Boxing Day in the Harbour (3 of 3)

Back at Bests’ Cove it’s still quiet and still. Here and there you can see and hear boat owners out cleaning the snow from the decks. The water is slightly brackish here as a small stream flows into it, and freezes before the harbour does. It’s starting to catch over now.


Not good enough to stand on just yet.


No fish today.


Bit by bit the ice is forming. No wonder–it’s -10 and the temperatures have been very cold all month.


Can you see the high water mark?


A few days ago, when we had the full moon the water came almost to the top of the wharf at high tide. Not today.


Up at the point there’s no ice. It rarely freezes up this far. Up here the water is no longer brackish and, besides, you can almost always feel the wind.


And, yes, the word is “Brrrrrr.”

Time to head back to Alex’s place. This evening all of the family will be home. We’ll exchange gifts, eat some, drink more and have some laughs.

And why not!


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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18 Responses to Boxing Day in the Harbour (3 of 3)

  1. tw says:

    I’m sure not everyone will agree with me but I would chose your location over Manhattan any day. The clear skies, blue waters, brightly coloured boats and buildings make for a beautiful scene and whilst inhabited, it seems the residents live at one with the environment (and haven’t turned it into a concrete jungle). We are lucky to have such unspoilt places to enjoy.

  2. Mary says:

    Thanks again for posting – all that lovely blue and white sky , land and ocean and the clear clear water – so refreshing . What a great way to spend Boxing Day – appreciating the pond and harbour freezing over right before your eyes and then going inside to the warmth of a big family celebration.

  3. Beautiful photos!! Happy Boxing Day to you and your family!

  4. Mary says:

    yes – as tw above says and from the book Saltwater Joys by Wayne Chaulk that you sent us for Christmas says ”
    Some go where the buildings reach to meet the clouds
    Where warm and gentle people turn to swarmin’ faceless crowds
    So I’ll do without their riches, glamour and noise
    And I’ll stay and take my chances with those saltwater joys
    Great that you are part of such great saltwater
    joys as your birthday approaches tomorrow!!

  5. All these three posts lacked was an audio track! I’m so full of great ideas to occupy your time. You should record sounds of the bay … you know, gulls, the wind, the water, boat engines, the clanging rigging, and even a fog horn if you happen to have one … and allow readers to play that as they slowly appreciate your beautiful images. What always amazes me is that if you peered long enough into the water (such as the water shown in the photo captioned ‘No Fish Today’) you’d see things scuttling about the bottom – it’s amazing that all sorts of creatures can easily get along in waters so cold. I once saw a time-lapse piece taken on the bottom of the Beuford Sea showing star fish and sea urchins and all sorts of interesting annelids and molluscs. Funny thing was that, when speeded up, these things which usually move at glacial speeds were ‘running’ around as if going through the motions of a very, very, busy day indeed. It was truly amazing. OK … I’m eagerly awaiting the sound track to this post. D

  6. prsachs says:

    There is nothing like the clarity of winter light when a Canadian high pressure system sets in. The sky so clear it almost aches blue. Thank you for these evocative pictures in your 3 part post.

    • You nailed it–we were right in the middle of a high. Sadly, today a fast-moving low has changed the colour of the sky to grey and snow & wind is everywhere.. It’s predicted to change to ice pellets later on today…but as local meteorologist Brian Walsh has noted in his twitter feed, with the 70+ km/hr winds, they’ll be more like ice bullets πŸ™‚ I figure it will require the heavy canvas coat as I shovel out later on, more for the armor than the warmth!

  7. Jane Fritz says:

    Lovely. It sounds like you had a successful Christmas. Thank you for the gift of a tour of your winter wonderland, Maurice.

  8. Two questions: How far did you walk and how long were you out for (OK that’s two in one)
    And, what did you wear to keep warm?

    • I was out for most of the day–say from 10 to 4. So to keep warm I had two strategies:
      1-“Parka” — nice warm coat, “stocking hat” — mainlanders call them touques, gloves and winter boots. I had no problem keeping warm and could have stayed outdoors all day that way.
      2– but I didn’t. From time to time I’d stop in a visit friends and have a cup of tea or a glass of rum–either one added a bit of heat πŸ™‚

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