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  • Writer's pictureGethin Thomas

Odds and Sods September 2023

Late again, but not as late as last month so I must be catching up. There isn't a lot to say about most of these so I will mostly say nothing apart from telling you where they are.


This is from a sunset creek cruise on the Kingsbridge estuary.

A few shots from Bantham, looking across the River Avon as I collect more photos for my story River Avon Moor to Sea which is finally drawing to a close.




This is what you call a yacht. Tranquility. It has an interesting history and is seen here in Dartmouth, blotting out most of Kingswear the other side. As I write this it is in Valletta, Malta.


The ships facilities include a sauna, helicopter landing pad, swimming pool, gym, spa, movie theatre and an on deck Jacuzzi.The tender garage houses two 10.5 metre tenders, that can carry up to 12 guests and two crew each. She is well equipped for adventure with a range of water toys including Jet Skis, Wave Runners, SeaBobs and an electric surfboard. As of 2023, Gabe Newell, Co-Founder of Valve Corporation, is the current owner of the yacht.


Gabe Logan Newell, nicknamed Gaben, is an American businessman and the president of the video game company Valve. Newell spent 13 years at Microsoft as the producer of the first three releases of the Windows operating systems. He has been estimated as one of the wealthiest people in the United States and the wealthiest person in the video games industry, with a net worth of $3.9 billion as of 2021.


Back to a more understated cruise.


This is the creek leading to Goodshelter.





Something I didn't know. The local Little Egrets that we often see in the various creeks on their own or in pairs, all fly off to the same tree at night to have a party.

This was one of the highest tides of the year which means it comes up the slipway on to the road. It made for some interesting shots.






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