Monday 25th August
There's a seafood shack here, where we have fish and chips later, and a Bluefin Tuna exhibition. Oh, and showers $2 for 5 minutes!! Lots of sailboats here, unusually, including a particularly large and spectacularly ugly ketchnextdoor. It's for sale. I suspect they'll need to pay someone to take it away.
Later, after supper, J is down below typing on his laptop by the light of a headtorch, which he prefers to use, rather than turn a cabin light on. I have no such qualms, though in fact I'm writing this by the lastbit of sunset and a couple of orange dock lights, up in the cockpit. It'sa balmy evening and I can't bear to be in the stuffy cabin. Behind me, on the old fishing dock a coupld of young lads are fishing in the harbour, though I don't think shouting and cussing is going to encourage the fish to bite- and it doesn't. They're picked up, and leave empty-handed.
The harbour, likemost here, is made of massive granite-y boulders forming defensive walls and arms at the entrance. Gulls have colonised the outer edges, standing each to a rock, all facing out to sea, stilllives, an art installation. One stray bobs uncertainly on the water, a little plastic bird, floating in the stillness. It's inspecting the rocks, looking for an easy exit to hop onto. Itbobs up to one - stops- inspects - rejects with a sniff - and paddles on to the next. Three rocks down, and I've almost given up watching, when it suddenly stands, up to its ankles in seawater, on a submerged rock. So- no hopping, wing flapping, slippery slidey like the shags on the bigred buoymarking the seaward entrance to Charlottetown..
A blast of what sounds like Meatloaf in the cooling silence - then it's off, and I'm left to the gentle slap of the water, the ensign snapping in a littlebreeze, and nearby chink chink chink as a loose halyard hits a mast, and distant high laughing voices of youngsters playing on the rocky beachbeyond the breakwater. Sound carried over water, and it's now too dark towrite, so I and my coffee bucket are going below.