We had such a good time in Brixham, that we struggled to leave!
Yesterday afternoon, almost the entire crew headed ashore and to the shops, walks, pubs and restaurants, in sunshine. We had a brief rain shower whilst getting the gangway ashore, but that was thankfully that... makes such a difference not having wet oilies around the ship.
Cookie Dave and I did the tourist thing, and had prawns and a crab stick, in a pot with a little stick as we wandered back to the ship – deliciously fresh (crabstick just tasty !).
As we came in alongside the fish market we had joked with the guys working there to send us some scallops…. And when we returned, BM Alan had been given a generous ice cream container full! So supper was extra delightful, with scallops in lime juice and ginger and sliced duck breast... with a sweet plum sauce. It was mainly just the permanent crew eating onboard as the rest wanted to explore and stretch their legs a bit.
During the evening people came and went, and the ship was peaceful. Time for Bosun Lesley to re-varnish her toenails... and to dye her rigger boots pink! A real look that should catch on!
Captain Neil went cycling and got so carried away that he arrived back late… just… for dinner and found that his dinner was in the Cadet!! Dan has an appetite that Desperate Dan would be proud of!
After hearty meals ashore, we thought breakfast may be quiet... not a bit of it, full works all round, ready for some sailing later.
First there was hands aloft, and the determination and energy got Gerald and Susanna grinning in the rigging. Smoko followed and then it was time to depart... Which is where I started… we were being blown against the side and had to hug the quay as we creaked our way to freedom. Once free of the harbour the sails were set and we sailed along at a pleasant speed, with no " bumpy bits " to spoil anyones lunch – stilton and broccoli soup and wraps. We are heading to anchor off Dartmouth later this afternoon, ready for our final approach in the morning.
So now, as quiet time approaches, the yards have been braced and we are looking forward to a pirate party and treasure map tonight, with a barbeque and hopefully a sing song led by the Irish girls, who enthralled Brixham yesterday with their singing in the square. Eye patches are a must, and fancy dress is to be encouraged…. I’ve got my gold hoop earrings!
Bye for now , Jane MP