Sunday, 18 July 2010

Plain Sailing ...

This weekend I have cultivated a mild obsession with shipping lanes .. following a little pink blob on the map as it courses it's way across the North Sea. I have finally unravelled the mystery of those oft heard names on the radio Dogger, Fisher, German Bight, Humber and Viking. This isn't just any little pink blob that I have been giving my rapt attention.. oh no.. this 4mm object on the cat's cradle of shipping lanes, is a 'Tall' ship called Stavros S Niarchos.. which has on board a very special cargo heading for Denmark...


That precious cargo is in fact my son who is sailing across the beautiful briny sea to the port of Aalborg in Denmark as part of a crew who will deliver the majestic ship on Thursday to take part in a Tall Ships Race.
This exciting voyage is organised by the Tall Ships Youth Trust and apart from learning the ropes, climbing the main sail and scrubbing decks.. it claims to be character building..


I should say ... Just keeping upright on the sloping deck and not turning several shades of green as the ship rises and falls, is enough to put hairs on anyone's chest!
I can't wait for my boy to return.. hopefully without the sailor's tattoos and scurvy, whence my salty sea dog will be welcomed with open arms and a fish supper !

23 comments:

Country Style Living said...

What an exciting opportunity for your son, although I can understand why you will be glad for his return.

Andi's English Attic said...

Ah yes, 'character building'. Covers all amount of rough jobs.
What a fantastic opportunity for your son and I'm so glad you can follow that blob, which actually turns out to be a beautiful ship. Have a great Sunday. xx

Josie-Mary said...

My friend did this & loved it. Good for him, what a great opportunity :) x

Country Cottage Chic said...

I'm sure he's having a whale of a time!

(Groan)

jane and the happy crow said...

What a beautiful ship, I hope your boy doesnt have to do a spell in the crows nest! Your little assemblage is adorable Michele! Jane xx

jane and the happy crow said...

What a beautiful ship, I hope your boy doesnt have to do a spell in the crows nest! Your little assemblage is adorable Michele! Jane xx

Bobo Bun said...

No scurvy, but he might smell a bit fresh. Amazing ship.

Your tin made me laugh - and then I had a case of the wants when I saw your fabulous scene. I adore the wee paper hat Michele.

X

Annie said...

Sounds really exciting and an experience to remember but I understand why you will be pleased to have him home.
Ann x

Tanya said...

What a great opportunity. Something he'll remember forever.

Sal said...

A fantastic opportunity for your lovely son!
Tell him to 'write about it' when he returns!!
;-)

libby said...

Such precious cargo....and how lovely to be in such an adventure...and listening to those weather reports always fascinated me!

lemonade kitty said...

We're hosting the tall ships race so I shall look out for your son on board stavros, only a couple of weeks to go, Lucey xx

Kitsch and Curious Elaine said...

How wonderful for him! Try not to miss him TOO much. Your sailor box is so sweet, and obviously, I love that kitsch old sailor photo!

Milly and Dottie said...

Fish and chips and a nice hot bath are probably in order for Friday night! Maybe a few sips of rum to keep you going until the end of the week and stop thoughts of climbing up those masts...
Mx

Space Cadet said...

Oldie worldie ships! Fantastic, lucky kid.

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

What a wonderful experience for him, I bet he is having a whale of a time and will come back full of tales of the high seas.
Debbie

Louise said...

How fantastic, to have an opportunity to set sail on the high seas. I expect you're counting the days 'til back on dry land, and Mr Pickles counting the days 'til the fish supper! x

sarah-jane down the lane said...

eye eye Cap'n!

Oh how wonderous to be on a Tall Ship, we watch the start whenever it is started in Falmouth, every ten years or so.

The boat all "dressed" in nautical bunting, bobbing around Falmouth Harbour in the dusk, lights twinkling on the mainland and fireworks going off above us.... and all marvelling at the "lads" stationed up the masts of these magnificent ships like tiny ants waving to us below..... and to think now you little man is taking part, amazing!

Love Sarah x

silverpebble said...

North Utsire, South Utsire, Forties Cromarty

silverpebble said...

Faeroes, Southeast Iceland

Cowboys and Custard said...

Absolutely Silver Pebble.. with a Viking, Fisher and Humber thrown in too.XX

HD said...

I really love these images, with best regards from Fisher viking.

HD said...

Big fan of the shipping news and love the first photo on the post.
Howard @ Fisher viking