Published December 17, 2011
A bit of history
Tags: Coast, Cornish, Cornwall, Newlyn, photography, Radio 4, Ronald Binge, Sailing By, Sea, Shipping Forecast explained, The shipping forecast, waves
When we cannot sleep at night we often switch on the radio beside the bed and listen to Radio 4 and to whatever is being broadcast. At some point in the night there must be some kind of children’s entertainment on World Service because sometimes I awake feeling like I’m on speed as the children’s entertainment is not conducive to a good nights sleep. But more often that not if its been a late night we will doze off listening to the shipping forecast which also is not that conducive to a good night sleep…
‘PLYMOUTH SOUTHWEST 5 TO 7, OCCASIONALLY GALE 8 OR SEVERE GALE 9 IN SOUTH, VEERING NORTHWEST 4 OR 5 LATER. RAIN OR SHOWERS. MODERATE OR GOOD’
As you are dozing it’s just words that don’t always make sense so I thought I would google it and find out what it all means.
Now where do the Two Fat Badgers come into it? Well, the two fat badgers run a website which in an independent look at places to visit around the UK and pubs to visit etc. They have also done some homework on explaining the shipping forecast.
Take a look at their website here to see what it’s all about.
Finally as I’m scratching my head deciphering the shipping forecast most of the time I will fall asleep to “Sailing By” composed by Ronald Binge in 1963, and performed by the Alan Perry/William Gardner Orchestra. It’s a beautiful track and can be listened to here.
It may be cold outside but I think its going to be a quiet one tonight – sleep tight!
The sea like a mill pond - Newlyn
Porthleven, near Helston is the most southerly port in the UK and was originally developed as a place for boats and their crew to shelter when it was rough at sea. Porthleven is a lovely little Cornish harbour with a great community with many independent shops, galleries, pubs and restaurants and is well worth an afternoon’s visit. When there are strong South westerlies the harbour gets a phenomenal pounding from the Atlantic and my advice would be to either stay away or watch from a distance!!
This video will give you an idea of the immense power of the waves that hit this little harbour. Well done to the brave cameraman for shooting this footage, i’ve stood where he was whilst filming this and you are lucky if you can stand upright!
Also check out this incredible picture of a wave hitting the coast of Porthleven on the Mail website, its massive!
Porthleven is a beautiful place and a popular place for an afternoon stroll. This picture was taken on the 1st January 2010 whist out with my family. I love the light on the pier, the people spaced out along it and the few surfers waiting to catch a slightly smaller wave!
Body boarders catching the last few waves before the sun goes down
To find out more about Porthleven, places to visit and places to eat check out their community website here.
Here are a few pictures of a memorable morning waking up to the sound of the waves lapping the shore and the cry of gulls as the sun appears over the horizon. When we stayed at Portmellon for Becky’s 30th we were lucky to have the top bedroom in the roof overlooking the sea. With large windows and an old armchair, I sat there with a cuppa watching the world come alive and the warm sunlight reflecting off the waves. The sea gulls coming to, ready to get their breakfast!
I couldn’t resist grabbing my camera and taking some pictures as the light was just amazing…..
…..and then I went and got my breakfast!