The videos I shot for P&H with Doug Cooper are now live on the P&H Website. There are eight in all.
Shot & edited by SunartMedia.com
I've just got internet access and managed to download the new catalogue for P&H Sea Kayaks. Download here.
bottom of a big box which had been on it's side.
They couldn't remain there, but rather than evict then the pair were
rehoused in another part of the garden with plenty of shelter.
A kind of mousey nativity scene?
Posted Thursday, December 18, 2008
I'll be honest, I'm still working out how I feel about this. Judge for yourself after you read the recent e-mail from Bryan Smith.
As you no doubt know by now, we're mounting a kayak expedition to explore a region of the world with tremendous ecological implications for all of us. We're funding the expedition and research through small donations from family, friends and fellow paddlers.
If you're receiving this email, it's for 1 of 3 reasons:
1. You've intended to donate to the Kamchatka Project, but haven't gotten to it yet. So here's a reminder: please donate if you can. www.active.com/donate/kamchatka
2. You've been thinking about donating, but are still on the fence. Do you eat salmon? Do you value the role they play in the ecosystem? Remember that 1/4 of all the salmon in the world spawn on Kamchatka , and it is vital that we protect the remaining salmon habitat if salmon are to survive the next century: www.active.com/donate/kamchatka
3. You're a fellow paddler and haven't heard about what we're attempting.To find out more go to http://kamchatkaproject.blogspot.com
If you can't donate but want to help us spread the message, join us on Facebook ... and spread the word to your Facebook Friends.
It's certainly enterprising. And ambitious. Bryan's challenging people to sign up 100 of their friends and then challenge them to do the same. The sort of thing you might do for a cancer charity...
As of writing they have $6785 towards a $50k goal. Good luck Bryan, I'll be interested to hear how many hundreds sign up.
After filling up for the second time I've worked out our big, grey baby does 26 miles per gallon. Which is awful for a car. But then, it's not a car. It's a mobile house. We need to change our way of thinking.
For those of you who wanted to see inside, here are a few snaps. She's awfully bare right now. (The van, that is, not Liz. Liz is swaddled against the elements.) We'll fit personalise her in a few days with bits and pieces, and then she's migrating south for Christmas.
The poor deal is getting frozen by this cold snap. Her tap fell off! It's just a push-on spout, or in this case, push-off. Ice had formed behind it and expanded. Fortunately all the water pipes are rubber and expand as I didn't have time to drain the system before these sub-zero days arrived.
So there she is. I have no doubt I'll bore you with many more tales in the years to come.
Back in October I was first to review This Is The Sea when I made a rather rash statement.
If Justine doesn't win an award for the New Zealand film I will eat my copy of the DVD. This is the best kayak expedition film I've seen and worth buying for this disc alone.
I just received an e-mail from Justine which reads:
"you don't have to eat one of the "This
is the sea 4" discs!! The NZ film won 'best mountain adventure film' at Kendal Mountain Film festival just over a week ago which is very exciting indeed!!! You're safe!! ( and thanks for your faith!)"
Phew. If you're going to buy a copy, please buy it directly from Justine as she offers free worldwide shipping.
The freeze thaw cycle has been busy on last weekend's snow. (Apologies to those of you who cope with REAL snow. Scotland used to but now struggles.)
Our gravel drive developed an impenetrable crust of snow/ice. Even the weight of the car couldn't crack it, so I couldn't drive fully in.
There's a hill nearby which causes a few problems in these conditions, so our council dumps small piles of grit alongside. Drivers shovel it onto the road if they get stuck.
So I went to get a shovel-full for the entrance to our drive. The pile of grit was frozen solid. Not a lot of use to me and even worse if you were stuck on the hill. More snow is forecast tonight, then a big freeze.
So that'll be fun.
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This is Tom Pendrey. He became briefly famous in Scotland when, in the summer of 2008, lots of newspapers reported his attempt to kayak the Western Isles in a "sustainable" style.
He also came in for a little criticism from some people. In his podcast, recorded at the SCA show in Perth, Tom tells us all about it.