Available shortly will be French Silk on Water – a wonderful view of the sometimes surprising back waters and friendships found by Patrick and Heather Hill along the Erie Canal, the Intercoastal Waterway, and into the Bahamas. Here they are, riding out a hurricane:
When nasty, heavy gusts of wind hit us, swinging the boat violently from side to side, Heather and I looked at each other asking “What the hell are we doing out here?” As a series of large gusts was continually striking us, we tried not to worry. There was no point worrying about something that might be a problem and nothing can be done about it. A sensible philosophy I had learnt from Heather. The wind howled throughout the hours of darkness. With each whining wind gust crescendo the sound and vibrations from our mast were like the roar of an approaching train in a subway.
And, we welcome our newest author, Kay McCracken from Salmon Arm. Her memoir, Beyond the Blue Door, is one of those you can’t put down.
Kay is walking in the forest and, after being amazed by the antics of a Pileated Woodpecker,
I finally tore myself away and continued down the road, where the flats gave rise to forest on my left. I peered down a steep bank into serene green woods and felt drawn into that place despite a fence at the bottom. Stumbling over crumbling dirt and rocks on the way down I managed to step over the sagging barbed wire fence at the bottom with ease. On the other side I found myself standing on a soft brown carpet of needles.
As I stood there, the silence seeped into me. Nothing stirred; no leaf, no branch, no bird.
A kind of awe came over me, as if I’d entered a holy place. That’s when I noticed the leveled log set across two large stones. I sat down and breathed in the scent of cedar, like fine incense. I bowed my head in reverence as a choir of small birds began singing in the canopy. Feeling at peace, I gave thanks for the joy being awakened in me.
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The long-awaited In a Cloud of Sails will be available shortly. This is the definitive sailing experience!
Read about the visage of Captain Cook high up on the main royal, shaking his head at the antics of modern seamen as they build a three-masted barque in the shadow of North Vancouver’s Second Narrows Crossing, then sail the ship down the coast and over to Tahiti, past New Zealand to Botany Bay. There, the renamed Endeavour II is the feature ship during Australia’s 1970 Bicentenary celebrations, viewed by Queen Elizabeth II and dignitaries from around the world.
And through all of that, they were simple people, fighting amongst themselves, battling the Pacific Ocean, holding together what turned out to be a rather compromised design.
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Uniquely west coast reads:
Humorous true short stories of adventures from around the world, kept from mother for her own good. Put yourself in sandals of an original “survivor” on a remote Tahitian island, undersea in a brass hat searching for Admiral Nakhimhov’s treasure, […]
Flying With White Eagle Ayliffe “Pat” Carey’s experiences – as a homesteader, logger and, his passion, as a bush pilot – provide exceptional insight into pioneer life in the first decades of the twentieth century on Canada’s West Coast. While […]
Explore the Alaskan Coast As cruise ships sail in comfort past Alaskan glaciers, passengers can imagine themselves down in a sail boat, bobbing amongst the growlers: Smell the biting cold air as you drift under towering blue ice and ancient […]
Crescent Beach Reflections Using a selection of his most evocative poems and paintings, Ben Nuttall-Smith paints a lovely series of expressive scenes from the places he has been, and which your heart will recognize. “Ben Nuttall-Smith demonstrates the simple truths […]
What is your breaking point? Perhaps it is not a point for you. Do you bend under adversity, then slowly bend again, then again? Until the world appears upside-down? Ben found his mind so contorted by what others did to […]
Did the Feathered Serpent, Quétzalcoatl, fly back to enact his revenge, or did Vikings deliver him to The Place Where Men Become Gods? How did Vikings and an Irish Monk make it to Mexico? A fascinating read! Buy it here: […]
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