Happy Wet New Year, Belated February 2016

It has been a really long time since I have been blogging / writing. I am just been really busy and involved with work and writing articles and so on which is why I had put the blogging on the back burner for a while, so to speak. I really hope that you are all keeping well and having a really enjoyable and productive year so far and that things are going smoothly and as planned for you all.



Well, it has been a really wet start to the year for me, which isn’t unusual, it always seems like January and February for me is flood season, so to speak, no matter where I am in the world. The flood water around here at the moment has been really high and fast flowing, which made work rather interesting during the period in which it was hammering it down with rain and flooding.


The flooding this year so far has been really fast flowing and deep. It has been well over knee deep in most countryside lanes and the small countryside tracks. Some areas of the paddocks are also well over ankle deep in flood water as well. There is muddy brown water all over the countryside at the moment and it is heavy duty waterproof and rubber boot weather for at least a few more days from what I can tell.


Due to quick thinking and a little forward planning and a lot of hard work, the stables were well defended against the flow of the flood water. But no matter how good a flood defense is, the water will always find it’s way in. The flooding in the stables was almost held at bay.


But for now, at least the flooding has stopped and that is fine by me, although flooding and rain can produce some stunning and dramatic scenes for photography, truly.


Take it easy,

Arctic Tundra Fox

The photographs in this blog are owned by ©Arctic Tundra Fox unless otherwise stated, and not for public domain use, thank you.


Paddle Steamer Waverley Trip July 2013

Typing out a blog about my trip on the PS Waverley has been one of my many things to do but I just never found the time to sit down and think about what to say about this brilliant and stunning shop. Well first of all the trip was fantastic and it was well worth the drive to Clevedon to catch her. It left from Clevedon pier and the pier it’s self is a brilliant work of art as well and you get brilliant views from the very end of the pier. Once the Waverley came along side the end of the pier we all flocked on-board her and soon we were off on out three hour adventure, the adventure of which was made all the better due to the fact we had really stunning weather for it.



The weather was a little off putting at first I must admit but it soon started to clear up just before the Waverley docked to the pier. After that the weather seemed to be cheering up and the sun came out, which was just as well as three hours on a boat with bad weather wouldn’t have made a good trip. The Waverley is the only ocean going paddle steamer still running in the world and she is in fantastic condition, this is not the original Waverley as the first Waverley was sank. She was used (the original) was used as a minesweeper and then was sunk in the year of 1940 while helping to evacuate troops from Dunkirk during the Second World War. The new Waverley was launched in the year of October 1946 (I can’t remember the spot-on-date in October).



Waverley took us first to Wales to pick up some more people and then we paddled to Steep Holm and Flat Holm all of which really took just over three hours, so we got 30 minutes more on board for no more cost, massive bargain that. The paddle steamer was super fast and she cut through the water like a hot knife though rock hard butter, she really is a speedy craft even being around about 693 tonnes!



She is powered by a three-crank diagonal triple-expansion steam engine, which is a marine version of this style of propulsion method. The steam engine was build by Rankin & Blackmore which is located in Greenock, Scotland.


The engine room is all open plan and you are allowed to wonder around the room freely and see the steam engine at work, it is a great thing to do if you are on board. The steam engine can move her at 18.40 knots which is roughly about 22 MPH or 34 Km/h. Due to the fact that the crank is attached to both paddle wheels, she has a big turning circle as the paddle wheels can not turn independently.



Ship: Waverley Paddle Steamer
Builder: A and J Inglis, Glasgow
Launched: 2nd October 1946


Propulsion of Craft: Diagonal triple expansion steam engine
Manufacturer of steam engine: Rankin and Blackmore Ltd
Speed of Craft: 14 knots to 18 knots max

Capacity of passengers: 925 passengers within “Class V” waters


Take it easy,

Arctic Tundra Fox

The photographs in this blog are owned by ©Arctic Tundra Fox unless otherwise stated, and not for public domain use, thank you.