What makes up for the lack of homely charm here at the industrial park is the fact that the nearby village is unbelievably cute, especially this time of year. Soon I will get Greg to brush off the sawdust, and we will walk the block and gaze at the little monsters trick-or-treating and the candle glows from the porches of the circa 1800 homes.
We recently made a spontaneous road trip to Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. The first couple of nights we visited with Greg’s family, always happy to see them. I have awesome in-laws. What spurred the trip was discovering that there was a boat in VA built from the same plans that Greg is using, called Wild Fox, owned by an Irishman named Anthony Swanston, who had it built about 5 years ago in Poland. We drove to an out-of-the-way cove on the western shore of Chesapeake Bay on a blustery day and proceeded to comb through his boat (he knew we were coming!). It was great to see a similar vessel to our Willow, just to see how someone else would build a Benford dory.
(if I could insert photos it would be here………..darn it. Basically, picture a Willow but with longer cabin topsides, teak decks, dark blue hull, and lovely varnished masts. Wild
Fox’s sail plan differs in that the foresail is much smaller, and the mainsail much larger, than our similarly sized sails on Willow)
Buoyed from the information that Anthony generously shared, we then drove up to Maryland to visit with Jay Benford, the designer whose name has spilled off our lips for many years but whom we’ve never met before. Nice man, especially since he included a photo of us on the back of his new book that just came out, called ‘Building Badger’. It was a timely visit for Greg to share his ideas with Jay, since gaining experience on our boat and always thinking about ways of improving the vessel design. I won’t go into any details here, but maybe Greg will take a moment here soon to write about it once decisions are final, plus he’ll know what he’s talking about.
I can state for a fact that my mead did what it was supposed to do in the carboy, as my attempts to siphon it into bottles was messy and eventually I had Greg involved in sucking the tube too-not sure how many accidental gulps in the end but it sure was fun!
And already quite edible-can’t wait to see how tasty it will be after sitting out the required year.
Happy Halloween everyone!