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.

Donald RedfordYou 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.


  1. Anonymous2:21 PM

    HI Tim! Thought I would post a link that I thought you would like based on our conversation about Aerobatics.

    It is a short movie taken by a long time friend and flying buddy, Fred Robbins, who was also a Aerobatic student of the two pilots shown. He is riding with Daniel and Montaine is flying the other air plane. The best pilot flys wingman and has the job of adjusting for changes in the lead craft. That is why you see him constantly making changes in the throttle setting. Take note of what happens with the path of the wingtips when they do a formation Hammerhead, if the wingman is out of position, disaster. That and the mirror immage turn are the most critical when it comes to position.

    Really enjoying the adventures of the Lady Jane and your reflections about sea life in general.

    Fred WWR

  2. Great clip Fred. I appreciate that.

    For those who are wondering, I also have my pilots licence and was chatting with Fred on Whole Wheat Radio, where I drop in to chat from time to time.