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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

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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 - Smoke House Bay
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Gromit sitting a Smoke House Bay.
View of Smoke House Bay facilities.
The smoke house is on the left and the bath house is on the right.
The bath house.
Maia is swinging of one of the tree swings.
This tiny wood stove is what heats the water tank that fills the cast iron tub inside the bath house.
The hot water is also plumbed to this outdoor tub, if you want to soak outside!
There are two tree swings, which kept the kids amused for many hours. Seen here is Dharma from s/v Solara.
So, this was the result of the early morning fishing tutorial with Dave (s/v Riada II). I caught 3 and Dave 2. He had been fishing the day before and caught some nice sized Snappers, so he kindly gave us his catch of the day.
I did truly get over my
We are working on a huge granite counter top with sink and running fresh water. Clean up couldn
We learned a lot about preparing fish for smoking.
Sprinkling the fish with a mixture of sugar and salt.
While Michael and I were preparing the fish, Dave removed his fish from the smoker.
The girls decided to do school in the open air. A nice change!
Dave with his smoked Red Snapper.
Dave got the fire going while Michael and I finished up preparing the fish.
We had to wait a bit for the wood to burn down before we closed the door to the smoker. If it is too hot inside, the fish will cook, not smoke.
It took about 6 hours to smoke the fish.
Wash tubs and fresh water! It
So, while the fish smoked it was laundry time.
This is not a good as a washing machine, but it sure beats doing laundry on the boat in a pail with limited water!!!
The next day, Michael, Liam and I went to the same fishing spot where Dave and I had caught all the Red Snapper. Michael and I caught nothing, but Liam cleaned up!
Cleaned, filleted and ready for the freezer.


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