02 January 2010 | Fernandina Beach, FL
Beth / shivering (but not shovelling!)
I see that on Dec 16, I was running around here in shorts and T-shirt. This is just a quick note to say that today we are all bundled up in layer upon layer of clothing. It was 44F in the cockpit this morning and has only marginally warmed up on the dock. The wind is blowing 15-20 knots. The marina staff are scurrying around to ready the water lines for the cold snap expected over the next few days. The forecast calls for lows of 23 to 27F over the next few days.
I talked with my dad this morning and heard that it was just above 0C in Amherst, NS with blowing snow. At the time it was 48F here - windy but sunny. I'll look up the comparisons but you can figure that since 0C is about 32F, it's pretty much the same temp here.
Ken (Oz) joined us for dinner last night and we dined in Lowcountry style. Shrimp and scallops sauteed with onions, peppers, lemon and a dash of hot sauce, served over cheesy grits. The green veg was snow peas (with carrots, peppers and dip earlier) and we finished off with pecan pie and constant comfort tea. Aaaaah.... it was a comfort!
A small cruise ship was tied up on the wharf opposite us overnight - the American Glory - fun to see it come in so carefully. Multiply it by 5 and it would match the ships we used to watch in Halifax harbour!
We've pumped out the dinghy and are about to get it up on the davits. Fuel is topped up and we'll get water tanks filled shortly too. We'll be off in the morning for St Augustine! Gotta beat that freeze!