Isolating in England: Day 143, A New Physio Walkabout Goal

Felixstowe Thursday flowers and beach hut (photo Visit Felixstowe)

Thursday hello from Felixstowe.

Today the sun shone, beach-goers made the most of it and Mr Ship Tracker once again faced the haze. We’ve yet to get a drop of rain, but thunder is rumbling and lightning flashing. The oft-used weather-report phrase ‘Sunny in the East’ may temporarily become ‘Damp or Wet in the East’ over the weekend. Any rain will be a blessing for the parched flowers and gardens.

In knee rehab excitement, on this afternoon’s video consultation with the Ipswich Hospital physio, after answering many questions and demonstrating my latest abilities, I received an ‘Excellent progress’ assessment. The updated regime includes an increase in the daily number of several current exercises; one new, harder exercise; and a gradual increase in daily walkabout time from 15 minutes to 45 minutes. Eek!

Clive and I agree the longer walking time will be good for both of us. I’m looking forward to circling more than the public parking lot and the few blocks around our apartment. This evening, to initiate the next 3-week cycle, we walked a larger loop for 30 minutes, albeit on flat roads only. Inclines and steps are still a challenge, but the knee is getting stronger. Progress! I’m so grateful for Clive by my side and for every NHS angel, friend and family member who has helped me get this far. Heartfelt thanks to you all.

For today’s tree by the sea photo, Mr Ship Tracker reports: ‘Our hang-around haze was a little less today, so I was able to take a mid-evening photo of the Container Ship BG Ireland arriving from Immingham (Hull). A clearer picture emerged as she entered the Port. She was built in 2007 and has a length of 140 metres.

‘BG Freight Line is a long-established European shipping line that runs a fleet of 23 fully-containerised vessels from its headquarters in Rotterdam. It focuses on northern European, UK and Ireland connections. Ports are served at least twice per week. Recent additions to their fleet include; BG Jade, BG Diamond and BG Emerald. So far they have resisted the temptation to name any of their vessels Barry, Maurice or Robin.’

May everyone have a great Friday coming up, and may you stay safe and well and tickety-boo.

Tree by the sea, looking rather autumnal, and container ship BG Ireland barely visible at top right (by Clive), Thursday 13 August 2020

Container ship BG Ireland entering the Orwell River to the Port of Felixstowe (still image from HHA camera)

News flash: As we go to press, a few raindrops are falling. Yay!

Take care everyone,
xxxx with love from us to you

Isolating in England: Day 142, Turning Around

Midweek on the beach, Felixstowe (photo Visit Felixstowe)

Midweek greetings from Felixstowe.

The UK’s heatwave is diminishing, though according to the BBC, London has had its longest stretch (six days) of temperatures above 34C/93F since 1961. Thunderstorms should cool off the country tonight.

We haven’t had any rain yet in Felixstowe, but our evening physio walkabout was blessed by a beautiful breeze.

In today’s local news, popular Suffolk native and resident Ed Sheeran and his wife Cherry Seaborn announced they’re expecting their first child this summer. They have spent lockdown in their Suffolk home, after Sheeran announced a break from music last December. We can only imagine how stressful it must be to be pregnant during a pandemic, and wish all new mums, dads and babies a safe, happy and healthy future.

Cherry Seaborn and Ed Sheeran at Ipswich Portman Road Football Ground (photo Ipswich Star/insta@teddysphotos)

As I’m winding down these ‘Isolating in England’ posts (last one will be Day 150), coronavirus numbers are going up in many countries around the world. Today surges were reported in Germany, France and Spain. Clive and I may be out and about a little more, but the numbers remind us the virus is still out there, too. Like many of our family and friends, we’ll continue to be cautious. We’re thankful Suffolk numbers are low.

For today’s tree by the sea photo, Mr Ship Tracker once again did a great job given the impossible off-shore haze. He reports: ‘Container Ship CSCL Venus has arrived in the port of Felixstowe from Singapore after a voyage of 20 days and 4 hours. She was built in 2011 and has a length of 366 metres. On her way in, she passed the tree by the sea and entered the port while remaining invisible to the naked eye.

‘When she was close to her berth, I managed to grab a photo of her from an HHA camera, though the overall quality of the shot is impacted by a lesser level of heat haze. Nonetheless, I decided to experiment by using that same camera to capture CSCL Venus as she was turned around and then nudged into her berth. I don’t think I will be doing that again, unless weather conditions are much better and the camera is a little more cooperative. So from left to right, here’s the result – unfortunately, the camera has cut off the bow of the vessel when she was berthed.’

