Ripple on the Swale – click for computer wallpaper
Tonight, I’ve decided to share some relaxing views of the Swale – I spent today gardening and wishing I could have gone sailing. The first ‘Ripple of the Swale’ I offer as a computer screen wallpaper or background. The others are simply because they depict a favourite place…
Entrance to Oare Creek
Sunset over the Isle of Harty
Sky reflected on seawater photographed by Gavin Atkin
Sailing out of Oare Creek into the Swale yesterday my pal Jim and I had some splendid sailing during the morning, and then a glassy calm in the afternoon brought some striking light – so I pulled out my digital camera and took a few shots.
I hope these may appeal to some of you as potential wallpapers for your computers. If you’re a PC user, I think it should be possible to open the big image by clicking on the small photo, and then to set it as your desktop by pressing the right-hand mouse button, and then setting the picture to either centre, or to stretch. Good luck.
Buoys in the Swale, photographed by Gavin Atkin
Clouds and light in the Swale towards evening. Click on
the images for larger photographs
We took a trip to Oare this weekend and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, as despite a less than wonderful weather forecast we had some near perfect sailing conditions, interesting light and cloud, and some good looking old boats. I can’t imagine a more powerful reminder of why we like to sail.
Julie’s shot of the Thames barge Mirosa. The object on Horse Sand
to the left is a beached yacht with someone on board – hopefully
they were there to clean its bottom rather than simply stuck.
I should add that a sizeable group of seals were basking on the
beach just 100 yards away from him. I wonder if he or they knew
about each other?
Julie’s photo of the (hopefully) careened yacht
How about this? Barge yachts are a rare sight nowadays,
but were popular in the 1920s and 30s. I’m sorry I couldn’t
get closer, but we were moored at the time. I’d love to hear
more about the boat – is she the one that Classic Boat
featured some years ago?
Thames sailing barge Will
Will and Mirosa moored in the Swale
On the way home we dropped into Lower Halstow to check
out a cruising destination and found a pleasant, out-of-the-way
sort of place, with some fine old buildings, an old quay
next to the church, and the barge Edith May in the process of being
restored. I don’t know who’s doing it, but good luck and
more power to their elbows!