BREAK TIME

BREAK TIME

A little break from our remaining days on the water and home renos felt like a mini vacation to us.

Last year when my family visited we spent the day on R.E.D.(Story here) but now that the newest member of the crew has arrived we spent the time on land-based activities….

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Our Guests

…attending the Great Pumpkin Festival…

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The Great Pumpkin

…a visit to the park…

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Making Friends

…the Festival of Lights in the Chinese Garden…

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.Festival of Lights

…and a super treat was having dinner prepared for us, easily the most delicious curry we have ever tasted.  Can’t wait to try it out in the galley.

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Guest Chef

The time passed far too quickly but it was quality time.

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Captain, Baby and the Pig

Family visits are always pleasant, but now it’s time to get back to the boat to enjoy those last few days before haul-out.

 

OF FAMILY and FRIENDSHIP

OF FAMILY and FRIENDSHIP

Just one picture is all I have for this post.  No spectacular sunset.  No feisty storm.   Just this one picture that tells the story.

We arrived home after almost two months away.  And a superb voyage it was!  Such a great experience!  We’ll sort all that out as we settle in at our home port.

Our vehicle was left at our condo this year inside the garage because of problems with the breaks two years ago after a summer away.  Expensive lesson learned.  We also wanted to avoid mail accumulating while away and to have the occasional eye on our little land home ‘just in case’.

Two very special people played an integral part in the ease of departure and arrival.  Retreived at our club in fine style, us with enough dirty laundry to sink a ship, served a delicious home cooked brunch with great chilled champagne, fine wine and some truly wonderful conversation and a gift of fresh local corn on the cob. Then to arrive at our land home, a welcome back note and bounty from our friend’s community garden.

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Béatrice and Dorian, words don’t begin to express how much we appreciate everything you have done for us, on our departure, during our absence and on our return. As I have said so often, it’s the little things that mean so much.  Un gros merci!  Thank you so much!

….So, I said just one picture would tell the story when as I was writing this my dear Francois realized we were out of a few supplies of the alcohol persuasion and returned with his ‘booty’ in true pirate style…

…neither shaken nor stirred with a slice of lemon and a heart-shaped ice cube.  First ice cube I’ve seen in more than two months.

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Desire to Inspire

ROAD TRIP EAST

ROAD TRIP EAST

I wasn’t really sure how to categorize this post.  It involves a personal road trip to visit my kids on the East Coast but it also brought us along part of the path we will take on this year’s adventure…

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…so I split the difference and am calling it part ‘Road Trip’ and part ‘Adventure 2016’

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St-Lawrence River

 

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Adventure 2016

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Windmill Farm, Tantramar, NB

We had an all too brief visit to welcome the newest member of the family…

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…and catch up with the grandkids.

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…even the mundane was special for us.

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…how quickly they grow.

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…a little farther East for the rest of the visit…

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…more grandbaby time and walking lessons.

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…and a little reno help and a drive along the shore.

Could this be part of our future?

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Beautiful St-Margaret’s Bay, NS

We returned with great memories…

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East Coast Pirate Treat

…and a bottle of our fave rum for those Dark ‘n Stormy nights onboard R.E.D.