CURTSY

Curtsy is doing well. WE have had no major problems at all, the charging system works well, our batteries, 6 of them, golfcart, are now 8 years old, but not showing any signs of wear.
Bert fills them up every 3 weeks with distilled water, the two solar panels have outdone themselves this summer, but then we also had nothing but sun!!
On average they bring in 16 amp. continuous.
On the odd cloudy day we run the Honda 2000 gas generator, and then charge everything too, batteries for the cameras, computers, and i can vacuum, which sometimes is really, really necessary!!
The wind generator has not been used, it seems to be out of balance , i think its the bearing, and now makes a terrible racket when turning.
Next year a new one….. maybe…….
We keep the water tanks full, usually , at anchor, we use only one tank, and fill that one with our portable tank, we use on average 12 to 15 gallons per day, for everything!!
While at the dock, like right now, we use all three tanks.The water maker is only used once every week, or when truly necessary, it does need to run that often to keep it clean.
We carry two propane tanks, each 30 lbs. We do two months with one tank, this is all cooking and baking, for hot water we run the Hurricane heating system,which runs on diesel. \

So there you go, our home on the water, the last few mornings it has been cold, we sleep with lots of portholes open for fresh air, so when i get up i start the diesel stove, which brings the temp up within a half hour. We love this stove and find it the most important item on board.
Curtsy is dry and warm, she is fully insulated, which is absolutely wonderful. If you see us out there sometimes, come and have a look!!
You are most welcome!!!

This might become boring for some of you…..

Because,yes!!! We are back in Pender harbour!!!
It always feels like coming home when we enter her harbor, and someday we hope to make our home here.
Our friends, Martha and Doug AGAIN let us tie to their dock, let me do my laundry, which is such a blessing, Martha is a boater, so she knows how much it means when you can do your laundry somewhere. We value their friendship very much so , and just wish we could do something in return,they have been and are a huge contribution to our summer being wonderful this year.

Bert is working on Balandra again, mostly every day, i am making jewelry, (you can check out my creations on : “blissfulbeadingonaboat.wordpress.com” )
I do repair work too, which keeps me busy. I think we will be here till next week, Balandra should be finished then, we still want to head to Desolation Sound for the month of September and meet up with friends there.

Grapes in Martha's garden, aren't they gorgeous????

Grapes in Martha’s garden, aren’t they gorgeous????

Balandra's home, where my 6'4

Balandra’s home, where my 6’4″ man is folding himself around the little sailboat.

Bottom paint going on......

Bottom paint going on……

Her beautiful repaired rudder, freshly painted.

Her beautiful repaired rudder, freshly painted.

The view from Balandra's home.

The view from Balandra’s home.

My dearest friend, enjoying a quiet moment in front of the cottage.

My dearest friend, enjoying a quiet moment in front of the cottage.

leaving Comox, back to Pender Harbour, if this were a road, we would have left tracks by now!!!

Its been a truly good summer though, we are never in a hurry, go here, go there, if the weather is good, one of the most important things is to get Balandra ready, i am not sure if she goes into the water this summer still, but she will be ready for sure.
She is safe in her “house”, and she will be ready for sure next spring to go to a new owner.
Bert has been working on the bottom paint, which is now all done, the next thing is to ready the hull for a new coat of paint.

On August 19th we sailed from Comox to Boho Bay, the wind was NW, around 10 knots, but the forecast called for a strong wind warning, also NW.
We sailed into Sabine channel and slowly the wind came up more and more, by the time we sailed between Lasqueti Island and Jervis island,it was blowing close to 20 knots, i had hoped to anchor again in Little Bull Passage, but Bert did not feel good about it this time, so we headed to Boho bay, supposedly a good place to be with a NW wind.
We tucked in nicely, next to Boho island, and relaxed, a bit……
It kept blowing, harder and harder, we had a rock wall behind us, i love our anchor, a 30 kg, Manson, and i trust it fully, but i have to admit, i was nervous there…
Long story short, all was well, all still well the next morning, even though i didn’t sleep, First mate’s job is a tough one at times….
Two more boats came and anchored near us, the wind did not let up and we had a NW all day, and again all night.

Its a beautiful spot, across the bay ,a huge rock wall rises out of the water, it all depended on how the sun would hit the rocks, every moment was different, people is their dinghy motored by and hollered into the rocks, listening to the magnificent echo!!

Bert went fishing the next morning, he was just dying to try to catch something. He didnt go far, just to the base of the giant rock wall, i was not watching so when he came back an hour later i figured he had not had any luck….. well, he said, look into the bucket!! yeah!!! right!! you didnt catch a thing heh???
But here, in the bucket, totally filling it, were three Ling cod, one more beautiful then the other, all of them over 26″ long!!
One of them was a gorgeous turquoise color with gold specks, even its eyes were turquoise , i thanked all three for giving us some very good food!!

Early morning, Boho bay.

Early morning, Boho bay.

Three Ling cod, what a gift!!

Three Ling cod, what a gift!!

What a gorgeous fish!!

What a gorgeous fish!!

The meat of this fish was a soft turquoise color too, turning snow white as i cooked it.

The meat of this fish was a soft turquoise color too, turning snow white as i cooked it.

Family get together in Dove creek.

We were hoping to still have a dinner together with Tess, time was running out, unbelievable ,how fast 6 weeks go, the plan was to go to the beach, but weather wise that didnt seem like a good idea , they kept talking about rain, so it was decided that we would all go to Karen and Trev’s house, truly a beautiful spot , always good to be there.

