Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fowling around in the marina

Several weeks ago, I put some flower and herb seeds in two tubs of soil on either side of the boat. I was very pleased when I noticed seedlings coming out. Contrary to my husband's belief, I do have a green thumb afterall.

One day, I noticed one tub to be completely messed up, like someone had rummaged through it, making a big hole in the middle. I was baffled, but thought nothing of it. Something in the tub caught my eye the next time I walked by. I decided to investigate. Poking around the soil with a stick, I was surprised to discover two eggs! They were huge. Our boat neighbors and we believed they belong to the pair of mallard ducks that were wandering around our docks a while back. Apparently, they were seeking a safe place to lay their eggs. Now we know the rest of the story.

Since that discovery, I've been monitoring the tub closely. Our duck (we named her Marie) came every morning to lay an egg. She would sit on her nest all morning long. The more eggs she laid, the longer she stayed. On the eighth egg, she stayed from seven in the morning to four in the afternoon. Poor Marie had to endure the hot sun and had nothing to eat during that time. We felt bad for her and tried to feed her without scaring her away.

Anyone knows how many eggs will she lay before she starts the incubation process?

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Memorial Day weekend at Fort McRae Anchorage

Memorial Day, the last Monday of May, is a federal holiday to honor the men and women who sacrificed  their lives defending our country. The long weekend also traditionally marks the beginng of summer vacations. One of our most memorable Memorial Day weekends was in 2006, when we stumbled upon a lovely anchorage - Fort McRae, near the Pensacola Inlet.
Pensacola Light
Fort McRae Anchorage
When we sighted the number of boats packed in the anchorage, and saw people busy setting up tents on the beach, you get the feeling that this is party central in this neck of the woods.
party-goers setting tents near the Pensacola Inlet
Immediately, World's End and Hadley Harbor, two anchorages we used to hang out in the Boston area, came to mind.
Rafting up with friends at Hadley Harbor one July
At Fort McRae, you can set up campfires and party all night long. Next morning, while the whole gang is still sleeping off the hangovers, you can walk and explore the vast deserted beaches.

Unforgettable memories indeed.


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