Archive for August, 2011

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

In the current issue of Anglia Afloat, you will find a feature covering matters maritime in 17th century East Anglia. There was a bit of carnage about in those days, what with the Dutch wars, pirates, privateers and the weather, all of which sent many a fine ship, and plenty of not-so-fine ships, to the bottom.

Mind you, it wasn’t much better in the 18th – only the wars were different – and there was smuggling, too, as you can read when the next issue comes out at the end of August. Engines, when they were invented in the 19th, simplified navigation somewhat though they did make the wars more spectacular.

One boat which didn’t sink – though she did have an auxiliary engine and her adventures happened in the 20th century –  was the Lady of Lynn, a yacht built in 1977 as almost the last craft by the Worfolk boat building dynasty of King’s Lynn in Norfolk. Commissioned in by pathologist, Dick Huntsman, she was immediately sailed to Newfoundland where he had taken a new job, returning a few years later to serve as a holiday boat until she was taken across The Pond again, this time by Dick’s son, Tim and crew but by the southerly route and eventually through the Panama canal, Tim now owning the boat and being based in Vancouver. Again, the current issue of Anglia Afloat has the story.

And then if you like a bit of Heath Robinson mechanics, check out the current issue of The Countryman wherein you will read about Gunton water-powered sawmill, now restored and working – if only for exhibition – on the fourth Sunday of each month from April to September. A finer combination of wheels and belts you won’t find outside a threshing yard, and even then these belts and drums are bigger.

And then have a quick look at the Portrait Gallery on this site and a couple of shots from the pre-launch a couple of weeks ago of the second COAST Arts Festival which will be happening in Cromer and Sheringham from October 22nd to 29th;  music, drama, film, poetry, prose and loads of exhibitioning artists – in fact a proper cornucopia of matters arty right through, as you can see, to art in a basket, all in all a package to postpone winter.  

Meanwhile, I would refer you to the first entry in this blog which related to a snowy excursion to northern Spain in February last year. Well, seeing that we did cold on that trip and then wet on the Isle of Skye last October, we’re now going to complete the set with hot – fly to Madrid and then do a slow, anti-clockwise, 10-day perambulation to the west and south and back to Madrid. Can we take the heat? After an hour on the beach at Cromer today, no probs.