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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Summer and the Sea



We've named our boat Solitude, as in "a place apart." Here she is on a clear Saturday morning just after launching. There is nothing like being out on the water for the sense of getting away from it all. The cares and worries of life slip away and relaxation unlike anything I've experienced before sets in. 
 

On this morning, Tim had a co-pilot, complete with life jacket and sunglasses. She was so excited. Out on the water a police boat came alongside and asked us to slow down. I thought maybe they would board and check for licences and safety equipment, but no, they just wanted to compliment Little Miss A for wearing her life jacket and gave her some stickers, an activity book and other little items. Kudos to the RCMP!
 

After anchoring in Princess Bay, Tim took A out for a ride in the little dinghy. I love the way she rests her arm on his leg, watching every move he makes. He took her along the shore and pointed out various features. She had a hard time staying seated and Tim later said he kept his fingers hooked into her life jacket.
 
On the little island (Portland again) I crouched to snap a photo of this wildflower. A bee buzzed in at the last moment in a frenzied photo bomb. You can see how fast his wings were moving. The grasses that were so green a month ago are drying already, golden and rustling in the breeze.

 There's still plenty of green. Green trees, bushes, and dark rock meld beautifully with blue sky and sea. 

Homeward bound we wait for a ferry. On the water it can be difficult to judge distances. The ferries are big and move fast - they aren't as maneuverable as smaller boats so it's best to stay out of their way. If you are near a ferry and hear five loud blasts from its horn, know that it's saying something like, "what on earth are you doing? Get out of the way!"

And now, another week begins. I'll be attending a graduation, meeting with a few friends, gardening, cooking, and sewing. An ordinary week, if there is such a thing.

23 comments:

  1. I love your boating stories; its been such a long time since I have been on the water in a smaller craft than a ferry. Your photos are lovely as always.

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  2. I had to smile at your "ordinary week" comment. Oh to sit in that dingy and boat with special grandparents and explore. You could just tell she was taking it all in and loving it.

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  3. Well, Tim's co-pilot is pretty cute, I must say. That is a beautiful photo of the flower and the photo bombing bee. I'm surprised that the grasses are turning brown there. Has it been very dry? Have a great week. It sounds busy to me. Blessings, Pam

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  4. Solitude is a lovely name for the boat. I love that your granddaughter was recognized for safety. (Question: Are life preservers necessary at all times or just when moving?) Your upcoming week is going to be fun!

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  5. The weather is so heavenly right now. I bet being all tucked up in your little boat, makes it even more perfect. Clarice

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  6. Such a precious co-pilot! The water looks like a peaceful place to be. Wishing you an enjoyable week.

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  7. Solitude is a lovely name for a boat and your excursion in the bay looked very peaceful. Your granddaughter also looked like she was having a wonderful time with grandpa! Love the bee on the wildflower photo, Lorrie!

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  8. We live half a country away from the sea. A day at sea looks so relaxing. I, too, will be cooking, cleaning, and getting ready for the family reunion. Guests arrive Friday. I am so excited. Hope you have a great week.

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  9. Looks like a fun cruise...you've got a great dingy!
    We always stay out of the ferry's way...and their wake is pretty powerful.
    Enjoy your week.

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  10. How lovely and what scenery. Beautidul pics.

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  11. "Ordinary" is a relative term, isn't it? So glad your enjoying some extraordinary times out on your boat (whose name I love)!

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  12. Yes, I'm afraid ordinary has really gone out the window down here. What an appropriate name for your boat. The photos of little miss and grand dad are so sweet! Enjoy your week!

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  13. That is such a cute story about hooking his finger in the life jacket. Lovely photos, looks like a grand day.

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  14. The weather and the scenery are beautiful on the coast right now. Your grand-daughter is lucky to get to experience the sea with grandpa. Lovely photos!

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  15. Looks like a perfect day out on the water!

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  16. What amazing photos! I just can't get over how clear the bee is. Well done.

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  17. Solitude is the perfect name for your boat. It reminds me of this verse "And He said unto them, Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while..."
    Mark 6:31 KJV. May you enjoy your rest always and come away feeling totally refreshed in body, mind and spirit.
    Blessings,
    Aimee
    PS: Of course the islands are hardly desert places; nevertheless they are definitely a place "apart":)

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  18. Cute story about Miss A getting rewarded! She will be an excellent boater one day!

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  19. Oh, I love this story and the feeling! So beautiful and relaxing.Enjoy your summer.

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  20. Thanks for sharing...the "photo bombing " bee made me chuckle, but you got a great picture!

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  21. that's a precious picture of those two in the dinghy : )

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  22. What a lovely experience for your little Grand daughter and how she has grown.

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