A Knight’s Tale (135: Time For Celebration)

We stayed in Port St Charles for several days after Sam’s arrival at the island. This was  because we had had to guess at his arrival time. It was also helpful for us to see some of the other competitors into the harbour. Sam, in particular, wanted to be at the docking area to welcomeContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (135: Time For Celebration)”

A Knight’s Tale (127: The Big C)

Next, Sam displayed his boat, Pacific Pete, at Crick Boat Show in Northamptonshire. As a publicising exercise, my son sat on board and answered questions about what this was all about. One gentleman went to great lengths to obtain a good view; another seemed more interested in his lunch; was a third offering Sam aContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (127: The Big C)”

A Knight’s Tale (125: Reaching Nottingham)

Sam continued rowing Pacific Pete along the River Soar through Leicester, passing the National Space Centre, and introducing boys at an Outdoor Pursuits Centre to the boat. A harvester gathered in the crop; a coot paddled by; a mallard breakfasted with her ducklings; and a water snake broke the surface of the river in whichContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (125: Reaching Nottingham)”

A Knight’s Tale (122: The Thames In South Oxfordshire)

Here the row continues along the River Thames in South Oxfordshire This was still near enough to normal civilisation for elderly couples to be out walking along the banks. If there were any footpaths on this stretch, they lay beneath the ripeness of, summer requiring negotiation, in the form of wild flowers attracting bees; grassesContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (122: The Thames In South Oxfordshire)”

A Knight’s Tale (121: A Bottle Of Rum)

I may have become slightly out of sequence in this next stage of the long walk, but who cares? I never had much idea of where I was, anyway. The first few were images from the early stages of the row, as Sam, with James’s guidance, left Henley and enjoyed the width of the RiverContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (121: A Bottle Of Rum)”

A Knight’s Tale (118: The Long Walk Begins)

In March 2004 my son Sam completed a solo row of the Atlantic, covering 3,000 miles in 59 days.  In doing so, at the age of 23, he became the youngest person ever to have rowed any ocean and won the solo race.  The previous summer he had taken delivery of his specially crafted boat atContinue reading “A Knight’s Tale (118: The Long Walk Begins)”

A Bottle Of Rum

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY Today I scanned another batch of negatives from the long walk of July 2003. I have managed to become slightly out of sequence, but who cares? I never had much idea of where I was, anyway. The first few were images from theContinue reading “A Bottle Of Rum”

On The Turn

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ENLARGED GALLERIES Anyone who had imagined that the long-running saga of the British Gas electricity bill had reached its conclusion will have been under the same misapprehension as me. Here is a brief recap. I had paid the delayed bill over the phone on 11th January.Continue reading “On The Turn”

The Foxton Flight

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS ENLARGED GALLERY It rained all day today. Aaron, who could not work in such weather, came for a pleasant chat over a mug of tea. I will not bore either my readers or myself with full details of today’s BT episode. But it does warrantContinue reading “The Foxton Flight”