Grandkids’ Corner

Grandkids Corner: The Magic Hour

Tilly, Owliver and Wiggy were on a dinghy ride through the channels on Heywood Island. It was late afternoon and the sun was almost setting. The light reflected on the calm water, and bounced off the ripples made by the dinghy in the water. [gallery type="rectangular"...

Grandkids Corner: Pooh Sticks in Pukaskwa Park

Wiggy and Owliver were hiking with Nana and Poppa and their friends Paul and Mary in Pukaskwa Park. It was a lovely trail through the trees, and they saw lots of flowers along the path. There were little wooden bridges over streams. “Lets play Pooh Sticks!” said...

Grandkids Corner: Owliver and the Sleeping Giant

Owliver, Tilly and Wiggy were sailing north along the shore of Lake Superior. There were lots of islands, trees, rocks, a few seagulls and loons in the bay. But no people. Until they saw the Sleeping Giant. At first Owliver was a little frightened, but Poppa laughed...

Grandkids Corner: Tilly and the Teepee

Tilly was on the shores of Lake Superior.  As they cruised along in the sailboat Tai Chi, Nana told Tilly, Owliver and Wiggy a story about Hiawatha who lived in this area a long, long time ago. In this story he lived in a wigwam, which is also called a tipi or teepee,...

Grandkids Corner: Fossil Hunting

Tilly, Owliver and Wiggy were going on a shore excursion from Snug Harbour where Tai Chi was anchored. They were excited. Poppa rowed them in the dinghy to the shore and then they hiked through the trees. They followed a trail marked with orange ribbon. In some places...

Grandkids Corner: Tilly and Owliver’s New Friend

Spring came at last! Sam and Amelia brought Tilly and Owliver to visit Nana and Poppa in Midland. Sam and Amelia were just coming to stay for a weekend of fun and sailing, but Nana and Poppa were getting ready for a new cruising adventure aboard the sail boat Tai Chi....

Signs of Fall

“ Look” said Tilly as they were hiking on an island in Georgian Bay, “I found a pretty red leaf”! “Oh, Oh”, said Poppa, “you know what that means? Winter is coming!” “That is a sign of fall or autumn” said Nana. “Let’s see how many other signs of fall we see today”....

Bears are Cute!

As they sailed on Tai Chi through islands of the North Channel, Tilly and Owliver saw several black bears. They saw a young bear (perhaps 1 or 2 years old) climbing a small tree in Bell Cove. He seemed to be eating something delicious. He fell out of the tree. Tilly...

Tilly visits the Bridal Veil Falls

When Tai Chi came into the small harbour at Kagawong on Manitoulin Island, Owliver decided to stay and play at the fun beach and water slide. It was lots of fun. Tilly chose to go for a hike along the river. She met another turtle along the way, who told her about the...

FIRE!

As they sailed along near Killarney, Owliver, who has very sharp eyes, spotted smoke in the woods. “Look!”, he said. “That looks like a forest fire,” said Poppa, looking worried, “We must report it’s location to the Coast Guard on our emergency radio station 16. They...

Loonie Tunes

Whenever the sailboat Tai Chi comes to a port after anchoring out in pretty islands and coves for several days, Nana and Poppa get busy with chores. They shop for food and do the laundry, fill the water tanks and fuel and pump out the holding tank. Tilly and Owliver...

The Inukshuk

Tilly and Owliver were taking a dinghy ride with Nana and Poppa through some rivers and streams and even rapids of the French River Park. They were anchored at a place called Bad River, but so far they found nothing bad about it. “It’s beautiful”, said Nana. “What is...

Blueberries!

  Tilly and Owliver were in a group of islands called the Bustard Islands, in Georgian Bay, aboard the sailboat Tai Chi. They were having fun, with Tilly swimming in the shallow pools and Owliver flying over the small islands and rocks. Nana and Poppa took them...

Killbear Park

After a day of sailing across Georgian Bay, mostly in the fog, which Tilly found quite exciting, Nana and Poppa anchored their sailboat Tai Chi in a huge bay with a small island in the middle, at Killbear Park. Tilly and Owliver could see sandy beaches all around the...

Bugs!

