Our big journey started with a sand drawing and sand sculpture on Barry Island for the lovely Sarah Jones. One part of the team was on the sand drawing on the beach making a Ghost Ship stretched 400 meters across the shore. I for the first time was not on the job and it was directed by Captain Andy Moss at the helm with the assistance of Lieutenant pAndora directing from the promenade and with Officer Jo Billingsley and Richard Green on the deck. We were also joined by Officer Mary Murphy and a group of Sailors from Bristol University (UWE) who as always were fantastic.
I on the other hand was on the shore with Lieutenant Haigh and Officer Havers building a sand castle and being sure to make the walls strong enough to withstand the cannon fodder of the Ghost Ship. I think we won the battle as the Ghost ship despite everyone’s efforts was swallowed up by the incoming tide at the end of the day and the sand castle is still standing. We know how to make castles.
After the Barry Island campaign we said tallyho to our mateys who headed back up to great Yorkshire. Andy Moss, Richard Green and I headed south to make some little cars for Ford on the wonderful beach of Polzeath, Cornwall. One of the most poignant memories of that journey was getting out of the van in the dead of night to change drivers on a new moon and black clear sky. But it was not totally black, as the night was so clear and dark that a sparkling silver cloud stretched across the length and breadth of the sky, each drop of water being a star, and the stars together being our Galaxy. We were certainly blessed that night.