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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 - March, April, May Part 1
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At Hana-Iti beach, Michael and I learned how to extract a coconut from its tough, fibrous outer shell with a machette. We learned from the master, Sikki, who can do this manoeuvre in about 30 seconds. Michael and I took substantially longer!
Enjoying the spoils on board in the evening.
Pancakes, aka crepes Canadiennes, on the beach.
One of Liam
He caught a remora.

This fish attaches itself to a shark
Note the rough area on the head. This does the scrubbing.
Yes, it was the BIG year for the BIG birthday! 
Astrid and Co. had been with us for a couple of weeks, but had flights out a few days before the BIG day. So, the day they left, I was presented with a large box and given strict instructions not to open it until my birthday.
Under the first flap was this note.
Note under the second flat.
Hmmmmm......dinner in a box.
The Menu
Included in the 5 star meal was music, place mat, dinner plate, cutlery, napkin, exclusive dining hat and two very special hand-made beeswax candles right from Indian River Apiaries, aka Be-A-Bee!
It was so much fun!

I must say though, that the chicken was a tad rubbery!!!!!
I had a blast unpacking this lovely and thoughtful dinner. We all had a good laugh!
(Hey, Maia, that
In March, Maia
During the weekes before leaving Huahine, the students prepared a music and dance show for the class who would be receiving them. They were practising at the airport.
We had two solar panels and Michael, our
He had a lot of preparation to do to be able to put the new panel in between the two existing ones. (The third panel has been installed and I need to get a picture of it!)
Luba, a family friend of Michael
They had chartered their boat for only about 10 days, so in order to see other islands, including Bora Bora, they had to sail away after only 3 days.
We had some really delicious meals together. It
When Liam isn
Zoe took her Vice Principle for a sail around the bay. We invited him and his family and Zoe
When it was time to go, Zoe drove them back to the dock.
Boys first.
Then the girls.


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