Friday, 4 October 2019

Very high tides and sea testing our new fuel filters and new VHF radio


Photo of Ravensdale on the Solway Firth with Scotland in the distance. Photo: Bryan Stephenson

Ravensdale on the Solway Firth with Scotland in the distance. Photo: Bryan Stephenson


We’ve had some very high tides here at Maryport in Cumbria, UK, this week with a difference of up to 9m – almost 30ft - between the high and low tides.

And we took Ravensdale out on the water on Monday for the first time since Phil changed her fuel filters himself.

It was also the first time we’d used our new VHF radio properly since he fitted it last weekend.

It wasn’t our most successful fishing trip ever, but it definitely wasn’t the least successful either as we brought home our supper 😊

Meanwhile, we had to rush poor little Ruby to the veterinary surgery this week when she suffered a sudden and severe allergic reaction to something, but we still have no idea what caused it


Monday’s fishing trip


Photo of Ravensdale heading towards the marina gate on Monday

Ravensdale heading towards the marina gate on Monday


The forecast was calm for Monday but, as usual, we decided to check the sea state before going so Phil took Ruby around to the pier for her first walk of the day.

He came back saying the water looked pretty calm, so we decided to go fishing when the marina’s sea gate opened.

It would also give us a chance to check the engines were running properly after Phil had changed the fuel filters.

The trip also meant we could do a proper check of our new VHF radio.

Photo of the view from Ravensdale's flybridge as we headed out between the piers

The view from Ravensdale's flybridge as we headed out between the piers


We left the marina at 11.15am and headed out onto the Solway Firth to go to Phil's favourite fishing spot in Allonby Bay.

Photo of Ravensdale leaving Maryport

Ravensdale leaving Maryport


There was very little wind, but it was still pretty choppy between the piers as we left Maryport.

This was caused by the big rising tide meeting the River Ellen that flows through the basin, especially as the river was swollen by long periods of heavy rain in the preceding days.

Ravensdale's two 300hp Volvo Penta engines sounded good after their fuel filter change and Phil pushed the speed up a bit from our usual 8-10 knots to 16.5 knots to check they ran OK at speed.

Photo of Phil giving Ravensdale's engines some throttle while keeping an eye on the temperature gauges

Phil giving Ravensdale's engines some throttle while keeping an eye on the temperature gauges


The water was much calmer when we dropped anchor but we were still rolling around a bit for no apparent reason so there must have been a good swell that wasn’t easily visible to the eye.

Photo of the view of Scotland from the saloon window while we were at anchor on the Solway Firth

The view of Scotland from the saloon window while we were at anchor on the Solway Firth


Phil set up his fishing rods and was hoping for some decent cod, but all he was catching were dogfish.

Photo of Phil waiting for the fish to start biting

Phil waiting for the cod to start biting


The dogfish were becoming a real nuisance when he pulled in his first codling of the day, which was too small to keep.

This was followed by three codling that were big enough to keep.

Photo of Phil with one of the larger codling he caught on this trip

Phil with one of the larger codling he caught on this trip


He also reeled in the first pouting he’s caught from Ravensdale.

Photo of the first pouting Phil's caught from Ravensdale

The first pouting Phil's caught from Ravensdale


I have to confess that I was really pleased when both of Ravensdale’s engines started first turn when it was time to go home.

This used to bother me a bit when we first started taking her out of the marina.

As we’ve now taken her out more than 70 times, I’ve come to expect them to work, but this was the first trip since Phil changed her fuel filters. I really should’ve had more faith in him 😊

Photo of Ravensdale heading for home

Ravensdale heading for home


We returned to the marina at 2.55pm after around three hours and 40 minutes out on the water during which time we did 5.3 nautical miles.

Photo of the entrance to Maryport on our way home

The entrance to Maryport on our way home


And, I’m pleased to report that the new VHF radio also passed with flying colours.

We knew we’d had no problem hearing other people’s calls and, when we were back in the marina, we checked with the marina staff to be told that our transmissions were also very clear 😊


Fitting new radio

Photo of Phil fitting our new VHF radio

Phil fitting our new VHF radio


Phil fitted our new Standard Horizon VHF radio at the weekend.

