MonthNovember 2016

Day 334, of my 2016 sketch a day challenge

River Hundred Sluice

The River Hundreds needs a little encouragement to get to sea at Kessingland. Yes it needs a pumping station to get it up and over the single bank otherwise it would flood and threaten the lower parts of the village. However the pumping station and sluice is also under threat from storm surges from the sea. The delicate balance of the East Anglian Coast.

River Hundred sluice 334

Day 333, of my 2016 sketch a day challenge

Working on Excelsior

Currently up on the hard Excelsior (LT 472) is having some much needed work done under the waterline. Here is Gavin the skipper after earlier adding some oakum (a process known as caulking) now applying some tar. Excelsior can be viewed for the next couple of weeks from the footpath that runs along the northern side of Lake Lothing in Lowestoft. Excelsior was built in Lowestoft in 1921 and is now one of only a handful of wooden smacks still sailing today, she is close to my heart with my Great Grandfather once owning Deodar and Sunbeam which still both sail in Sweden.

Please support Excelsior in any way you can, perhaps go on an adventure.

Or go to Sweden 

Working on Excelsior 333

Day 331, of my 2016 sketch a day challenge

Across the reedbeds to Blythburgh

This sketch is from the footpath that runs along the southern banks of the River Blyth on the footpath that leads to the Blythburgh White Hart pub. The path was awash with autumnal colours with beautiful Silver Birch and Oak that has managed to hold onto their leaves after last weekends storms. I noticed this view on the way to the White Hart and then sketched this on the way back. The estuary was full of Avocets, Godwits, Redshanks and also Egrets Harriers and a brief flight of a Woodcock in the woods.

blythburgh across the reeds 331