Friday, February 18, 2005
The Donald Redford
One of the things I have really come to enjoy is the variety of things going on around Lady Jane. On a nice day I might try setting my camera up on the wall by the wharf and taking a series of pictures over 24hrs, showing the ebb and flow of the tide and the goings on throughout the day.
As I mentioned, the creek is tidal and, with the tide out it would probably be possible to walk to the other side. Not too pleasant a stroll though, as it's very muddy. Molly, the dog, would probably enjoy it!
The combination of the winter and the tidal effect means there are not many boats about, asides for the boats moored up at the nearby marinas, some of which have people living on board. To some extent I miss the bustle of the traffic up and down the River Itchen as there was always plenty going on, even in winter. Presumably though things will get busier in the summer.
You can just see Robin in his crane, off loading gravel which has been dredged up from the seabed somewhere in the channel. The Donald Redford, a dredger, is a regular visitor to the quay where Lady Jane is berthed, and well known in the Portsmouth/Southampton area.The gravel is subsequently sorted into various grades of sand and stones, and sold to customers who turn up to be loaded with sand in all manner of vehicles, from tiny trailers and small trucks through to large lorrys.