It is now a year since we left our mooring in this lovely creek in order to circumnavigate St Thomas’ Hospital in London. We are now settled back on a mooring by the rocks and beginning to have some new ideas of what to do next. But before we set off on any new escapades I thought it was a good time to do a bit of number crunching.
The best news is that thanks to many very generous relatives ,friends and unknown donors we have raised nearly £5000 to build a new well in Ethiopia . Work on this will begin in the near future.
We sailed and motored well over 900 miles despite having to miss out the Isles of Scilly. I hope to go there at a later date. This change of plan was due to being held up by some poor weather conditions .
At least 20 different people crewed, some of them even came twice. They were all excellent , very able and great fun. It goes without saying I could not have done the trip without them.
We went through 134 locks all ably supervised by Nancy Blackett. The most spectacular and memorable lock day was tackling the Caen Hill flight at Devizes . A large team from Forethiopia arrived from Bristol . They came to the top of the flight armed with picnics and energy and soon found efficient and fun ways of working with one another to tow Demelza down the 29 locks. It took us about 6 hours. Without their help it may well have taken us a couple of days.
There were three over night sails , ,special thanks to Gordon and Steve giving up such a lot of sleeping time.
Gin, only at East Cowes and Ramsgate. This abstainance was due to a lack of ice on board but it makes the evenings on the I of W and Ramsgate paticularly memorable.
Last night was extraordinarally cold but the full moon shining on the quiet waters of the creek made up for having cold feet.
I am now sitting in the cockpit in the warm sun. Nancy is resting after her morning walk and a snow-white egret is feeding in the sea-weed. The boat is rocking gently on the outgoing tide and sound of the water on the hull is the music of the creek.
Thank you everyone who made the circumnavigation of STH possible and more importantly the building of a new well.
Best press on ,