Boxing Day in the Harbour (1 of 3)

After the storm we had on Christmas Eve and Christmas day a high pressure system moved in, shoving away the clouds and quieting the wind. It did little for the temperatures, though, and they remained at around -10 for the whole day. This time of the year the sun does not get very high in the sky and it does little to warm the land or the water.

It has to be said, though, that the bit of sunshine did warm the heart a bit.

After shoveling out a few tonnes (not kidding) of snow a walk was in order.


The first stop was by Parsons’ stage. A stack of anchors lies under the snow. With less reliance on fixed fishing gear–cod traps in this case–these grappling hooks (colloquially we refer to them as “grapenels,” pronounced with the long “a”) are not needed much anymore. They’ve been there for a while and will likely be there the next time I look.



In times past, the fishing stages—combination of wharf and “store” to hold tools and split/head the fish were base camp for all inshore fishermen.  Over the past few decades, though, there’s been a general trend toward larger vessels that go further and spend more time at sea so these days the stages are as much a hobby as a workplace. Fortunately there are still those around, like my friend Joe Emberley who owns the yellow one, with the foresight and vision to protect a vital and beautiful part of our heritage.


Doesn’t that gull freak you out with how they it just float there on the cold salt water. The air is around -10 and the water is likely -2 or -3. You’d never say it though to look at those “rats with wings.”



Down at the new marina things are quiet today. Nobody is there at the moment but, as the day goes on you can be sure that, one by one, the vessels’ owners will be by to check on their babies, make sure the bilges are dry and the decks are free of snow and ice.


Not all of the boats are in the water. These ones, unlike most of the ones you’ve seen so far are not working boats. We call them “pleasure boats” for obvious reasons.


Most times a walk along the beach is a relaxing way to spend your time. That’s probably not the case today; best to stick to the roads.


Next stop: the bottom of the harbour…


About Maurice A. Barry

Coordinator: Teaching and Learning Commons, Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Parent & Husband. eLearning consultant/coordinator. Program Development Specialist - eLearning (Department of Education; Retired). Writer: over 40 Math/Physics texts/webs. Developer & Manager of web content. Geek. Not into awards but loves comments.
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16 Responses to Boxing Day in the Harbour (1 of 3)

  1. Martin says:

    Glad the weather has improved a little Maurice and you were able to get out. Thanks for the pics and for the insights into life around the harbours and stages there. Best wishes for the New Year to you and yours.

  2. kanzensakura says:

    How beautiful. thank you for sharing these pictures of the harbor and the snow. It is sunny way down this way. I’d love some snow. Tell those boat owner to put in a box and send to me!!! Merry Christmas to you and yours and a joyous new year. 🙂

  3. cultureuk says:

    Spooky! My neighbour is just back from the oil fields via a boat to St. Johns and has shown me some pics on his phone which seemed a little familiar until i remembered i had seen similar on your blog Maurice! What a small world. Wishing you a lovely new year and i still think there’s room for a Barry Book on ‘a harbour less travelled’ seasons greetings – julietx

  4. Mary says:

    Beautiful frosty blue day. I love the tangle of anchors in the snow ! (Makes me pine for a bit of the fluffy stuff)

  5. elkement says:

    You should stop posting that beautiful pictures! Soon your nice place will be overrun with tourists who have followed the insider advice given in that viral posting linking to your blog! 😉
    Happy New Year, Maurice!!

    • LOL! I noticed a higher than average bit of traffic there but it’s mostly from Canada so no danger of tourists–they already KNOW my province is beautiful 🙂
      Happy New Year to you!
      I look forward to a new post from you soon…

  6. Jane Fritz says:

    Absolutely stunning. How could people leave that to go to Florida?!

  7. Mjollnir says:

    What a divine little fairy haven you have. Maurice may I make a suggestion? Many is the time my little Keltik friend that I have missed your posts, but that is mainly because you fail to have an email notification for your followers. It’s easy for you to say, should you care to see what I have to say, you will follow me, but, given the time difference it’s not always easy to catch you when you are fertile!!!!

  8. Mjollnir says:

    PS. I recognise this from last year. It used to be Norway! 😀

  9. ah the traditional Boxing Day walk to get rid of all the food shovelled in on Christmas Day!

    I like those boats parked on the snow. I had visions of putting a pair of skis on them and gliding across the snow. I wonder if anyone has done that?

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