Friday, January 23, 2009

Five Things

Another Friday, another update. And I have FIVE things to talk about today.

Second. An update on the Dock Crocs Dock. Anchor Girl & I took a drive into the cottage last Saturday (January 17) for a look see & I'm happy to report that it appears that nobody else has been there in awhile. Read: no snowmobilers siphoning fuel from the boats.

However, the Canadian flag we rescued from the waters last spring has given it up. I guess that last wind storm was too much, so someone ( . . . .) is gonna have to grab a new one. I figure with the heavy duty mounting we have, a larger flag may be in order;

Third. Videos. Yes, I am having lots of fun sharing the video clips with you all!! If you've noticed, I have pretty much switched over to YouTube to host the clips, as they offer a 'high quality' feature that Google Video doesn't. Funny, as Google owns YouTube . . .

Any who, I hope everyone is able to actually view the video clips???? I hope so, because I have recently uploaded a number of new ones, which I'll be posting ion the coming days. YOUR COMMENTS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME (how many times do I have to remind everyone of that???).

Fourth. Boat Show. Everyone get to the Boat Show this year? AG & I headed down on the first Saturday and were happy to catch up with the Free Bird, Water Wings & SunAria crews & share both a meal & cold one, as well as take part in some equipment upgrades. Heck, we even had time to review a Georgian Bay chart. Only 26 weeks to go to The Bay!

I think Analus is going to have a 'Grand' time this year. All ten feet of it;
Better get studying that chart plotter manual, Sanja. Remember - north up view, north up view. Ahh, don't sweat it, at least you know someone familiar with the unit who can give you a hand :-)
Fifth. After 3 months, 200 hours and 342 edits, I have F I N A L L Y completed the 2008 Rotten Row / Dock Crocs Year End Video and DVD. Phew, the title almost took as long to type :-)

I'm really happy with the finished product this year and I think you'll all really enjoy it. Lots of laughs and even some new features I figured out with the software. In fact, I'm already working on some ideas for the 2009 video. With that in mind, I need you all to get your singing voices in shape. HA! Wait, I'm serious.

Here's the plan, Stan. I would like to get all of you to sing parts of - even all of - a popular song. Then, through the power of modern technology, I'll edit it into a musical montage of memorable merit for all to enjoy at Next Year's FFF!

I even have the song already picked out; It's 'I've Got You Babe' by Sonny & Cher. How much fun will that be?!?!? To refresh your memories, here's a video of the original recording - although I think Sonny's lip syncing could have been a little better;

On with the show. This is one to go with the last posting, from our overnight on July 5th. A perfect evening with the four boats together on Chicken Bay;

Here's another clip I took using AG's camera with the time lapse feature. This was at Lock # 42 (Couchiching) on our way up to Georgian Bay. Pretty cool with the boat dropping down the lock and the doors swinging open. If only they all went this quick, eh?

In the spring, we have what seems like thousands of Barn Swallows nesting in the rafters at The Cottage. If not thousands, then they leave droppings in the thousands! Oh well, our new tarps over the boats should help that situation this season.

Take a look at this clip, which I took one Friday evening in May. It had been raining all day and the sun poked out for just a short time. Check all the Swallows flying around! I find them quite entertaining to watch - just waiting for them to collide in mid flight;

The last two from tonight show two extremes of Georgian Bay. HEY! No groaning - I like The Bay.

This first one was taken on the last day of our holidays before we started heading back to Orillia way. This was at Beckwith Island, when we got to experience a phenomenon known as 'The Beckwith Bounce'! We spent the night anchored at Beckwith with Water Wings and Maple Leaf. The wind started blowing hard out of the north west - which we were protected from, but the fetch of the waves found it's way into our little bay. Ya, all night long! You'll see the aftermath of this experience on the Year End Video;

Finally, in contrast to the above clip, here's a morning panning shot of beautiful Beausoleil Bay. Note all the generators running, including our $99 special.

The boats that were immediately in front of us included a guy named Mike, who had swam over to our boats the night before in the buff. At least, that's what he told us. He's the one you blasting away in the Sea Doo at the beginning . . . Fun times;

Friday, January 16, 2009

Remember Summer?

It seems like such a long time ago - and along time to go. Summer, that is :-(

But fear not, as have a plethora of videos, photos and reminiscing yet to share with you. And speaking of sharing, I look forward to YOUR comments and input on the Log Book!