Merci, Mr ST! This is the first time I’ve seen a ship turned around like this.

Container ship CSCL Venus (HHA camera photos), Wednesday 12 August 2020

Take care everyone, and stay safe and well and tickety-boo,
xxxx with love from us to you

Isolating in England: Day 141, Almost Invisible

Tree by the sea and container ship Maersk Gairloch (by Clive), Tuesday 11 August 2020

Tuesday hello from Felixstowe, where we’re expecting one more day of heat, haze and 30C/86F before the temperature drops.

Today in the UK, Scotland’s schools reopened for the first time in five months. England is currently planning to follow suit in September. We greatly admire all the teachers, families and staff who are working so hard to make everything safe and successful at this difficult time.

Due to the heat, Mr Ship Tracker and I had a slow day, with an evening stroll to snail-mail a card and give my knee a pavement walkabout. On Thursday, during a video consultation with the physio at Ipswich Hospital, I’ll find out if I need to do more or different exercises to keep progressing.

Mr ST did a superb job of spotting several container ships in today’s haze. I couldn’t find most of them until he pointed to their exact position. He reports: ‘The off-shore heat haze was even more ‘hazy’ than it has been for the last few days. Consequently, the Container Ship Maersk Gairloch was almost invisible as she approached the Port of Felixstowe. I took a photo anyway (top of post) and rather than give Specsavers extra business, I have placed an arrow on the photo, pointing approximately to the centre of her hull. She was built in 2003 and is 290 metres in length. Her previous port of call was Bremerhaven, Germany and there is no truth in the rumour that her next destination will be the Bermuda Triangle.

‘I thought I would also provide a photo of her as she travels up towards a wider and quieter part of the river. She is just in shot on the left of the photo (below) and still has two tugs attached. Just out of shot, the tugs will turn her around 180 degrees and escort her back down river. They will then complete a series of ballet moves as they gently ease her into her berth. It might take a bit of imagination to visualise this but give it a go.’

Container ship Maersk Gairloch in the Port of Felixstowe (still image from HHA camera)

May our vision be clear, even if the visibility is hazy. May school re-openings be safe and successful for everyone involved. And may all of you stay safe and well and tickety-boo.

Take care everyone,
xxxx with love from us to you

Isolating in England: Day 140, A Friend and a Bench

Waving to Mr Ship Tracker from the tree by the sea

Monday greetings from Felixstowe.

The seaside warmth continues (forecast 29C/84F tomorrow), as does the off-shore haze, and the breeze is a blessing. Today the Ipswich Star reported Suffolk is currently ranked 125th-lowest of England’s 150 local areas for coronavirus infection rates. Keep up the good work, Suffolk!

This afternoon I was graced by a visit and lovely bench-chat with a friend I hadn’t seen since early March. Whoo hoo!! C currently lives north of Felixstowe but was in town with her husband to do an errand or two. He kindly found a separate place to read for an hour or so, while C and I caught up in person.

We wore masks the entire time, which felt right sitting on the bench (none of the people who passed by fairly close to us wore them; masks are not mandated outside). It also felt strange initially, to converse for more than a few minutes while wearing a mask, but I quickly got used to it. The reward was C’s always-appreciated wit and intelligence, not to mention our talks of family, France, writing and books. What could be better! Thank you, C, for making the time to stop by. I look forward to the day we can resume our bistro lunches.

Tree by the sea and container ship CSCL Star (by Clive), Monday 10 August 2020

Container ship CSCL Star entering the Port of Felixstowe (still image from HHA camera)

For today’s tree by the sea photos, Mr Ship Tracker reports: This morning, the heat haze made its presence felt for both arriving and departing ships. Arriving mid-morning was the Container Ship CSCL Star (above photos) from Zeebrugge, Belgium. Built in 2011, its length is 366 metres. Once it reached the port entrance, it had waved goodbye to the haze and was happy to pose for the HHA camera.

An hour or so later, the Container Ship MSC Maureen was departing for Bremerhaven, Germany. It was built in 2003 and has a length of 300 metres. The heat haze was waiting off-shore.

Container ship MSC Maureen departing the Port of Felixstowe (still image from HHA camera)

Container ship MSC Maureen (by Clive), Monday 10 August 2020

May we treasure our friends, near and far. May we stay cool, or warm, depending on our hemisphere. And may everyone stay safe and well and tickety-boo.

