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

Red Pepper Sauce

Red Pepper Sauce

As we continue to search for the beauty of flavour simplicity, we’ve honed this recipe to produce a sauce that’s one of the most beautiful to look at, let alone a tasting delight.

The colour is vibrant and the taste is so pure …

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Pea Soup

The peas, parsley and stock just a-bubbling in the pan

When visiting France, we always look forward to our first can of Petit Pois. Only recently, did we realise the one we really liked had lettuce with it. Lettuce? Well, that sowed the seed for this recipe …

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Cut the bread into 15mm squares and place them in a bowl

Although we are fans of Crouton Soldiers, ‘normal’ square croutons can be used to great effect to bring ‘le crunch’ to any liquid dish. Crunchy and gorgeous, they won’t taste of olive oil if you use a light one …

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Raspberry Coulis

Three ingredients are all that's needed

When made with really fresh and ripe raspberries, this simple recipe makes a rich and sumptuous coulis which can be stored in a fridge for two or three weeks provided it’s covered with cling film so no air can get at it …

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Stuffed Eggs – delectable and luscious

Ready to be served

This is the most glorious recipe for a food that simply doesn’t last long on the plate. Simple to make, luscious to eat, and very, very moorish. Beware the smash and grab raids…. …

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Rich tomato sauce

Rich tomato sauce

This rich tomato sauce is brilliant for pizzas and tomato based soups. By making the following quantity, you’ll have plenty to store in jars in the fridge where it’ll keep for months and months and months …

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Gazpacho to cool those hot, hot days

Gazpacho, dressed with diced cucumber and shreds of basil

This Gazpacho is just perfect for a hot day when ‘cool’ is needed. It’s so refreshing, so ‘clean’. Making it in these quantities means you’ll have a good number of servings. Any left over can be kept in the fridge for use during a heat-wave, or frozen whilst you wait for the next heat-wave …

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Play d’eau, Play d’eau how does your garden grow?

The garden travels in the sink for protection!

Play d’eau’s garden is planted with mint, basil, thyme and chives. Having fresh herbs makes all the difference, and ‘boat grown’ somehow makes them taste so much better. As some of you will know Lin used to grow orchids …

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Celeriac soup

Chives, truffle oil and the 'dollop' of crème fraiche just make this soup

What a delicious soup this is. Whether you love or dislike celeriac or even know what it is (!) you will like this soup. Again, the recipe for Play d’eau’s celeriac soup has been developed over the last few years, ensuring it’s kept simple whilst maximising on flavour …

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Squash and Ginger soup

Squash and Ginger soup ready to be devoured

The clue to this beautiful soup lies in its simplicity and flavour maximising. Although the amount of ginger may sound excessive, I assure …

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