Sunday, 21 October 2018
Sunday, 14 October 2018
Saturday, 13 October 2018
Storm Callum is ripping through the Pinfold today and news filters through of boats being sunk on their moorings in the Menai Straits.
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
For the time being our wanderings have halted and we are back home and enjoying the mundanity of work, of weekends with friends and of strolling in mid Wales’ autumnal countryside.
Monday, 1 October 2018
We left St John’s in thick mist and drizzle. We flew back to Glasgow in thick mist and drizzle but soon it cleared and a stiff breeze struck up. The view form Traighuaine sparkled in the late afternoon sunshine and showers.
Thursday, 27 September 2018
With everything securely wrapped up for the winter we pointed the Dodge Grand Caravan at St John’s and pressed the gas pedal for 4 hours. Ted and Karen had graciously invited us to stay with them for a couple of nights and we rolled up there at 8.30pm. Once again they were great and welcoming hosts.
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Monday, 24 September 2018
To stay in the lovely Lewisporte Marina for a year we had to join the Lewisporte Yacht Club. We are not complaining though as $50 (Canadian) gives us unrestricted access to the Club House with it’s laundry, showers, lounge overlooking the harbour, BBQ facilities and hostel sized kitchen. It is always warm and toasty and the sofas are perfect to relax in after a hard day of bottom painting!
It is not only Canada’s most northerly marina but it must be the friendliest too. Ever since we got here we have been astounded by the universal warm and generous welcome. Unsurprisingly, having struggled to get here, nobody is in a hurry leave - us included.
Yesterday we picked up Dick and Ginger (of Alchemy fame) from Gander Airport and took them ‘home’ to the Clubhouse for a Greco’s Pizza and Moose Joose with the Club’s elder statesmen Peter and Carolyn Watkins. A delightful evening in a delightful place with delightful people.
Today we pulled on the boat cover and attended to a few, long positioned, boat jobs. A bit of gel coat filling, measuring up for a replacement Aquadrive and disassembling the skeg rudder bearing ready for a visit by a welder tomorrow morning. The rudder bearing damage was only partially fixed in Greenland and I am determined to effect an over-engineered solution if at all possible. The other job to be delegated to the professionals is the removal and replacement of the cutlass bearing which also defeated the Greenland shipyard last spring. Fortunately for us Ivan is on hand to take over when I have reached the limits of my engineering skills!
Sunday, 23 September 2018
The Vikings named this land “Vinland” which conjours up images of acre upon acre of neatly pruned grape vines spanning the land. When the modern European settlers got here they named it “Newfoundland” and, in this new land, there was no trace of a grape or of vine. Just thousands of square miles of forest. Black spruce, birch, maple and juniper grow everywhere out the peat bogs. In the clearings and beneath the canopy grow the berries that feed the moose, the birds and the bears. Blueberries, partridge berries, cloud berries to name but a few.
At Twillingate today we ate a late lunch at the cafe next to the “Vinery” which made us wonder, “had those Vikings been right all along?”
Fascinated we bought a bottle of Moose Joose which is sold as, “a delicious local wine”. But, unfortunately for the Vikings, it is made of blueberries and partridge berries not the product of the vine. Whether it is any good or not we will find out tomorrow when we test it out on friends.
Saturday, 22 September 2018
With winds gusting to 45 knots we left the boat to take care of itself on it’s jackstays and drove up to Twillingate to visit the Boat Building Museum there. We even bought a $5 raffle ticket to win one of their boat building projects. Not sure how we will get it home if we win!