An Exercise Thankfully

Wednesday was the last day of September and probably my last ‘straight from work’ seaside trip to Exmouth this year. Fish and chips as usual, but not much of a stroll as I have a sprained ankle. Sue and I found a bench out of the breeze, to watch the world go by.
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We were in the shelter of the lifeboat station, and look what peeped out.
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There’s been a lifeboat station at Exmouth for more than 200 years, and last year alone there were 84 launches and they helped 64 people. Just two days earlier the crew rescued a man cut off by the tide on the Exe estuary. Wednesday was an exercise night for the new Shannon class boat, R and J Welburn.

I’m sure they are very proud of this handsome boat, here it goes,

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assisted by a tractor type thingy!
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down the ramp.

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Last checks and it’s gone into the fading light.

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The RNLI is ‘the charity that saves lives at sea’, so far today there have been 16 launches in the waters of Great Britain. Courageous men and women, thank you.

 

 

A Soft Boundary

In the south east of Portugal, the river Guadiana forms a boundary between it and Spain. The Portuguese/Spanish border is an open one, so I’d say it’s a soft boundary.

The town of Vila Real de Santo Antonio is in Portugal,and there is a regular ferry to Ayemonte, in Spain.

Bye-bye Portugal
Bye-bye Portugal

Before you know it, you’re on your way.

Looking back on Portugal
Looking back on Portugal

Look up the Guadiana and you’ll see the lowest road bridge that crosses the boundary.

Portugal to Spain or Spain to Portugal
Portugal to Spain or Spain to Portugal

On board the beauty that breaks the boundary.

The good ship Campino
The good ship Campino

Going east to Spain
Going east to Spain

The very pretty town of Ayemonte waits when you leave the ferry. If you’re in the eastern Algarve, for the modest sum of 1 euro 60 each way you can have this day trip to Spain. It has to be one of the loveliest boundary crossings I’ve made for so little money.
Do you have a boundary to share with the Daily Post? Ben Huberman would love to see!