Early fog gave way to a sunny day, wind southwest 10-15 mph. From Strumble lighthouse towards Fishguard went past a wildlife viewing hide come large purpose built building for spotting aquatic wildlife -well known spot for basking sharks, porpoises, dolphins and seals were often seen from here -I met briefly with National Trails Officer Dave Maclachlan along the path who in twenty four years had walked the path at least that many times, he was plotting areas for clearing work along the Pembrokeshire coast path and maintaining the route. What a superb job! I can only say that my journey was only possible in a big way thanks to him and his team's year round efforts, for which I'm truly grateful. I was nearing the end of my journey along this 180 mile section from Amroth to St Dogmaels- the path was stunning at every inch of the way. A little further on was a colony of seals reclining and howling into the sea caves at the base of the cliffs at Aber Felin Bay, and a big Adder sunning itself on the side of the path too. It was where French troops of Bonaparte's army landed in 1797, they proceeded inland to Llanwnda Church starting a fire using pages of the church bible for kindling it all ended in their surrender at the Battle of Fishguard.
There were also a lot of porpoises about, too far away to get any worthwhile photographs but really good to see them sharing the waters with a very relaxed seal population. It was hot and for once I had the support of the family -Jo and Jeanie greeted me with with 'the hotel de wheels' and one of the best ice creams I'd honestly ever remember tasting, sold in Goodwick port and information center carpark by Joy and her husband. People drove for miles for these, and no wonder -on a hot afternoon I could think of nothing better. I met with Buzz Knapp-Fisher, Aerona and Mille who fed and watered us at their farm in Llawanda -I first spotted Buzz because of the unusual vehicle running on Bio-fuel in Goodwick carpark with US Energy painted on the side. We spent many amazing and inspirational hours with them, Jo with chatting with Aerona, Jeanie playing with Mille. Taking with Buzz really reaffirmed my nagging dislike of burning fossil fuels as a way of perpetuating the lifestyle I was leading and limited choices I have available, when there were so many other effective alternatives that are crying out for the foresight of investment. At present there's a lot of alchemy taking place in garages and sheds -bio diesel fuels and alchemical approaches extracting power from water (see Hydrogen Fuel vehicles) -Issue is that these would be outside the monopoly of a limited group of companies whose interest is carbon fuels -everybody knows Australia floats on oil, but that's no excuse for not looking for viable alternatives, however less profitable they are. North American Indians used Antalis pretiosum or Tusk shells as currency, simply because they were only obtainable in few places along the coast and difficult to gather because of the depth they are found at, gathered with fifteen foot poles lashed together until they reached a depth of at least a hundred feet at which point an open 'basket' was thrust into the sandy sea floor in a hit or miss scenario -there were thousands of alternatives lying on local breaches, more to share around, but their worth would be inherently less of course to the few who controlled the technology to get the goods, their distribution, and the rest is history... I do hope the hype of limited oil resources becomes a catalyst for ingenuity and solution to evolve. We talked about Nowhere Island as a concept, a floating utopian island being hauled around the UK coastline throughout the Olympics, can't wait to see it at sea personally traveling up the coast, but we both agreed that the idea of an independent floating Island country was loaded with imaginative and creative possibilities. 7 miles
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