June 18, 2011 , Dartmouth, NS
WOWSERS... things are moving along, rather speedily I might add. All things considering... all things falling into place.. all things being what they are... we've decided that with Dave's impending retirement in a month, we really should tie the knot before he officially leaves the Navy. And we love each other. So, why not ?
Looking at the calendar and trying to find a day that will do between now and then, means that we have less than 3 weeks to pull this off. Gasp.
Since we've both been 'round the Buoy once before, neither one of us wants anything hugely traditional or ceremonious. We both know we want our new home to be part of the ceremony. And from there we will build something fantastic !
How exciting n'est ce pas ?
June 11, 2011 , Dartmouth, NS
Our new home came equipped with a HELLUVA lot of SCHTUFF, which all things considering, we were really happy with (some stuff was almost overkill, but hey, since we didn't "buy" it, we'll "take it". One of the things that didn't come with our new home and which we will desperately need, is our "car" (a.k.a. : dinghy).
Dave has been scouring the web, researching, looking for used, looking for new, what is best, what is worst, what will wear well for the southern climates, what will transport us and our provisions to and fro...
So we finally got ourselves a brand spanking new AB dinghy, and motor ! Huge purchases to be sure. We are now having fun breaking both of them in... won't be long before the shinieness of the dinghy will be replaced by the scum that seems to collect when things sit in the water...
June 6, 2011 , Dartmouth, NS
So, one of the conditions of the purchase of our new home, is the name that was on her was proprietary and stayed with the owner... so one of the conditions of the purchase of our new home, was that hey, you want to keep your name, well, then, you remove the name so we have a blank canvas to work with. So we now have a nice white space between the stripes to put in our very own special name.
OMG and finding a name for our new home, our way of life, our way of being, that would not only reflect who Dave was, and is, who I was, and am, who we are together.. and well... this is proving to be very very difficult LOL.
So we finally came up with one we both liked. It has a link to the Navy (as Dave is a (soon to be retired" Navy man, and I have worked for the Navy for many moons), it links us to the spiritual side of things, something we both believe in, and reflects our new lifestyle together... and well.. here we go. Her new name is to be : BANYAN.
Navy personnel use the term "Banyan" to mean a spell ashore for a barbecue, a special kind of navy party. In spite of the changing nature of the Banyan, there are three constants: it is always a fun occasion,
it is held outdoors, and the emphasis is on good food, good drink and good friends - something along the lines of an old-fashioned picnic.
Banyan also refers to the "fig tree", a special kind of giant tree (symbolizing power and strength and longevity), in that over its lifetime it can go from a single tree to an entire forest. Because of its large canopy, meetings and ceremonies would be held underneath...
Interestingly enough the roots are upwards and its branches down. Spirtually, if one stands on the bank of a river, the trees reflected in the water are upside down. The branches go downward and the roots upward. Similarly, this material world is a reflection of the spiritual world.
It is thought of as perfectly symbolizing eternal life due to its seemingly unending expansion.
UFI : Robinson Crusoe, makes his home in a banyan tree.
And finally "Dream transforms into thought, thought results into action, that is Banyan."
So, Banyan, she be.
Now we just need to find the right font, someone to cut the vinyl and hopefully put it all on for us !! Woohooo !!
May 29, 2011 , From Chester to Dartmouth, N.S.
So we summerized Illihee II, got her ready for launch, waxed and shined her up, emptied her out and cleaned her out, and then promptly delivered her. And then we got to go to Chester to pick up our new home, and bring her home.
I was sad to see Illihee II go. We spent three lovely summers on her, and I learned everything I know about sailing on her... she served us well, and I am sure she'll be a wonderful home to the new owners. I did the happy dance though, when I stepped foot on our new boat. The weather on departure date wasn't great, but then May never is... it was cold, and foggy and wet and damp, typical NS weather.
May 27, 2011 , Chester, NOva Scotia
So the deal has finally finalized, and we are going through the steps, dotting our i's and crossing our t's, signing the paperwork(s), visiting the brokers, visiting the banks, visting the boat and generally driving ourselves crazy, you know how it is ?!?! And as of noon today, she is OURS !!!
She's a 40 foot Jeanneau. 10 years old, but pristine, absolutely mint condition. She's got teak decks and not a scratch on her, the guy selling her, insisted that all shoes be removed before we could even agree to a rendez-vous time to go onboard. Once onboard we knew why.
She's the 2 cabin version, huge galley, and tons, and I mean, tons of gadgets. Excellent. Tons of toys for Dave to play with. Can't wait to clamber aboard and really start playing.
May 6, 2011 , Halifax
Well, like the title says, so far so good.
We've been extremeley busy what with the goings-ahead of the purchase of our lovely new home-to-be... survey this, survey, that, meet engine guy here, meet marina guy there, wait anxiously by the phone for a call back to this, wait for cyber-space to ease up on email traffic so the reports come in, etc, etc, etc...
It's also another couple of weeks of waiting for the sun to come out so we can get our lovely Illihee II ready for delivery, and then you won't be able to wipe the grins off our faces as we clamber aboard our yet-to-be-named Jeanneau 40 !! Oh, and trying to find a name is a lot harder than it looks !! We've got a few in mind but will wait for the official ceremony before announcing that little tidbit of news.