.. not what you might expect, and you’d be unlikely to find one as shapely as this.. the lady in question being a sea kayak, more specifically an NDK Romany called Rosie, named as such by her owner who has left her in my care… I tend not to name kayaks but thinking about it a sea kayak is probably not a bloke.. whoever heard of a kayak called “Dave” for example.. which no doubt will be the cue for someone to come along and tell me they have a boat called Colin…. but I digress.. I took Rosie along rather than my Tiderace as that still has a leaky cockpit rim I need to fix and Rosie is smaller, slimmer and easier to manoeuvre into tight cracks and crevices.. hmm, I should clarify, last night she became something of a floating garbage truck as I joined a number of other sea kayakers for a clean up of the Fal estuary. Organised jointly between Simon of Sea Kayaking Cornwall and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust the idea being to make use of the ability of a sea kayak to reach the places other craft cannot reach and remove as much floating garbage from the estuary as possible. Timed to coincide with a big spring tide to facilitate access to the tightest creeks and inlets it turned out to be a very ‘successful’ evening.. successful in that a vast amount of rubbish was recovered, but equally disappointing in that so much trash was there in the first place to harm the local wildlife and sully what is a stunningly beautiful area… It was a very pleasant evening on the water albeit with a few “eeeuw” moments, very mellow, very social, very satisfying and rather fun poking under under the hanging branches of the oak trees lining the banks. A big up to Simon and the Wildlife Trust for making it happen.