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Love them. Can’t stand them. But still, love them.

I should hate the destructive cockatoos, but now that we’ve taken down our headsail (so they can’t shred the sail cover!) removed all instruments from the top of Totem’s mast (since they wrecked the wind instruments and expensive weatherstation anyway!)- leaving little left for them to demolish- well, they are kinda fun to watch. At least, until […]

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The continuing saga of the marina geese

A few weeks ago I wrote about the heartbreaking state our resident marina gander, Peter. He was in deep mourning for his longtime mate Paul. The crew in the marina and shipyard decided something needed to be done, and new geese were acquired in a mission that included the children, who trekked to a farm well outside […]

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Bert’s reign over the marina

When I mentioned recently that our neighbor cat, Bert, considers the marina his domain- I wasn’t kidding. We had a hysterical event recently that illustrates it perfectly. Witness Bert, hanging out in one of his favorite places: the middle of the dock. See that little orange fluff waaayyyyy down towards the other end of the […]

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Belonging to a cat

Meet Bert. Bert (short for Bert Sugar Ray Reynolds) patrolls the docks here at the Cammeray Marina. His home is the boat next door to us, but Bert has claimed us as his own. He’s especially fond of the children. I’m pretty sure he considers the dock to be his domain. He defies you to go […]

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The saga of the marina geese

When we arrived last spring, there were two resident geese in the marina- the children named them Peter and Paul. I couldn’t tell them apart, but they knew exactly which was which. The office manager told us they’d been living around the marina for at least two decades- the shipyard crew feed them, and they […]

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It’s a wild, wild life in the marina

It’s amazing how much wildlife is around the marina, despite our relatively urban location. In addition to the previously introduced geese, Peter and Paul, there are a few regulars. Most mornings, we don’t need an  alarm clock- we have the kookaburras. You know, the one from the old children’s song, that sits laughing in the […]

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Unforgettable

This past week, we’ve shared an anchorage with manta rays. These gentle giants have wingspans averaging around seven feet. Filter feeders without teeth, they swoop in graceful arcs, hoovering up the rich micro/macroscopic marine life that fills the water right now. We’ve been out to swim with them on a number of days. I cannot […]

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More indelible memories

We had an amazing opportunity this past week: hands on participation in the release of endangered turtle hatchlings. Thanks to the effort of local volunteers and a small nonprofit, Olive Ridley turtles nesting on beaches in Banderas Bay have a stunningly better chance at survival. Nestled between mega resorts outside of Puerto Vallarta, a glorified […]

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