Life IS a Beach!

In 2013 Jimmy Buffett released a song written for him by Mark Knopfler of Dier Straits (St. Somewhere album) – it instantly became one of my favourite Buffett tunes, but as JD played the song this afternoon on #RadioMargaritaville, I finally got the lyrics; Life IS a Beach!

The Arrival of Winter Wonderland

Many people ask us what it is about being up here, when most people who live on boats want to go south. To us, the change of seasons is a wonderful thing and we enjoy winter, once the snow and ice had set in.
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As I look across the vast, open stretch of the bay of solid ice, I get the serene feeling not unlike when I used to look across the stretch of ocean under our boat on a calm passage.
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And, this winter, being here alone on the bay, is the greatest feeling of all.
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Still No Snow 2…….

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It was about a week before Christmas and all aboard the boat were wishing for snow.
But there was only fog and then a rainbow….
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So, they just counted their blessings, considered how much less they were spending on shorepower, and turned the lights up on the Christmas tree…. 🙂
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Still No Snow……

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The in-between seasons are sometimes hard to take, especially long ones like this year. The good weather is gone and gloomy, dark days are upon us with not much to do outside but wait for the ice to build and the snow to began falling. Then, winter will bring more things to do and the enjoyment of the outdoors.

I made this slideshow for our Bobcaygeon Community Facebook page and for those of us suffering from SAD; takes us back to sunny summer days around Lock 32 of the trent Severn Waterway:

 

Remnants of Hurricane Patricia

I don’t know when they started to call Pacific storms “hurricanes”, they were always a “typhoon” before, but this one was true to its calling and nicely trekked east and north into Atlantic regions.
For us on the Great Lakes today, those remnants are merging with a local system to produce our so called first “winter storm” while it is still autumn….

I have the webcam set up on the dock, refresh set at 2 seconds, hoping to catch some wild water action, but the strong winds that will affect us, turning to west from east and south, will not materialise until tomorrow morning.

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Our onboard webcam is live 24/7 @ http://www.cruisingdog.com
Most of the boat shave been hauled out – we are enjoying the solitude now and are looking forward to being icebound.