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New Year’s Eve on White Swan


New Year's Eve dinner on White Swan 12-31-09

Gary and I had a lovely New Year’s Eve on White Swan. We had a gourmet meal consisting of grilled South African lobster; baked potatoes; salad with grilled pear spiced with cinnamon, sliced almonds, feta cheese and raspberry balsamic dressing; pumpernickel bread; and, a strawberry/blueberry tart for dessert.  This is one of the reasons why Captain Glenn doesn’t pitch the galley slave overboard.

After dinner, we watched a DVD movie on our laptop while wearing our New Year’s Eve hats.  Yeah, we’re dorks…  After the movie was over, we still had an hour to go until midnight.  We read for a while and when our books started hitting us in the face, we gave into fatigue and set our alarm for 11:59 so we could usher in the new year.  By 12:01 we were back to sleep.

Last night we anchored up a creek just off the ICW, approximately 10 miles north of St. Augustine, FL.   It was too late in the evening to continue on to St. Augustine when we reached this anchorage.  So far, we have avoided being out on the ICW navigating in the dark, and that will continue to be a goal of ours.

Rain accompanied the daylight this morning, so we stayed  in our secure anchorage until it lessened. You might wonder if we just sit around the boat during times like these. Sometimes we read, but we usually save that hobby until we get in our berth for the night. There is always something that needs to be done on the boat. Much like living in a house, there is cleaning and upkeep. I am amazed at how dirty the boat can get even though we are not going from shore to boat a lot. This is one of my secrets… we don’t have a dog because Gary sheds like a dog (there’s hair everywhere that needs cleaned up continually); AND,  he will eat anything I put in front of him; he is the protector of our boat; I don’t have to take him to shore a lot, but he does like to go to shore occasionally for a good walk; he doesn’t bark a lot; and indeed, he is my best friend. (Yes, I have his permission to say all these things.)

At 2:00 today we checked our Sirius weather station and saw that the rain was clearing out from this area.  Sirius weather station is just like what the meteorologists use on TV.  It’s a comprehensive weather radar system that boaters use a lot, especially if they are navigating off shore, i.e., ocean.  We had this system added to our GPS/Chart Plotter.  Today it paid for itself, in that it was right on target with the weather pattern.  We watched the weather move out of the area on Sirius and then we left our anchorage and motored to St. Augustine.

We set our anchor in the harbor at  St. Augustine and plan on staying here tonight and tomorrow night.  After we were sure the boat was secure, we got in the dingy and went to shore.  We walked through the touristy part of town that was beautifully lit with Christmas lights.  The narrow cobblestone streets and quaint shops reminded us of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Island, only St. Augustine has a distinct Spanish flair. 

We had dinner at the A1A Ale Works Restaurant.  Shrimp and grits were on the menu, and I was curious as to how they would compare to the first time we had them, so I ordered them.  If this had been the first time I’d tried them, I would not have ordered them the second time.  They were not to our liking.  I think the key ingredient missing this time was the cream.  Now I know to ask if they are “creamy” grits, when I see them on a menu.  Also, there was no brown gravy on the top.  Both of those ingredients make a huge difference in the taste of this dish.

Tomorrow we are going to tour the town some more.  Until then…Adios amigos.


  1. Kelly Ousley says:

    Ok, it has been a few days and no blogging… does that mean no wifi?? Just checking in with you guys… love you both!!


  2. Roberta says:

    But… did you do any dancing on White Swan? It was so nice of you to call on New Year’s Eve. We really miss you guys. Was it just last year that we spent New Year’s eve together at Cafe Normandie? Kirby and I had a terrific dinner at Sam’s Cafe and danced in the new year with a champagne toast at midnight. He’s soooo much the white boy. LOL
    Love you both… Roberta

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