My next two walks are directly along the River Tamar, the border between Cornwall and Devon. I am planning to Kayak large sections of these walks along the Tamar river and capture something of these important riverine places which have geographical, symbolic and anthropological significance…
In preparation I decided to Kayak to Harbour Church this morning, taking advantage of the extra hours sleep, and the full moon high tide, which gently rises to the road outside the little gatehouse where I live
I collect the soil in my boots as I walk so I thought I would ‘trawl’ for submarine treasures as I kayaked along but I only had a perforated plastic bag… I quickly realised that this acts as a big brake on my movement through the water so abandoned the idea until I can get a suitable fishing net.
I am interested in the sounds of the landscape above and below the water so I dipped my gopro into the water but all one can hear is the kayak warbling through the water and my paddles going rhythmically… next time I should maybe sink the gopro (which annoyingly wanted to float on the surface) to get some real seafloor action.
It did get pretty scary at a couple of points as I had not factored in a stiff North Easterly breeze which built over the expanse of the Carrick roads and chopped the water up into big crests which battered my bowside enough to make me nervous about carrying on around the headland.
I grounded at one point when the strong wind and waves pushed me on to the shallow rocks and I had to bail out and push off into the open water again but it was only a brief delay and with the tide still going out and the wind increasingly behind me I made great progress beating walkers who were on a Sunday morning stroll around Trefusis point!I was glad to arrive at David and Judith Eastburn’s who kindly let me moor at their little beach in Flushing and I was wet but satisfied with the journey and my experimental outcomes:
I can fit the violin, rucksack and artboard on the sit on kayak (double)
I did some underwater sound and vision recording
I negotiated some tricky estuary and open water conditions successfully
I collected some beach stones to grind up for artboard pigments
Keep watching as I continue to explore art in place…