Since my last update of this page Blue Marlin has sailed several hundred miles with two trips across the channel to Alderney, Gurnsey and Cherbourg, as far west as Fowey and East to Weymouth. PLans are generally left till last minute as we then have a good idea of the direction in which the sailing will be best. I like to have a crew of three on board including me. Janet is not a sailor and so various friends from the Sailing Club crew for me but it will not be long before several grandchildren will be available. At the moment they love going on the boat with the main attraction being my supply of biscuits. Some of our guests have also been out for trip.
The Cinema does not seem to have progressed much so far but we live in hope and the Film Society is using the Marine Theatre.
Last year the town was particularly busy with loads going on. Parking became a problem at times but this year it looks like the Park and Ride will be back in operation and so that should help. Various new shops and restaurants have changed hands and the choice of where to eat is huge. By the Bay Restaurant has been sold and is opening shortly as a Stables Bar / Restaurant. On the minus side Lloyds Bank closed last Summer and so there has been a problem with cashpoints. There is one outside Tesco and the Post Office will also provide cash. Additionally I understand that the Amusement Arcade also has one for which there is a charge, and there was talk about having one at the bottom of the town. Not sure what has happened about that.
After a very quiet winter we are all ready for another busy season and look forward to seeing all our guests again.
Best Wishes Chris and Janet.
In March I became the proud owner of Blue Marlin, a Westerly Konsort. It took until June before I was happy for her to be launched. She is in good shape and I have enjoyed many happy hours sailing her. So far Plymouth is the furthest we have ventured. She is a lovely heavy and safe boat and several of our guests have enjoyed a sail. She is currently out of the water for the winter and should be launched again in April. I look forward to some great trips next year.
In March 2016 a fire broke out in our lovely Art Deco Cinema which has largely destroyed it. Fortunately nobody was hurt but damage was huge. Scott Cinemas who own it state that it was fully insured and that they will be rebuilding it. Fantastic news as it plays an important part in the cultural life of the town.
Over the winter a considerable amount of work has gone in to freshen up Skerries for the new season including the annual carpet deep cleaning, wall painting and thorough checking, and replacement of worn items. Last year we replaced the mattresses with the Relyon Classic mattresses which was the best buy in the 2012 "Which Magazine", survey. Unsolicited comments from last years guests was extremely positive with comments such as, "Best nights sleep for ages" and "Extremely comfortable bed".
The bed settee cushions in the flat have been replaced with a firmer foam. The original fibre ones were much as they were when new but certainly the new ones are far more comfortable.
We also decided to replace the B and B breakfast ware and after much deliberation went for Denby Ware Imperial Blue which looks very smart and is also hard wearing.
A number of people have asked us why we do not appear on Trip Advisor, many have tried to post recommendations and we have also enquired about how to get on it. Apparently we do not meet the requirements because the flat is let self catering. We have tried to explain, that although it can be let entirely self-catering it is often let with breakfast provided in the dining room downstairs. We have received no answer to this from my emails and it does not seem possible to speak to a real person.
The pigs went to slaughter during November. Our carcass went to Colyton Butcher who jointed it and made sausages. The bacon was cured by us and we have been enjoying excellent bacon and sausages over the past few months. Not surprisingly we are getting towards the end of the bacon but there are still quite a lot of the sausages left which are delicious. I chose to have the more spicy Old English style which was a good decision.
The pigs have put on a great deal of weight with the biggest at 140lbs. They are due to go for slaughter 19th Nov.
We have joined a new venture with friends and have invested in a pig. This is one of eight which is being looked after by us in a lovely location in Uplyme, lovely house, large field, mud, plenty of food and wonderful views across Uplyme Valley. What more could a pig want. At the end of November we will have our own sausages and bacon. I can't wait.
New years day saw the Rotary Clubs Lyme Lunge take place. Almost three hundred of Lyme's specially selected loonies splash into the water dressed as brides, fairies and all manner of other creatures.
Normally I drive RIB for the rescue cover but given the conditions it was decided to keep the participants close to shore and not bother with the RIB.
Broad St, Lyme looking stunning this year with the new lights and people coming from all around to see them. A huge improvement from previous years and the Christmas Carols around the tree event was super, very well attended with the Town Band playing and the Royal Lion and Rotary providing soup, mince pies and chestnuts. Many thanks to all who worked so hard to organise it.
What a change from last Year about this time. Lyme took quite a battering during the storms last December, Jan and Feb. Even the Christmas tree was broken in one of the gales. The lower picture shows the Cobb at high water 12th Feb. Residents who have lived in Lyme all their lives tell me that they have never seen such a storm. Hundreds of tons of shingle were washed into the harbour, the railings and the leading light were broken and the surface of the Cobb has been damaged.
Directly below is a picture taken 27th Dec 2014.
The promenade and sea defences on the East Cliff are now almost complete and are open to the public. A walk to the end is a must and the entire length of the level sea shore walk is now about double what it used to be. As you go round its gentle curves, looking across the bay to the stunning coastline, you are not aware of how close you are to the busy town and it is a real haven of peace and tranquility. Tastefully produced seats have been built into the back wall and the planting on the rise behind is now starting to soften and hide the structural stabilisation work. The new walk runs from the Eastern end of Church Beach to a point below the allotments, and during the past month paths and steps have been installed taking people from the Charmouth Rd car park down to the new promenade. This enables visitors to the town to park in the Charmouth Rd car park and take a very pleasant walk to the and bottom of the town. This is a huge improvement on the old route along the very narrow dangerous and congested with traffic, Church St.
The work became essential when it was realised that the survival of the town was at stake given the extent that the East Beach and beyond was being eroded. At one time there was a farm and a road running directly from Lyme to Charmouth. Potentially the lower part of the Charmouth Rd was under threat together with the properties seaward of it. Into the cliff have been driven hundreds concrete and steel piles which are wired together in order to stabilise the land, whilst extensive drainage work has been undertaken. It has been a huge undertaking which has taken almost two years in its construction and which the townspeople are immensely proud and thankful for.