So, what was I telling you about? I know. We have met a lot of lovely people on our journey - Colin and Tony from "Walloping Window Blind", the English couple on "Vulcan" and Paul and Jen on "Moonrakers". Jen is also from the UK but has lived in Canada since she was 11 so we had a lot to talk about.
Colin and Tony (wife) helped push off the boat after both of us had stopped for an ice cream. Tony gave the boat a big push towards the stern, over balanced and to avoid falling in the water, jumped onto the swim shelf below the dinghy. We now had an unexpected passenger so we returned to shore with strict instructions to Tony to be less forceful with her push. Luckily, she was not hurt although she did bang her arm when landing on the boat. We have seen them since and they were still talking to us.
We have travelled with Paul and Jen for the last three days, moored with them on a night and enjoyed nightcaps with them sitting beside the locks having a glass of wine and being bitten by bugs!!!! We met because I did something goofy. I was taking my laundry to the laundromat and because it was a very hot day and I was sweating like a pig (no, wait men perspire, horses sweat and women glow). I looked around me, saw no-one so bent down, grabbed the bottom of my T shirt and wiped my face revealing only things my husband had seen. Unknown to me was the couple sitting in a boat below pavement level. Well, the lady called out to me "I saw that" and "I am going to go blind". I blushed 7 shades of red, spoke to her and continued onto the laundry. I probably said something witty but do not remember my reply. When I returned from the laundromat I spoke again to the couple in the boat and this was how we met Jen and Paul and found out that Jen was from Swindon but had moved to Canada many, many, many years ago!!!! Sorry, Jen I had to get my own back.
Jen on "Moonrakers".
Since last blogging we have visited Bobcaygeon on the Kawartha Lakes. I had read ahead of time that there was a "Settlers' Village" there and we planned to visit it. I am really glad we did as it was most interesting. The Village featured a variety of local heritage structures dated from 1850-1930. Each building housed a collection of artifacts that were related historically to its original inhabitants or were a general replica demonstrating the lifestyle of Kawartha Settlers. We got out our bikes and cycled to the "Village".
Whilst in the village I wanted to try out my new macro lens. It worked well, even better than the one I lost off the back of the car, I think.
We then travelled to the Big Shute Railway. It is a marine railway that transports boats over land in a huge open carriage. The operators raise slings under boats to hold them. The carriage then rises out of the lake, crosses the top of a hill, goes over a road and then down to water on the other side. The carriages front and rear wheels rode on independent tracks to keep the carriage level at all times.
We said our goodbyes to Jen and Paul this morning. They headed home towards Victoria Harbour whilst we continued on the Loop. We led them out to the channel which was very narrow, following the marker buoys (red on right upon return, green on left). The route was quite an obstacle course.
'Til we meet again, Jen, my bosom buddy!!!!! and of course Paul. Oh, by the way. Their boat is not named "MOONrakers" for nothing, is it Jen????
We had been told by a lock keeper that the Tall Ships were visiting Georgian Bay (where we are now) so we decided to detour a little to see them at a place called Midland. We were greeted upon our entrance into Midland Harbour by a beautiful mural painted on the side of grain silos.
The "Pride of Baltimore", a topsail schooner. She is a goodwill ambassador for the city of Baltimore and it's harbour.
The weather in the last 10 days has been absolutely perfect. We had a little rain one night whilst we were in bed and that is all. Today, we have puffy clouds, blue skies and a feel to the air that autumn is coming. The trees are beginning to don their fall clothing. In a couple (two, Linda) of weeks they should be splendid in their new autumn colours.
Kingston Rover Great Loop Map