The sea is more unnaturally turquoise than ever where it is deep and translucent towards the edge of the beach. The water is so unpolluted that you can see the flat stones beneath the water clearly in the shallows.
We have had a bit of a accident. My camera slipped off the table when Peter was trying to level Bessie onto a chock with an extra piece of wood underneath. The shutter will no longer work. Anyone who knows me will realise what a disaster this is. I am never without my lovely Nikon D5100 and there is plenty of holiday yet to come.
We drove straightaway to the airport to use their wifi and I found a camera shop in Carmarthen who had one D5100 body (I can use the lenses I already have). The man I spoke to was very helpful and agreed to post it immediately to Mary at our campsite address. I had to pay a premium for a 24 hour service but he thought I should receive it on Saturday (tomorrow). We will have to wait and see. If not, it will be Monday of course. He thinks mine can be mended but of course it may not be economical.
That accomplished, we drove back to the campsite and had a walk along the beach.
We are wearing our new matching Peter Storm sun-hats that Rob gave us for our birthdays.
Peter then took himself off up the hill behind the campsite while I undertook a couple of paintings of the scene before me. As an oil painter I find it tricky to get the simplicity of a watercolour right. The first one is an acrylic.
Peter returned with lots of photos, including one of the new wind turbine that has been erected…
and some very nice shots of some of the wild flowers (there are over 150 species on Barra alone apparently). Some we know and some we don’t so any ideas?
This is the Atlantic Coast and as such is more dramatic.
This Oystercatcher was sounding a warning call – probably there may have been some babies around.
We drove down to Castlebay as we knew that the fish and chip van was by the football ground. Out in the harbour was a magnificent two masted yacht, the “Lady of Avenel”. I haven’t been able to check her out but perhaps someone will know something about her?
We took the fish and chips back to the campsite and ate them outside but by this time the sun had cooled (it was nearly 10pm!) and it was getting chilly.
I do hope my new camera will arrive tomorrow…
Judy Beer said:
Oh poor you, hope the new camera has arrived today. Great photos, the sea looks amazing
Yes got it Saturday Judy!
What a wonderful trip – so sorry about the camera – the thought if not being able to wallow nearly every morning in the unbelievable countryside you are travelling through would be so sad. Enjoying every blog, thank you.
Thanks Margaret. You’ll be particularly interested in tomorrow’s blog!
Looks like a fantastic day – again! The Lady Avenel is a ship for holiday hire. You can hire her for a self catering holiday (you get a crew of 3) or you can hire her for a full board experience (you get a cook too, with this option). Paintings are great. Glad you got your camera replaced today. How expensive will a repair be? I think you’re right with Spring Squill and the Yellow Flag Iris.
Thanks for that Sean – must bear it in mind for next year! 🙂
I just love that sea and the picture of you both sporting your hats, and your painting of course!
Here’s what google threw up about The Lady Avenel:
The Lady of Avenel is a 102ft Brigantine square rigger sailing under the Dutch flag.
Currently owned by riggers and surveyors Jim Dines and Stefan Fritz, Lady of Avenel was built in Poland in 1969 as a motor ship, but converted to a sailing vessel in 1991.
The owners want the ship Lady of Avenel to become a training vessel. An entirely appropriate path for the ship as the original Lady of Avenel, also a brigantine, was a boys training ship fitted out by Wilfred Dowman, the man who then purchased the Cutty Sark and refitted her as a training ship.
The title Lady of Avenel was and still is a bit of a strange name for a ship. It was taken from one of Walter Scott’s novels where a lady was pined away in her castle awaiting the return of her husband who was always away fighting, and now her ghost haunts the estate – still waiting.
This special ship with a unique story comes complete with a large fully equipped galley and a spacious deck saloon. She takes 12 person and has a crew 3 crew for self cooking / catering trips or a cook for full board cruises. The accommodation consists of 4 two berth cabins and a spacious 8 berth bunk room, 3 toilets and 4 shower rooms.
Thanks for the comprehensive answer about the ship Sally – you know that’s what I really miss! It was certainly a handsome looking boat.
Loving the matching hats lol 🙂
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Howard and Hilda? 🙂