📍NEWHAVEN (3925) - 3-5/8/18
It isn’t a suburb, so to speak, but rather a hamlet, out at the isthmus of Phillip Island, next to the bridge that connects it to San Remo.
It has, and had, no need to be a large town - Cowes is 10 minutes by car, and San Remo less than that, and the only purpose it has to serve is as a veritable dormitory for yachts and holiday houses, with the IGA and a local bakery subsisting on a small retail strip, just off Phillip Island Road.
There are no people here - it is early on a Saturday morning, and what few people reside her permanently are likely still asleep.
As enveloping and all-encompassing the silence in this hamlet is, it has more the fragility of King Lear, in which you can tell that the onset of summer and warm weather will destroy it, at least until the days become shorter again.
The marina and jetties are not used often, not even by fishermen in the Western Port, and seem to be occupied by recreational yachts, if not outright abandoned.
Nonetheless, the seagulls remain, undeterred.