yes, you saw it right, i wrote spring, and yes, its only January 23, but have a look at these photos, now i am cheating a bit, as i live close to Victoria, and spring tends to come much earlier here then everywhere else, but i am sitting in the cockpit again, with the computer, in the sun, my pansies are blooming, and it really does feel like spring is coming, but, we had ice on the docks last night………


Snow drops, bravest little flowers!!!


Almost too cold still to open up.


At the side of the road ,at Mt. Newton X rd.

Amazing boating blogs!!!

I have written about these two blogs before, but we so admire these incredible boaters that i want to remind you of the blogs.

The first one  Gonefloatabout.com    Ellen and Seth have been travelling around the world, they sailed back towards the West coast here by way of the North West passage, and their photography is truly amazing and beautiful.   They just received the SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD!!!      Check them out, truly a wonderful read!!

The other, most wonderful blog is  svtheredthread.com   They have been under way towards  French Polynesia and beyond for a couple years now, and their adventures are truly amazing, reading about all the mishaps, how they repaired while under way, and then dealt with whatever was and is coming their way, i so admire these two young folks, Jessie and Neil, you have two big admirers here on SV CURTSY!!!!!!    Keep writing, keep going, we are with you in spirit!!!!!

I need to tell you about “that vitamin movie”!!!!

First of all, here is the link;  https://vimeo.com/159963991

So, here is a story, that is directly and indirectly related to our life style, any ones life style, but, we live on board of our sailboat, and somehow i feel we need to be even more healthy, more strong, being able to deal with stressful situations, and still stay cool so to speak.  We already take vitamins, we take B12 METHYL , which is the best way to take this as the pills dissolve under the tongue ,going directly into the blood stream.         The older we get, the more we need B12.       We also take co enzyme Q10, for heart health, D3, most important as you will see when you watch the video, we take zinc and eye factors for eye health.      I have been taking halibut oil capsules for over 20 years now and have Bert taking them too.        But , the big one is vitamin C!!!!!    neither of us were taking this vitamin, we eat two oranges each , organic ones , every morning , so we figured we get enough C, well, the average orange contains 50 to 60 mg of Vitamin C!!!!    Not ok!!!    Caulifower and peppers and broccoli contain more vitamin C then oranges.   I had no idea………     We just started taking 7000 mg of Vitamin C , each, i have been not well, and just cant seem to shake this bug, so, we will see what the C will do!!!      Please watch the video, the information is truly amazing!!!

We eat quite different from other folks, i follow a food plan called http://www.whole30.com     and according to the video we are doing the right thing.      At Christmas time we veered off our usual diet and i believe that is why i got sick so easily.    A lot more sugar, more processed foods, dairy, and bad fats.

I buy organic veggies and fruits , as much as possible, i buy our meats at the local butcher, grass fed beef, organic pork and chickens, we dont eat refined sugars and flours , i do bake for Bert with organic ,gluten free flour and gluten free oats.

For cooking , i use only organic, cold pressed coconut oil, organic olive oil and organic avocado oil, no other fats.

So, enough about that, please watch this video, so worth it, it might just change your life!!!!!!








to make the cookies you will need:

1 cup of unsalted butter      1/2 cup of organic sugar (at least that is what i use)

1 tsp vanilla     3/4 cup crushed  “hardbite” potato chips, 1/2 cup of sliced almonds or crushed pecans.

Make sure butter is room temp, cream everything together, form small balls, place on parchment covered cookie sheet, press down with sugar dipped  small glass, bake in 350 oven for about 16 minutes.     They are so good!!!!    addictive…… ask our friends!!!!

Cold and cookies

The best entertainment are the gulls, in the early morning, they all stand together on the ice, squaking and screaming, as if they are discussing the situation, when they try to walk, it is as if they are skating, their big webbed feet sliding to the side, very carefully, very slowly, it is so funny to watch them, some of them try to pick something from under the ice, becoming totally frustrated as they cant get at it!!!!


Frustrated gulls on ice.



we are keeping all the taps running, so far so good, this tap created a most interesting sculpture……

Ice and more ice…..

Today is January 14, last night was one of the coldest nights here, -7, the Bay is frozen, right up to the entrance at the ferry dock, yesterday , the ice broke up into large chunks which started to move all over the place. Because the tide went out, and its been a very low and high tide as we just had a full moon, the ice refroze into all kinds of strange shapes, i woke up at 3 a.m. to the banging and clunking of the ice flows, hitting Curtsy at Starboard and creeping between the boat and the dock at Portside.     Right now it is 1.30 pm, and the ice is melting, it is definitely becoming warmer.      One of the diving boats from Rockfish divers, Alysa at the helm, her husband Tyler at the bow, managed to get turned around in the ice, they are docked close to  the shore , in front of the Lodge, sitting in solid ice, Tyler managed to break it all apart around the boat, i took a small video of them leaving the bay, the dog, near the end of the video is Oscar, who had second thoughts about walking the dock!!!   (cold paws)blob:https://wordpress.com/62db0416-b378-4589-abb2-11e725c76332