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water and had a very rakish slant to it. The five of us then
walked to the shoreline, and led by my uncle, we approached
the cottage. The path to the cottage was not short like the
one on the Trent but up a series of red granite rocks, each
one of them swept clean and shining brightly in the sun.
There were a few pine trees about and even a very old oak
tree, but what caught my attention were all the orange lilies!
There were dozens of them. In every crack and crevice of
the rock these hardy flowers were blooming away. It really
seemed as if they were welcoming us.
Soon we were face-to-face with the cottage itself and looking at it I soon realized that all the windows were covered with
large wooden panels or shutters, as my aunt called them. Now
what I did not know at the time was that this cottage had not
been used for over twenty years and was just sitting there. It was
left in 1947 when the last owners closed it up and departed. So
in the intervening years a lot of bushes and shrubs had grown
up around it and made getting into it a bit of a challenge.
My uncle walked carefully to the front of the cottage and
there was the front door. In his hand he had a single key
to unlock the door. Looking at the door he began pushing
aside the various bushes began to search for the lock. The
stairs up to the cottage were not in the best repair, and several of the steps were actually missing. He said he had found
the key lock but couldn't both hold the key and operate the
door handle. So he needed a bit of help. The adults looked
at each other and soon I found that I had been volunteered
to operate the key! This was only because of the state of
the stairs, not my prowess in handling keys. My uncle then
instructed me how to hold the key and what to do with it.
Looking at the key I realized it was a type that I had never
seen before. It was a skeleton key and I found it fit into the

keyhole very easily. My uncle instructed me to turn it clockwise, which I did, and the lock mechanism clicked. My uncle
then told me to hold the key in that position and began to
turn the door handle and push on the door. Suddenly we
were both inside, my uncle on the floor and me still holding
the key in the lock!
We were inside, the door was secured and my parents and
aunt entered, one at a time. The cottage had been built in
1907 and was made of cedar. Inside the cottage the smell
was not stale and stuffy but similar to the smell of my grandmother's cedar chest. Looking about I could see there was
some furniture that seemed to be made out of sticks with
wicker seats and backs that looked very old. The cottage had
a huge front porch that faced the north and there in the distance I could see the large pile of rocks and beyond that the
channel of water. This was certainly going to be interesting
I thought to myself. Meanwhile the adults had begun to explore the cottage. They went through a large open door in
the middle of the porch. I made my way towards the door,
took one last look at the view of the channel and walked into
the cottage's enormous living room. I stopped dead in my
tracks. For there in front of me was a huge fireplace made
out of the same rock that was piled up by the water channel.
It took up most of the wall and rose up all the way to the
high pitched roof. It was the largest fireplace I had ever seen.
But there was more. There on either side of the fireplace
were two large fox heads, both of which seemed to be staring
directly at me!
Next: Foxes, Ribbons & More...

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doing it again this year.
The Squadron offers a series of
courses to the public and nine years
ago one instructor did it all. A definite
change was necessary. Now Gina says,
"we set our courses up in the summer
and decide what we want to teach and
carefully plan the fall and winter classes
so that there are different faces teaching the students, that way the students
get different stories and the demand
on our instructors is less. There is also
lots of back-up as we have at least six
officers who take a turn at teaching a
few subjects in each course. It spreads
out the workload and takes advantage
of people's strength of knowledge. We

also have a number of proctors, past
students and others who are on hand to
help if the students need assistance."
When I asked Gina about her vision
for her Squadron and for CPS-ECP she
said, "Last year I set three goals for our
Squadron, and they will continue for
this year: Have fun! Be present in the
community, and provide value to our
Members. Looking back, I think we accomplished all three goals last year, and
I'm hoping to do so again this year. We
managed to maintain our membership
numbers and our financial stability, and
we had fun while doing it! With the
same focus this year, we hope to have
the same results!"

As for CPS-ECP, "Of course, our
mandate is to encourage safer boating
through education, and the Squadron
is constantly looking for ways to reach
a greater audience. It's a challenge, but
they're coming up with some great
ideas for outreach!"
I can see that with Gina Lee at the
helm, Peterborough Squadron will definitely be an asset to CPS-ECP not only
now but in the future as well.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting October 2017

Vantage Point: First Time Charter Vacation
Club Profile: Beaconsfield Yacht Club
Travel Destination: Cowichan Bay
Boatbuilder Profile: A Trip to Iconic Italian Yachtbuilder Riva and Lake Como
Charter Destination: Our Top 5 Caribbean Destinations
The Port Hole
Charter Destination: Antigua; A Beam Reach for Paradise
Sail Review: Elan GT5
Power Review: Jeanneau Leader 10.5
Crossing The Line: Boatonomics for 2018
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