So here we are in our new water digs…loving it by the way…but it does take some getting used to. The weather is typical east coast…hot and sunny one day and foggy, shivering cold the next. When I lived here the big joke was: What follows two days of rain? The answer, Monday. Today is following a similar pattern but as retirees what does it matter? The day of the week for us is as foogy as the weather but we do have a fairly good grasp of the month. Still June, right?
We started off our day at our new fave farmers’ market picking up fresh things for weekend meals…a huge bag of greens, special sea salt herb blend called Herbs of Fire which I’m dying to try and some salami from our new German butcher, a gift for a friend from a local artisan and a bar of soap made with Dea Sea Mud that has been promised to transpose us back 10 years. If I could have skin as beautiful as the sales person who, by the way, actually rolled around in the Dea Sea Mud, I would buy all her products…but I digress…
Coast Guard Auxilliary
Today our club was hosting Marine Day with various events, seminars, a large flea market of boating paraphernalia and an impressive presence of the Canadian Power and Sails Squadron from Halifax Squadron. We also tapped into a vist from the local Coast Guard Auxilliary to have our courtesy check. All good onboard R.E.D. for 2017.
Stand-up Paddle Board
In spite of the rain, there were on the water displays where we could take a turn trying out various water craft.
..and enjoying some pretty amazing Jerk Chicken from a local food truck.
To top off the afternoon what could be better than a fam visit.
Always a chance to reinforce Captain’s rule of ‘one hand for the boat and one hand for the Bean’.
A two year old’s attention span will improve with time as will our patience…I’m sure.
As the festivities wound down, we settled back in our cozy cabin, poured ourself a glass of wine and reflected on just how lucky we are to be here. Two days on the water and we haven’t even begun to explore. More on that for sure, very soon.
It’s a big messed up fog of confusion this moving business. We know we need to find a land home but where to search. We know we need to find a home for R.E.D. that’s relatively near where we live. We don’t want another situation of when we were in Montreal and had to drive for almost an hour in good traffic to reach our boat club and for those who know Montreal, ‘good traffic’ exists only in dreams. Most yacht clubs require a full membership before a dock space can be reserved, if indeed they have space for the season. We could take a lesser convenient mooring but our dinghy, Ballon de Rouge, is still under man power (a small engine is in his future but for now it’s not a priority) and with no shore power how long would our batteries stay charged in frequent east coast fog? I felt like a cat that had just been let out of her travel case. Anxious. Confused. Stressed.
After a couple of days of driving along the picturesque southern coast of Nova Scotia and visiting several marinas and yacht clubs we settled on a home for R.E.D. at least for this season but so far what we see, we really like. Shining Water Marine is located on the eastern shore of St. Margaret’s Bay on the Light House Route of Highway 333 otherwise known as Peggy’s Cove Road, within 15 minutes from Halifax and within easy driving distance to some of the country’s best beaches. Perfect!
And there seems to be a resident lobster fisherman at the quay just west of us. He may see me standing at his slip when next lobster season rolls around. If I’m to understand that could be as early as August around these parts.
Shining Waters offers the full service of a Yacht Club in a beautiful but relaxed setting without the comittment of a membership. Washrooms, showers, laundry, new docks with electricity and water. No problem storing our trailer, a functional ramp should we need to haul out for the occasional land trips and a fairly active social agenda should we wish to participate. And the best part, located near the Head of St. Margaret’s Bay and the gateway to some of Canada’s best sailing ground.
Shining Waters Marine
Finger #53 will be ours for the season and should we choose to continue our relationship here into 2018 and beyond, a deposit to secure our spot is all that’s needed.
It was with mixed emotions that we headed out this morning but we didn’t want to overstay the welcome of our generous hosts. But first we had to do a bit of pruning. That pine tree was just far too close.
Inches to spare.
Next on our agenda aside from washing away all the traces of land travel, is to relax a bit, explore our new sailing ground and on off days, find a land home for the crew. We’re confident that we’ll discover our “Red by the Sea” in good time. We aren’t in a hurry, we are comfortable aboard R.E.D. until October and the close of the sailing season and when we find it we’ll know it’s right.
Sunset on the Bay
Today the Galley Kat is much more calm and settled. Our little chalet is now splashed and safely at her dock and tomorrow is a new day with a clean slate on which to write more of our story.
The CFA’s have arrived.
This was our third and shortest day. Only 389.8 kilometres. It’s a trip that can easily be done in one day but we kept the speed at a steady 90 km/h, giving us better fuel consumption and because it was just a nicer way to travel, all relaxed and carefree.
Our tow beast and R.E.D. rolled as one solid unit. After leaving the campground this morning though we noticed a sound that wasn’t there during the two previous days. A sort of grinding sound. I fully expected to see a trailer wheel drop off and poor R.E.D. tumble onto the highway. But as we learned in our CPS Boat and Engine Maintenance course, first check the obvious. Turns out all we needed was a little grease. With all the rain the night before and accumulated road grit, the ball of the trailer hitch was rubbing metal on metal. A five-minute stop, a little lubrication and all was silent once again. Once back on the road, Francois looked at me sideways and said ‘and this is why I bring ALL my tools Kathy.’
Nova Scotia Border
R.E.D.’s New Home Province
Total Trip Recap
Distance: 1365.5 km (848.4 miles)
Average Fuel Consumption: 14.4 l/100km (16.3 miles/US gallon)
Total Litres of Deisel: 193 litres (50.9 gallons)
Fuel Cost: $200
Next on the agenda is to find a home for R.E.D.