We went for a walk to see some of the island today. It is 11 miles to
walk a circuit of the island, which is a bit far for us as we have been sitting
around for 9 days on passage. We did walk a fair way though, and saw some
wonderful views of clear, clean, bright blue water and the flowers were
beautiful. There are lots of amaryllis on the roadside, in full flower,
and large bright pink dog roses.
High St, Hugh Town, St Mary's
It was also a hot day, which was most welcome. We stopped at an old
fort known as Harry's Walls:
Mark, Pip, Charlie and Alice standing on Harry's
The harbour, with its hundreds of small boats, can be seen in the
background. The yachts are on moorings hidden by the foliage on the right
hand side of the picture. The moorings are so close it is unbelievable,
and some have more than one boat on them.
The island has many white beaches, with only a smattering of
We walked along to a cafe called Juliet's Garden, where we had lunch -
the view across to Hugh Town was spectactular.
We could hear some kind of commotion going on far away, and it turned out
that the annual raft race was going on at the Town Quay. There were all
sorts of rafts, mostly quite Heath-Robinson and people were
really letting their hair down. The RNLI had a rib out, and were
pumping water all over the rafters. One raft had a pub garden umbrella,
which was useful in providing shelter from the RNLI deluge. The
participants were also pelted with water bombs by the people thronging the
quay. We felt we were back in the heart of English eccentricity.
Tomorrow we plan to sail over to St Agnes (a voyage of around half an hour)
where there is an "unmissable" pub called the Turk's Head. In the evening
we will set sail for Falmouth.