Take care everyone,
xxxx with love from us to you

Isolating in England: Day 139, In and Out of the Mist

Candidate for Mr Ship Tracker’s ‘Impressionist photo’ of the year award: Container ship Navios Indigo (by Clive), Sunday 9 August 2020

Sunday evening greetings from Suffolk. The sun continues to shine and beachgoers are basking in the summer temps. Felixstowe is set for 31C/88F over the next few days, before thunderstorms break the heat.

This coming week, I’ll reach the 6-week/halfway point in my current 12-week knee rehab program. Thanks as ever for the hope and inspiration from so many of you who have been through your own recoveries. You told me healing takes time. I’m grateful my knee is getting stronger and surer, though it still has a way to go. One step – if mainly around a flat public parking lot at the moment – at a time.

Mr Juggler and I enjoyed another slow-paced day. Mr J was up until the wee hours for his usual viewing of the Aussie live-stream church service which his son’s family also watches, and we appreciated our morning live-stream service from Felixstowe’s Bethesda Baptist Church. Our evening was highlighted by Formula 1 (Mr J) and a US-based writing webinar (me, with thanks to Beth and Bill of Juncture Workshops).

As we head into the final 10 days or so of these daily posts (last day is planned for Day 150), I’ve been thinking about some of the unexpected blessings of lockdown, at least for us. I’ll try to summarise in a future post, but one blessing has been the ability to view and participate in services and workshops created brand-new and/or made available online for the first time. Thanks to all the leaders whose preparation and hard work make these sessions so worthwhile.

For today’s tree by the sea photo, Mr Ship Tracker reports: Today’s ongoing off-shore heat haze provided quite a challenge when it comes to photographing incoming and outgoing ships. I took photos of four different ships and any one of them would have qualified for ‘Impressionist photo’ of the year. I bet you didn’t know there was such an award. There wasn’t until tonight. Rejected photos included the following: JSP Mistral, OOCL Kobe, CMA CGM Nerval and Anna G.

In the ‘impressionist’ photo at the top of this post, the Navios Indigo is departing Felixstowe for Rotterdam. Built in 2007, its length is 261 metres. The last photo was taken at 7:00pm tonight and was by far the most recognisable as a container ship. Container Ship MSC Katrina is arriving from Rotterdam, Netherlands. She was built in 2012 and is 366 metres in length.

Container ship MSC Katrina (by Clive), Sunday 9 August 2020

Take care everyone, and stay safe and well and tickety-boo,
xxxx with love from us to you

Isolating in England: Day 138, A Lazy, Hazy Day of Summer

Tree by the sea and container ship Evergreen Ever Genius (by Clive), 8am Saturday 8 August 2020

Happy Saturday from Suffolk. We hope everyone is having an enjoyable weekend so far.

Suffolk temperatures remain high, beaches popular and coronavirus numbers low. In today’s latest UK data, the county’s number of new infection rates has almost halved. Most sub-areas, such as Ipswich, are in single digits (Ipswich was 1). Long may the positive trends continue.

On the beach, Suffolk (photo Ipswich Star/Charlotte Bond)

Today was a lazy, as in slow-paced, day chez (at the home of) C&C. I managed my endless rounds of knee exercises, Mr Juggler juggled, we enjoyed an evening physio stroll and I made regular use of the new printer. Oh, the joy of working technology, especially when you’re revising a book manuscript. Life is good and we are blessed.

As Nat King Cole sang in Those Lazy, Hazy Crazy Days of Summer (composed by Hans Carste, English lyrics by Charles Tobias):

‘Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer,
Those days of soda and pretzels and beer;
Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer;
Dust off the sun and moon and sing a song of cheer.’

Whether in summer or winter, may you enjoy your day and maybe even sing a song of cheer.

For today’s tree by the sea photo, Mr Ship Tracker reports: A little after 8:00am this morning on a day that was already shaping up to be very warm, the Container Ship Evergreen Ever Genius poked its nose out of a heavy heat haze as it arrived from Rotterdam, Netherlands (top photo). It was built in 2018 and is 400 metres in length. Its capacity is 20,000 containers which just qualifies it as an ultra-large container ship. The heat haze stayed offshore which meant a much clearer picture of her emerged as she entered the entrance to the port. She has 3 tugs attached to keep her in the shipping channel, turn her around 180 degrees and then manoeuvre her into her berth.

