In May 2011, after four years of life on McNutt's Island, we moved to Montreal. This blog remains, though, as a (sort of) daily record of our time on the island, and a winding path for anyone who would like to meander about among its magical places. For additional perspectives and insights I recommend Greg's book, Island Year: Finding Nova Scotia (2010), and my Bowl of Light (2012). I'll continue to post once in a while. If you do want to read this blog, one option would be to begin at the beginning of it (which is, as we all know, in blog-world, at the end), and read forward, concluding with the most recent entry. It's a journal, really, so it does makes more sense if you read it that way. But, you know, read it any way you like.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

lobster season opening day

The lobster boats went back and forth all day yesterday, carrying out their first load of traps, setting them, and returning to the wharf for the second load. Most of the boats that travel this shallower side of the harbour are not large enough to take all their traps in one load.

Today they began to haul lobsters. From now through next May we will notice the low bass sound of each diesel motor as it thrums along in the channel, going out to sea in the early morning darkness and coming home in the afternoon. The lobster boats have a peaceable sound about them, and in the island's silence we hear their going out and their coming in.

1 comment:

Piecefulafternoon said...

This post reminds me of the fishing boats in S.E. Alaska during my childhood - going out in the morning, coming in at night with their catch - it is a wonderful sound - and memory.