He then carried out a radio check, which proved we were right to replace our old fixed radio as the new one was so much clearer.

He has since spent some time trying to connect it to our Standard Horizon chart plotter.

We thought this should be fairly simple as they’re both the same make but it’s proving much more difficult than expected.

Phil intends to revisit this task very soon as he’s checked online and it’s supposed to be possible but lots of folks seem to have real problems connecting them up.


High tides

Photo of boats and pontoons at Maryport Marina almost level with the car park at high tide on Sunday

Boats and pontoons at Maryport Marina almost level with the car park at high tide on Sunday


We’ve had some very high tides here in Maryport over the past week with the highest being a 9.4m tide at 00:54 on Monday morning.

I considered getting up to see it as it was one of the highest tides we’ve had in the almost three years we’ve been living on our boat here, but decided to stay in bed as I wouldn’t be able to get a decent photo of it in the dark.

However, the 9.2m tides at 12:38 on Sunday and 13:19 on Monday were also pretty impressive and considerably easier to photograph.

Photo of the same view when the marina gate is closed to keep water in the marina when the tide drops

The same view when the marina gate is closed to keep water in the marina when the tide drops


It’s always strange to see the boats in the marina almost level with the road on one side of the marina and the car park on the other.



Flybridge cover

Photo of Phil scrubbing Ravensdale's flybridge cover

Phil scrubbing Ravensdale's flybridge cover


The cover on Ravensdale’s flybridge had become very dirty and has started to leak.

So, we decided to give it a good clean before reproofing it.

Wednesday was a lovely calm, sunny day and we considered going out fishing but there were a few jobs we needed to while the weather was fine.

We took the flybridge cover off and carried it up onto the marina road to the west gate, where we had more room to stretch it out.

Phil scrubbed it with caravan awning shampoo, and I hosed it down to rinse the shampoo off.

It hadn’t totally dried by the time it was getting dark so we put it back on to dry and will take it off again to proof it on the next dry day.

Meanwhile, I’m considering trying to make a new one myself as having one made for us is going to be pretty expensive.

We measured it while it was off. I also had a look at how it was constructed and it looks as though it should be doable.



Packing our dinghy away

Photo of Phil washing our dinghy - watched by Ruby 😊

Phil washing our dinghy - watched by Ruby 😊


Our dinghy has been hanging on Ravensdale’s davits throughout the summer, but we decided to pack it away for the winter.

I lowered it down with the winches while Phil pulled it towards the pontoon with a boathook.

He gave the dinghy a good clean and left it on the pontoon to dry overnight and during the day yesterday (Thursday) before packing it away yesterday afternoon.

And that was no easy task.

I don’t understand why it always seems to be so difficult to get a dinghy that was packed in a bag when you bought it to fit back into the same bag when it’s deflated. One thing’s for sure, it provided us with a good workout 😊



New rod holders

Photo of one of the new rod holders a friend made for Phil

One of the new rod holders a friend made for Phil


A friend who has a small fishing boat in the marina turned up at our boat on Saturday with two stainless steel rod holders he’d made for Phil’s fishing rods.

A week or so back, Phil was telling him he was very disappointed with the new rod holders he'd bought online as they wouldn’t stay upright when there was a fish pulling on the line.

The friend had offered to make some, but it was still a lovely surprise when he turned up with them.

And they’re so much better than any of the holders he’s been using previously.

They’re really solid and much easier to lift the rods in and out of than the last ones he bought.


Ruby of Ravensdale

Photo of Ruby relaxing on Ravensdale

Ruby relaxing on Ravensdale


Ruby had us really worried on Saturday when she suddenly broke out in a horrible lumpy rash.

We could see the lumps coming up under her coat while we watched so I called the vet who said she was obviously having a severe allergic reaction to something.

The vet said to give her two piriton tablets immediately and take her straight to vets in Cockermouth for a steroid injection.