We had a super time, Bert and i brought two large fillets of wild sockeye, Tess made a super nice salad, and Karen took care of everything else, she is a super good cook!! she made an incredible peach pie, yes, with whipping cream, Bert definitely was in heaven!!! he should be after two pieces!!!!

peach pie with whipping cream, you just cant go wrong!!!!!

peach pie with whipping cream, you just cant go wrong!!!!!

Most wonderful garden shed, at Karen's house.

Most wonderful greenhouse !!!!  

Back again to Comox,August 3rd.

I am starting to get used to this route between Comox and Pender Harbour, the main thing we watch out for is the tide and wind, so nice if both of them are in our favor!!!
Its a long day too, this time we went through Baynes Sound, past Hornby island , past Chrome island, Baynes Sound runs in between Denman Island and Vancouver Island. We still had the tide with us, but we had to motor , no wind!!
Every time arriving in Comox harbour is a challenge, as there are boats every where, lots of boats tied to buoys, some boats anchored, but its the little sailboats with cadets and kids practicing that provide a challenge.
This time coming in, a girl sailing one of the little boats , headed straight for us, not noticing us at all!!! We managed to avoid a collision in the nick of time!
Our spot, or rather our favorite spot was free, we like to anchor in front of the breakwater, in line with the Government buildings, its excellent holding, and the view is magnificent!!!
We knew we were going to be busy, Tess was going to come back on board, together with her friend Kathy, Charlie our grandson was joining us, Petra ,Kevin,Duncan and Malcom came for a visit, even though it was on a rainy, blustery day, and Sandra came with us for the day, together with Mieka,Ty and Maya and malcom.
We had such a good day with them, the kids were awesome on board, they respected everything, had tons of fun!!
We took them to Hardy bay, at Denman Island, Hardy bay is alongside a Spit, a long sand beach, wonderful for exploring and swimming! It was such a hot day , again, so they all ended up in the water.
Coming back from the beach , we first ate all the goodies available, and then Bert opened up the lifelines so that Ty , Malcom and Maya could jump off the boat,actually, Ty is a diver, what an awesome job he does, i took some fun photos of him and need to show them off!!!

Definitely some grandkids on board....

Definitely some grandkids on board….

here they are!!!!

here they are!!!!

Ty's super diving style.

Ty’s super diving style.

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Nice dive!!

Nice dive!!

Its been so immensely dry here this summer, that most of the trees and bushes started changing color much sooner then normal. This Salal  bush is already dying off.

Its been so immensely dry here this summer, that most of the trees and bushes started changing color much sooner then normal. This Salal bush is already dying off.

Oregon grape, turning a beautiful deep red.

Oregon grape, turning a beautiful deep red.

Tess and Bert enjoying the walk.

Tess and Bert enjoying the walk.

Just have to stop and take in the view.

Just have to stop and take in the view.

While Tess stayed with us, we took her for a walk in Francis Peninsula park, its a beautiful spot, overlooking Malaspina Strait and Texada Island.
Windblown Jackpine, Arbutus and cedar line the paths, the ground below the trees is covered in a light green lichen, Salal bushes and Oregon Grape are already changing color.
The whole area feels wild and windblown, but it is so beautiful, this is definitely one of my most favorite places to walk.
While strolling along, i always lag behind because i see so many things worthy of a photo, i climbed a small hill and came upon a deer, munching on the lichen. She looked at me and kept on eating.
i was still a distance away from her, but slowly moved forward,talking to her all the time, she turned around , facing me , and seemed to listen, i kept telling her how beautiful she was, how i would love to take some photos of her, close up.
yes, i could have used my zoom lens but this was much more fun!!
i ended up 6 feet away from her, looking right into those brown, soft deer eyes, and i kept talking, she seemed to listen…….
Bert and Tess were no where to be found, so i had to tell them my story and show the photos!!
If you are ever in Pender harbour, drive to Francis Peninsula road, turn left on Merrill rd. the park entrance is at the end of the road.

Tess admiring the view.

Tess admiring the view.

The orange bark of the ever peeling Arbutus.

The orange bark of the ever peeling Arbutus.

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View North from Fran.Pen. park.

View North from Fran.Pen. park.

View South towards the South point of Texada.

View South towards the South point of Texada.

So now its August……

And yes, almost the end of August!! no idea how we got there, the days just fly by, if i don’t write for a while, it all becomes a blur…..
While we were still in Pender harbour, Roel and Ineke came to visit us, they drove up in their motorhome, and camped at Pender Harbour resort. They came over to our boat for dinner, Bert picked them up with the dinghy, even Lucy, the little super dog came too!!!We had a wonderful evening, enjoyed good food, fine wine , and played cards later on.
The next evening we went over to the resort and sat in the shade of some big trees, sipped wine and played cards again. I think a good time was had by all!!
We were sad when they had to go again, but hoped to see each other again soon!!

Shortly there after , Tess arrived, Bert picked her up at Madeira park with the dinghy, it was my chance to spoil her ,before she headed back to the island.
We taught her the same card game that we played with Roel and Ineke, its called 8 handed Gin Rummy, Tess really dislikes games, but heh!!! when she started beating us continually, this game was all of a sudden a lot of fun!!!
We miss her very much , she is back in China now, for another year of teaching.

Roel and Ineke arriving at the boat.

Roel and Ineke arriving at the boat.

later on....Tess arriving at Curtsy.

later on….Tess arriving at Curtsy.