Sailing Gromit

26 March 2016
26 March 2016
26 March 2016
26 March 2016
26 March 2016
26 March 2016
26 March 2016
26 March 2016
26 March 2016
16 January 2016
29 November 2015
18 August 2015 | Home
18 August 2015 | Home
18 August 2015 | Home
18 August 2015 | Our house
18 August 2015 | At Home

Winter Wonderland in Canada

26 March 2016
Yes, it's winter in Canada and we are in the thick of it.

There has been a hint of spring, but mother nature can be fickle at this time of year. Two weeks ago we had temperatures in the mid teens (mid 70s for you Fahrenheit folks), then a huge snow storm that gave the kids two days off of school and now heavy freezing rain that coated everything to the point of tree branches bending to the ground and snapping like toothpicks.

Where are the palm trees and beaches?

This is the house we are currently living in. We'll be here until our house is rebuilt....we don't know when. We'd hoped to start rebuilding in spring....which is now....but progress is slow, because the process is slow.
We can't complain because this house is spacious and comfortable, though quite dark. We've talked about lightening it up with some brighter paint. Just haven't gotten there yet. Still too much to do regarding the fire.

Winter in Canada

26 March 2016
Maia, Liam, Zoe, Jaya

Loving the snow.
Building snow buddies.
Make snow angels.

But.....also looking forward to spring!!!

Snow Buddies

26 March 2016

Winter Wonderland

26 March 2016
Patterns in nature.

Winter Wonderland

26 March 2016
Freezing rain.

Winter Wonderland

26 March 2016
Vessel Name: Gromit
Vessel Make/Model: Olympic Adventure
Hailing Port: Toronto
Crew: Michael, Cornelia, Zoe, Maia, Liam. Photo: At Tilloo Bank, Elbow Cay, Bahamas (photo by Frank Taylor)
About: Michael: The technical/mechanical/all about the boat and systems guy. Cornelia: The lists/house and land details gal. Zoe, Maia and Liam: Gromit's Skippers in Training!
Extra: Departure date: Summer 2008 email us at:
Gromit's Photos - Enjoying Huahine
Photos 1 to 34 of 34 | Main
Katy, with Maikai in front and Kailea between Liam and Maia, came to get the kids for water skiing. Not only were they excited about going water skiing, but to ride on a jet ski, too!
The kids all go to the same school. Kailea speaks English, which was a wonderful thing for Maia in the beginning when French was so overwhelming.
Excitement ran high this day, when both Maia and Liam were able to ski for long periods of time without falling.
Here we are having lunch at the home of a family we met early on in our stay. Claire is a teacher at the College (middle school) that their two daughters attend, as well as Zoe.
Their son goes to the same school as Maia and Liam.
It was a delightful day and a really delicious lunch.
Their home is situated on the side of a hill with an incredible view, which I can
Claire and family came to visit us aboard Gromit one Sunday and had a swinging time!
We went back to
We were invited to share their lunch of fresh fish cooked on an open fire, coconut bread, baked in a pit oven in the sand and breadfruit with coconut milk -- all prepared for them by their friend, Sikki, the caretaker of the beach.
This elegant 71
We motored over a few days later and met Roger,
Halloween Party!
This party was hosted by Sophie, from the States, a long time resident of Huahine. The party was open to any and all children.
Notice some of Sophie
Grommie helps with morale during our almost daily English reading practice.
Grommie wasn
The beach just a few hundred metres from Gromit. It is a 30 second dingy ride.
Floating, relaxing and re-energizing in the soothing rhythm of the gentle surf.
Nearby, obviously not in need of any re-energizing, were Maia and Liam building forts out of scrap wood cast aside at a new resort being built. Once the resort is open, we probably won
A traditional Polynesian sailing catamaran, that sailed into the port one day. It had sailed from Tahiti. It
Zoe arriving at her bus stop after school.
Yup, that
Swimming lessons.
They are offered at the beach 30 seconds from Gromit.
The closing of a day, brings with it one of the few sunsets we have seen here. Usually, there are so many clouds over Raiatea Island that there is no sun to be seen.
The closing of this day finds Liam conked out on out couch with best-buddy Grommie.


Who: Michael, Cornelia, Zoe, Maia, Liam. Photo: At Tilloo Bank, Elbow Cay, Bahamas (photo by Frank Taylor)
Port: Toronto