Closed-season black and blues

March 22, 2019

As usual when our Macwester Malin is sitting high and dry on the hard, we spend lots of time at the coast. The new V&A building above was a little smaller externally than we envisaged, and having ventured inside we felt it was short on museum and big on cafés. Don’t get me wrong, it’s an impressive building; it’s just not very good at being an actual museum.

We walked to the Falkirk Wheel on a very cold and foggy day [above]. Each and every time we visit there, my mind drifts back to a project I worked on in the early 90s. It wasn’t really our bag, but the client wanted a 3D-animated pre-viz of a massive rotating boat lift that would be built in Falkirk. Now obviously pigs would fly before a massive rotating boat lift would be built in Falkirk; however despite my doubts about his sanity, the client was persistent and we were persuaded to produce the pre-viz nonetheless. Hats off to you Jim!

The day we walked across the Forth Road Bridge was also chilly and dull, but the visibility was better. Typically, the weather was brighter on several walks between Aberdour and the recently re-modelled [flattened] Starleyburn.

During a trip to Dysart, we walked all the way east along the coast to West Wemyss, a walk that includes a breath-taking, steep [really breath-taking] incline. We also made it across to Crammond Island via the Dragon’s Teeth [above] when the tide was out.

With the club flag flying forlornly at half-mast, we were subdued, and did what we could to console our friends …which in the end really wasn’t all that much.

We took a trip through to James Watt Dock, where Drum sits …waiting. We also returned to Greywalls over in Gullane, and spent a few days for a birthday celebration. We visited North Berwick, Dunbar, and after a long, soggy walk just about made it to one of two X-class midget submarine wrecks on the beach at Aberlady. If we had skipped breakfast we would have beaten the tide… …but we didn’t skip breakfast… … …hence the sub-optimal pic above… … … …sorry.

The shot above is taken on a sunny afternoon looking west across Pittenweem. Our favourite East Neuk eatery closes over the winter, so there was no hot-smoked sea bass on the go. Baa-humbug!

Meanwhile, back at our mooring there was oil pollution that meant the beach and surrounding area was closed to the public. The black sticky stuff was everywhere. In total six-hundred tonnes of it were removed, taking several weeks at a cost of £600,000.

Well-done to Fife Council, who managed to get the worst of the pollution cleared; thankfully a week or two before crane-in. Yes, our dinghy mooring was trashed in the process, and yes there’s a layer of oil just below the surface of the putty …but they turned it around pretty quickly.

Hard hats at the ready! Pre-season and crane-in up next.

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