark-grey mist/cloud formation off to the North West made it look almost as though it was liable to pour with rain at any moment! . . eventually walked on down to the inner harbour as things began to brighten-up further. . . ended up heading out towards the seat above the end of the breakwater, keeping a good lookout for any fishing boats indicating they may be heading out to sea. Because of the gusty Easterly breeze, the waters of the bay were quite boisterous and would maybe have made for some good filming opportunities. Yayyy - walking out past the marina, the 'new' Offshore Shellfish Ltd vessel Alysee started making her way out of the harbour towards the end of the breakwater. I actually ended up gently 'jogging' past the lifeboat station (causing yet further damage to my painful joints no doubt!) , and 'just' managed to reach the Breakwater wall and get the camcorder going as she rounded the end of the Breakwater and headed out into the swell. Managed a bit of half decent-ish footage despite being blown around by the wind on top of the breakwater wall, with a good twenty foot+ drop below my dangling feet! . . eventually sat on the seat above the end of the breakwater for a while before ultimately returning to a more sheltered bench near the old coastguard station for a warm up in the sun. The tide was going out and because I wasn't particularly in the mood to be having to constantly respond to passers-by who wanted to comment on Bella (cutely 'lounging' on the bench next to me), I ended up sitting on the exposed-by-the-low-tide ledge at the bottom of the nearby harbour steps to drink my coffee. Briefly walked along a short stretch of the harbour floor, to pick up a nearby discarded childs fishing net, for relocation to a bin. Amused me to find 11p in small change (two fives and a one) dropped by someone off the harbour wall into the water, along the way. 'Payment' for my litter-picking. :o) . . . back up the steps to FGn and eventually home . . . PCd. Edited and uploaded the Elysee footage to Youtube and then made a couple of posts to Facebook etc. And somehow, gone was yet another whole day!?? . . .TVd . . .ate two spam, mayo and grated cheese finger rolls, crisps, coffee cake and chocolate . . . to bed around 1am.
9 - Up around 8:20am. 19C in, 13C out. . sunny spells and breezy . . . walked BGdns and sat around on the lower seat for a while as usual. An easterly breeze making the waters of the bay pretty lumpy. No ferries running today as a result. . much noise and persistant calling from a buzzard in amongst the nearby trees somewhere. . carried on down (saw a seal - 'as usual') to the inner harbour to sit under the old fish market roof to drink my coffee and watch the world go by. . shopped for a rucksack full of large potatoes and then other bits and pieces in the mini supermarket. Sat around for ages more, delaying the long painful trudge back with the heavy rucksack. Eventually headed back and on up to the local pet store for supplies of frozen tripe for Bella (6 x £1.05 packs) before heading home. . . used a lump hammer and bolster chisel out in the garden as usual, to cut the frozen tripe blocks in half before stowing everything away . . . recovered from the walk in front of the TV news for a bit. The Queen is the longest serving monarch today. Jeeze I'm all aching from everywhere again. I seem to be suffering pretty near constant pain from almost every single joint these days (legs especially). :o( . . PCd a bit of this . . . ate a miniature pasty, crisps and banana . . napped . . . TVd . . ate a large amount of chopped spam and mixed veg doused in butter, followed later by some coffee cake, bowls of creamy rice krispies and some chocolate . . . to bed around 1am.
8 - Up around 7:45am again. 18C in, 14C out. . mostly cloudy to start but sunny later. . . walked BGdns. Some sunny spells, but a bit of an easterly breeze putting some swell on the bay and definitely making it feel a bit 'autumnal' when exposed to it. Several noisey/calling buzzards in the area again, but sadly not much in the way of filming opportunities. Carried on down to sit under the old fish market roof for my coffee before heading towards home through town. Ended up sitting on a high street bench for quite a while listening to a busker singing and playing his guitar, making it look SO easy! He was really rather good, and because I'd sat close nearby listening for so long, I ended up throwing a coin into his guitar case (a RARE event - but I kinda felt obliged to) when I finally carried-on heading home. . . PCd this - but ended up stopping with it half done again. I'm just tired-out and not in the mood right now. . . aimlessly sat and pottered around acheiving nothing . . . TVd . . . ate two mayo, spam, grated cheese and chopped onion finger rolls with crisps followed by a banana and chocolate . . . to bed around 12:30am.
