Monday daybreak. A flotilla of vans and minibuses lined up against the Abbey wall tells us that filming has started again.
A group of men wearing colour coordinated Aran sweaters and matching woolen hats are standing around on the quayside looking like lobster fishermen. The director is shouting at them. He wants the lobster creels to be stacked to chest height. They, I'm told, are getting £250 for their cameo roles ... plus breakfast. The locals seem to be thoroughly enjoying this touch of creel stacking glamour although the throng of technicians, security guards and busy young California women with i-pads seem less than happy being up and about before seven am.
Sophie and Angus head back to the beach cafe that makes exceptionally good bacon rolls. The cafe opens early to cater to the staff and students in the marine laboratory. This morning we're the first (and only customers ) so we have to wait for the bacon to brown . Sophie sits beside me and shuffles with impatience. From here we can just make out a huge drone flying up and down the pier. It's filming close ups of the actor who is playing Prince William. In real life it is highly improbable that the heir to the throne would have been allowed to go running on the uneven and slippery pier wall at this, or indeed any, time of the morning.
Sophie has developed a half inch long growth on her muzzle. It doesn't seem to bother her but looks alarming. It seems to have come from nowhere and grown to its current size all within the last three weeks. A quick trip to the v-e-t-s is scheduled for this afternoon.