Posted in Boats, Norway, Photography, Scotland, Shetland, Shetland pony, Travel, tagged Apples, Blanket, Boats, Christmas, Christmas tree, Computer, Coveralls, Decorations, Equipment, Fire hydrant, Galley, Game, Guns, Gym, Hammerfest, Horse, Knitting, Machinery, Mess, Norway, Offshore, photography, Printer, Scotland, Seismic survey, Shetland Islands, Shetland pony, Work on December 20, 2012 |
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Here’s a little game for you.
A few years ago a small stowaway hopped onboard a ship with me in Shetland, and has been my travelling companion on a number of offshore trips since.
I haven’t been offshore for over a year now and my small companion has mysteriously vanished. I think she got tired of waiting for me to go anywhere exciting and has galloped off on her own little adventure. I could probably lure her back by leaving a trail of Maltesers in the garden.
She’s in all of these photos. Can you spot her in each one?
(Some of them are quite tricky, but she’s there all right wearing her little horse blanket, knitted especially for her by a lovely Polish surveyor called Anna).
I spent Christmas 2007 on a boat in Hammerfest, way up in the north of Norway, and my mischievous little chum got herself right in amongst the festivities.
A very merry Christmas one and all,
and many good things to come in 2013!
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Posted in Blogging, Boats, Books, Dubai, Norway, Photography, tagged Blogging challenge, Boat, books, Bringing Europe Home, Course, Crewmates, Driving, Dubai, Fast Rescue Craft, FRC, Grimstad, Job, Kenneth Grahame, Norway, Quotes, Robin, Sailing, Sea, Survival suit, Water, Wind in the Willows, Work, Workmates on June 9, 2012 |
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“There is nothing– absolutely nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”
Kenneth Grahame, from The Wind in the Willows
Delightful blogger, Robin, author of the splendid Bringing Europe Home blog is setting a blogging challenge each week, based on her chosen topic “Quotes from the Masters”.
She would like people to come up with a photo, a story, a poem or whatever else they feel inspired to post, with reference to the quote she posts on her blog. This week’s challenge is based on the above quote from The Wind in the Willows. I’ve read the book several times, and boats have been quite a big part of my life for the past few years, so I thought it an appropriate time for me to jump in.
A couple of years ago I attended a boat handling course in the beautiful town of Grimstad in Norway. I learned how to drive a little FRC (fast rescue craft) and a larger workboat. I found the big one a bit stressful because there was a lot to remember when I was at the helm, but the wee one was a lot of fun (it went pretty fast).
There were usually five of us on the boat at a time, four trainees and an instructor. My other three crewmates were also my workmates (the course was paid for by our employer), and two of them in particular were very competitive. They were always wanting to do the driving and be in charge and, quite frankly, I was happy to let them. I did quite enjoy my turns at the wheel, but on the whole I prefer to let someone else look after a boat while I’m on it, so that I can sit back and admire the scenery.
This photo shows one of the competitive crewmates taking his preferred place in the driving seat, while I happily mooch about at the back enjoying the lack of responsibility. This was just before we left the pontoon, all dressed up in our big orange survival suits (it matches my hair, don’t you think?).
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