Thursday, 31 July 2014
But we are getting good at putting the legs on chuckle. Here in aberdour its lovely and quite sleepy harbour with a soft bottom which chuckle has just settled on to no bother, well some degree of preparation but now well practiced the crew almost do it alone (not at all)! We anchored at inchcolm island on the way rowed ashore visited the abby had a picknick swam and sailed giggle at speed back to chuckle for a cold solar shower. Loving it but now very tiered again. Quite day tomorrow planned. Sowing in the rain in morning followed by after noon on beach and quick sail to granton for dinner out (i must have been good).
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
We have been in port edgar to long jenny is fed up with it and would prefer to be anywhere including granton. So she and kids have gone for a day out in edinburgh and i am to deliver the boat to granton. Its blowing sw in direction of travel force 5 gusting 6, for me to get there in time to have tea cooked for our weary city folk i must leave to get in before the tide starts to flow full speed against the wind. Small jib on two reefs and i hope to cover the 6+Nm at hull speed in just over an hour. Should be interesting. Would have left sooner but have to wait for enough water to enter granton. All very convenient for city hoping fed up sailers but bad planning on seamanship front. Daddy will just have to put on his water proof shorts and grin and bear it!
Sunday, 27 July 2014
Well we found a few things out i love chuckle and giggle and crusing in them and the fact that here we are something quite different in the sea of plastic boats and racers. And jenny does not like tippy boat keel boats is jen, fergus is keen and freyja is still ready for anything.
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Wednesday, 23 July 2014
Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Well its like a dream come true. After the initial excitement of having made the decision then getting here to find the wind was not as expected (on shore) and the hand bilge broke amd plan b harbour master un contactable we had some thinking to do. The wind was getting pull of to land by the effect of hot air rising off the land and drawing the wind in after it soon to come right in to the evening as is happening. We decided no contact with harbour mast would not stop us coming in requesting shelter and we fixed the electric bilge pump and relized we had dour buckets so nonproblem. Oh and i dived down with mask and flippers to hand berry the anchor myself, this has given me a great deal of over night sense of security seeing the great length of chain laying along the bottom and the anchor dug in. So here is hoping we have a lovely al be it bobbing up amd down a bit nights sleep. Woow we have finally made it to largo bay after studying the charts for many winter nights it hardly seems real.
Monday, 21 July 2014
The swimmers requester a tour of the boat but so close to bed time not such a good idea. So here are some pictures of bed time and the cosy confines of family life living afloat 26 foot folkboat. It still feels a squeeze after a week but i feel we are getting used to and better at it every day. How many families can live this close? Can we do it for a month?
Sunday, 20 July 2014
Friday, 18 July 2014
Monday, 14 July 2014
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Saturday, 12 July 2014
Wednesday, 9 July 2014
Tuesday, 1 July 2014
Perhaps i have got a little carried away but i am enjoying myself. Just printed off 20 copies of the signal flag posters and below letters to post of to all clubs, pilots, harbour authorities, life boat stations and coast gaurd of the firth of the forth. Well at least i have warned them of the imminent norse invasion.
DR. THOMAS HAWSON DESIGNER/MAKER/ARTIST
HUNDALEE MILL FARM, JEDBURGH, TD8 6PA
TEL/FAX: 01835 869931 Mobile: 07801 653830
30 June 2014
Regarding: Chuckle’s Signal Flags, Film and Art Project
Dear Sir or Madam
Please find enclosed a small poster of Chuckle’s signal flags, for your future reference and amusement.
Info in Brief
From\To: 12 July to 12 August 2014
Chuckle: Is a Nordic Folkboat, Sailing Sloop, Blue, Built 1954 wood hull, Main Sail no. 328.
Art and Film: This family cruise is also an art project for Dad.
Signals: Chuckle’s signal flags are a bit of fun, please signal with us if you have the means, we will do are best to respond.
As well as using signal flags the children will be assisting the skipper to navigate using a lead
line and chip log. These navigation aids and the signal flags will, it is hoped, inspire the children to engage in the navigation of Chuckle and understand better the marine environment. Fergus will be keeping a log of all the wildlife he sees, Freyja is drawing and painting ‘things’ and Mum is keeping the log and diary. Dad is going to make a film of the trip, in an effort to inspire others in coastal exploration aided by the simple pleasure of navigation with direct sensory connections, touch, sight and sound. These things seem obvious to the sailor but to a child or the uninitiated they are not. Dad’s film and related craftsman made navigation aids and signal flags, aim to expose the contrast of these simple direct sensory connections to those electronically aided. The film and navigation aids will become part of his open studio event at Hundalee Mill Farm on the 26 – 28 September and they will be entered into open film festivals and open art shows.
Just to make it clear and before you pick up the phone to child protection. Chuckle is equipped with safety gear, electronic sounder, GPS and VHF.
This is a self-funded art project and no public money is or will be applied for.
Chuckle’s Blog: http://nordicfolkboatchuckle.blogspot.co.uk