Pleasures Point Us Forward, the

Pleasures Point Us Forward, the
Pleasures Point Us Forward, the

I have been trying to think of a name for our new canoe as all water craft have to have a name of sorts.  I have had several sources of inspiration: “Surface Detail” by Iain M. Banks, “The Sentry” by Robert Crais, and “Finding God” by Larry Crabb.  In Surface Detail, a story set in the far distant future of the galaxy, the Culture spaceships have complete control over their own name and often choose something that expresses their character, attitude or aim in “life”, and it is worth reading at least one of Banks’ books to have a quiet chuckle as they blaze their way through hyperspace.

Robert Crais’ character, Joe Pike, has two large red (red like my canoe) arrows tattooed into his deltoids.  They point forward, reminding him to keep pressing onwards, that there is no going back.  Pike is always looking out for the little guy and ain’t nobody gonna stop him. He doesn’t say much but he has mission commitment in heaps that keeps him focussed on the goal of saving the girl or solving the case or watching his partner’s back or keeping his red Jeep clean (usually all of the above).

Larry Crabb has mission commitment too but he is not an ex-assassin-turned-detective with tattoos.  He is a professor at Colorado Christian University and his mission is, to put it simply, to find God, know God, love God. In his book “Finding God” there is a take-away summary point that has got me thinking:

Our deepest longings are inconsolable. The deepest pleasures in life don’t satisfy – they point us forward. Continue reading Pleasures Point Us Forward, the

River levels

The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency provides an almost real-time feed of river levels through their network of gauging stations and their website.  These are the rivers local to us and the gauges give an initial indication of what the river is doing.  At the time of writing they are all pretty low as there has not been much rain for weeks and the snow has mostly melted.

Tay at Ballathie (56º 31′ 8.0″ N 3º 22′ 57.0″ W)
http://www.sepa.org.uk/water/river_levels/river_level_data.aspx?sd=t&lc=14937

Isla at Wester Cardean (56º 36′ 23.6″ N 3º 8′ 52.4″ W)
http://www.sepa.org.uk/water/river_levels/river_level_data.aspx?sd=t&lc=14944

Dean Water at Dean Bridge (56º 35′ 56.9″ N 3º 9′ 43.8″ W)
http://www.sepa.org.uk/water/river_levels/river_level_data.aspx?sd=t&lc=14946 Continue reading River levels