Container ship Evergreen Ever Genius entering the Port of Felixstowe (still image from HHA camera), Saturday 8 August 2020

Take care everyone, and stay safe and well and tickety-boo,
xxxx with love from us to you

Isolating in England: Day 137, Approaching Day 150, and Camellias on Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay, Melbourne, with red camellias lower left (photo Moira McCarthy)

Happy Friday from Felixstowe.

Today has been the UK’s hottest August day for 17 years. The sun shone and the temperatures rose to 36/96.8F in parts of southeast England. Along with the sadly-expected photos of a few packed beaches, we were pleased to see many, including Felixstowe and others in Suffolk, where social distancing seemed to be well-observed. Great job, (most) beach-goers!

The UK government today re-introduced lockdown measures in Preston, Lancashire, another northern area with a rising virus infection rate. According to their director of public health, almost half of the reported cases are people aged 30 and younger. He said, ‘I want to pay extra attention to indoor spaces, particularly pubs, where high numbers of people are mixing between households.’ We continue to hope Suffolk’s rate remains low.

Today Clive and I decided we will conclude our daily ‘Isolating in England’ posts and shipping news on Day 150 (20 August). We’ve enjoyed it very much, although we never imagined our lockdown time would include me breaking my kneecap and Clive adopting the new roles of Mr Juggler *and* Mr Ship Tracker. We thought 150 sounded like a good endpoint, and both of us have a list of projects we’re hoping to tackle. I’ll still post from time to time, and pray for no more dramas, before or after Day 150.

Camellia in sea foam, Half Moon Bay, Melbourne (photo Moira McCarthy)

For all the imperfections of social media platforms, the ability to communicate globally and form special friendships can be a blessing.

To conclude my part of today’s post, I’d like to share an amazing gift recently given to me by Australian author and photographer Moira McCarthy.

Moira lives in Melbourne, Victoria. Several years ago, I discovered her memoir, ‘Paris Light’ (published 2013) and admired her writing and her gorgeous black-and-white photographs. I recommend this book to anyone who loves Paris. I sent Moira a message saying how much I enjoyed her work, and our online friendship began.

This past week (Day 132), I wrote I was feeling melancholy about not scattering red rose petals for my late husband Gary on the anniversary of his death. (As posted yesterday, thanks to Clive’s help I happily scattered them beneath the tree by the sea on Day 136). Moira also messaged me, to say she had some beautiful red camellias and would scatter them into the sea near where she lives. I was touched by the thought of red flowers in Aussie waters. (Until coronavirus, this is something I’ve done every year at Shelly Beach in Manly, New South Wales. Shelly Beach was Gary’s favourite place on earth, where he loved to scuba dive and where we scattered his ashes, and red rose petals, in 2003.)

A day or two after Moira messaged me, I awoke to an email containing the photos I’m now sharing here. As promised, Moira had taken her camellias to Half Moon Bay. She wrote, ‘ … It was a chilly winter day and the vista looked very much like an English fishing village. I dropped them gently into the churning waters and filmed their progress which was fascinating. They made their way back to the boat ramp.’

Camellia at the sea wall, Half Moon Bay, Melbourne (photo Moira McCarthy)

Beyond the kindness of Moira’s initial suggestion, her visit to Half Moon Bay and her taking and sending the photographs, I was moved most by her understanding of what the gesture means to me. She also wrote, ‘l felt a real sense of significance in placing the camellias in the water and seeing them on their journey. I was virtually alone there so it felt very meaningful. How lovely that Gary loved the Australian seascape. As we cannot enter a Church these days, these symbolic actions mean so much.’

Beautiful words, beautiful gesture, beautiful person. Merci, sweet Moira. I hope we meet in person one day and I can thank you with a safe, post-coronavirus hug, maybe even in our beloved Paris.

For today’s tree by the sea photo, Mr Ship Tracker reports: ‘Taken in today’s heat haze, Container Ship Susan Maersk is arriving from Tanger Med, Morocco. She was built in 1997 and is 347 metres long. The original Susan Maersk was built in 1923 in Copenhagen, Demark, as a merchant steam ship. Ownership was transferred from AP Moller (Maersk) to France in 1940 and a few months later, to the Ministry of War Transport (WW2), London. She then sailed under a British flag. On 12th June 1941 the SS Susan Maersk was lost while travelling in a convoy and torpedoed by a German submarine. Twenty-three seamen died.’

Thank you, Mr ST, for this poignant background to today’s Susan Maersk.

