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“We cannot cage the minute within its nets of gold” Louis MacNeice

In his poem “The Light On the Garden,” MacNeice captures the sun’s inexorable movement as it tallies our days.  One Floridian, A.E. Backus, spent his life capturing the tropical sun as it played across the landscape.  While lazing in Central Florida, we enjoyed an afternoon at the A.E. Backus Gallery savoring his depictions of sun on clouds, waters, sails, and wildlife.  His eye for tropical light heightened our awareness of the sun’s stunning palette during our visit.


One of Backus’ captivating images.  For more on Backus see:


Life imitates art in this photograph of a gathering with our Treasure Coast hosts, the Garritys and Humphreys on Elizabeth Jean‘s bow.

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“Old Friends” Simon and Garfunkle

Something personal lured us to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.  Our friends, the Garritys and Quinns, who Eulalie has known for forty years, might be spending the first week of March there.  So, two years ago we sketched the date in on our calendar and told them to hold open a couch should winds and weather conspire to bring us ashore while they were there.

As we cruised through this winter, we learned that other friends were making their way towards the Yucatan.  Barry on Seaswift, who we first met crossing the Tehuantepec on Mexico’s Pacific side, planned to stop at Isla Mujeres before completing this round of cruising in Florida, where he has a home.  Rod and Deb Merrit on Si Bella, with whom we had reggaed and Rondoned in San Andres and Providencia, were also singing Isla’s praises and planned a long stop there before heading home to Texas.  Skylark’s Ed, Elizabeth and Luna, who we met in the San Blas, also were making their way home to Maine via the Yucatan.

The winds and weather cooperated.  For the last six weeks we have shared the Yucatan’s many charms with our old friends.  We luxuriated with the Garritys and Quinns at the Luxxe, enjoying hot showers daily and dancing one fine night away.  In Isla Mujeres, Barry dinghied over for cocktails and shared his experience visiting Cuba.  He enjoyed a full moon and perfect winds as Seaswift danced him home to Florida.  The Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza provided a day’s adventure away from the sea, for Rod, Deb and us.  We look forward to hearing about their Austen reentry.  Nights of Mexican Train and heavy appetizers in Skylark’s cockpit cemented our friendship with Ed, Elizabeth and Luna.  Maine is not too far away for the Elizabeth Jean.  Listen for us on the SSB.

Too we renewed our friendship with Mexico, which had won our hearts as our first foreign port of call.

On Tuesday we received our Coast Guard permit to visit Cuba.  We sail today.

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