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    Xmas break.......

    Came across this novel farm entrance up the road from Bicton Ag College near Seaton.






    And nearby in Colyton there was a seasonal Xmas eve hold up to traffic while one of the towns pubs firewood was restocked and an amusing blackboard outside the butchers!




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    Re: Xmas break.......

    A friend saw these for sale and bought me a packet as a Christmas present. They are the best I have ever tasted. I found the writing on the pack quite humorous and their web site is worth a look if only for the names of some of their beers.

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    Went to Exmouth on Xmas morning to see the annual "swim" in the estuary! Spotted this near the lifeboat station




    Interesting track layout and how the power unit & transmission is housed in the waterproof chamber










    Tradition is for the swin to kick off at 11am opposite the clock tower, when it was time to go the roar and screaming just about put the black lab off his game of fetch- he just gazed at all the row down the beach!
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    On the way back the lifeboat had returned and was already up on the transporter, the crew lashed it down with 4 load straps and then using the slew ring rotated the upper structure to make it ready for the next launch









    Once turned and tied down they headed off to the station ramp where it was all geared up to hose off the sand and salt as it came up the giant "cow slat" ramp- very effective and simple!








    While most of the crew were issued with buckets of suds and brushes to wash off the salt the driver/mechanic had the cooler covers off to clean in there. The oval white thing on the side of the swan neck looks to be a diverter to spread the water jet from the propulsion nozzle away from the metal work- with the sand content it would be quite a strong sand blasting effect? . Last picture shows the use of good old sylaglaze sealing tape around the hydraulic hose crimps.







    Anyone think of an agricultural use for the transporter if/when it comes up for replacement
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