Thursday, April 09, 2009

Pass times old

I years long gone I fancied myself as a musician. I played percussion and Bass Guitar in a variety of bands with styles ranging from punk, folk, jazz, blues, Latin American and I even did a spell with a 14 piece Bhangra band. A mind blowing experience!

In the last few days I have re-visited my musical past by getting together to play some tunes with a kayaking friend Mark and his son Jamie who are both crazy about Metallica.

I have not played my bass guitar in anger for about 10 years so I felt more worse than a little rusty. We were joined by Sophie who is a more than accomplished drummer. The idea was to make plenty of noise have a whole lot of fun trying to mimic the American rock gods.

There is certainly room for improvement in the quality so we will definitely have another jam in the near future.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Sunny Flamborough

A sunny day on the Yorkshire coast is hard to resist especially when the North Sea is unusually calm. Dave and I arrived at South Landing close to Flamborough Head just as the lifeboat crew were getting ready for their weekly training exercise.

There are numerous caves and gullies to be explored but even on a relatively calm day conditions can be tricky in amongst the numerous stacks and reefs.

There were birds everywhere! Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Curlews...

... and the Gannets have arrived too.

Whilst we sat in the sun enjoying our lunch at North Landing local fishermen brought their catch of the day ashore in one of the traditional 'Cobles' that operate from here.