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A zip along to Fishguard in the new car!

Hello All!

How are we? Enjoying the warm weather? This only really applies in the area I live and to a couple of followers, so sorry about that. Hope everything is well where you are based.

Been another busy couple of weeks here but I have a day off today and decided to sit with a cuppa and post another blog for y’all. This time, I decided that the legs of the new turbocharged pocket rocket (it is a bit frightening still but I am now a little more confident) I call my car a stretch to Fishguard and Goodwick. On a nice sunny day, it is a very pleasant place to sit, have a coffee and watch the people go by from or to the Rosslare ferry or the kids play on the big slides (dare I suggest such a thing in this day and age?!).

Luckily, I had my camera with me and the light was very good..quite low and pretty orange so everything around was bathed in very nice light. First was a wander along the breakwater where the visibilty afforded a pleasant view across the water towards Dinas Head and one of my favourite spots (my secret waterfall).

View from Goodwick towards Old Town and Dinas (North Pembrokeshire)

View from Goodwick towards Old Town and Dinas (North Pembrokeshire)

From here, it is possible to spot a myriad of birds when the feeding situation is right for them. On this occasion as I walked along, I got buzzed by a Curlew. I know because I looked it up on the RSPB website in the cafe! It was way to fast for me to get a snap of it, so I am afraid that you will have to settle for this long view of the breakwater once I had returned to the car park.

A longer view of the Goodwick Breakwater

A longer view of the Goodwick Breakwater

On the beach, the light was even better. I had a gent walk up to me (cameras are great icebreakers it appears) and just launched into a conversation about what I took photos of and the equipment I used. He was very nice though, although his son was less patient than most. I got a nice sun bathed picture of a groyne and the rocks beside following that chat…another nice view towards the Old Harbour and Dinas from there.

Pretty much anything will look better once it has the sun on it...

Pretty much anything will look better once it has the sun on it…

As an explanation for not being on the blog all that often of late, I am now going to post a picture and a couple of videos of the sheer toil I have been undertaking crewing the boat owned by my friend, John. Oh the stress!!

A quick snap of the racing yacht (Ellloco) taken when we made a quick stop in Milford

A quick snap of the racing yacht (Ellloco) taken when we made a toilet stop in Milford

Mind you, he let me steer the other evening and that was frightening.. it’s not althogether a natural feeling steering a something side on when the seat you are sat on is leaning at 45 degrees. That may take a bit of getting used to.

Anyway, a couple of videos here http://youtu.be/vDiJWWl-5n8 and here http://youtu.be/eGFT_LigO-g of a level jaunt we took out yesterday down towards Angle and Dale. A few ham rolls, a touch of coffee and some strawberries and a maximum speed of 5 knots made it a very pleasant day all in. However, it’s not all like this, during a race we do have to work, I assure you, I still have the bruises, rope burns and cuts to prove it.

Thanks for stopping by…see you soon!

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..and now, the weather

Hello all,

A great British obsession, the weather. I think, personally, that the forecast is infinitely more interesting than the news programmes that come before it most days seeing our news is mainly pestilence, famine and war or a mixture of, most of which we are involved in.

It’s been quite a wet winter here in Wales, but apparently, we shouldn’t worry as it’s going to be drier over the next few days. But it’s going to get colder. Yay! I keep wanting to wash the car but not much point if it’s going to be sprayed with salt again as soon as I venture out!

Anyway, enough of my gibbering about cars, I should get these pictures up. These are just a few random ones from recent walks and I will confess that I have smoothed them all for your viewing pleasure as there is quite a lot of cloud that doesn’t focus very well when you take a snap! The first image was an interesting “stepped” cloud formation over the nearby refinery in Milford Haven that’s visible from a hill a short walk from where I live. Yes, it’s not pretty but it creates a bit of context.

I think a friend who visited this area referred to the stacks as "industrial beauty" especially at night, but I'm sure some would disagree

I think a friend who visited this area referred to the stacks as “industrial beauty” especially at night, but I’m sure some would disagree

Moving further down, I went on a few trips to Newgale and I think the next two images were only a day or so apart, just shows how different the sky can look in a short amount of time. In the first instance, you can see a towering storm cloud (I think I know the name but won’t embarrass myself by getting it wrong) that has been lit by the sun going down; a bit hazy and not as pretty as some I have seen but nice none the less, particularly in black and white as I have posted it here.

This towering cloud was too far away to give any rain but still looked imposing

This towering cloud was too far away to give any rain but still looked imposing

Moving on, same beach a few days later but a different set of sky and a different set of colours. Over to the left, you can see a few ships in the queue for the Haven deep water channel, probably dropping off some materials for the refining process. On stormy days I do feel sorry for them, bobbing around out there!

I do like a good set of sunrays, me

I do like a good set of sunrays, me

Finally, one of those famous squalls over the hills I quite often see just from the house. This one didn’t really amount to much, you can see some light rain on the left in the distance but the mix of colours from dark to light once again caught my eye, as it always does.

Been seeing quite a few of these this winter...makes the season seem very long!

Been seeing quite a few of these this winter…makes the season seem very long!

Looks to be a little brighter here today so I may try to just go down to Port Lion and explore the woods. This is if I get the tide right as if it’s high I have to take a long diversion instead of the direct approach along the beach. Here’s hoping for a little sun to make any pictures a bit brighter!

Stay tuned for the results in a few weeks following uploads…and don’t forget my YouTube channel, just search “Luke Johnson” and choose the channel search from the filters; the more views, the more videos I will post. Thanks!

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