Tree by the sea and container ship Susan Maersk (by Clive), Friday 7 August 2020

Take care everyone, and stay safe and well and tickety-boo,
xxxx with love from us to you

Isolating in England: Day 136, Birthday Boy and Rose Petals

My son with his treasured McDonald’s maps, on the Champs-Elysées (1992)

Thursday hello from sunny Felixstowe.

Today I wish the happiest of birthdays to my son, who has brought deepest joy and pride to my life, whose presence I miss greatly and whose present thankfully arrived in the US via the post. He and his beautiful wife have busy work days today, but she’s also making him his favourite birthday cake, a carrot cake. It’s the same recipe his father requested I make for his own birthday every year. Thank you, dearest belle-fille, for the years you have carried on this family tradition. I look forward to seeing my two precious peas in a pod on Skype later.

Today also seemed like the right day for my belated scattering of red rose petals for my late husband, Gary (see Day 132). Thanks to Clive having surprised me with a dozen beautiful red roses, I was able to take my traditional two out today, one for me and one for my son. I scattered the petals beneath our tree by the sea – Clive’s perfect suggestion. It seems so obvious to me now, but I never thought of it because I usually scatter the petals on or very near the water. No stairs (or driving) were involved, which was great.

Our tree by the sea’s undergrowth is rather dense, my knee prevented me from reaching in very far and the breeze blew quite a few petals away. But my heart is happy I did it there, and it’s nice knowing the petals are there when I look out the front windows or down from the balcony.

Clive waited nearby, and we combined the outing with an early (for us) physio walkabout. Two missions accomplished, and home for a nice cup of tea. Then I decided Prosecco was in order: a toast to Clive especially, and to my son and my son’s father.

Rose petals beneath our tree by the sea

Rose petals barely visible at the edge, beneath our tree by the sea

I chose the photo of my son in Paris because my fondest wish is for Clive and me to reunite with him and his wife there — anywhere, really – but Paris would, as always, be special.

This week’s reports of France’s rise in coronavirus infections do not offer hope for the near term. Today a BBC headline says France has recorded its highest number of daily infections in more than two months. Face masks may soon be required on the busiest streets of some cities, including Paris.

Of course the most important thing is for everyone to stay safe and well. But I can’t help missing Paris and my special place there (or worrying about the dust that must be accumulating … I’ve never wanted anyone else to clean it and am determined not to start now). Paris by Christmas might be a pipe dream, but I won’t give up yet. Clive holds a similar desire to reunite with his family in Australia, which at this stage we continue to hope will be March/April next year, the time we normally go.

For today’s tree by the sea photo, Mr Ship Tracker reports: The Container Ship Vilnia Maersk is departing Felixstowe for Kotka in Finland. She is 200 metres in length and was built in 2019. This vessel is one of seven purpose-built, ice-class container ships to serve the North Sea and Baltic Sea for the Seago Line, which is the intra-Europe and short-sea carrier of Maersk. They are designed specifically for operation in winter conditions (down to -25C). Apart from a stronger hull, they are characterised by high refrigerated cargo intake, which is of special importance in the trade where perishables make up a large share of cargoes moved.

Tree by the sea and container ship Vilnia Maersk (by Clive), Thursday 6 August 2020

May every country, and its people, do what’s necessary to reduce virus infections. May we hold on to our travel dreams, whether near or far.

Take care everyone, and stay safe and well and tickety-boo,
xxxx with love from us to you

Isolating in England: Day 135, Sunshine Ahead

Part of the beach at Felixstowe (photo Ipswich Star/Sarah Lucy Brown)

Midweek greetings from Felixstowe, where summer’s in full bloom and we’re heading for more sunshine and rising temperatures in the coming days, possibly up to 34C/93F on Friday.

Suffolk health officials are reminding everyone to maintain social distancing at the seaside and when visiting market towns. Today the head of the East Suffolk Council said, ‘We entirely accept people will want to visit our beautiful beaches … be sensible without putting others at risk. As a simple rule of thumb, if somewhere looks overcrowded, it probably is overcrowded, and you should think about going elsewhere.’

With any luck, Suffolk beaches will only be featured in the national press for positive reasons, like yesterday’s Felixstowe Blue Flag award.

Also in Suffolk, in today’s latest UK data report (thru the end of July), the county recorded its first week with no virus deaths since the pandemic began. The infection rate has risen but is still low, and hospitals have reduced the number of wards used for Covid-19 patients. Ipswich Hospital, home of my personal-experience NHS angels, said they had only three Covid-19 admissions. We pray these positive trends continue.

