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Just a thought... The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts his sails. [William Arthur Ward] 

Sidney, BC

 
This little town, nestled next to the ocean and just as pretty as you can get, lives up to the promises on its sign. Thankfully, Sidney is also a spot where they embrace the beauty of their surroundings to lure visitors for weekly summer night markets, which we took in a few times, and for frequent celebrations to bring shoppers to its lively downtown area.
 
This past weekend, as I shared with you yesterday, it was all about the parade named Sidney Sparkles. But in many ways, that same name could have applied to the festivities that followed: a sail past down on the harbour, featuring boats of both the sail and motor varieties, all festooned with colourful lights, playing Christmas music and, in one case, featuring a piper playing "Auld Lang Syne!"
 
Living just a five-minute drive from Sidney (and a longer, but interesting bike ride) Rob and I love this little town and the many gifts it has to offer. But for sheer beauty, there's nothing like the sail past we enjoyed. And the fact that Mother Nature helped light the night with a Super Moon made it perfect.
 
So enjoy these mostly stunning pictures, which I was busy taking while Rob and the crew from his local chapter of the Rotary Club made notes and scored each one on their clipboards. I can't tell you which won (that decision was made later that evening, after we'd departed) but to me, all eleven boats were winners. What a treat to behold on a chilly fall night under that glorious moon!
 
I've heard the one in Orillia and Lake Couchiching is quite something as well; makes me wish we'd taken that one in. But it's never too late to start a new tradition, right?
 
Tomorrow, we'll wrap up the week together with a song "by request" that I hope will warm you just a bit. You're going to want to go to the audio journal for sure, for that one!
 

Sidney, BC
 
Sidney, BC
 
Sidney, BC
 
Sidney, BC
 
Sidney, BC
 

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