Photo of Ruby on her way home from the vets on Saturday

Ruby on her way home from the vets on Saturday


The rush was because the vet was concerned that it could affect Ruby’s airways.

Thankfully the rash disappeared almost as quickly as it appeared.

The scariest part is that we don’t know what caused it so we know she’s very allergic to something, but we have no idea what.

Photo of Ruby on look-out duty on Ravensdale's foredeck

Ruby on look-out duty on Ravensdale's foredeck


I’m sure Ruby is very pleased that she no longer has to wear her doggy knickers as that part of her season is over, but we've still had to keep her out of the way of intact male dogs in case she was still fertile.

As usual, she’s been watching everything we do on Ravensdale and was very unimpressed when the dinghy was drying on the pontoon next to the boat. Every time she saw it there, she made sure we knew she didn’t approve by barking at it 😊

But, thankfully, she still seems happy enough when I tie her to lead to the railings around the harbour when I want to stop to take photos while taking her for a walk.


Photo of Ruby checking out the view while I take photos

Ruby checking out the view while I take photos


She has a good look around but is always sitting quietly when I finish because she knows she gets a treat when I untie her if she’s being good.

I know it’s bribery, but at least it means I get a chance to take photos and Ruby seems happy with the arrangement too 😊


Photography


Photo of the sun going down over the Solway Firth on Sunday

The sun going down over the Solway Firth on Sunday


 On Sunday evening, I took my camera along when I took Ruby for a walk around the harbour.

Photo of fishing boats in the entrance to Maryport Harbour at dusk

Fishing boats in the entrance to Maryport Harbour at dusk


Phot of Maryport Harbour at low tide

Maryport Harbour at low tide


Photo of Christ Church at Maryport at low tide

Christ Church at Maryport at low tide


Photo of River Ellen at Maryport

River Ellen at Maryport


I also took lots of photos while we were out on the Solway Firth on Monday.

Photo of the northern fells from the Solway Firth

The northern fells from the Solway Firth


Photo of Maryport from the Solway Firth

Maryport from the Solway Firth


Photo of the entrance to Maryport Basin from the Solway Firth

The entrance to Maryport Basin from the Solway Firth


Photo of Maryport from the Solway Firth

Maryport from the Solway Firth


And we were back in the marina in time for me to get some photos of local fishing boat Silver Stream towing the yacht that had to be rescued last week back home to Maryport.

Photo of fishing boat Silver Stream towing a yacht back to Maryport Marina

Fishing boat Silver Stream towing a yacht back to Maryport Marina


Photo of Silver Stream towing the yacht into the marina

Silver Stream towing the yacht into the marina


Photo of the broken down yacht tying up in the marina

The broken down yacht tying up in the marina


Photo of Silver Stream returning to Maryport Harbour

Silver Stream returning to Maryport Harbour


I captured some shots along the shore and of the marina around sunset on Wednesday evening while out walking Ruby with Phil.

Photo of the sun setting over the Solway Firth

The sun setting over the Solway Firth


Photo of Maryport Pier at sunset

Maryport Pier at sunset


Photo of Maryport from across the basin at dusk

Maryport from across the basin at dusk


Photo of Solway Firth sunset

Solway Firth sunset


Photo of reflections on the still water at Maryport Marina

Reflections on the still water at Maryport Marina


Photo of another view of reflections at Maryport Marina (Ravensdale is on the left of the image)

Another view of reflections at Maryport Marina (Ravensdale is on the left of the image)


Photo of the Isle of Man from Maryport

The Isle of Man from Maryport


And I took a few photos of another local fishing boat Chelaris returning to the harbour yesterday (Thursday) after she’d been repainted at the boatyard next to the marina.

Photo of Chelaris about to pass Ravensdale in Maryport Marina

Chelaris about to pass Ravensdale in Maryport Marina


Photo of Chelaris leaving Maryport Marina

Chelaris leaving Maryport Marina



Weather watch


We’ve had some mixed weather over the past week but there’s been a definite chill in the air in the early mornings with the first frost yesterday (Thursday) morning.

