As our shore-side neighbours slosh around in their flooded homes we ride the high tides, dry and warm. Rain lashes the decks, we heel to savage gusts of wind and feel grateful to be moored safely in the river. Portugal’s west coast is ravaged by giant waves, as is the UK, and 7 boats are damaged in a storm off Cape Town. To restore our balance after such weather-related drama here’s a sketch of the river at low tide on a still day. And happy new year to you all!
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As most people know, owning a boat is all about lounging around on the deck sipping martinis and occassionally changing position to ensure an even tan. Well, sometimes, just for a change, we do a spot of boat maintenance. This summer we replaced some decking and this is our latest work of art:
On Portugal’s western Atlantic coast, near the Tagus river estuary, is the town of Cascais. From ancient and humble beginnings as a fishing village, in the late 19th century it became the cool hang-out for European royalty after Portugal’s King Luis turned the citadel into his summer residence. The town’s popularity with the rich and noble continued on through the next century, thereby blessing it with an architectural heritage of magnificent mansions.
From our place at anchor in the bay we spied, through the binoculars, a large poster advertising a Goya exhibition. And lucky that was too, as a walk around the town and a visit to tourist information gave no clue that such an exhibition was on locally. Unless one had actually walked up to the Cultural Centre hosting the exhibition (and on whose wall the poster was affixed) which is situated on a rise outside of the central town area, one would never have known about the exhibition. That’s probably why we had the place to ourselves and we were able to enjoy a’ private viewing’ of Francisco de Goya’s lithos and etchings including his famous Disasters of War. Congratulations to the Cascais Cultural Centre for hosting and presenting such an excellent exhibition (with free entry) but if you want to draw people away from the beaches, the pavement eateries and the tourist shopping you need some promotion!
Here’s a sketch of Cascais from a boater’s point of view:
Gommier are traditional local craft of Martinique in the French West Indies. Still constructed today using the historical method of cutting and hollowing out the tree trunk, using fire to soften the wood and sculpting the form with water and stone, they are artworks in themselves.