REMEMBRANCE DAY 2014

REMEMBRANCE DAY 2014

Today we attended a Remembrance Day ceremony
at McGill University Campus..
 
 
…large crowds…
photo: John Kelsey
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
…heightened security…
…a very moving ceremony…
photo: Adam Scotti
photo: Allen McInnis
photo: me

 

…the Army’s LCol (retired) and my Captain…

We thought it appropriate to return home to finally open and enjoy
The Black Watch
(Royal Highland Regiment of Canada)
15 year old single malt scotch…

 

 

 

 

 

photo: Phil Noble

 

As we express our gratitude,

we must never forget that the highest appreciation

is not to utter words,

but to live by them.”

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

RETIRED EVENTUALLY aDRIFT

RETIRED EVENTUALLY aDRIFT

Retired Eventually aDrift…….
onward toward another adventure.
No this was not the original meaning of our little sailboat’s name R.E.D.
but it fits our current situation.
On this day, October 4th, 2014
Lieutenant-Colonel François Segard
(aka Captain of R.E.D.)
is officially retired
after 35 years with the Canadian Army Regular Force,
3 years in the Canadian Primary Reserve,
and 7 overseas missions.
At 1400 today he relinquished his command
…but my Captain had great foresight…
…so we took on-the-water courses…
…and practiced our skills on club boats…
…sailed with family and friends…
joined the Montreal Squadron as Training Officers
and amassed a sizeable sailing library
…we researched and found the perfect boat for us…
…it was love at first sight…
…we brought her home…
…we named her…
…we launched her…

 

…we found her a home…

 

…we christened her…
…we have played pirate aboard R.E.D.
…celebrated Christmas aboard R.E.D….
 
…now Captain Francois has traded this uniform…
…and this…
…and this…

 

…for this…

 

…and this…
…and this….

 

…here’s to retirement my Captain
and all the adventures ahead of us.

 

A VERY SPECIAL DAY

A VERY SPECIAL DAY

Well, yes, isn’t every day on the water special you might ask?

 

With very little wind today it was like a water dance in slow motion…

 

 

 

…so silent…

 

(we have many days such as this – so not the special part)

 

 
 
 
 
 
…the occasional ‘whoosh’ of a paddle…
 
(yes, this is special but this isn’t what I’m talking about)
 
 
 

 

…then the spell was broken…
(but certainly nothing special about these weekend noise makers)
 
 
 
…special because we got to enjoy another storm…our second in 2 days?
 
No..
 
 
Today was special because we were able to ‘attend’
the marriage of two very special people
 
…virtually…
 
from our boat on Lac de Deux Montagnes…
 
to Clam Harbour Beach, Nova Scotia…
 
 

 

Momma couldn’t be there in person,
but I send all my love and wishes
for all the best life can bring you two.
(my handsome son and his beautiful bride)