Skip to content

Hugh Marriage Posts

Featured Post

About Salcombe Harbour

I write regularly about Salcombe Harbour for local residents on the east side of the Harbour. If you would like to follow the blog, please click on follow in the right-hand menu. You can also email me through the contact form. There is also a think-piece which I gave at Salcombe Yacht Club in March 2014 on the future of Salcombe Harbour. This is the last of my speeches in the side-bar.  

Comments closed

Covid-19 strikes

It’s the Covid-19 season and we have been in self-isolation feeling more unwell than we have ever been in our lives. It’s not easy to tell when or where you pick up this disease but, for us, it could well have been an hotel in Carlisle. As I post this, it is day 22 and there are finally the signs of a let-up: so much for the “it’s all over in 14 days” lark. The implications for society at large…

Comments closed

Silting

It has been a wet, wet winter, absolutely in line with the predictions that climate change would bring warmer, wetter winters. We had better get used to it. The north of England has had terrible floods but our problem in the Harbour is not so much flooding – although the water has indeed been lapping up to the Harbour Office recently – but the huge amounts of silt that get washed off the hills. We see this in the bright…

Comments closed

The good and bad in water quality

Let’s start the New Year with some good news. The bathing water quality in Salcombe Harbour’s monitored beaches – North and South Sands, and Millbay – has been consistently “excellent” for three years running – like Thurlestone, Torcross and Blackpool Sands and better than Hope Cove. This EU standard of “excellent” is about twice as demanding as it was before 2013; so all that is good or, one might say, excellent. What is not so good is the continuing threat…

Comments closed

Some eco New Year resolutions which are easy to keep

I don’t often do a blog in January but I was asked to write this piece for a publication in the Home Counties, so thought I would post a version of it here by way of wishing everyone all best wishes for 2020. When I was at school there was a report which would upturn the norms of society. This was the Royal College of Physicians’ report which concluded that smoking causes lung cancer. Of course, there were some, and…

Comments closed

Home for Christmas and the importance of kitchen paper

Because the UN Climate Change Conference, which starts on 2 December, was switched at the last moment from Chile to Madrid, Greta Thunberg had a problem. She was in the US, so travelling carbon-free to Chile would have been relatively easy. Madrid is 3200 nautical miles away across the Atlantic. However, Greta and her father, Svante, managed to find a lift – on board La Vagabonde, a 48ft Outremer 4X catamaran owned by Riley Whitelum and Elayna Carausu, who are…

Comments closed

Kingsbridge Silver Band Carols 2019

The Kingsbridge Silver Band’s Christmas Carol engagements for 2019 are as follows: Saturday 7 December 1430hrs Kingsbridge Celebrates Christmas, Shambles, Fore Street Saturday 14 December Saturday 14 December from 1045hrs 1900hrs Fore Street, Kingsbridge (Peacocks) Ring o’ Bells, West Alvington Sunday 15 December 1800hrs Anchor Inn, Ugborough Tuesday 17 December 1930hrs British Legion, Kingsbridge Wednesday 18 December 1745hrs Chillington Saturday 21 December from 1045hrs Fore Street, Kingsbridge (Peacocks) Saturday 21 December 1730hrs Millbrook Inn, South Pool Sunday 22 December 1800hrs…

Comments closed

Getting the air to breathe

At one stage I spent quite a bit of time working on the psychology of perception – how we make sense of the world around us and respond to it. One of the issues in perception is visual illusions and one of my favourite illusions is sea waves. We have all seen the waves rolling in towards the shore but, of course, the water itself stays more or less in the same place, only the wave moves – and that…

Comments closed

Updating harbour dues

The September meeting of Salcombe Harbour Board routinely covers financial performance, budget, and charges for the forthcoming year. The Harbour is not allowed to make a profit so the test of performance is how close it ends up to the forecast balanced budget: this year, as usual, it is pretty close. It follows that the charges for next year are set so as not to make a profit but be balanced yet again. But 2020 will see a major change…

Comments closed

The race we must win

In 1297 a line of Franciscans solemnly processed into Monaco and promptly seized control of the principality. For they were not friars at all, but soldiers led by Francesco Grimaldi from Genoa, known as the Wily One, il Malizia. The Grimaldi dynasty rules Monaco to this day and a scion of the royal family, Pierre Casirgahi (son of Caroline, Princess of Hanover, and grandson of Grace Kelly) is one of the skippers sailing a boat named Malizia II across the…

Comments closed

Where have all the curlews gone?

Curlews, the beloved and iconic wetland bird mentioned in Piers Plowman in 1377, are on the edge of extinction and, believe it or not, merited a 10 Downing Street “curlew summit” on 8 July To find out why, we need to look at invasive species. Invasive species can be plants or animals, but let us stay with animals where we have seen these effects for a very long time, invariably for commercial reasons. The demise of woodlands on our moors,…

Comments closed