Winter Spring

It has been an exceptionally mild winter and now it appears an early Spring had sprung, while technically it is still Winter.

The following images were taken yesterday afternoon and this morning:
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Here is comparison of this time, from the last winter we spent onboard, in 2014:
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EXTREME Cold Warning

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As we move into a few cold days, the wood fire burns and all is cosy inside the icebound boat.
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The frozen surroundings are harsh, but peaceful and serene.
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Only the television set reminds us of the even harsher world of the “normal” citizens living their mundane and structured, system dependent lives …..
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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 Mystery of “Little Perch”

We are nature lovers, and Wendy especially goes out of her way to mitigate suffering of animals and to fight against cruelty. When she worked with the Trumpeter Swan Restoration Project at Bluffers Park, friends and fellow volunteers dubbed her a “Jane Goodall”.
But, we do kill for food – never to waste however even the smallest creature in vane, and never for a trophy!

So, it doesn’t take long for dock neighbours in any marina we go to, especially kids, to learn that when Wendy is around, they will be scorned for being inconsiderate to the needs of nature and creatures. If they are collecting fish in a bucket, Wendy will make it her business to educate about depletion of oxygen and the need to return those captives to the sea before it is too late.

Summers are busy times for us. Always a lot of activity and lots of people around when you are living in a resort environment such as a marina. As we go about our days, we never know what we may have done that grabbed someone’s attention.

We do not remember what triggered this, but we no doubt did some good deed to some little fish somehow, somewhere this past summer. And, this deed was witnessed by a very nice person (with a similar to ours mindset), who waited all this time to serve up a mysterious reaction.

This person may be a summer cottager who recently came up maybe for a weekend, or someone who rented one of the cottages here at the marina and was recently up here again. Whoever it was, obviously saw what we did in the summer and wishes to remain anonymous regarding his or her recent trip to Mill Line Road.
The note pictured below, was left on the ramp coming up to our dock a couple of days ago. There was a carefully wrapped box, in it were two nice coffee mugs and the note.

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We Thank You, who ever you may be. I’m sure this writing can generate comments from those who may not understand the concern for little things that live in our world, and the note you sent is a welcome assurance that, maybe, we are not crazy. 🙂

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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