By tov617, Oct 21 2017 06:51PM

#Inktober Filthy: The Nene past the Dog in a Doublet at Whittlesey is tidal, a muddy soup that swills in and out everyday. At times fast flowing, the water of the lower reaches is an opaque and impenetrable brown that if leaking into the bilges and left undrained, can make the cabins stink. On most moorings and sometimes worst still if laid up ashore, it doesn't take long for a boat to start looking disheveled and uncared for. Leaves blow in and collect in any suitable shaped area, water-trap or drain-hole, turning to sludge, algae greens everything; at times baking on hard in the sun then turning to a super-slippery hazard in the rain. Mold grows in the tiny pits and scratches of paint or gelcoat, particularly in the nonslip deck moulding treads. Recently sparkling new ropes blend into the old the rigging with a green-grey tinge embedded deep in the twist, that only hard use or a thorough wash can partially remove. The flaky paint layers, sunbleached and powdery in their pastel hues or the greying surface of exposed untreated timber left to 'silver up', is eye-candy for romantic onlookers and the subject of countless postcards and photography books. To the boat builder it is the sure sign that the maintenance has been let go and the wood left to go brash and rotten. #Inktober2017

By tov617, Oct 17 2017 08:32AM

#Inktober2017 Day 13. Teeming.

The UK government's attempts to extract compensation from councils and developers who had willfully destroyed valuable agricultural land during the first half of the 21st century had proved difficult to enforce; mostly due to the more pressing urgency of population management and emergency food production as sea levels continued to rise. The polar ice caps had melted much faster than expected shrinking vast areas of usable land and forcing other strategies for housing, municipal management and industrial expansion.

2080 saw the new installation of Peterborough's first fission reactor though other forms of tethered electricity generation continued for temporary power supplies as required. Peterborough by this stage had already seen the second expansion of its seawalls. Towable industrial platforms continued to be utilised in topsoil salvage and the new construction projects on the surrounding saltmarshes.

This was the view from the entrance to the old site of the Castor Hanglands National Nature Reserve in 2117, shortly before the Hanglands was ploughed up for desperately needed arable and the landfill waste processing facility built on the adjacent wetlands. #Inktober