Tree by the sea and container ship Elly Maersk (by Clive), 8am Wednesday 5 August 2020

In exciting household news, Mr Tech got our new printer up and running today with what seemed to me incredible speed and expertise. I did overhear a few mutterings about this and that as he went through the initial set-up, but from the first time I tried accessing it from my laptop in the bedroom, everything worked perfectly. As a bonus, it’s faster than the old one. Fantastique! Merci Mr T!

We are thinking of family and friends on the US east coast, some of whom are still without power due to storm Isaias. Others now must deal with uprooted trees and cleaning up other debris, on top of daily lockdown challenges. Bon courage! We send you all our most positive wishes.

Today Mr Ship Tracker again captured two ships near our tree by the sea. He reports: Departing at 8:00am on a sunny morning is the Container Ship Elly Maersk heading for Hamburg, Germany. She was built in 2007 and her length is 399 metres. And shortly before midday, a 3-yacht welcoming party greeted the Container Ship OOCL Indonesia from Singapore. She was built in 2018 and is 400 metres in length – one more than Elly.

Have a great rest of the week and keep cool, or cozy, depending on your hemisphere.

Tree by the sea and container ship OOCL Indonesia (by Clive), 8am Wednesday 5 August 2020

Take care everyone, and stay safe and well and tickety-boo,
xxxx with love from us to you

Isolating in England: Day 134, Red Roses, a Blue Flag and a Walkabout Surprise

Tree by the sea and container ship MSC Maria Saveria (by Clive), 7am Tuesday 4 August 2020

Tuesday greetings from Felixstowe, where the evening wind is blowing, the delivery people are buzzing and container ships are criss-crossing near our tree by the sea.

In today’s local news, Felixstowe has received a ‘Blue Flag and Seaside Award’ and named as one of the country’s best beaches by the environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy (a great name if there ever was one). The award recognises achievement in ‘environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, and safety and services’. Felixstowe’s water quality for years has apparently been rated ‘excellent’ for international bathing water quality standards, and Felixstowe is the only town in Suffolk eligible for the Blue Flag. Well done to all on this success, team Felixstowe!

Today was also delivery day at our apartment. In the day’s first excitement, our new printer arrived late this morning. Yippee! After all Mr Tech’s research, we were unable to buy his preferred model, which was ‘out of stock’ at every supplier. It seems many people spent lockdown time upgrading their technology.

Since we couldn’t wait for new stock to arrive, we opted for Mr T’s second choice. He says it’s marginally not as good as the first, because we’ll have to load the paper cassette more often. I don’t mind. We never load than 50 pages in at a time, anyway. In the meantime, our current printer lives on …

The day’s second delivery was a dozen beautiful red roses which Clive ordered without my knowledge, bless him (he did tell me they were coming, in case I decided to order some as well). Most of them will remain in a vase here at home, but two will be selected (one for me and one for my son) to scatter in remembrance of my late husband, Gary (see Day 132). Weather permitting, I hope to do this sometime in the next few days.

Our final delivery was a grocery order from ASDA, in bags. Thank you, ASDA! The slot time was 5-7pm and it arrived close to 7pm, so we didn’t go out for our evening physio walkabout until much later than usual.

Double thanks, then, to ASDA, because the day’s nicest event came last. It may have been close to 8pm when Clive and I were circling the public parking lot. We looked over and, to our surprise, saw dear friends David and Joyce (see Day 123) approaching! D&J were on an impressively long walk from their house. They paused for a delightful socially-distanced chat and kindly slowed their pace for a short stroll together. Thank you, D&J for the lovely end to our day.

For today’s tree by the sea photos, Mr Ship Tracker reports: Taken at 7:00am this morning and on a very calm sea (top photo), the Container Ship MSC Maria Saveria departs for Hamburg, Germany. She was built in 2011 and is 366 metres in length. A couple of hours later, Container Ship MSC Sveva arrived from Le Havre, France, greeted by its first tug (two more tugs are not too far behind). She was built in 2015 and the length is 395 metres. Yet another MSC Two-Step Shuffle.

Tree by the sea and container ship MSV Sveva (by Clive), Tuesday 4 August 2020

May everyone’s printer work, and may you see your friends’ smiling faces, whether online or in person.

Take care everyone, and stay safe and well and tickety-boo.
xxxx with love from us to you