It rained overnight Friday into Saturday morning, but it was dry and bright during the morning and throughout the day. There was a good breeze during the day, but it was much calmer during the evening.

Photo of Saturday afternoon at Maryport Marina

Saturday afternoon at Maryport Marina


The top temperature was 14C (57F) and the top average wind speed was 18mph.

Heavy rain returned overnight Saturday into Sunday and it carried on falling throughout the morning. We had light rain from around lunchtime on Sunday and it dried up later in the afternoon.


Photo of rain on Ravensdale's aft deck on Sunday

Rain on Ravensdale's aft deck on Sunday


The top temperature was 13C and the top average wind speed was 22mph, gusting 31mph.

Monday was fairly calm, dry and cloudy with sunny intervals. The top temperature was 14C (55F) and the top average wind speed was 8mph.

We had more heavy rain overnight Monday into Tuesday and very windy on Tuesday morning. It was milder overnight than during the day with an overnight temperature of up to 11C (52F).


Photo of Maryport Marina on Tuesday

Maryport Marina on Tuesday


The top daytime temperature was just 10C (50F) and the top average wind speed was 30mph, gusting 41mph.

Tuesday night into Wednesday was a chilly night with the temperature falling to 5C (41F). Tuesday was dry, bright, sunny and calm with a distinct chill in the air first thing.


Photo of dry, sunny and calm at Maryport Marina on Wednesday afternoon

Dry, sunny and calm at Maryport Marina on Wednesday afternoon


Wednesday/Thursday was another cool night with the temperature dropping to 5C (41F) again and marina staff salted the paved area by the marina facilities to prevent anyone from slipping on the frosty surface.

Photo of the same view on Thursday afternoon

The same view on Thursday afternoon


Thursday morning started dry and bright with a few spots of rain early on. It then stayed mainly dry until early afternoon when we had a few light showers. This was followed by heavier rain during the evening.

The top temperature was 10C (50F) and the top average wind speed was 28mph, gusting 36mph, at our nearest weather station at St Bees Head but it was definitely calmer here.

Photo of dry and bright weather at Maryport Marina today (Friday)

Dry and bright weather at Maryport Marina today (Friday)


And, so far today (Friday) the weather has been dry and bright with a top temperature of 15C (59F) and a top average wind speed of 13mph.

Friday, 27 September 2019

Lessons learned from other boats breaking down…and why we’re glad we haven't got a mast 😊


Photo of Phil changing the fuel filters on Ravensdale's port engine

Phil changing the fuel filters on Ravensdale's port engine


Two boats from our marina broke down at sea on consecutive days due to engine failure.

One also had problems with communications.

These incidents provided timely reminders that we needed to carry out some routine engine maintenance to the two 300hp Volvo Penta engines on our Neptunus 133 motor cruiser and to replace our VHF radio.

Meanwhile, we took Ravensdale out fishing on the Solway Firth at Cumbria, UK, on Saturday.

And we’ve learnt that there’s a hidden benefit to having a cruiser rather than a yacht – it’s less attractive as a bird perch 😊



Saturday’s fishing trip

Photo of Ravensdale leaving Maryport Marina

Ravensdale leaving Maryport Marina


The forecast was for calm conditions during the time the marina gate here at Maryport in Cumbria, UK, was due to be open on Saturday so we were keen to go fishing again to see if we could do better than on the previous day.

We drove around to the pier to check the sea state before making a final decision and the water didn’t look too bad at all.

So, we decided to head down towards North Workington as Phil fancied fishing in a different area for a change.

Photo of Andrew, one of the marina staff, waving us off after he'd opened the sea gate

Andrew, one of the marina staff, waving us off after he'd opened the sea gate


We left the marina at around 2.20pm but it was pretty bumpy on the way down towards Workington, so we decided to turn around and go to Allonby Bay to see if it was any better there.

Photo of Ravensdale heading towards North Workington before we decided to go the other way

Ravensdale heading towards North Workington before we decided to go the other way


It was much calmer in our usual fishing spot, so we dropped anchor and Phil set up his rods.

