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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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.
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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:
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We found the lock under repair; new gates are being installed.
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These snowbirds have missed the last boat south:
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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:
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We hauled out for the first time in 8 years to service the bottom.
All done, tomorrow is the day we go afloat and back to normal…..

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On this day last year

We miss being on the boat, even though living in town makes more sense now and the water is only a few steps out in our back yard, Big Bob Channel and the rapids that never freeze.
We miss the intimate connection with nature. We liked it on the boat, even in winter.
On the boat you could hear and feel the wind howl across the bay, we could hear the pressure cracks form in the frozen lake. In the apartment we are so cut off from all that, and feel disconnected from the raw nature we were surrounded with for 30 years full time on the boat….
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Haul-out Day

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Hauling out today for winter storage – us and 6 other boats, starting at 09:30, and it is looking to be a perfect day in the making.
Yesterday I completed the frame for the shrink wrap and Johnathan Livingstone Seagull is checking my work this morning:
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