And speaking of Sharon, good to read you guys are still alive & well!! Yes, Sharon, I too am looking forward to the 'Return Of The Pearl' on the waters of Simcoe, Couchiching & maybe beyond?? Hmmmm, 'Return Of The Pearl', that sounds like a great title to a segment on this year's video ;-)

Here is today's videos of summertime activity, starting with Water Wings sailing along side of Boogaboo heading into Chicken Bay. If I'm not mistaken, this was the first time that Water Wings had sailed this area, even though Mr. Analus had is 'old' boat here many years before;

This video I took up at Henry's Fish Restaurant on The Bay. As this place is only accessible by water, there is a number of float planes that fly in and out of here all day, every day, bringing visitors for lunch and the wonderful scenery. The fellow you see walk by me yelling "Get him a hat!" is the owner of Henry's, Paul Elliot. Might be a nice spot for the 2010 Rendezvous?????

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Fifty-Six Degrees

56 degrees. That's all we need to add to this morning's temperature to be right back in the swing of summer!

- 28 degrees Celsius. When I saw that today, well, I just said to myself 'Self, that sure is a cold one'. Then I thought about the fact that we are now well past the half way mark for the winter and with our annual trip to the Boat Show behind us, it's all down hill from here on in. Except for the thermometer. That one has a bit of an UPHILL climb :-)

Ok, I trust you've all seen the latest FFF Reminder video up there at the top and are are busily getting your Hawaiian shirts pressed and the coolers all shined up for the big event?? Oh, I also wanted to give an update on the 2008 Year End Video and to let you know that when you're getting ready to come over for the P-A-R-T-Y, you may want to bring a pillow. Ya, seems my talents have gotten the better of me and this year's production might end up running a little longer than year's past. Just a bit. Only a few, ah, minutes. Sort of . . . Still coming?

Today's winter band aid is a group of pics I took on the July 5th weekend, which was our first overnight at anchor! And it was as perfect of a weekend as you could get, weather wise. Dead calm, sunny and hot all weekend! The top shot is us at anchor (duh) in Chicken Bay.

There's Anchor Girl walking down the dock at our slip. Note the lack of foot apparel. Yes, summer & warmth. Only 56 degrees to go;

Heading out on to the lake on Saturday morning;

Saturday afternoon video clip;

Saturday evening with Graham & Wevvy out for a little row to shore;

Here's the little guy sitting on the deck of Free Bird, watching the glorious sunset. Jason was up there keeping him company, too;

A.G. enjoys a cool drink on the warm evening. Ahhhhhhhhh;

Sunday morning, looking out to the north east - Beaverton/Gamebridge way. Note both the incredibly calm waters as well as the incredible number of dead bugs on our canvas. Note to self - no anchor light on in the future;

Heading back into port on Sunday evening, following SunAria;

Here's a video clip of the ride back in;

Friday, January 2, 2009

Another New Year!

Can you believe we are in ANOTHER new year already?? What the heck happened to the last one - or last ten? Here's hoping the best for everyone in the coming year!! Sunshine & warm breezes. OK, HOT breezes, then :-) That's for Anchor Girl.

As I glance over my shoulder to look at the calendar, I see we are now less than 3 months to getting back to the cottage for some serious 'getting ready' time. With the Boat Show starting next weekend (we have our tickets already) & Frankie's Follies only SIX weeks away, it looks like we are getting real close to getting over the hump. HOO-Ha to that, eh?

Time for this week's Winter Band Aid. That's WINTER band aid for all of you following along at home - nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

This time we are up at Honey Harbour on Georgian Bay. Yes, another posting with Georgian Bay. Why, you ask? I had a friend of mine tell me that once I did 'The Bay', I'd never want to head down the 'Ditch' of the Trent Severn Waterway. That's east bound for those of you not following along at home. Well, I wouldn't go that far to make that statement, but I sure was taken by the Bay & the challenge & excitement of the rough, wild aspect of the land and waters. And yes, I am proud of myself and A.G. for making up to Parry Sound and back - without missing a single marker nor hitting a single rock. Even with the dinky. And our day and night at Beckwith Island with Water Wings and Maple Leaf was definitely something I'll remember for the rest of my life!! Let's give a big HOO-HA for that!

Alright then, on to the clip. Like I said, this was taken at Honey Harbour - a mere 1,874 rocks from Port Severn. Although this was already about 6 days into our holidays, it was only the second day I felt like I was on holidays. Something about a change of scenery, I guess. The photo at the top of this posting is alluded to in the video. It's the narrow passage we went through on the dinky by 'Mermaid Island' - not Dolphin Island as I guessed in the clip. We drove around most of the island and through some other narrow passages. Very cool. And yes, I'll be back there this year;