7 - Up at 7:45am. 18C in, 11C out. . .walked BGdns and then on down to under the old fish market roof for my coffee. . back home through town . . . PCd the day away, working hard on the awkward job of editing-down Sunday's 'Cowes Classic 2015' powerboat footage. Quite a battle THAT all was. Got there in the end and eventually set the footage slowly uploading to Youtube. Jeeze - around a two and a half hour upload that one was! Left the file uploading and ended up outside doing a bit of weeding in the back garden during the frustrating 'down time'. . PCd as soon as the file had successfully uploaded, and submitted links to it on various facebook pages for anyone who may have an interest. . tried to briefly nap but couldn't when the VERY distinctive sound of a passing Chinook helicopter heading in the Dartmouth direction roused me and had me run to the window for a look. A Puma or something similar followed a short while later . . . walked up the local store for a few supplies. . . TVd . . .oven cooked five large pan mushrooms layered with chopped ham, onion and grated cheese . . TVd . . ate bowls of co-co pops with cream followed by chocolate. . . to bed around 1:30am.
6 - Up at 8:30am. 18C in, 13C out. Sunny . . walked late down through town and straight out to Berry Head, to see whatever there was to see of the 'Cowes Classic 2015'. The power boat race from Cowes to Torquay and back. Based on what I'd happened to bump into and read on line, the boats were likely due to be reaching the 'Berry Head mark' from around 10:45am onwards. . Wow - WHAT a scorcher of a day! Clear blue sky, full sun and little wind, making the waters of the bay pretty calm. Torbay at its best. . set up my tripod on the 'safe' bit of the grassy headland above the 200ft cliffs, and settled down to wait for the first boat to appear on the horizon. Filmed in the uncomfortably hot sun.
. . it WOULD have been nice to have been able to film them all retracing their route on the return leg around 2pm, but I just couldn't face hanging around up there with nothing to do for the next couple of hours. Dunno what it is about Berry Head, but on a warm day in full sun like it was, I really rather dislike the place. Just feels like a sweltering hot desert to me, with very little shade!! No. No way was I gonna hang around up there 'cooking' all that time. . headed all the way back down to the seat above the end of the breakwater for water drinks and to both cool down in the shade for a while, before then heading back to the busy inner harbour. . brief sits under the old fish market roof before heading along and back up into Bgdns. Sat atop my favourite lower searchlight gun emplacement and eventually filmed the boats leaving. Dunno what happened with the 'start'. I 'thought' I'd read AND heard on the scanner they were going to be departing at 2pm. It was well before that they somehow suddenly just seemed to be going for it, and were off! Pure luck I managed to capture 'something' of them roaring away from the Torquay sea front! In no time at all, they were out of sight behind the nearby tree and gone.
PCd footage . . back out to Bgdns when there was a suggestion on the scanner that a boat was being towed back in. A couple of seal on the rocks again. . Lack of light stopped me filming. . hurt my ankle falling off the path in the dark!! . . back gone 9pm . . . PCd footage some more . . .TVd . . drank a glass of red wine while cooking. Ate a big plate of fried potato, onion, mushrooms and mince again. . .TVd falling asleep in the chair until to bed around 1:30am.
5 - Up at 8:20am. 18C in, 14C out. Threatening cloud and sunny spells. . achey. Annadin tablet for breakfast. . . walked BGdns quite late. On down to the harbour to sit on a bench near the old coastguard station to drink my coffee, watching the crowds all heading for the Fishstock Festival thing. £6 entry and big crowds, so definitely NOT something 'I' am gonna be doing. . . Back to BGdns and then home via the local store for a few supplies. . . Mum called in with the papers and food donations for chats . . . PCd, poking at bits of video, acheiving little . . .ate ham finger rolls, coleslaw and crisps . . DF called in for arguments, biscuits and coffee until around 10:30pm . . ate biscuits and a piece of coffee sponge cake . . . to bed around 1:30am after having fallen asleep in the chair for a short while.
4 - Broken sleep then up at 8:45am. 18C in, 16C out. Sunny spells . . . yet another pair of those cheap quality trainers fit for the bin! The soles of them wore out and eventually split in exactly the same way the previous pair did. What rubbish - and works out no so cheap! :o( . walked BGdns. Eventually carried on down to sit under the old fish market roof for my coffee. All of a sudden, Mum came walking along! Wow - WHAT a suprise! With her bad feet and increasing frailty, it's a pretty rare thing for her to manage to get down there these days. Sat and chatted for a while before leaving her to do her own thing. Headed home through town . . . worked in the garden for hours and ultimately lifted all the remaining slabs on the middle tier, cut out all the weeds and grass, tried to level the earth a bit, and then relayed them all, with strips of plastic (cut up dog food sacks) under all the joins. . called it quits somewhere around 6:30pm. . . TVd . . . cooked and ate a large pan of fried beef-mince, potatoe onion and mushrooms followed later by biscuits and chocolate . . to bed around 1am.
