Over the weekend, Victoria had incredible wind storms. We are lucky with our slip location in the marina that we don't get a lot of wave action. That doesn't change the amount of noise in the rigging though, so it made for a very long, noisy evening! We had been out late enjoying a pot luck dinner with friends, partaking in lots of wonderful food & wine, so okay maybe that didn't help either!
We woke in the morning hearing lots of voices on the dock, and you could tell that something was wrong. Darren rushed out to help & further down the dock our poor neighbours dock had come away from the main finger, & a float popped up. They were madly trying to untie their boat from this sinking piece of cement, along with lots of help from others. In the end they moved to an available slip beside us, and there was no damage to their boat - thank goodness!
While others prefer the security of being tied to the dock, this incident reaffirmed to me that in a storm, we much prefer to be swinging free on our anchor in an empty anchorage!
Okay, you all know that winter is not my favorite time of year - but I made it through another one! Hooray! People tend to think it's because we live on a boat, but trust me, it's always been my least favorite season!
Out for our walk the other day and came across lots of flowers springing (pun intended) up through the dark soil, putting smiles on everyone's faces who happened to notice them! It moved me so much I almost went into a little jig right there on the sidewalk!
Each morning is also brighter a little earlier, creating huge grins on Orion!
(Yes, proof we are pretty easy to please!)
We spent a fantastic family Christmas at the cabin this year! We arrived to a white blanket of snow, decorated the cabin with lights, and cut down the traditional Christmas tree! It even snowed for a few hrs Christmas Day making it all that more special!
The New Year has found us busy socializing with new & old friends alike! It's been wonderful! Our boating friends are getting anxious for the weather to improve to get out there and play, while Darren and I are patiently awaiting our main sail alteration. We often comment when the wind picks up and Orion is pulling at her lines in the slip that she is calling to us to take her out and play! This past weekend had us pouring over the charts and choosing new places to go. A friend suggested a few beautiful spots that are within 3 - 4 hrs from here, so we are looking forward to discovering those as well!
Although it is winter, we really can't complain about the weather this year. There have been some very chilly days & nights, but they were generally coupled with sunshine, so truly beautiful! We did have a snowstorm like no other I have ever experienced! The wind chill was so cold as it snowed it formed ice around the boat, & later that day it warmed up melting the snow & then cooled so fast again that we even had icicles! Crazy! It certainly gave me a new appreciation for people back East that shrink wrap their boats in winter & still live aboard!
I've decided that I'm going to change things up a little, here on the blog. Living aboard is different than traveling and discovering new areas, feeling at times that everyday life isn't very blog worthy. In uncovering this, I've had a change of heart, prompting a new approach. I will now concentrate on doing weekly updates and post a pic from the week that stirred me in some way! Our families will continue to be happy as they enjoy reading the blog & the picture sharing. With this in mind, your comments here on the blog & any feedback you many have, is greatly appreciated!
Hopefully, we all enjoy :)
2011 has been a year of change for us in so many areas, that we found ourselves rolling with whatever came our way, meeting life head on. Thankfully for us, we are both a little stubborn,(okay a lot stubborn!) coupled with positive attitudes who view "life handing us challenges" as opportunities for new experiences & growth! So, to read in between the lines....we've experienced & grown a lot this year!
We have spent the last week being reflective, and putting our heads together on what we want to focus on this coming year. It will continue to evolve of course as we go along, but it sure feels great to be settled enough now to have a plan!
This photo captured a few beautiful moments while out & about in our wonderful city!
Every year Victoria has a Light Parade where a parade of decorated boats circle the Inner Harbour. We have participated in previous years when living here in Victoria, so I was very excited to join once again!
Our boat is decorated in multi color LED's with an inflatable Santa attached to the mast. He gave us lots of laughs as when there is a slight breeze one of his arms moves back & forth & it looks like he is waving to the crowd! We are pretty happy with how things turned out, although you can never have enough lights! I'm already talking "next year we could......" as I watch Darren's eyes glaze over! He pretends to be such a scrooge, when inside I think he loves Christmas just as much as me (although I have been called a Christmas Junkie!)
Santa was a big hit with the kids of course and as we were leaving the dock to join our place in the parade, a group of young people starting chanting "Go Santa, Go Santa!" It put ear to ear grins on our silly faces!
Friends of ours that joined the parade for the first time this year went all out with their decorating! I would have shown that picture, but sadly it turned out too blurry. They had lights everywhere, a live Xmas tree decorated on the bridge and he wore a Santa suit, & waived the bells! All this while navigating from the bridge! Everyone loves Santa!
The parade ended, the Christmas cheer was pouring and we all stayed up playing until the wee hours of the morning! So much fun, I can't wait to do it again next year!
Orion decorated for Christmas, sitting in our slip, and again rafted up downtown have been designated photos of the week!
I hope you enjoy!