Sunday, 21 October 2012

Cruise Report 3

WiFi is very expensive on the boat, which is why there hasn’t been an update of our journey for some time.
After Portugal we headed for Ibiza overnight and Juli and I spent the day on the deck in the harbour, soaking up the rays and painting. Leaving Ibiza in the late afternoon it took us all night, the next day and the following night before we arrived in Malta.
We took a boat cruise around the two big harbours in Valletta, in beautiful weather, before having lunch at the Saluting Battery, with some magnificent views. Afternoon was spent on the boat before we left Malta in some style with the resident band playing in fine style on the aft deck as we left.
Today, Sunday, after two nights and a day at sea, we are in Piraeus, the port for Athens and we have decided to stay on the boat. This morning was sunny, but with a breeze but at the moment it is cloudy.
Some people have been into Athens and said how grubby it is, with graffiti everywhere and one of the crew had 60 Euros stolen!
The food on board is terrific and we have lovely waiters that look after us – the trouble is, we’re now having to look after our waistlines!


Our ship

Ibiza sunrise

Valletta harbour

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Cruise Report 2

Tuesday  We’re now cruising in the Med heading for Ibiza. The sun is out and is hot. On our port side we can see the coast of Spain through the haze and somewhere on our starboard side is Africa, a long way off.
Yesterday we went on our first shore excursion; we berthed at Portimao in Portugal and took a coach to Cape St Vincent, the most south-westerly point of mainland Europe. After a short stop here we drove a short distance to a fort at Sangres where, in the 1400s, Henry the Navigator set up a sailing academy to teach Portugese fishermen how to become sailors.
From here we went on to Lagos, a pretty port with a huge marina and many different types and sizes of boats.
Today, as we are sailing, we spent the morning on the aft deck sunbathing on loungers, in the Jacuzzi, Juli went in the pool and we had lunch in the sun.

At Cape St Vincent.

At Cape St Vincent.


Leaving Portimao.


A dolphin dives beneath the boat.

Monday, 15 October 2012

Cruise Report

Monday This is the first report from Bev and Juli on their 23-night cruise through the Med to Istanbul and back, calling at many interesting places (so we are told!).

The first day went off without a hitch, arriving in Portsmouth in plenty of time and even boarding the MS Boudicca well early! Our cabin is very nice, with two portholes. Food is excellent, as is the staff service, most of which are Philippinos, Thai, etc. They are all very pleasant.

We have been at sea two days and this is our third. The weather has been good, particularly in Biscay; there was a little roll on the ship on Saturday but while going down the coast of Portugal it is a lot smoother. The weather is warm when the sun comes out, which is quite often.

Today we are heading into Portimao for our first stop and tour to Cape St Vincent, Lagos and Sangres.
Our cabin
Juli on deck, first complete day

The deep blue sea

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Good News for the Hub Club!

Common sense prevailed at the West Devon Borough Council Planning meeting yesterday, when the committee passed the plans for the Hub Club at Weir Quay by eight votes to one. According to reports, both Cllr Robin Musgrave and Cllr Mike Benson, the Borough Councillors for the ward, declared an interest and supported the proposal. The Planning Officer had already indicated to the committee that they should approve the proposal.

Blog Goes on Holiday!

Please note that the Blog will be on holiday from Friday 12th October until Monday 5th November. Bereferret is going on a cruise and will attempt to upload the occasional photo from his travels for anyone who is interested.

Post Office: Not a Smooth Changeover!

The post office in the village will close at noon on Monday 22nd October; unfortunately, the Post Office have not yet started any moves to install the new outreach service in the Hazel Room (no surprise there to anyone who knows anything about the speedy(!) workings of the Post Office!). They apparently work at two speeds: Slow and Stop.
Once our post office has closed, villagers will have to use Bere Alston Post Office until such time that the Post Office gets its act together - don't hold your breath!!!!

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Sun Shines on 10th Apple Fest

Once again the Bere Apple Fest was graced with sunshine and fair weather, after a miserable week.
Despite a dire shortage of apples, there were sufficient supplies to keep the crusher and press going for most of the afternoon, thanks to numerous 'raiding parties' to orchards in the area.
The Guest of Honour was Cllr Philip Sanders, our Devon County Councillor and Leader of West Devon Borough Council, who told the visitors about his farming heritage and how it was pleasing to see the work that the Tavy & Tamar Apple Group has been doing during its ten-year existence. Cllr Sanders then started the crusher to pulp the apples, followed by pushing the button on the press to start the juices flowing.
The Tavy Tars sang a suitable apple song, before  Dartmoor Border Morris gave a couple of dances in Station Road.
Seth Robertson, from Robertson's Organic Restaurant in Tavistock, presented the prizes to the winners of the Apple Pie competition; he and his wife Sal had spent some time judging the large number of entries.
Various activities were taking place during the afternoon, including a display of rural crafts, woodturning, grafting and pruning. The apple shy seemed to be doing a roaring trade, as was the Longest Peel competition and the Animal from an Apple competition. Ross and Suzy Dyter explained about beekeeping to those who were interested, while Chris Groves from Cotehele gave enormous help on apple identification.
Thanks to everyone who helped organise the event, took part as exhibitors and, most importantly, the visitors who came to Bere Ferrers on a warm sunny October afternoon.
Clive shows some youngster how to
use a hand press.
Andy the woodturner.

Tim fills the crusher.

Enjoying the juice!

Philip Sanders talks to Suzy Dyter.

Niamh Mugridge-Guest receives
her prize from Seth.

Sally, Seth and Karen with the
winning adult pie.

Longest Peel.

Rob has a go at Morris dancing.

Having a go at the shy!

The ladies of the W.I.

The outside area,

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Ukies Look for New Musical Director

The most popular ukulele band on the Bere Peninsula, Bere Ukes, is looking for a new Musical Director. The present incumbent, Mike Grimshaw, has been the MD since the start of the Ukies in January 2010, when Monica Mitchell, Ann Jeffries and Penny Grimshaw started the group.
Now Mike is moving on to new pastures and the band needs someone to take over the musical direction. The new MD will have a wealth of experience in playing a guitar and/or a ukulele, will have a wide knowledge of chords, tabs, strumming and picking and be able to teach a disparate bunch of enthusiastic strummers.

The band meets in Bere Ferrers church hall at 3pm every Friday afternoon for an hour and a half, so candidates must be able to match this. The band can play a selection of widely differing songs, but would like to progress further by learning different ways to bring out the best in the player and the instrument. It would be a distinct advantage if the person is able to also improve the singing capabilities of the group.
Have a look at the Bere Ukes web site at to see who we are and what we get up to!

Any suitable candidates should contact, in the first instance, Monica Mitchell on 01822 841360 or 07706054146 and leave a message to arrange an informal interview.