The national RNLI Headquarters are located across several sizeable buildings on Holes Bay, an offshoot of Poole Harbour. A few years back they opened the rather impressive and hi-tech ‘Lifeboat College’ which – despite looking somewhat ostentatious – is apparently self-funding, being a hotel and having facilities available for various functions such as training courses and weddings.
Last weekend, it was the location for the wedding of two of our kayaking friends, and a fine location it proved to be. A great day was had by all…
A potter from K-Bay to Lulworth and back, last Sunday. I live here, and this coast still utterly blows me away every time I paddle it. I guess that I just have a short memory span…
Many congratulations to our friends Mark and Maria, who were married today at Poole RNLI Headquarters…
After a scorchingly hot day spent stuck indoors at work, a trip to Kimmeridge to show little E the sea was just the ticket.
This evening saw the inaugural paddling trip of a new social paddling group, the Purbeck Sea Kayakers. The intent is pretty simple; to get a few paddlers together for a bimble on Tuesday evenings, and maybe on occasion at other times too.
The group on this evening consisted of, um, just me. A few folk had cried off and so I found myself out off Durlston Head on my own, with the guillemots to keep me company instead of fellow paddlers. All pleasant enough, but if you fancy joining us/ me for the next paddle, have a look here…
I came home from work today via a rather long and circuitous route incorporating the Poole Harbour ferry. As it was a gloriously warm and sunny day, I unanimously voted myself an ice cream stop at a viewpoint overlooking the harbour.
These have been exceedingly interesting and busy times lately, all in a very positive way. For a breath of fresh air and to clear my head, I just headed up to St Alban’s Head, a dramatic limestone promontory just a few miles south of my house. The headland is always something of a wildlife bonanza…I once followed an indifferent badger for half a mile along the coast path here, and Mrs R came face to face with a school of dolphins whilst camping at the water’s edge.
On this evening, I saw a hare bounding along, then a deer galloping alongside through a cornfield, and then this fox cub nonchalantly carrying his lunch…all before I even got out of the car.
This is Ellen Islay Rainsley, our newest team member.
Some more images of the evacuated village of Tyneham, by request…
Port Ellen, Island of Islay. For part of last summer, this was our base for both work and play. All good.
Fulmars are from the Procellariidae family, also known as ‘tubenoses’. This is a reference to the nostril-like feature above their beaks. Offshore, they glide low above the water, stiff-winged and graceful, and it’s no surprise that they are related to albatrosses. Ashore, they are perhaps less endearing; one of their characteristics is to retch foul-smelling gloop at those who approach their nests. These images show fulmars of all ages and were taken in the islands of Orkney and Shetland. Incidentally, I do have some photos of fulmars taken right here on the Isle of Purbeck, but can’t for the life of me find them right now.
Fulmars seem to like investigating sea kayaks close up, circling repeatedly with low passes beneath the stern and bow. They have lifted our spirits many times whilst out on the water and tired, nervous or simply jaded. We have joked on occasion that each paddler has a ‘personal fulmar’ who looks out for them on the seas…
A friend and I looking down on the world, from high up on Purbeck’s coastal ridge yesterday morning.