Good morning, Everyone. June is bursting with color and activity. Pour your brew. Let’s catch up.
If we were having coffee together, I would remind you that late spring is about yard work, setting up the garden, and getting boats in the water. During this time of year, my husband, Matt, establishes time tables, gathers tools, and makes several trips to Brinkman’s hardware store (sometimes several times in one day). He spends most daylight hours planting, fertilizing, wiring boat electronics, and varnishing. Don’t worry, he had plenty of tasks for me as well.
If we were having coffee together, I would tell you the yard is green and trimmed with colorful flowers. The vegetables stand in orderly rows, fox gloves stand tall and lovely and the roses bloom. I fed the hydrangeas coffee grinds all winter and expect spectacular blues to burst within the week.
If we were having coffee together, I would add that four of the five boats are ready to move from the side yard to their summer and autumn homes. “Five boats! Why so many boats?”, you may say. They are small boats, easily manageable and ready to take us on the bay to almost anywhere we want to go. We basically want to sail aimlessly, go fishing and get across the Great South Bay to a beach on Fire Island. The little motorboat gets us from the mainland dock in Bluepoint to fishing spots and Davis Park Park and Watch Hill. We can pile the fishing and beach paraphernalia into the boat and anchor across the bay within eight minutes (if everything works and the wind is not whipping the bay into a frenzy). The Hershoff catboat, the prettiest boat I have owned, offers us a respite sail on the bay. Matt takes great pride in keeping her brightwork and hull shiny. I love my Sunfish sailboats, 14-foot monohulls that are easy to rig on the bay beach and fun to sail on my own. I have two, because my daughter likes to sail and bring a friend along or challenge me when she comes out from Brooklyn on her day off. We are not sure about getting the Mirage Hobie ready this year. There are many parts to assemble and it takes a lot of strength to rig and get it in and out of the bay from the bay beach. We’ll see how our backs feel when we finish getting the other boats to their summer spots.
If we were having coffee together, I would admit that I did not answer the question “Why?” They cost money and time, and can be extremely frustrating when things don’t go right—an inevitable part of owning a boat. I always had a boat in my life. Dad kept one, two or three boats in some form of seaworthiness every season. My first vehicle to operate on my own was a boat. Boats are fun, (when mechanics and weather cooperate) and I live in a place that is all about being on the grand Great South Bay and enjoying the beauty and beaches.
My dad always said “You can never have too many boats.” Matt and I live that motto.
How about you? How are you preparing for summer fun?
That’s it, Everyone. Have a good week. Make it Funtastic!
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Antoinette, It sounds like a wonderful way to live! Enjoy this Spring season!
It sounds as though your Spring slide into Summer is a lovely one this year! I trust you’re enjoying every second of it 🙂
Hi Antoinette, again your post makes me nostalgic for my high school days when my parents had a ski boat for family times at a nearby lake. Those were great days. But yes, I do recall that even that one boat was expensive to maintain. I never bought one for our family to grow up around as we just don’t have as much access to open water as we once did. But you make it all sound dreamy.
Hope you’re having a great weekend.
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Dreamy yet Dreams just don’t happen. It takes grime, work and patience. I have been known to say “I am NOT playing boat with you, today!”