a freezing north wind and a high tide this morning, as Miss Muppet went onto her mooring – rather reluctantly.

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the tide still coming in over the marsh

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the outboard had to be tested before she went in the water

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down on the hard, two intrepid or mad sailors on the Shokanawe (I know) catching the tide before the seal boat trips start . rather them than us.

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there are plenty of boats parked down here, spaces bagged early.

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the water is high up over the hard and shallow for at least two car lengths.

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first try the trailer is still too high out of the water to launch her

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testing the depth

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second run and the car is right in

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hard work to get her off, and too deep for wellies

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Sal and Tilda have a paddle; the salty water will be good for her cut paw.

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the trailer is manhandled further in and she floats – Paul is in over his boots …

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the car is practically floating too …

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the skipper gets in

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starts the motor and Paul casts off the painter

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up the creek to the jetty

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a very overloaded tender goes past

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fishing out the mooring ropes on the flooded bank

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Tilda has a silly five minutes

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Sal getting out of her way, she doesn’t care if she bumps him

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T cools down after her run

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the mooring ropes are sticking and wind and tide pulling the cockle the wrong way

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pulling on cold wet ropes is a horrible job in this cutting wind. imagine the crew of a sailing ship rounding the Horn two hundred years ago, it must have been agony for hands, and feet too.

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a wonderful sky

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at last she is near enough to be safely left.

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Sal posing

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Auntie Pam waiting to go out to her mooring in the channel

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one of the old Sheringham crab boats in the process of restoration.

well, for me, I am quite happy to wait about another six weeks before getting Minnow out.