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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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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Up The Creek 2015

Just a stone’s throw away from our marina and a short dinghy ride away, is Nogies Creek, funneling the headwaters of the Precambrian Shield to Pigeon Lake. Here linger the spirits of First Nations and European settlers, who paddled these waters some two hundred years ago.
Peaceful shallows, dotted with cottages and the odd grandiose homestead.
This was our first trek up the creek this year, thankfully not much has changed since our last visit of 2014, also featured on this blog….
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Downtown Bobcaygeon webcam

As an experiment, I placed the webcam on a tripod on the side of the street in front of the Buckeye Centre. The cam, WiFi booster, netbook computer and power pack stayed for two day and two nights, overlooking the swing bridge and Lock 32 of the Trent Severn Waterway. This is a video compilation of some of the randomly archived webcam images:

Landlubber Report

Now that 2 weeks have gone by living ashore, I draw the conclusions that logistically it will be more convenient.
The bars are strolling distance. We walk to shop. Wendy walks to work…

We also conclude that it will not be as much fun regarding nature and wildlife, albeit we already have a new pet living in a tree 15′ out the kitchen door. (Still learning to say “kitchen” instead of galley.)  🙂
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We do miss the boat, but this isn’t too bad: the nice blue water pouring by at 3 to 4 knots out back in Big Bob Channel will never freeze and we could not ask for a more beautiful place to spend winter.
Can hardly wait until 4′ of snow is out there and icebergs are flowing past.
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A great view of the channel in both direction.
That’s Gordon’s Yacht Harbour across the channel in the background, and our webcam is pointed at the Main Street Bridge.
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Icebound on the Trent Severn Waterway

We are in Ontario Canada, Pigeon Lake North, near Bobcaygeon – Lock 32 of the Trent Severn Waterway. We came up here to enjoy the winters that promised the “Great White North” experience. Well, the first two were quite disappointing, but this one is starting off just right. A foot of snow this morning and forecasted temps to be minus 21 degree Celsius tonight / -21° C.

So, here are last year’s and a comparison this year’s webcam images, taken in the same location, just different camera angles:
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Here is a look at the images around the boat today:
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