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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, June, Part 2!
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We had a special birthday for a special gal in March.
Zoe is officially a teenager now!!!!
Happy 13th, Zoe-padoe!
Liam loves coconuts.
From shimmying up a coconut palm to breaking them open and drinking their sweet milk, he loves coconuts!
Hey, my reading glasses!!!! I wondered where they
The kids were given Kindles by their Uncle Ed.
So cool!
I was pulling into my usual dingy parking spot to pick up the kids from school, when I saw this beast. I asked the fisher man how much it weighed: about 600 lbs. Wow!
A week before Maia and Liam
I was a great evening. At one point, the dads of their hula-hoop swinging daughters, were invited up on stage to hula too. They weren
Such beautiful flowers so wonderfully woven into a Tahitian headpiece.
Dennis and Don, our documentary film maker friends, arrived to continue their filming of us.
Don did most of the filming and......
Dennis was the
We all had a moment with the camera, one on one. Michael had his turn and then they filmed the two of us together.
After two weeks, Dennis and Don had to head back home. Nevertheless, we had fun and they left with many hours of Gromit shenanigans on film.
The evening of Maia and Liam`s big show finally arrived. Excitement was in the air.
Maia`s class dancing to Shakira`s Waka Waka.
The second dance was a Tahitian one.
The evening was also a fund raiser for the school. Parents were asked to bring either 10
coconuts or a cake and juice. We brought cake, as our coconut palm on the boat is not bearing any fruit at present!!!!
Tables and tables covered with cakes.
French fries bubbling away.
Shish-kebabs sizzling on the grill.
For weeks and maybe even for months before the end of school, the kids began planning the `end of school` celebration. 
French fries were at the top of the list! Later for dinner, we had mounds of salad with homemade croutons, made by Zoe, and a pound of bacon, which we haven`t had for ever! We ended the evening with popcorn and a few episodes of `Glee`.
Michael, having a beer (well, about to have a beer) with our friend, Mark, a fellow engineer and long time resident of French Polynesia -- not to mention great sounding board for Michael when technical issues came up.


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