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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Living On An Island

Last day of the first year we became seasonal boaters, after 30 years full time on the boat.
No longer “liveaboard” boaters but we still live surrounded by water, on one of the three islands that make up beautiful Bobcaygeon Ontario.
And, we’ll be back on the boat come summertime. 🙂
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At the marina

Stopped at the marina to check on the boats and found a lot of wildlife activity from last night; a family of river otters live just a little way to the north on the east side of the bay. They were obviously fishing in the open water around the boat and playing on the ice.
They are about as big as a medium size dog. We used to enjoy watching them last winter when we lived on the boat. All we can hope for now, is that they’ll get in the way of our webcam and we’ll see them at our apartment on the computer…..
They left their tracks all over on the fresh snow on the ice:
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Winter is here now. The forecast calls for colder temps and maybe snow coming.
The bay sure froze up nice and flat, smooth, but not good enough yet to go on it:
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Last day of autumn 2014

I set up a webcam yesterday on the aftdeck of the EncorE, and now we don’t have to be at the marina to see the bay ice over – here is a Saturday afternoon archived image:
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Summer update and comparison

Has been a wonderful summer without too many too hot nights, so the air conditioning / hydro bill is getting some nice breaks. Good sleeping weather.
I did a 6 month reminder in the same location today, just up the road. I consider both seasons beautiful, in the right location, and we certainly are blessed to be there:DSCF3197
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