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Old 29th May 2010
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Re: CONFIRMED: West Wales & Skomer Island meet: June 4th/5th 2010

Another Update:

We have 5 of us confirmed going on the West Wales / Skomer trip.

John - theMusicMan
John Baker
Teresa Baker
Mike - Mike_J
Richard - RAC

I'll be in touch closer to the date with further details of where I'll be etc and we can then exchange mobile numbers. I guess we're up for a meal and a few beers on the Friday evening... yes...?
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Re: CONFIRMED: West Wales & Skomer Island meet: June 4th/5th 2010

Well, six since my wife (Susan) will be there with her Canon compact. She may opt out of the Skomer trip through.

Look forward to the meeting.
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Re: CONFIRMED: West Wales & Skomer Island meet: June 4th/5th 2010

Food and beer......try stopping my wife
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Re: CONFIRMED: West Wales & Skomer Island meet: June 4th/5th 2010

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Well, six since my wife (Susan) will be there with her Canon compact. She may opt out of the Skomer trip through.

Look forward to the meeting.
Oops, sorry Mike & Susan. I look forward to meeting you both.

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Food and beer......try stopping my wife
Hehe... Teresa can get the first round in then eh John
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Re: CONFIRMED: West Wales & Skomer Island meet: June 4th/5th 2010

Update: Weather is still looking good for Friday and Saturday folks; the forecast is for temperatures around 20degC, and for it to be partly cloudy. The best news for me though is the wind... or rather, the lack of it. Presently it isn't forecast to be a Northerly - which if it was, would put the Skomer trip significantly at risk as the ferry cannot land. Fingers crossed the wind direction doesn't change.

I will be leaving Newport on Friday morning around 7:00am and will be aiming to be in the area around Little Haven (where I am staying) at around 10:00. I shall then be dropping my bags off at the B&B (they have said I can park up as soon as I get there) and will be heading for Solva around 11:00 as per the draft itinerary below.

Here's the planned (but subject to change itinerary)


Itinerary:

Friday 4th June

11:00 - 13:00 - Solva, natural harbour: Walking around the harbour, also somewhere on slopes to get shot of the location from the hillsides.
13:00 - 14:00 - Lunch somewhere, no idea where or what!
14:00 - 15:00 - Newgale beach: a long 1.5 mile stretch of sandy beach. I want to walk along to the edges of beach to see what long exposure shots I can get
15:00 - 16:00 - Nolton Haven: at this time during the afternoon (according to TPE) the sun (if it is shining) will be directly over the sea from this narrow sandy inlet.
16:00 - 17:30 - coastal path walk, location yet to be decided; reckie to discover best sunset location.
17:30 - 18:30 - tea!
19:00 - sundown - Sunset photo-walk. Location yet to be decided, but possibly Little Haven, Westdale, St Brides inlet… not sure yet.
20:30 - pub grub and a few beers whilst we mull over our shots.

Saturday 5th June

05:00 - 06:00 - Sunrise shot, location to be determined
06:30 - 08:00 - Brekkie at my B&B
08:15 Meet at Martins Haven
09:30 Ferry across to Skomer
10:00 - 15:30 - Skomer Island: Puffins, Fulmars, Guillemots, Razorbills, Choughs, Warblers, GBB Gulls, LBB Gulls, walk around the island
16:00 Ferry back to Martins Haven

John iPhone Mobile: 07927 514475 - feel free to add me to your contacts and let me know if you're coming along - everyone welcome.

I shall send out a text message in the week to those currently listed as coming along, to confirm everything, so please add my name and number to your contacts and also if you're not sure if I have your number or not, and if you plan on meeting up, please send me a PM here or txt on the number above.

People coming along:

John - theMusicMan
John Baker
Teresa Baker
Mike - Mike_J
Susan (Mikes wife)
Richard - RAC

Please do get in touch if there are any changes of plan, and also... there's still time for anyone else who might be interested in coming along...
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Re: CONFIRMED: West Wales & Skomer Island meet: June 4th/5th 2010

Sorry - looks like we can't do this

I was really hopeful, but too much work for me and the mrs

hope you have fun

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Re: CONFIRMED: West Wales & Skomer Island meet: June 4th/5th 2010

Shame Andy, but thanks for letting me know.

I also forgot to mention to those who are able to come along... that Skomer is an unusual place in that it seems to have it's very own micro climate. It's just far enough off shore to have that slight variation in weather to the mainland... honest!

On one of the days I went there last year, it was drizzle all the way from Newport - but I was sunburnt after spending 5 hours on the island!!

So... looking at the present weather forecast for Friday and Saturday, I would strongly suggest you take with you some suncream. It's an exposed place with no trees, there is usually a slight breeze, and you won't notice the sun burning you. You have been warned!!
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Re: CONFIRMED: West Wales & Skomer Island meet: June 4th/5th 2010

It looks like you'll all have a stunning few days on and around Skomer- I am so envious, stuck here in work.

Enjoy!

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Re: CONFIRMED: West Wales & Skomer Island meet: June 4th/5th 2010

John, Thank you for organising the Skomer event and for putting up with me for two days.

I will try to upload some photos later on next week when I get back home.
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Re: CONFIRMED: West Wales & Skomer Island meet: June 4th/5th 2010

No probs John, hope your journey to North Wales was trouble free!!

Just the one shot from me for now, had friends over this evening so no time to look at any more - and I am kernackered

Puffin, in flight, with sand eels!
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Re: CONFIRMED: West Wales & Skomer Island meet: June 4th/5th 2010

That's a belter, John!
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Re: CONFIRMED: West Wales & Skomer Island meet: June 4th/5th 2010

A great capture, John. You have whetted our appetites for more and we look forward to seeing them.............when you've rested!
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Re: CONFIRMED: West Wales & Skomer Island meet: June 4th/5th 2010

A really lovely - and unusual - shot, John. How did you get it to balance on its tail??
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John - That one shot tells me I missed a great day,but hopefully there will be others for me to attend in the future

In the meantime I am off for 3 weeks stay in hospital.


Glad to see the day turned out so well for all of those who made it.
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Re: CONFIRMED: West Wales & Skomer Island meet: June 4th/5th 2010

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John - That one shot tells me I missed a great day,but hopefully there will be others for me to attend in the future

In the meantime I am off for 3 weeks stay in hospital.


Glad to see the day turned out so well for all of those who made it.
Good luck with your stay in hospital, Phil. Hope all goes well.

Never mind the puffins, might we see some great shots of the nurses?
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