Friday, November 5, 2010

Getting ready to splash.

We had a terrific six months at home with family and friends.  The newest member of our family, grandson Jackson Closs, is thriving and commands centre stage at any family gathering.  It is great to watch him grow.  We are in withdrawal after seeing him several times a week and having a visit with him and his mom for 4 days in October.  We spent time with great pals on the Sunshine Coast, visited relatives in the UK and Scotland and enjoyed fun times with our wonderful Abbotsford connections.

However, our other life has kicked in and we are leaving the Vancouver winter for the sunny islands of the Bahamas.  We have moved back onto the Blue Pearl - although she is sitting on blocks in the work yard in Indiantown, Florida and you need to climb down a ladder if you need to find a washroom in the middle of the night.  Pam is convinced there is an alligator (see our last post) at the bottom of the ladder (she hears a clock ticking) and so she manages to wait until morning.

Scraping the teak rub rails

Only 95% left to do!

We will paint the bottom, replace some sails and canvas, do a myriad of other smaller maintenance items and then look for a weather opportunity to head across to the Islands in the Stream.  Brad will be down over Christmas, Carrie at Spring Break and Jen is trying to figure out when is the best time to travel with a busy, inquisitive little boy. 

Busy boy...

Many of our guests from last year are planning to return... and we have commitments from others who plan to visit us on the Blue Pearl.  We are very excited about the possibility of a visit from Uncle Bob!  Those of you who know Uncle Bob know how much he would love the clear Bahamian waters.

We've already made preliminary visits to West Marine to buy tons of supplies.  Total Wines will be pleased to see us back as well!  VISA called the other day because we hadn't purchased anything.  Wondered if we'd lost our card.

We will be working here in Indiantown for another week, then on to Stuart to have our sails and canvas installed.  If that takes another week then we should be ready to cross the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas when the weather provides us an opportunity later in November.


  1. Enjoy, Enjoy every moment, looking forward to all your posts for this season. Smooth sailing wishes coming your way!

  2. great blog. we're there in spirit.

  3. Great to see you are back at this, and prepping up for another winter in the Bahamas. We will be sailing along with you from our cold snowy north, so please entertain us. Thanks again for the blog, it is a joy to follow.


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