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21
Dec
Britains smallest bird, the Goldcrest.

Birds And Bats Take A Short Sailing Holiday

Two unusual airborn visitors sailed with us at the end of last summer.

The first was a Goldcrest which joined us several miles offshore, well away from its normal habitat. This is Britains smallest bird, smaller even than the wren and much more striking to look at with a bright, almost flourescent orange flash on its head.

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20
Dec
Sea ice in a creek on the Thames Estuary

Sea Ice Fills St Osyth Creek

Ice floes in the south of the UK. Local creeks frozen and work on our Schooner Trinovante grinds to a halt..

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16
Dec

The Fishing Smack Pioneer On The Slipway

Trinovante is booked on the St Osyth Boatyard Slipway for antifouling in March. Before us the fishing smack ‘Pioneer’ is in for routine maintenance. Pioneer looks like a brand new boat and needs a minimum of routine maintenance; a bit of recaulking here, a seacock checked there and some new paint. In fact Pioneer was built way back in 1864 at Rowhedge.

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11
Dec

St Osyth Creek – The Old Barge Quay

The saltings along St Osyth Creek are littered with history if you know what you are looking at. We have been wandering past the old wooden quay side for years but only recently found out a little more about it from local shipwright Alan Williams.

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