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Where can I buy fresh fish? - here's where!

Here are the best places to source your fish online, some locally, some nationally - there's sure to be a supply of fresh UK fish being sold somewhere near you!
Fresh fish sales across the UK from Fish on Friday
Fresh fish either delivered or available in your area - mainly the South west from Plymouth initiative, Call4Fish.
Fresh fish from all over Cornwall - from the Cornwall Good Seafood Guide - many fish supplied direct from the fishermen!
If you need to know more any of these organisations are only to willing to help - if you want to be included or just want to know where to buy fresh fish near you!

Thursday, 20 August 2020

Fishing lives, women and art.

Léon Spilliaert, 'Fishermans Wife', 1910. Indian ink wash, brush, wax crayon, pastel and coloured pencil on paper, 64.3 x 48.9 cm.
Léon Spilliaert, 'Fishermans Wife', 1910. Indian ink wash, brush, wax crayon, pastel and coloured pencil on paper, 64.3 x 48.9 cm.

The fisherman's wife stands, waiting, back turned to the world. Léon Spilliaert was fascinated by the image of the lonely woman, returning to it again and again in his work.⠀ ⠀

The same tragic, ‘waiting woman’ is also a recurring image in Verhaeren’s poems. He wrote passionately of the doomed fishing communities who had once eked out a living among the dunes of the unforgiving Belgian coast. Here, in an extract from the poem ‘Le Péril’ (1907), the women wait anxiously for the return of the fishing boat after a storm:⠀ ⠀⠀

"… Yet nevertheless the tiny lights⠀still keep watch from the cottages;⠀ scattered amongst the dark enclosures like breadcrumbs of hope.⠀ ⠀⠀

 And the women, beneath their mourning capes⠀ fists at their mouths,⠀ are still there, silent and iron-willed,⠀gazing into the darkness."⠀ 

Many Newlyn School Artists also featured women waiting for the return of loved ones as subjects...

Sometimes, as in Walter Langley's epic 'Waiting for the boats' there were many expectant faces...

or his 'Reverie' featuring just one young face looking out of the window over the Mounts Bay...

Collection of pictures including Fox Hunting, 20th century oil on ...

or Langley's "Never morning wore to evening"


or when the news is the worst, 'Never morning wore to evening but some heart did break'"...


not forgetting, "The Breadwinners". Penlee Gallery has a permanent collection of Langley's and other Newlyn School artists and is well worth a visit as there are also several always changing curations on display throughout they year.