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A happy (and wet) wife!

Kayak Surfing – St Bees

Penny with Paddle and baby, ready to go

Penny with Paddle and baby, ready to go

This has taken me a while to get round to writing, but at some point last week, Wednesday perhaps, it was a sunny morning, the tides were right and the waves not too threatening. More importantly Ryan had slept well enough for us both to feel like some exercise. We headed down to the beach with one kayak and one pushchair containing Ryan. Continue reading

Cycling – Beckermet & Wasdale

Penny with Lingmell (left), Scafell Pike (centre) and Scafell (right) behind

Penny with Lingmell (left), Scafell Pike (centre) and Scafell (right) behind

We had another beautiful day today and decided to a bit of research for Bex and Estelle’s visit. In other words look at activities that are not too strenuous and have a pub half way round. I know that Steve from West Lakes Adventure hires bikes in Nether Wasdale so we planned a ride from there up to Wasdale Head. Continue reading

Puffins off South Head

The South Head Cliffs

The South Head Cliffs covered in guano

This evening Penny and I went for a quick paddle to look at the birds on the St Bees Head cliffs. We saw the usual fulmars, cormorants and guillemots. However, the highlight was a pair of puffins on the water with the guillemots. Locals suggest that puffins used to live just to the north of the North Head, but I have not heard of any reports of Puffins on South Head.

Puffin 1

Puffin 1

Puffin 2

Puffin 2

Kayak Surfing at St Bees

High tide was soon after midday and the shape of the beach at St Bees means that you can surf at anytime except for the two hours either side of high water. Therefore we got up early and were on the water before 9:30. The wind was offshore and the strong winds of the past few days had left an excellent swell behind. The waves were clean and at times excitingly big. My boat does not surf very well and whilst I tried to persuade it to go the way I wanted it to it threw me in a couple of times. I was pleased that I rolled back up on both occasions.

The highlight of the trip was getting to test our new waterproof camera, a Panasonic FT2. So far it seems to work very well, the images below are sharp, vivid and best of all were taken in the sea. There were several reasons we went for this camera, it has very good image stabilisation, a 28mm wide lens, shoots HD video and all the reviews report good image quality. One note is that you have to be very careful keeping the seals clean to make sure it stays waterproof. We bought the camera ready for our trip to France next month where we intend to do quite a lot of kayaking as well as climbing and beaching,

Penny on a wave

Penny on a wave

Me trying to catch a wave

Me trying to catch a wave