Photo of Phil waiting for a fish to bite

Phil waiting for a fish to bite


The fishing was very quiet to start with, then he started catching dogfish.

He was beginning to lose heart when he caught his first codling of the day.

Even though it was undersized and had to be returned to the water, it gave him hope that there may be other larger codling around, so he carried on fishing.

He pulled in two more codling, along with more dogfish, and one of the codling was big enough to keep so it wasn’t the most successful fishing trip we’d ever had but at least he brought home one fish.

Photo of Phil with the codling that we kept to eat

Phil with the codling that we kept to eat


Ruby wasn’t very interested in coming out on deck at all on this trip. She stayed in her cage for ages before venturing out.

I put her life jacket on her and took her out on deck, but she was soon back indoors and stretched out on the seating in the saloon.

But I’m not complaining. I want her to be wherever she's happiest, and it gave me the chance to take more photos 😊

Photo of Sun breakimg through the heavy clouds over the Solway Firth as Ravensdale's flag blows in the wind

Sun breaks through the heavy clouds over the Solway Firth as Ravensdale's flag blows in the wind


We were treated to some amazing skies while out on the water and I took loads of photos of the sun breaking through the heavy clouds.

It looked as though it could rain at any time but, thankfully, it stayed dry.

Photo of Ravensdale returning to Maryport on Saturday evening

Ravensdale returning to Maryport on Saturday evening


We returned to the marina at around 6.20pm after about four hours out on the water during which time we’d travelled 6.9 nautical miles.

Photo of Ravensdale heading back into Maryport Marina

Ravensdale heading back into Maryport Marina



We were delighted to discover that a friend had taken a photo of Ravensdale on her way into the marina. Thanks Roy!

Photo of Ravensdale in Maryport Basin. Photo by Roy Simmons

Ravensdale in Maryport Basin. Photo by Roy Simmons



A dramatic rescue


A yacht from our marina suffered engine failure in the middle of the Solway Firth while we were out fishing on Saturday afternoon.

We were totally unaware of this until we got back to the marina as there was no call over the VHF radio.

By the time we heard about the situation, friends with a similar-sized but considerably faster cruiser than Ravensdale had gone out to tow her home.

Photo of our friends' boat Andromeda on the Solway Firth on Saturday before they went to rescue the yacht

Our friends' boat Andromeda on the Solway Firth on Saturday before they went to rescue the yacht


We later heard that they’d had trouble locating the broken-down sailboat as her VHF radio wasn’t working and the mobile phone signal was intermittent.

They managed to find her and the two people on board were fine and they got her under tow, but the sea was very lumpy, and the tow rope kept snapping so they called the Coastguard.

The stricken vessel was towed into Whitehaven Marina – 14 miles from Maryport - and our friends had to go into Whitehaven as well as, by this time, the sea gate to our marina had closed due to the falling tide.

Our friends returned to Maryport on the morning tide, but the yacht had to stay put as her engine had ceased.

We were asked if we’d go and tow her back to Maryport but had to decline as our insurance allows us to tow a vessel back to port in an emergency but not to act as a pick-up truck to tow a boat from A to B.

We hated having to say no but couldn’t risk messing up our insurance.

They still haven’t managed to get home to Maryport yet so really hope they’ll be back here soon.


Changing fuel filters


Photo of the new fuel filters on Ravensdale's starboard engine

The new fuel filters on Ravensdale's starboard engine

We’ve been meaning to change the fuel filters on Ravensdale’s two 300hp Volvo Penta engines for some time.

We ordered the filters last week and went to collect them on Saturday morning.

And, after towing in our friend’s fishing boat when his engine cut out on Friday, we were very glad we’d decided to do it now, especially after we later learned that his engine problem had been caused by dirt getting into the engine.

We’d intended to ask someone else to fit them for us.

However, after the engine problems this fishing boat and the yacht experienced while out on the water, Phil decided to do it himself, so he’d be able to do it again if he ever needed to do so while we’re away from our marina.

Changing the fuel filters was fairly straightforward until it came to priming the filters on the starboard engine because a fuel pipe had been fitted against the top of the pump handle so it couldn’t be operated.

