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July 1st – 4th, 2015 – still in Summerside :)

We are still living on the boat at the marina in Summerside and now that the weather has warmed up, it is much better. I did buy a set of fleece sheets and they have made a big difference. I think I will keep them on all summer while we’re on the boat. Cotton just seems to absorb all the moisture whereas these fleece sheets do not. Now, they are shedding quite a bit even though I washed and dried them on extra hot, so maybe a few more washes might do the trick. I would recommend them, so here is the link.

We spent Canada Day here in Summerside and it was quite nice. There were activities for the kids down at the Green Shores Park which is about a kilometre away if you walk on the boardwalk. There were quite a few bouncy castles and I wondered if they were tied down enough due to the continual winds here on the island, but nothing went wrong, so I guess they were fine.

The fireworks were really good, especially because we just sat out on our deck. There were all sorts of people on the boardwalk and the dock and everyone looked like they were having fun. Allan, from the computer store next door kept us well entertained with his nine grandchildren. They all seemed to have to use the washroom and none at the same time, so he spent most of the night walking back and forth with a different child in tow every few minutes. It was pretty funny!

The house is progressing well and William has the windows all done as well as most of the trim. Next week will be a big week as Chris will be working on tiling the floors and the kitchen is coming on Wednesday. Most of the lights were installed on Thursday and they look really nice.

William thought it might be an idea to put a mantle on the fireplace so here is a picture of the fireplace without a mantle and with a makeshift one (ignore the ladders and envision just the mantle). If you have an opinion, please make a comment! We’re not sure yet what we like better. Here’s the pic:

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Other than that, we went for a bike ride today to Kensington. We stopped at all the antique stores along the way. There is so much stuff! I really like the antique wooden crates so I might get one later on. It is a good idea to ride your bike though while shopping for antiques because you can’t carry much. Here are some pictures of last night’s sunset and our bike ride.

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That’s about all the news for today.

 

 
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Posted by on July 4, 2015 in Sailing in the Northumberland Strait

 

June 18th to June 28th, 2015 – Summerside

We have been very busy with the house renovations in the past ten days. We are at the stage where we have to decide on things such as paint, lights, trim, sinks, taps and doors. It’s been interesting researching all of this. Good thing William is knowledgeable and has helped make good decisions.

Big ships come into the harbour during the spring to unload gravel. PEI has no gravel so it all has to come by boat. Once the ship arrives, all the different companies show up with their trucks and haul it away. It is a very efficient process and the ship is usually unloaded within 24 hours. Dennis says that the price of gravel per truckload is the same as we paid in Ontario where the gravel pit was about 10 km away.

Last February during a storm, a City of Summerside snowplow hit the sign that was in the middle of the parking lot and did quite a bit of damage. The sign really was in the middle of the parking lot and I am surprised that more people did not run into it. The city’s insurance paid for the damage so we opted for a sign right on the building for Allan’s business Live Techs. The insurance company also paid to take away the sign in the parking lot but we couldn’t have them do this until we were in Summerside because of the huge cement base. We didn’t want a vehicle driving over the base and wrecking their car. On June 22nd, Sign Station arrived and took the sign away. Yay! If you check on Google Street View, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

Dennis rented some machinery to get rid of the cement base. All that is left now is a little pothole. We have arranged for it to be paved over as well as another job near the deck. Check the pictures below.

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We went to an old fashioned carnival last Friday afternoon. It was the last day of school so between 4:00 and 7:00, the City planned all sorts of activities for the kids. There were all sorts of old fashioned games and the volunteers were dressed up in period costumes. There was live music playing and treats for everyone. It was a lot of fun!

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The fireplace is done. Chris Blaquiere – the Tile Guy – had two of his crew members complete all of the stonework for the fireplace. It looks great! One of the tile workers is also a musician. His name is Nathan Wiley and he used to tour all over Canada opening for Blue Rodeo. He’s back in Summerside full-time now and does beautiful work. He’s a man of many talents. He’s got songs on iTunes, so just search for him there as well as songs on YouTube. Here’s a link to one that I like.

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So, that is all the news for now. Canada Day is coming up and I think we have a good location to watch the fireworks. We will see!

