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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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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Still No Snow 2…….

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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…. 🙂
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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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Bluffers Beach Club – Anchored Memories

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A few years ago we spent some time as liveaboards at Bluffers Park Marina in Scarborough. Wendy and I, along with a few friends created this wonderful hangout we referred to as the “Bluffers Beach Club” – it was all about the view of wide open Lake Ontario in the summer and in winters the wind driven seas covered everything in a sculpture of magnificence only nature can create.
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We spent a lot of time there with our German Shepherd Tiger and have some wonderful memories…..
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It was an awesome place to hang out.
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We had a Group 27 battery with a solar charger, a webcam uploaded pictures and Sirius XM Radio Margaritaville supplied the tunes.
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In 2009 we marked the spot with a 65 pound Danforth anchor.
We had bent the Danforth in Bimini Bahamas in 1991, and once an anchor is bent, even if it is straightened, it should not be trusted again, so it was a good item to make our mark. We drilled the rock and installed concrete anchors to hold it, grinded the bolts down so it can not be removed and we marked it “J W T 09” (Joe Wendy Tiger).
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I was at the marina a few days ago on a job and was saddened to find that “our” Beach Club has been abandoned, overgrown with weeds and apparently used only by vagrants now to drink beer and sit around the fire. I guess the boaters lost interest…..

They say all good things have to come to an end one day, so the good times and the funky place the Bluffer Beach Club once was, is now for the memory banks but surprisingly, our 65 pound Danforth anchor is still bolted to the rock, albeit well hidden now behind the vegetation that is reclaiming the land.

I took a picture on the 19th of August 2015, 6 years after we installed the anchor and so now I wonder; for how many more years will the Danforth be guarding our memories there on the shore of Lake Ontario…..
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