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.
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.
And, this winter, being here alone on the bay, is the greatest feeling of all.
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.
This year is a hard winter. They (whoever they are…) even came up with a description for the unusual record setting temperatures across North America: “Arctic Vortex”
So far it has made for some beautiful snowy wonderland photo ops, and those white tundra images of the frozen bay that some have labeled bleak, or even scary.
But, no wildlife. Last year by now we saw coyotes, wolves and deer cross the bay, and critters made daily visits to our open water to fish and hang out. This year, not even any ducks! Is it too cold perhaps?