 
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Posted by on June 29, 2015 in Sailing in the Northumberland Strait

 

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June 15th, 2015 – Charlottetown to Summerside

We managed to get to Summerside this afternoon with very little effort. There wasn’t much wind so we motored the entire way except for a 15 minute stretch when Dennis pulled out the sail. Soon after, the wind puttered out. Nothing much happened on the way down. Once we left the Charlottetown area, we didn’t see anymore lobster pots, so the only thing to contend with was the bridge and it was easy to go under.

The big excitement though occurred last night. Someone was filming a tv series at the marina. It is called Just Passing Through and they were filming an episode for the second season. Here are a couple of pics.

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Other than that, not much else is new. As I said, we made it safely back to Summerside. The house is progressing well and I will be writing about that soon as we won’t be traveling anywhere for the next while. Here is a picture of us going under the bridge.

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This is a picture of the harbour from our new home. The sailboats are out racing tonight.

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That’s all the news for today!

 
 

June 14th, 2015 – Wood Islands to Charlottetown

We are supposed to be back in Summerside but due to the very strong north wind, we didn’t make it. About an hour after we left, the wind really picked up. It was supposed to go to 20 knots but it hit 40 more than a few times, so we either had to turn around and go back to Wood Islands or tough it out until we got to Charlottetown. We decided to tough it out and once Dennis brought the boat closer to land, it wasn’t nearly as bad. The wind was wickedly cold though – coming from the north so we were happy to see the inner harbour at Charlottetown.

The big event today while we were getting lots of sea action, was that there was a sudden crash down below. I went and checked and the mirror in the forward washroom had fallen right off and onto the floor. We were so lucky that it didn’t break! That is where we shower and I wouldn’t enjoy picking shards of glass out of my feet forever. You’ll see the pictures below of where the mirror is supposed to be and where it was placed today while under way.

It’s funny that the mirror fell off when it did because when we arrived at the boat on Wednesday, the aft washroom mirror had fallen off sometime over the winter and was lying on the sink. Interesting that the glue lasted fifteen years. It didn’t break so I went to the fishing supply store in Souris and bought some powerful silicone to glue it on. I guess we’ll be doing that tonight to the forward washroom.

Nothing much happened on the water today except for the mirror. There weren’t that many lobster pots to dodge so that made things easier. We did have a bit of trouble docking because of our instructions – the attendant told us that we would be docking on the starboard side and when we arrived, that wasn’t the case. We had to go back out of the marina and change the lines and fenders and come back in. So, I guess it is important to either make sure the dock attendant knows what he/she is doing or we need to rig both sides of the boat when coming into a strange harbour. Oh well, we just circled around once and Dennis was able to change everything to the port side.

I walked over to the No Frills and got a few groceries while Dennis hiked over to the other marina to buy fuel for the boat. We might need it tomorrow if it is anything like today! The weather should be better tomorrow though and maybe we will get to put up a sail.

Other than that, the only other funny thing was the “Harbour Hippo”. It is a cruise bus/boat in Charlottetown. After touring the city by land, the bus goes into the water and tours the harbour. When I saw it, it was playing the theme from Gilligan’s Island as it went into the water. I’m not sure it that would be my choice for a song but I guess it is better than the theme from the Titanic!

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That is all the news for today!

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2015 in Sailing in the Northumberland Strait

 

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June 13th, 2015 – Souris to Wood Islands

The “shakedown” cruise of 2015 actually went fairly well. Compared to most years, this one was quite low key. I remember last year when we left Souris and rounded the corner at Cape Bear, everything went crazy – lots of wind from several directions and big waves. This year was much better.

We intended to leave at 5:00 but by the time we got organized and the fog has dissipated, it was 6:30. We left in the rain but there was very little wind. That was good because we had to keep our eyes peeled the entire day! We were on the lookout for lobster traps and knew that if one wrapped around the prop, it would be very bad news. We managed to miss them all but our track was probably not a very impressive straight line. At one point, when Dennis was having a nap and I was in charge, I spotted a whole bunch of lobster pot markers and veered off course. The markers suddenly flew up into sky. Humph!

The weather was a typical Maritime day – rain, fog, wind, sun, more rain and then more sun. Most of our time on the water today was rainy but it did clear up at around 1:00 and became a beautiful day.

The highlight of the day was when a little porpoise came alongside the boat and started swimming beside us. He then went in front of the boat and swam right in front of the bow for a good five minutes. It was really interesting to watch him dive and come right back up in front of the boat.

