This is a picture of a man with just seconds left to live -
In my twenty-five years at "Riverbend", I've been to Shallow Cross-ing countless times but never by boat as my old motor-sailer's mast was too high for Nelligen Bridge, so when Skipper Peter of SY EKAZA asked me this morning to go upriver with him in his inflatable dinghy, I dropped everything and into his dinghy.
We motored upriver with the incoming tide, from the red spot at the bottom of the map which is "Riverbend" to the red spot at the top which is Shallow Crossing, through the most magnificent scenery imaginable.
It was real Heart of Darkness stuff, right down to spotting a Harlequin or two. For a moment I even thought I was dreaming as we passed some-thing called 'Bonnie Doon' but there was no sign of the Kerrigan family.
After several hours on the water during which we talked about books and Fibonacci and palindromic numbers, and made a refuelling stop ...
... and cooled down for a while at Shallow Crossing ...
... it was good to see SY EKAZA and "Riverbend" again.
So after twenty-five years, I finally made it to Shallow Crossing by boat. Better late than never!