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Sightseeing around town
10/25/2009, Lagos

Our son Alex has come out for a visit and we went for a walk to see the more secluded beaches to the west of the river entrance, he didn't want to go up on the little train with his Mum, can't think why! Luckily I have had a more successful trip since the last one with Sue I met here. To get from one beach to the next you have to pass through gaps in the sandstone cliffs, the signs warning about falling rocks were not a comfort. I enjoyed looking in the many rock pools at the marine life and even managed to remember quite a few Latin names for species - Actinia Equina, the burgundy red-jelly blobs of the common sea anemone.

A bit crafty
10/20/2009, Lagos

I have joined the Craft group run by Barbara, Terry's wife. We will be going to her apartment on Friday mornings. As it was our first time we didn't do much but look at what things we might do - card-making, cross stitch, paper curling etc. Barbara talked about where to obtain craft supplies in Lagos and I can see it is going to be difficult compared to where I live in the UK. It's nice to get off the boat for a change!

Caravel trip
09/30/2009, Lagos

Steering the Caravel - a two man job.

Caravel trip
09/30/2009, Lagos

The day for the boat trip was glorious sunshine with a little wind and we were told by Terry, who has been on many such trips, that this was the best yet as we even got to sail for a while along the coast towards Portmao (often there is no wind - what a surprise!).

The boat was a replica of a Caravel, a ship built in the 15th and 16th century with a distinctive shape, a gently sloping bow and single stern castle and it carries a mainmast and a mizzen mast that were generally lateen-rigged. Caravels had already been in use for hundreds of years and developed into fast, easily manoeuvrable ships and were well known through their use during Portuguese and Spanish voyages of discovery. Indeed Columbus's ships NiƱa and Pinta were supposedly caravels.

Portuguese Boa Esperanca and has been on "tour" all over the world including Brazil. Of course this one had a few mod cons like an engine and pump able loo! A large crew was needed to raise the sails and about half the party did the honours. Folk took turns on the tiller which needed 2 people and as it was situated in an area below the bridge where you are unsighted and you need someone to shout down the course to you. A trip not to be missed.

Sopromar barbacue
09/25/2009, Lagos

The Barbecue

Sopromar Barbecue
09/25/2009, Lagos

The barbecue was very well attended. As it was our first time we went on the tour of the boatyard and were shown round by Pedro, one of the owners I think, all very interesting. I was impressed with the tidiness of the yard compared to many I have seen but unlike many it is all on concrete rather than bare ground, hence all the dust etc.

We enjoyed a good meal and met lots of folk, mainly new like us as many regulars tend to be catching up with each other.

Above is a snap - Steve far right and me drinking wine from a paper cup - horror!

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