Once we arrived at Wood Islands, we immediately went over to Crabby’s and learned that it was NOT open and that it had changed hands. The new owners will open up in July so we will see if they were able to get the lobster roll recipe from Crabby as it was awesome!

Not much else happened today. All is good – we will be heading to Summerside tomorrow but it will be a long day on the water. North wind so it should be good for sailing. We will have to keep our eye on the lobster pots again.

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Here is an older post of the 2012 Shakedown Cruise.

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2015 in Sailing in the Northumberland Strait

 

September 1st and 2nd – Summerside to Souris

This is a picture of our boat taken by Donna McCarthy in Summerside.

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We finally, finally got to leave Summerside on Monday. The wind warning had disappeared so we were happy to get going! We left early – around 6:30 and the sea was calm for most of the day. Of course, the fog rolled in for a few hours but we always had some visibility. Dennis turned on the radar, just to be on the safe side, and discovered that it didn’t work. He had crossed some wires (or something) when he had been working on the light for the top of the mast a few weeks ago. Luckily, he managed to fix the radar quite quickly.

There were quite a few lobster or (crab pots – we’re not sure) along the way, so we had to keep our eyes peeled. Unfortunately, we caught a line and dragged a trap for a bit. We went around in a circle, trying to lose it – hopefully it had only caught the keel and not the propellor! It fell off when we went in reverse. Whew! Dennis was not looking forward to diving down on the prop and cutting the line.

We carried on and made it in to Wood Islands at around 4:00 – just in time to meet up with David and Joy who were very nice to us and bought us dinner at Crabby’s. The lobster rolls and chowder were both excellent!

We left early again this morning and had some fog but also had some visibility so it wasn’t very worrisome. The weather forecast was not in our favour though and the entire area had another wind warning but we were ok. At around 9:30, Dennis just left his post to go make some coffee and I looked over on my port side and spotted a HUGE whale! It was very close and was about the length of our boat and travelling at the same speed. It surfaced twice, just long enough for me to see and then it was gone. Pretty cool though!

We got into Souris at 1:00 and enjoyed talking to Debbie. We felt like we were home! The marina had a couple of adventures over the summer and it was good to get caught up on the news. We also saw Dale (from Tranquilium) and had him over for supper.

The boat is coming out of the water tomorrow at 1:00 so if you want to see it, just watch on the harbour cam.

Here are a few pictures. The one on the left is of our view in the fog. The top right picture is of the information building at Wood Islands and the bottom picture is the Dutch Runner, seriously leaning in the Souris Harbour.

 

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So, we had a lot of fun this summer and would like to finish off our adventure with a little video that we made this morning. Enjoy! Stay tuned though for another new adventure!

 
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Posted by on September 2, 2014 in Sailing in the Northumberland Strait

 

August 24th – 29th – Summerside

Here are a few pictures of the goings on in Summerside this week. The yacht club had their 50th anniversary and had all sorts of activities including the Parade of Lights. Boaters were encouraged to dress up their boats with lights and do a sail past when it became dark. I got to be a judge and it was lots of fun! Boats were extremely well decorated. The sailboats, especially, with their masts, were able to really make things look spectacular! One of the powerboats, some people from New Brunswick, really put a lot of effort into the festivities as they had a small band (fiddle, guitar and banjo) on board – they could really play! Everyone also dressed up as pirates and as they went by for the sail past (several times), we could hear them belting out another round the Drunken Sailor! They got a prize for best participation! Anyway, here are some pictures of the Parade of Lights.

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The other pictures are of Summerside and surrounding area. The fields are a beautiful colour, getting ready for harvest. The picture of the dogs was taken along the boardwalk – everyone likes to walk their dogs there. The final picture is of the skateboard park – it is pretty big – almost the same size as the skateboard park in Barrie.

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We will hopefully leave for Souris tomorrow – we will only get as far as Wood Islands but the winds are in our favour so it should be a fun ride! Monday, not so much as the winds are supposed to switch. Of course, the forecast may change – who knows? Tomorrow, we should be able to see the Tall Ships leaving Charlottetown and coming into Summerside  and hopefully I will be able to get a few good pictures!

That’s all the news for now…

 
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Posted by on August 30, 2014 in Sailing in the Northumberland Strait