Birthday Party

We celebrated Bernice’s birthday tonight, and what a great party it was. There was a nice dinner, music and dancing, visiting with family, and of course a birthday cake. Great fun!

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Fall in Vancouver

The boat is packed up for the winter and we are in Vancouver. Sheila is busy with a bathroom renovation, I am preparing a guest lecture, and we both are enjoying spending time with friends. The weather has been cold and wet, but today the sun came out in the morning and it is supposed to stay nice for a few days. Stanley Park has a definite fall feeling to it though.

Another day in the sun

I left Winter Cove this morning to stop for lunch at the pub in Port Browning. When I anchored there I noticed that the boat next to me was IBIS, a Beneteau Oceanis 351 that we owned from 2003 to 2006. The current owner uses the boat to teach sailing and we had a nice chat.

Later, I went on to James Bay on Prevost Island, where I had not been before. There is a nice apple orchard there, and a good 4  km hike to the lighthouse. The day has been very warm and sunny.

IBIS

James Bay

 

Port Sidney

After a few very busy days of meeting with friends and relatives, Sheila and I came into Port Sidney Marina today. We are meeting some friends here tonight and Sheila plans to go back to Vancouver tomorrow. The weather is still nice and sunny, but the nights are quite chilly.

Russell with friends

I spent a day at Sidney Spit, enjoying the continued fine weather. Yesterday I went to Russell Island, which still has an old orchard. There are friends on two other boats here, and we picked apples, blackberries, and salal berries together. A very nice evening enjoying the fruits of our labour together, but not much boat work got done.