3 - Up at 7:45am. 19C in, 14C out. Sunny spells and threatening clouds. . . walked BGdns. A couple of small catameran sail boats were all sailing around just of BGdns point, and I couldn't resist doing a snip of footage of 'Bella and the cats' for a possible silly Torbay Doglovers facebook post later . . down to the harbour . . to a seat by the old coastguard station . . past the Pride In Brixham volunteers, Bay View Garden rope-art 'new kid on the block' and on out to the seat above the end of the breakwater . . back through town shopping for supplies on the way home . . . PCd . . . comms on the scanner suggesting unexploded ordnance found by the harbourmasters office. . . ended up going back down to BGdns. Soon all clear as the shells taken to mansands for disposal . .down to the harbour for my coffee and eventually home up to and across FGn. . . PCd . . . TVD . . ate two beef finger rolls, crisps, banana, co co pops and chocolate . . . to bed around 1:30am.
2 - Poor broken sleep (weird painful leg cramp?) then up at 8:10am. 20C in, 15C out. Sunny spells. . . walked BGdns. Chatted with dog walker S and got the low down on her and M who I'd seen holding hands the other day. They ARE indeed in the early stages of starting up a relationship. I 'have time' for both of them, so of course hope things work out for them. . Down to the harbour for my coffee before home . . PCd . . walked to the vet . . someone passing in a transit shouted out abuse!?????
to have a rant and collect
the latest tablets. Carried on down to the harbour to sit for a
bit. Back up to BGdns and home. . exhausted. napped until 7pm. .
. TVd . . ate a bowl of stew with four pieces of bread and
butter, chocolate biscuits and chocolate . . . to bed around
1 - Up at 8:45am. 20C in, 18C out. Sunny. . . left laundry washing and walked BGdns. A couple of buzzard were noisily calling as they flew around the place. I have a suspicion that the one making all the noise and persistantly calling, was possibly a youngster? Ended up frantically pulling my camcorder out of my pocket and having a 'go' at it, when one appeared almost motionless hovering and calling in the sky more or less overhead - and with a decent bit of light on it. As is ALWAYS the way, all I sadly managed was a 'glimpse'. Just as I was zooming-in for a real neat close-up, it soared away and disappeared beghind the tree line. Damn. Almost - but not quite! . . carried on down to the harbour to sit and drink my coffee . . eventually headed back along and up into BGdns and ultimately home . . PCd . . . called the vet for more tablet supplies, and once more broached the subject of getting a prescription to buy them cheaper on-line. Got told about their, what feels like, blatant 'extortion'. :o( £12.36 PER six month maximum prescription - and I'd need one for EACH of the three types of tablets Bella is on! Also - 'legally' I HAVE to see the vet every six months. Because of when I last saw him, I'd have to see him again before I could get a full six months prescription. That'd be another £19.75 for a basic consultation! So that's around £57 just to get the prescription - never mind the cost of then having to source and buy the tablets!!! YET again, it was just easier to get a months supply from them to keep me going, and save me having to try to think it all through right now. :o( Ready for pick up tomorrow afternoon they said. . . walked back down to BGdns to see the cyclist (Robert Excell) 'cycling' across the bay again!! .
.In the middle of filming
the cyclist unceremoniously reaching the slipway by the lifeboat
station, all of a sudden there was a loud roaring noise of a
helicopter coming nearby overhead.
Couldn't resist pointing the camcorder at it of course. At first
it appeared to be just circling aimlessly around, but then it
seemed to take up a position above a vessel heading out across
the bay. Even on full zoom, it was a struggle to see out that
far, but it eventually became apparant it was doing some winching
- lowering a man to the deck of the vessel and then picking him
back up again. The briefest of overheard snippets on the scanner
suggested the vessel was a police launch. Video of Rescue169 doing winch
training . . .
eventually carried on down around
the harbour, heading for the breakwater. The tide was WELL out.
Walked about in the inner harbour mud for a bit, grabbing various
slightly 'out-of-the-ordinary' pictures of a fishing boat which
had just had its bottom de-fowled and painted, for a Brixham
Fishing Facebook post later. There aren't 'that' many photos
taken from such a viewpoint, because most people
(understandably!) seem to shy away from walking around in the
grey diesel saturated toxic mud down there. It 'amuses me' to
occasionaly do so (when I have 'appropriate' shoes on). I DO
wonder what it must look like to all the holidaymakers when Bella
and I wander around out there like that? lol eventually carried
on out to the breakwater slipway to film the cyclist some more
(packing-up and leaving). . to the seat above. . let Bella swim
for her ball off the slipway by the lifeboat station, to wash off
her toxic harbour-mud 'socks' . . back to under the old fish
market roof for my coffee. . Bgdns for more sitting and ball play
before eventually home . . . PCd and posted various photos of
todays events to facebook pages . . . TVd . . hungry but
absolutely no appetite. Ate a couple of bowls of rice krispies .
. .fell asleep in the chair before eventually finding my way to
bed in the early hours.