Spring is in the air!
No puff in the wind, a blue sky and 15 degrees - seems like Spring has arrived early as the netting fleet take ice for the next tide....It's time for the Carissa Ann to come out of the water for a refit ready for the season...Farm Machinery Services (01736 740579) take care of lifting her out of the water.... as her now slightly more relaxed Dad, Mike Dyer adjusts her resting place....Golden Harvest is first in line to take ice for the forthcoming tide...owner, and ex-skipper Kenny Downing looks wistfully out to sea, he's strictly a cruise-ship man these days!....Britannia takes back her boxes and....several tonnes of ice before picking up the rest of her gear on the quay........Shaun has fired up the main on the Girtl Patricia.....as the Golden Harvest moves from the ice berth......some seriously fine gear goinmg aboard the CarolH who has just been sold to Ladram Bay Trawlers, skipper Phil and the crew now all back aboard and chuffed to be there!.....Roger chews the fat in the early morning sun alongside the deserted fishmarket.
Friday night Lightroom creative
With most of the beamer fleet at sea and a spring tide, harbour activity is low - so here's a chance to take advantage of the light at 'crepsicule' ......and some further enhancements using presets in a piece of software called Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.... a conjoining of the old and the new - fathom out the join between the new extension to the Orion gallery and the original granite building...but where has the tree come from?....thankfully the door proper has been installed and replaced the rather ugly piece of plywood!.....meanwhile 'Tom', is surrounded by excavation work being carried out to shore up the weakened beach area....he can just be seen here between the steel containers and the earth moving kit....and has a small dump truck for company this weekend....in the harbour, Anthony Hosking's Silver Dawn is at rest alongside the fishmarket....while the Valhalla's boxes wait alongside the iceworks to be put aboard...the old JTA lays quietly in what used to be a busy berth. This is the first quiet spell of weather since last year, some boats might manage to get in a full trip at last!
a shelterdeck handrail has now put in an appearance aboard the ABS.....Dom Bosco, lit up and with a sound system that can't be missed!....Dora Rosa's whelk pots come ashore at speed!
Bit of fish for Monday from a handful of netters
As ever the Sowenna has put in a trip despite the weather....and a very decorative bunch of buffs she sports too!....Silver Dawn was one of only a handful of the bigger netters to get away this neap tide....The Scilly Boys boat, which is entered in this year's Woodvale North Atlantic Challenge is seen here resting on the lifeboat berth - check out the website for more info on this epic adventure - the boy's will of course be the only crew, 'rowing for home'! - their main sponsor is Tresco Estates from Scilly.There's more serious construction work to be done aboard the old ABS. The ABS, a Sputnik class trawler built by the Berwick Shipyard in Aberdeen, Scotland spent many years in Newlyn owned by Stevensons fishing first as a sidewinder before being converted to beam trawling. This major refit will see her having a third life as a crabber.