Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Woodland and Creekside Walk

While our boats are all in winter store we enjoy exploring the Island. At the weekend we put on our walking boots and had a lovely walk around our village.
We are fortunate to have choices of fields,woods,beach or the creek right on our doorstep.
The moss growing on this tree trunk is beautiful, so full of texture and colour. A little inspiration for a knitting and weaving project.

Walking towards the Mill pond glimpsing the water with the Sun through the reeds

A fresh blue sky with the Sun making the reed beds shimmer

The Creek at Low Tide.
The entrance of Wootton Creek is wide and deep (where the car ferry to Portsmouth operates from).
As you can see there is only a small channel of water at low tide further up the creek. There is a tide gate at the bridge controlling the flow of water to the Mill pond which is a nature reserve for wildlife and water birds.
Although we live near by we actually keep and sail all our boats on the River Medina and have not ventured up the creek by boat as yet.
We would need to do a bit of passage planning to make sure we had water and tide enough to get ourselves in and out again! but I think it would make quite a little voyage and adventure for our little Sunstar 18 yacht this coming season.
It would be a good port of call if the wind was a bit light for sailing and we were over to the East of the Solent heading for Ryde as we could drop our sails and motor in for a little recce.

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