Plans Change

What’s that saying about the best laid plans? We had every intention of having a rest day in Whitby today. We checked the weather last night and and today looked good. This morning it was a different story.

So we decided to cut our play day short and head on east while the weather window was favourable. The wind seemed to be strong as we left the channel so we hosted the sails…and the wind died.

We started the motor and carried on. I checked the weather again at noon and suddenly there was a thunderstorm in the forecast. How quickly things can change!

We arrived at Newcastle after three hours of motoring and we plan to stay here for a couple of days to wait out the predicted storms tomorrow. However, the rain that was supposed to hit around 4:30 today never happened and now it’s clearing so who knows what tomorrow will bring?


That’s part of the challenge of sailing, just like in life – you can make plans but you need to be flexible enough to change them at a moment’s notice.


And of course, at the end of the day, there’s always Bailey’s…if needed.

Define Joy, If You Can

What does joy mean to you?

Is it a feeling? How do you know when you’re experiencing it?

For me, joy is often a quiet inner knowing; a feeling that bubbles up from deep within and expands until it bursts out all around me. The whole world seems brighter and lighter in that moment and I feel like I’m being carried on the wind.

Sometimes I experience joy in certain places, or with specific people. Other times, it comes upon me unexpectedly. I find it’s elusive, hard to define, yet unmistakable when it arrives.

What brings you joy?


Flying across the water, wind in the sails … that’s joy!

Play Time

Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone. I’ve been playing around with markers again. 🙂

Yes, I know I “should” be working. But all work and no play makes for a dull life, doesn’t it?

Here’s the latest result of my joy-filled, playful pastime.

black and white abstract art

Joy in Motion ~ escherly design

What do you see?


When you look at the photo, what do you see?

A page that is empty?

Or a page that is FULL … of endless possibilities?

blank page and marker pen

One hand, one pen, one imagination = endless possibilities!

Joyful Journey

On the weekend, we participated in the Mini rally organized by MINI Grand River. Such fun!

There were over a hundred Minis of all ages in the event. On the road, there were Minis as far as the eye could see on the straight stretches and curves in front of us and behind us. Between rain storms, convertible tops were down, drivers basking in the sunlight.

Minis are as unique as their owners. Definitely unconventional. From hot pink to turquoise to black and white, with intriguing designs on roof tops, mirror covers, hoods and door panels, each Mini has its own personality, and in some cases, its own name!

I saw a small sticker on the window of one Mini that captured my thoughts for the day…”Life is too short to drive a boring car.”


sitting at wheel of Mini

MINI me!


Bursting Forth

As I walked in the falling snow today, I finally found words for my heart’s yearning.

My heart yearns to burst forth and radiate joy in the world.

Just the way my beautiful bougainvillea is bursting forth with vibrant colour and new growth right now.

bougainvillea in bloom

Bursting forth with joy!

My heart is at peace, having found the words to express its deepest desire. Now I listen for the whispers of next steps.

Thursday’s Adventure

I read in a book recently a new definition for A.D.D. – Adventure Deficit Disorder. I can really identify with that!

So I decided to give myself an adventure today. I did something I’ve never done before.

I packed up my laptop and went to a coffee shop by myself for a few hours (adventures don’t have to be exotic, just different from the norm). While I was there, I read through a draft of a book I’d started to write a few years ago. It’s about my 3-month travels through Ireland, wandering, exploring, letting my heart and feet lead me onward. It’s based on notes I took during that time.

guidebook and journal

My Ireland Adventure – journal and guidebook

I sipped hot chocolate as I immersed myself in another time and place, while snow swirled outside the window. Pure bliss.

It was an adventure within an adventure!

Where will your next adventure take you?

Patience, patience

Taking photos from the deck of a sailboat in choppy water is like balancing on a teeter-totter. You have to learn to anticipate the wave movement (remember that every 7th wave or so tends to be bigger than the rest) and let your body sway in tandem with the swells while trying to keep your arms, hands and camera steady.

That’s why I was so pleased with these photos.

view of Toronto from Lake Ontario

Sailing into Toronto in stormy water ~ jw designs

Toronto skyline from water

My Toronto postcard photo ~ jw designs

plane and helicopter at Toronto Island airport

Activity at Billy Bishop Airport ~ jw designs

Mind you, to get the close-to-perfect shot, you have to take at least a dozen that are anything but!