Photo of Phil changing the fuel filters on Ravensdale's port engine

Phil changing the fuel filters on Ravensdale's port engine


This meant that we had to prime the filters by turning the engine over a few times until Phil found fuel in them.

The handle on the pump on the port engine was clear so that was simple to prime.

We also needed to replace the pre-filter cartridges on both engines as they were very dirty, so it looks as though it was a very good job we decided to do them now.

New cartridges were ordered on Tuesday.

Photo of Phil removing the bowl from the pre-filter on Ravensdale's starboard engine

Phil removing the bowl from the pre-filter on Ravensdale's starboard engine


Meanwhile, Phil stripped down the pre-filters and thoroughly cleaned them, so he’d be ready to fit the new cartridges as soon as they arrived.

Photo of one of the pre-filters before cleaning

One of the pre-filters before cleaning


Photo of both pre-filters clean and drying

Both pre-filters clean and drying


They turned up the following morning and Phil fitted them during the afternoon.

The pre-filters on both engines are very low down making it difficult to get a receptacle under the drainage tap so he’s planning on lifting these up in the near future.

He then turned to the fuel purifiers.

These don’t take cartridges so just needed to be drained and to have any air released from the top.

After he’d completed the work on each engine, he started it to check it was running OK to discover, unsurprisingly, that they were both running better than they had before he changed the filters.

Photo of the fuel pipe on the left previously ran across the top of the wheel on the manual pump

The fuel pipe on the left previously ran across the top of the wheel on the manual pump


Phil then went back down into the engine room and rerouted the fuel pipe that was obstructing the pump handle on the starboard fuel filters so that job will be much easier next time he changes the filters.

He was so pleased when he’d completed the task.

There really is nothing like the satisfaction you get from doing a job yourself and the comfort of knowing that you’ll know how to do it the next time 😊


New VHF radio

Photo of our old VHF radio on Ravensdale

Our old VHF radio on Ravensdale


We’ve had a few problems with the marina hearing our VHF radio transmissions on our fixed radio.

We can hear their calls clearly, but they often have to ask us to repeat ours.

We’ve been switching to our handheld radio whenever this has happened, but it wasn’t ideal.

A while back, we changed our VHF aerial in the hope that would cure the problem and it has been better, but still not right so we decided we’d have to bite the bullet and buy a new radio.

This was reinforced by the communication problems experienced when our friends were trying to rescue the yacht that broke down on the Solway Firth on Saturday afternoon.

Phil checked out various reviews and it seemed that the Standard Horizon GX2200E would be perfect for our purposes, so he ordered one online from Marine Superstore on Monday.

We decided against paying for next day delivery as we weren’t planning to take Ravensdale out of the marina for a few days and were amazed when it arrived the following day.

Photo of our new VHF radio

Our new VHF radio


Phil has been busy in the engine room this week so hasn’t had a chance to fit our new radio yet.

I’m guessing it will either be done over the weekend or early next week.


Why we’re glad we haven’t got a mast
😊

Photo of the crane the starlings used to sit on before it was removed

The crane the starlings used to sit on before it was removed


A flock of starlings used to spend a lot of their time perched on a tall crane on the boatyard next to the marina.

But the crane was recently sold and taken away (wishing I'd taken a photo of the starlings on it now )

At this time of year, the starlings make a real mess of the boats, mainly the yachts, when they perch on the masts, rigging and spreaders after eating blackberries.

But this year, without the crane, they’re spending even more time on the yachts than usual and they are ending up covered in purple splodges.


Photo of a few of the starlings that spend a lot of time at our marina

Just a few of the starlings that spend a lot of time at our marina


The cruisers only get bombed occasionally when the birds relieve themselves in flight and, so far, we’ve been very lucky as Ravensdale hasn’t been hit once.

Whenever Phil gets our hose out to wash our boat or fill up with water, he’s been hosing down some of the yachts near us while their owners aren’t around to save their gel coat from being stained by the purple birds’ mess.


