We wish all a happy and blessed new year 2019. We celebrated into it with Jenkins who are staying close by. Today we have calm and sunny weather, a teaser for the calmas de enero, which usually occur in the middle of January. Sheila took the kayak for a spin to enjoy the weather.
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.
After Sheila left this morning, I came into Winter Cove on Saturna Island. This is a large, well protected anchorage, and only a few boats are in here. Nobody I know, so this is my chance to clean up the boat a bit.
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.