Hi Folks! We were sailing along when, "Dun, dun, dun, dun" we saw a large fin in the water? Is that a shark? Nah... it's an Ocean Sunfish! These fish are all head with only a 'skirt' attached. They can grow to be 25 feet long and weigh 3000 Lbs. They feed mostly on jellyfish and plankton. When they swim their fin looks like a 'sculling oar.' The one's we have seen in the past are a darker gray, but this one was a very pretty silver!
As promised this post will be dedicated to fishing the Cod! Our friend Jim outfitted us with some new handline reels that he produced with his own hands. Then our brother Berkley fixed them up with the appropriate jigs and equipment. We were dumbfounded by their generosity and very grateful! Here is the result!
We bid our friends and adopted family a fond farewell and continued on our journey. As you can see by the first 2 pictures we were greeted by fog as we motored across the calm bay. Thank goodness for our friend 'Spot' who makes a log of our track. If you would like to see our track on the World map go to this link: http://share.findmespot.com/shared/faces/viewspots.jsp?glId=0ondemfY9ikBtYuog3CcezGeen7Yqlrhm
Click on the first picture of the set and scroll through to enjoy the gallery and read the captions!
I have mentioned a couple of times how yummy the fish is around here. Well, we decided to take a drive to Isle Madame to buy some more. This is about a 2 hour trip each way, but if the local fishermen will drive this far you know it has to be good!
Canso in on that little arm across the bay from the marker, down to the right. So we drove over to Cape Breton to Isle Madame.
We browsed around the store at all things fishy while they completed our order. Berkley made sure he called all his friends and family before we took the trip and got their orders, too. Small communities stick together! We loaded the truck and the cooler with about a dozen 10 pound boxes of Haddock Fillets and Loins and threw in several pounds of fresh Scallops, Yum! As we drove back home we stopped at a couple of the homes of friends and family to make our deliveries, chat and have a beer. Our friend, Jim, likes to work in his woodshop and make all kinds of things. We noticed that he had put together a whole stack of wooden reels for handlines. We commented on how nice they looked and he gave us three! Handline fishing is very popular in Canada. When we got back to Berkeley's place he kept the reels and the next day he had them all outfitted with line and feathered jigs. The generosity of these people is overwhelming! Next post - handlines in action!
Having awakened to a balmy day, we decided to take a little walk about. Please join us as we explore the town! You may click on the first picture to enlarge an go through the gallery.
As we were enlightened to fact that Tropical Storm Arthur was heading our way, we secured S/V Evergreen in a small "cobweb" of lines to each side of the dock to keep her from thrashing about during the expected winds. She is nestled right next to Irish Towner, our friend Berkley's lobster boat. You can see that the sun is shining and the harbour is flat calm! After making sure our girl was as secure as we could make her we headed up the hill towards "The Shed." On the way up I took a couple of pictures of the surf on the outside of the harbour in Canso Bay. You can see that it's a bit stirred up. No sailing today and Stanfest was cancelled - oh well, no worries mate - let's just sit in The Shed and have a meeting of the minds for awhile while the Lobster cooks... Then we'll do what any other self-respecting Cansoen would do in this situation. We'll just have us a Lobsterfest!!! A good time was had by all. Thanks Berkley.
By the way, the wind did blow a bit in the middle of the night, so we were glad we'd taken the time to secure the boat, but today it is a gorgeous, cool (57 degrees) and abundantly sunny day! Stay tuned for further adventures as Evergreen sails through the Canadian Maritimes.
These are pictures of Evergreen and her crew steaming through St. Andrew's Passage, Canso, NS. They were shared by our good friend and adopted sister, Gloria Dixon. Click on the first thumbnail in order to see the full picture and scroll though the collection.
Home is where the heart is,
And friendship is a guest,
A book, a fire, a handclasp,
A place where souls can rest!
We were surrounded by our warm friends from Canso the second we stepped onto the dock. They greeted us with warm hugs and a heart felt, "Welcome home!" (I guess we've been adopted?!
“The call of ambition is strong and we must try to act upon it, lest we spend a lifetime regretting what we didn’t do. As a wise man once said, ‘People cannot discover new oceans unless they have the courage to lose sight of the shore.’”
Katz, Marcus; Goodwin, Tali (2012-05-01). Around the Tarot in 78 Days: A Personal Journey Through the Cards (Kindle Locations 5096-5097). Llewellyn. Kindle Edition.
It was with excitement, jitters and much glee that that we tossed our lines and indeed lost site of the shore! My mate, Philip and I retired this year from our 30+ years as critical care nurses. In an effort to organize our new life plan we decided to spend some time away from home base and cruise around on our sailboat, Evergreen. So, what's new about that you say? Well, true we have spent many summers aboard Evergreen cruising around, but the difference now is that we're free! We no longer have to hustle around in order to get back to the workplace on time. It is an interesting, albeit a little scary feeling to be so free, but as the above meditation suggests we really don't want to have the regrets of not doing something that we yearned for when it's time to pass on...
So, in an effort to keep you all up to date and with us, we invite you to follow along here as we cruise along in Evergreen and we hope you stay with and enjoy learning with us, as we learn about the world we live in through our eyes; the eyes of adventurous sailors!
I will post pictures and tell stories whenever I have time and good internet, so stay tuned!
Someone told me that when I retired I could play in the Sun and build 'sandcastles' all day if I wanted to! I'm a bit tired of this; could we go sailing?
Our first stop on the journey was a brief visit to our sister, Virginia's farm. Has anyone out there ever heard of Garlic Scapes? They resemble the seed heads that onions produce, but the long green stems are very firm. You cut them up like Scallions and either use them in salads, etc., or saute' them in some olive oil and add them to whatever you'd like - We ate them on the side with roast lamb (yum), but Virginia says her favorite way to eat them is over pasta!
I just learned that I can use the Gallery feature on my website to upload a group of photos at the same time. You may click on them to enlarge if you wish!
The Galley is set up and fully stocked, the boat is as 'ship-shape' as we can get her, O.K. now, I guess it's time to shove off! As we sail away we bid "Hail and Farewell" to all our friends and colleagues. Goodbye Maine! To be continued...
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