2015 in review

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,100 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Still No Snow 2…….

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…. 🙂

Still No Snow……


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:


Ready to be Icebound and gearing up for Christmas

All done with my winterising chores, and our wind and solar installation has worked out well.

Very happy with the stove Will Dicks built for us; simply awesome.

And, the topic of a tree on the dock had come to my mind. We had a little tree up the last Christmas we spent on the boat, in 2013:
But the Tiger was still with us then. Now, we are facing a Christmas without a German Shepherd Dogchild for the first time in some 30 years…..
It took a bit to get into the mood, especially with rain coming down, but what is the season without a Christmas tree! So we cut a manageable size tree on a gracious friend’s offer to pick what we wanted on his land and today, in the rain we secured the 12′ tree on the dock.
Decorating will happen in the next few days and official lighting will be once we get snow on the ground.





November Boat-Ride

The month of November in Ontario Canada is not known for boating weather.
Rather it is the time when most recreational boats are hauled out and put to rest for the winter. Exceptions are the liveaboards concentrated around Toronto – a couple of hundred boats that remain afloat as private residences, not unlike us, except that we are alone in the north country (by choice).
Where we are is near the town of Bobcaygeon on Pigeon Lake, Lock 32, part of the Trent Severn Waterway that is also a big portion of the America’s Great Loop.

This year, so far, we have been blessed with a mild and very pleasant November. So far….
We took the opportunity to go for a short cruise from our marina location to downtown Bobcaygeon, where the lock is, and these are some of the images of us being the only boat left on the lake, taking advantage of a perfect autumn day.
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Arriving at the lock in the busy summer season means chances are there’d be no room for us, but not so when we have the whole lake to ourselves.
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Ladies of the Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society ensure our town is always pretty – this image is from the swing bridge that crosses the Trent canal at the lock:

We found the lock under repair; new gates are being installed.
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These snowbirds have missed the last boat south:

A few more images heading back “home” to the marina:
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As a pleasant surprise, our friend Andrea McClure was in her backyard and took this image, which is great, since we never get a chance to see what our boat looks like from ashore: