Sunday, 16 August 2009

out and about

Katie and I went off to East Prawle in Devon for a few days camping with some friends down there. And we did lots of outdoorsy stuff. It was very good fun, and good to get away from the electronics for a while; no computer, and of course no mobile...



The camping field is on a slope overlooking the sea, quite high up so that you get to see a lot of sea. I got up in the night and watched the navigation lights of the ships passing up and down the Channel, silent in the distance; the full moon descending in the western sky; the sweep of Start Point lighthouse, whose beams chased each other across the ridge to the east; one, two, three.... seven second pause.... one, two, three... a cock crowed, and I looked back and saw what had been creeping up on me, the dawn.


At one point there were four adults, a Katie, and two dogs (one large, one small) in the car; and the canoes on the roof too. I worried about our ability to stop in time if we met anyone, rumbling down the deep-banked single-track lanes... we survived, though. And I'm overhauling the brake system - new pads, new back drums; and I had to change a tie rod on the steering rack as the ball joint was all wobbly. Never a dull moment at Schloss Marland...