Locked in the car


Ravensdale likes to keep us on our toes by finding us plenty of jobs to do but our car is usually relatively trouble-free.

However, this week, she decided it was her turn to get a little TLC.

She refused to let Phil get out when we drove to the motor spares dealer in nearby Workington to collect new fuel filters for Ravensdale on Saturday.

The driver’s side door just wouldn’t open so Phil had to climb out of the passenger side, which isn’t easy for him as a knee-replacement operation on his left knee has left him with less flexibility than he would’ve liked.

He tried the door again before heading home, but it wouldn’t budge so he climbed back in the same way to drive back to the marina.

Typically, this happened just after the garage we use had closed so we couldn’t contact them about it until Monday when we were told to take it in on Tuesday and they’d get on to it asap.

So, we ended up carless again – she had to go into the garage for new rear brake discs a while back and, for the first time since I got rid of my car when I left work, we had to walk everywhere we wanted to go, which was no bad thing 😊

We were delighted to get a call from the garage yesterday (Thursday) but sadly it wasn’t to say they’d fixed the problem as they couldn’t find an obvious cause.

The door seems to be opening at the moment so we’ve brought her home to use while the garage orders a new door lock, which will hopefully be fitted next week.


Ruby of Ravensdale

Photo of Ruby with her teddy

Ruby with her teddy


Ruby enjoyed watching Phil change Ravensdale’s filters this week.

She walked around the edge of the hole when we’d lifted the floor to expose one of the engines and peered down into the engine room to see what was going on.


Photo of Ruby watching Phil work in the engine room

Ruby watching Phil work in the engine room


Photo of Ruby checking out Ravensdale's port engine

Ruby checking out Ravensdale's port engine


She was less impressed when she dropped her favourite antler chew down into the engine room while Phil was working and had to wait for him to retrieve it for her when he’d finished.

Ruby was also pleased when we returned from a food shopping trip with a new red, beef-flavoured bone chew yesterday (Thursday).

She went through her usual new toy routine – creeping up on it, barking at it then jumping away from it over and over again until she decided it was safe to chew it.

She really is totally hilarious 😊

Photo of Ruby with her new chew

Ruby with her new chew


Ruby also cracks me up when I'm trying to type or work on photos and she wants me to hold what's left of her favourite antler chew while she's chewing it.

She keep putting it on my mouse hand or on the table next to it in an attempt to get me to do as she wants 😊

Photo of Ruby trying to get me to stop using my laptop

Ruby trying to get me to stop using my laptop


Photo of Ruby chewing her antler on the back of my hand

Ruby chewing her antler on the back of my hand


And she's really funny when we’re eating a snack she fancies, her favourites being anything involving cheese, especially cheese sandwiches or cheese and cream crackers.

She patiently sits and watches in the hope she might get a bit and, when we’re nearing the end of our food, she puts a paw on an arm or sometimes both paws on a shoulder to remind us that she’s there – as if we could ever forget 😊

Photo of Ruby patiently waiting for a bit of Phil's cheese and crackers

Ruby patiently waiting for a bit of Phil's cheese and crackers


Photo of Ruby's patience is rewarded 😊

Ruby's patience is rewarded 😊


Meanwhile, she’s been enjoying her walks this week despite them being a bit restricted due to her being in season but I bet she can’t wait until it’s over so we can get back to normal and let her have a proper run off the lead again.


Missing parcel!


I have no idea why Royal Mail would deliver a parcel addressed to Phil with our address correctly displayed on the front to a business address on an industrial estate in Maryport.

I can’t see any similarity between Ravensdale at Maryport Marina and Chimney Sheep on the Solway Industrial Estate, but it seems to have caused some confusion 😊

Amazingly, it so happened that Miriam, a Facebook friend who I’d never met, works there and spotted our name on the parcel.

She messaged me to tell me it was at their premises, and we picked it up on our way to collect our car from the garage yesterday (Thursday) afternoon.

An added bonus was getting to meet my Facebook friend.

