Success with the mooring! When we woke we were still floating against the quay with mooring lines intact!

Safely moored against the quay

Safely moored against the quay

We spent the morning meeting the Harbour Master and his mate, a very affable pair and wandering around Eyemouth. Breakfast at the Harbour Cafe and then out to the headland we passed under last night on our way in.

Just checking!

Just checking!

By day we can see just how narrow the entrance is and how treacherous the rocks are,

 ....... with the rocks to the sides and in the background!

……. with the rocks to the sides and in the background!

Our mast is on the far left!

Our mast is on the far left!

but I have to say if you find yourself up this way it is well worth a visit,  with its 24 hour access, unspoilt town and sandy beach.

On the west wall ..... the rocks don't look too bad at high water!

On the west wall ….. the rocks don’t look too bad at high water!

Dog walkers paradise

Dog walkers paradise

It has it’s quirky side too ………. and that’s not just the visitors!

Hayward's Fish Shop? ..... Down that way.

Hayward’s Fish Shop? ….. Down that way.

We popped into The Fleet …. one of the smallest, real ‘locals’ pubs that was tucked down an alley. They had a real fire burning in the very snug snug and a dozen or so locals in for lunch, a chat or the racing. What’s the record for the most ‘f’ words in one conversation?…….. I think we may have found a contender! This poster was on the side of the bar ….

Shame we're not here Friday.

Shame we’re not here Friday.

Eyemouth  is geared more for tourists now, but it used to be home to 54 fishing boats ……. now there are only 8 working out of here. Like so many ports, the fishing quotas have done for the fishing industry and even though there are plenty of fish now, there are no young fishermen to carry on the trade and commission new boats to be built, although there seems to be a good deal of repair and refurbishment going on in the middle harbour.

The fishing quay with disused fish maket on right.

The fishing quay with disused fish maket on right.

This afternoon Marcus spent a couple of hours repairing and refurbishing the stay sail furling gear, which I managed to break by over winding the furling line on the electric winch, on the way into Blyth. It’s amazing what repairs can be done with a plastic flower pot, super glue and gaffer tape!
While Marcus was doing his ‘Blue Peter’ thing , I repotted Basil in a bigger pot, using some molehill earth I gathered on our walk to the headland. I have managed not to kill this one so far …….. his two brothers weren’t so lucky!

Jobs done for the day, we went aboard Wild Goose, a Beneteau 411, for a drink with Steve and Rosie. They are heading in the same direction as us and left Blyth yesterday an hour ahead of us. They will be going through the Caledonian and Crinan canals on their way to Portavadie, where Steve is going to run a Sailing School with Wild Goose …….. we are certainly meeting some interesting people as we move around and, having heard how beautiful the Crinan canal is, there is now a strong chance we will go through the Crinan on our way to Ireland and pop into Portavadie on the way past.

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  1. How you quite find the time to write such an interesting and entertaining blog, along with actually getting into and out of places, coupled with all the eating and drinking is quite beyond us. Good to see you are obviously enjoying yourselves and looking forward to reading more as your travels continue. Luv John and Deborah.

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