Up the Indian River with a paddle
Date 2000 – 13 March 2011
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and finishing at a bar where suitable refreshment may be taken – but not at 0830 on a Sunday, the only inhabitant being a black rooster with attitude who is one of the features of the establishment.
Comparing notes with others who went later in the day we benefited from our early start with wildlife sightings; no parrots but a number of iguanas of which judging by the laid back attitude this one was a teenager.
There were all manner of herons; this one was the largest.
Another feature of the forest are the blood wood trees whose roots form the most amazingf patterns and shapes.
As relaxation in the afternoon
The evening, it being Sunday, saw the weekly beach barbeque organised by the Portsmouth Association of Yacht Security (PAYS). All of the boat men belong to PAYS which operates somewhat similar to a medieval trade guild regulating the boat man trade. It may be restrictive practice by EU standards but it works well here. As well as regulating prices and moorings the boatmen have a roster and make security patrols through the anchorage during the night. The Barbeque is one of the means by which they raise funds to support PAYS. It was very well laid on, they even have built a large open shelter, under which the whole thing happens, in case of rain.