Many thanks for getting in touch, Miriam. It was good to meet you 😊



Photography

Just for a change, most of the photos I've taken this week are from our trip out on the Solway Firth on Ravensdale on Saturday 😊


Photo of Yacht Manatee on the Solway Firth

Yacht Manatee on the Solway Firth


Photo of the sun breaking through heavy clouds over the Solway Firth

Sun breaking through heavy clouds over the Solway Firth


Photo of Maryport from the Solway Firth with Andromeda in the basin

Maryport from the Solway Firth with Andromeda in the basin


Photo of cormorants on a navigation marker in the Solway Firth

Cormorants on a navigation marker in the Solway Firth


Photo of Maryport from the Solway Firth with the northern fells in the distance

Maryport from the Solway Firth with the northern fells in the distance


Photo of Maryport charter fishing boat Venture West on the Solway Firth

Maryport charter fishing boat Venture West on the Solway Firth


Photo of another view of Maryport from the Solway Firth with the northern fells behind

Another view of Maryport from the Solway Firth with the northern fells behind


Photo of a yacht on the Solway Firth

A yacht on the Solway Firth


Photo of the northern fells from the Solway Firth

The northern fells from the Solway Firth


I also got some lovely sunset shots of Maryport Basin and the marina while walking Ruby on Sunday evening.

Photo of Maryport Lighthouse at sunset

Maryport Lighthouse at sunset


Photo of the Coastguard station on Maryport Basin

The Coastguard station on Maryport Basin


Photo of Maryport Marina at sunset

Maryport Marina at sunset


Photo of Maryport Marina at sunset

Maryport Marina at sunset


Photo of another view of Maryport Marina at sunset

Another view of Maryport Marina at sunset



Weather watch

Photo of today's (Friday) view through Ravensdale's windscreen

Today's (Friday) view through Ravensdale's windscreen


The weather really hasn’t been much to write home about this week.

The main theme for this week seems to have been rain followed by more rain 

Saturday was the best day of the past week. It was dry, sunny and very warm for the time of year but there was still a good breeze.

Photo of Maryport Marina on Saturday afternoon

Maryport Marina on Saturday afternoon


The top temperature was 21C (70F) and the top average wind speed at St Bees Head, which is our nearest weather station, was 31mph, gusting 44mph.

While we were out on the water the average wind speed at St Bees Head was 13-30mph, gusting up to 40mph. It was certainly windier than we’d expected here but nothing like the speeds given here.

We had heavy rain overnight. It was still raining when we got up on Sunday morning and it kept it up until around mid-morning when it was cloudy with light showers. 

Sadly, I forgot to check the last 24-hours weather data for Sunday so I can’t provide the figures for temperature and average wind speed

Photo of Maryport Marina on Sunday afternoon

Maryport Marina on Sunday afternoon


It was bright and sunny first thing on Monday with increasing cloud cover as the day went on, but we still enjoyed sunny intervals. It started raining early evening and kept it up until we went to bed.

The top temperature was 15C (59F) and the top average wind speed was 22mph, gusting 30mph.

Photo of the same view of Maryport Marina on Monday morning

The same view of Maryport Marina on Monday morning


It continued to rain heavily overnight, but it had stopped by Tuesday morning.

We then had light rain from late morning followed by heavy rain later in the afternoon.

The top temperature was 17C (63F) and the top average wind speed was 15mph.

Photo of heavy cloud at Maryport Marina on Wednesday

Heavy cloud at Maryport Marina on Wednesday


Wednesday was dry but cloudy and fairly breezy. The top temperature was 14C (57F) and the top average wind speed was 13mph.

Yesterday (Thursday) started wet. The rain cleared but we continued to have heavy showers until mid-afternoon. It then remained cloudy but thankfully there was no more rain.

The top temperature was 15C (59F) and the top average wind speed was 23mph, gusting 32mph.

Photo of Thursday morning at Maryport Marina

Thursday morning at Maryport Marina


We had more rain overnight and, so far today (Friday), the weather has been cloudy with
heavy showers. The top temperature was 14C (57F) and the top average wind speed was 23mph, gusting 30mph.