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The Pancake Chronicles: oh, the places we'll go!

The Pancake Chronicles

Monday, September 29, 2008

oh, the places we'll go!

      Drum roll, please! Yes! It's official dee dee. Mark has finished his canoe and it is the prettiest boat that you ever did saw. Two weeks ago it was complete. D-O-N-E done. Over 450 hours of patient, meticulous work by his truly. We were so excited. I did a little dance in the shop and Mark said "Let's go for a midnight paddle!" promptly followed by "but I'm not sure the last coat of varnish is absolutely dry" whereupon I suggested we get up early the next morning and put the boat in the water before sunrise. Done! Done and done.

      And oh how good it was. The grey glide and stillness of dawn. Everyone a'slumber but us. The boat was true and sensitive, even better than we imagined. Since that morning we've gone twice more. In rain, in snow, around islands and houseboats, in a different lake each time.
      These photos were taken on a day Mark spent with a friend in which I'm pretty sure cigars and fishing rods played a major role.
      Thus, the canoe has officially been broken in. I love thinking of the secrets it holds - moonlight and sunup, weary and bright- all the places we've yet been via canoe.



Blogger Karyn said...

makes me long for a float in that beautiful boat (instead of the sad grey classroom which is my fate today)

29 September 2008 at 10:51  
Blogger richies said...

What a beautiful canoe. I am very inexperienced in a canoe. I went on the Ouachita River this May, and swamped the canoe twice.

29 September 2008 at 11:44  
Blogger Meandering Michael said...

Mark, congratulations on your achievement! I made a stripper a little over ten years ago and I've never paddled a finer canoe. The only problem with owning one is all the times I get stopped by old guys who want to know if I'm willing to sell her. Not a chance.

I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine!

29 September 2008 at 11:55  
Blogger ELK said...

oh how amazing ~ that is one beautiful canoe ~

29 September 2008 at 12:46  
Blogger Nan said...

No questions, just praise. It is so, so wonderful, and I love to think of you off in the quiet like that. You mentioned houseboats - are there a lot around you? I'd love to see a photo or two sometime.

29 September 2008 at 12:58  
Blogger Kandace Groenewegen said...

Wow! That is fantastic Colleen. What a talented guy.

Thanks for all the hilarious comments on my b.l.o.g. Sometimes we just call it UKE for short. I really hope you know what I mean.

Grayson calls it his 'Tari' as in guitar(i).

Maybe you could get one and learn to play it and play it for Mark when you are waaaaaaay out in the beautiful canoe somewhere. Ahhhh.

29 September 2008 at 14:15  
Blogger Sonya said...

I must say, there's more than just a little canoe envy in our home right now.

29 September 2008 at 22:53  
Anonymous Grafx said...

i LOVE your photos!! what camera do you use?

30 September 2008 at 07:23  
Blogger Dickie Chick said...

WOW!!!! The canoe is an absolute beauty! Mark, you are one talented guy.

30 September 2008 at 07:31  
Blogger Ace said...

Holy moly! It's a beauty!
And it didn't sink.


30 September 2008 at 08:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only have two words for you:


please resume paddling


30 September 2008 at 11:12  
Blogger Koala Bear said...

That is GORGEOUS!!!

30 September 2008 at 15:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Colleen, give Mark a high 5 from us!!!! Its beautiful, breathtaking! He does amazing work. Enjoy, enjoy, ENJOY!


30 September 2008 at 21:39  
Blogger Colleen said...

Thanks everyone! I will be SURE to tell Mark of the collective admiration of y'all. I myself am an ardent admirer. :) It is a beauty and he worked so hard on it.

Speaking of which, meandering michael - it's nice to see you here - welcome! You would definitely know the work that goes into this. Mark received all the wood from someone who had torn down their cedar deck so just the time alone that went into transforming old, mega-holey lumber into usable strips was huge. Thanks, too for the heads up re: endless offers. Maybe I'll get a T-shirt made for him that says DON'T ASK or YOU COULDN'T POSSIBLY AFFORD IT.

nan - I haven't taken houseboat photos because I would need a tripod and probably a bigger lens. (Excuses, excuses.) But here are some great photos of some of them I think you'll like.

grafx - Thank you! The last ten days or so I've been using our Sony Cyber-shot as Mark has the Nikon D80 on his fishing trip. The Nikon is new as of July. I'm still getting used to it - I should probably take a class to get familiar with all that it can do - but I love it. The Sony doesn't take the same quality of photo but I like it because it's pocket-size and easier to take with me. The Nikon gets trucked around in its own backpack. :)

1 October 2008 at 08:35  
Blogger villagegirl said...

I am truly in awe. And I love the way you've written about it.
Tell hubby that he is an absolute amazing man!

1 October 2008 at 21:50  
Anonymous clara said...

How romantic paddling around with it!
I really like that color.

3 October 2008 at 10:00  
Blogger Scrapnqueen said...

So beautiful. So great. What an amazing and rewarding accomplishment.

I am sighing wistfully.

6 October 2008 at 10:25  

any questions?

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