About this site

Piers and Lin du Pré bought their new Fleming 55 / 129, Play d'eau, in 2003.

She was berthed in Beaucette Marina, Guernsey in the Channel Islands at N49° 30’.197 W002° 30’.350 until she was sold in October 2021.

This site charts the thrilling adventures they had in her.

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Recent Posts

Animal life

As our visit to South Africa draws to a close, here are some pics of the various animals we saw whilst on our journeys.

Our next South African posts

In our next posts we’ll showcase the vivid colours of the flowering plants we’ve found and finally, a summary of our whole magnificent tour.


Click on a photograph to enlarge it, and then use the right arrow keys to move on to the next.

Three lenses were used with our Canon 7D: EF 17-40 F4L, 24-70 F2.8L II, and an EF 70-300 F4-5.6L IS.

Background and sky colours vary according to the day and time of day the pic was taken.

Zebras outside our accommodation lodge

The sign says it all

Ah, I needed a good scratch

A mud bath makes you sleepy

Papa Goose follows behind

Papa Goose becomes ‘Mr Angry’ to protect his chicks

Mother and son

The baby waggles his ears to clear them of water

A wide open mouth is a warning sign

This is just a yawn

The Lion King’s ‘Pumbah’ – a Warthog

‘Pumbah’ takes off

I’m a Gnu…

…a gnother Gnu – Wildebeast

A camera-shy Kudu, four years old
taken from 400m away

A Vervet monkey jumps around the balcony…

…whilst another lies in ambush

The female is grey

The male is black and sleek

A male baboon, taken as we passed by in the car

A baby which had a damaged left arm

Dassies roam the top of Table Mountain

And who are you?
The penguin colony in Boulder Bay

Piers and Lin
Tala Private Game Reserve
…on temporary leave of absence from
Play d’eau
Fleming 55

2 comments to Animal life

  • Marion Blue

    Fabulous photos thank you for sharing with us. I guess you’re on your way back by now.

    • Hi M (and D). Yes, the adventure is almost at an end. We flew into Amsterdam today and leave on Thursday for Guernsey. It’s been such a great time and the memories we have are so special.

      So pleased you liked the photos. We loved taking them.

      So much love to you and D. Piers and Lin.

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