Tilly and Owliver were in the cockpit as they sailed on Tai Chi from Windsor, heading north to Georgian Bay. As they crossed Lake St. Clair, hundreds of bugs came and settled all over the boat. They were on the decks and in the cockpit. One even landed on Owliver's...

Old friends, new friends

Owliver was very excited. He was going back to Toronto by train to see his cousin Flyedy. He enjoyed the train ride and seeing trees whizzing by. After a long time they came to Union Station in the big city of Toronto. [gallery type="rectangular" size="medium"...

Owliver and the Pirates

Owliver sailed to an island called South Bass Island, where the harbour is called Put-in-Bay. Owliver thinks this is a good name as the sailboat he is sailing on, Tai Chi, put in to stay for a day or two. You can see it in this picture - one of the small sail-boats in...

One buoy, two buoys, red buoy, green buoy!

Owliver enjoys sailing along on Tai Chi, and he has lots questions. "What are those sticks in the water?" he asked Poppa. "Those are called buoys" said Poppa. "Like Sam?" Asked Owliver. "No", said Poppa, "This kind of buoy is spelled differently. These are navigation...

Owliver’s New Friends

Owliver likes Presque Isle Park where Tai Chi is anchored in a lovely bay. There is a great playground nearby, and miles of sandy beaches. But best of all there are lots of other birds here. Owliver saw a...

Owliver’s Adventures Begin!

Sometimes when Nana and Poppa are sailing, birds hitchhike a ride on T’ai Chi. One day a small bird came along for a ride while Nana and Poppa were sailing along the coast. Nana was happy because the little bird ate all the spiders in the rigging (that means the ropes...

Tilly and the Butterflies

Tilly loves butterflies. She gets excited whenever she sees one. She loves their different colours and shapes and sizes. "They are so beautiful" she told Nana.  She was very happy when she saw a Swallowtail butterfly on Cumberland Island in Georgia. Despite being...

Tilly in New York City

The sailboat Tilly was travelling on, Tai Chi, sailed into New York City harbour early in the morning, after sailing through a moonless night. Tilly was tired, but she could not sleep. She looked all around her at the tall buildings of the busy city. She liked the...

Turtle Creek

Tilly the Turtle was in South Carolina. Tilly thought some of the place names were funny. She had just spent a day on Nana and Poppa's sailboat, Tai Chi, slowly sailing up the Wacamaw River, and they had stayed one night in Teakettle Creek! One day they anchored up a...

Tilly and the friendly dolphins

Tilly the Turtle is on Nana and Poppa's sailboat Tai Chi, cruising through Florida in the United States (USA). Can you guess what Tilly likes best about this part of her Great Adventure? Dolphins! Tilly sees lots of them. Sometimes they suddenly appear near the boat...

Tilly snorkels in a sea aquarium

Tilly loved everything about the world under the sea. That was one of the best things about being on the sailboat T’ai Chi with Nana and Poppa in the Exuma Cays. The water was a crystal clear turquoise blue, and there were lots of neat places to snorkel and explore...

Tilly and the Swimming Pigs

After months and months of sailing, Nana, Poppa and Tilly the Turtle have finally arrived at a group of islands in the Bahamas called the Exumas. Tilly loves it here. The weather it hot and sunny, the water is warm enough for swimming. Best of all, Tilly loves the...

Tilly’s Coral Garden

One of the things that Tilly liked best was beachcombing. This means walking along the beach slowly picking up shells and other interesting things that wash up with the waves onto the sand. Nana also liked beachcombing so they would do it together. But there is no...

Tilly and the Flying Fish

Although Tilly had been travelling with Nana and Poppa on the sailboat Tai Chi for 5 months, they had been sailing mostly along the coastline, not too far from land. The first time Tilly really experienced sailing on the “high seas” was when they crossed from North...

Mermaids’ Tears

As Tilly watches the waves on the ocean from the deck of Tai Chi, she wonders if mermaids are real. Poppa says that mermaids are part fish and part girl, and that they live under the sea but sometimes come to the surface. Few people have seen them, but there are lots...

Tilly gets trapped!

Along the coast of Maine in the USA, Tilly saw more lobster traps than she could count. It seemed more than the stars in the sky or grains of sand on a beach, but Nana said it was not quite so many. Tilly saw lobster boats with fishermen too. They put mackerel fish in...

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