Friday, July 17, 2009

Friday and weekend doings


I have taken today off from work. I'm going out on the boat for the weekend. I'm not sure whether I'll be posting anything until Monday. So if I don't, I want to wish you well until I come back and have a chance to comment on your blogs.

I'm going to get to my usual anchorage by tomorrow afternoon when there will be a re-enactment of the 146th anniversary of the assault of Battery Wagner. The Assault on Battery Wagner brought the men of the 54th Massachusetts and the Confederate forces together in combat.

The 54th Massachusetts, an experimental black army regiment of free men from the North whose heroic conduct and bravery persuaded the Union that African-American men could and would fight for their freedom, waged a lengthy battle on this historic day. Before the 54th, most African Americans employed by the Union Army were relegated to positions as laborers, hostlers and cooks. The Confederate forces fiercely defended the Fort. The 54th regiment lost the fight and a third of its 600 soldiers that day, but gained the respect of both Union and Confederate armies. It will be the first re-enactment that I have seen.

On Saturday, there will be another major party on the island. Supposedly the event will have four bands, beach volleyball, and a bunch of free giveaways. I've been told by the organizers that there will be plenty of trash bags. I'm not planning on cleaning up more litter so I hope they are prepared with an ample supply.

I just want to chill out, get some sleep, go for a long walk and do some reading. This is my place of meditation--my boat and the island. After the last walk of the evening, we will row back to the sailboat and fix a simple dinner of steak and couscous. Then we generally read to each other. Sometimes we read the Big Book of AA and sometimes we bring sailing books to read from--accounts of around the world sailors. We always end the evening with a simple prayer.

After all the party boats leave, the island becomes quiet except for the sound of the waves and the wind. It is a place where many men died. Yet, I think of it as a place teeming with life in the surf, in the tide pools, in the rookeries. I always seem to sleep better when I'm being rocked to sleep by the motion of the boat, nestled against the one I love.

22 comments:

  1. i felt serenity by the time i finished reading your post. unfortunately, i haven't felt that in a while. i will work on my program this weekend.

    thank you. enjoy.

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  2. Have a wonderful long weekend Syd.

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  3. have a great weekend , Have fun and enjoy your quiet time. I love the child in you,the romance, dedication and love to all. You are one of a KIND. GOD BLESS.. Smell the ocean for me I miss it terribly. I am not sure if you like Farley Mowat,, he is a great author, one of i love is called Grey seas under, my Uncle Harry is also listed in here about his many trips out to sea.
    SMILES

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  4. Have fun Syd! It sounds great.

    Love,

    SB

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  5. sounds like a wonderful weekend to me, hope you enjoy every moment

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  6. Wishing you serenity, sailor Syd.

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  7. Sounds a great place to chill out, enjoy.

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  8. Interesting story about the battle..
    Have a great weekend

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  9. Have a peaceful weekend. We have over 40 tall ships in Halifax Harbour this weekend - I'm headed out tonight to admire them all. My son used to be an excellent sailor, but like everything else, he lost interest after the drug use began. I'm hoping someday he will be a sailor again, sigh.

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  10. I adored your blog. I could feel myself right there as you described it. I could taste the steak and couscous meal, hear the water lapping at the boat, and hear the gentle reading to each other. I love to enjoy vicariously.

    Have a wonderful time. I know you will.

    PG

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  11. Have a lovely, serene weekend.

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  12. Have a fantastic time, it sounds like a great weekend ahead!

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  13. Love the beach scene. Notice the couple overlooking the scenery.(2 Palms.) Sounds like a wonderfully cool, serene and romanatic weekend.
    Enjoy.

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  14. I actually became "warm" inside and out, as I read your blog this night, Syd. It is GooooD!

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  15. oh yes, it does sound great.

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  16. I love the pictures that you post, Syd. Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

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  17. We'll all be onboard,in spirit..lol

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  18. I hope you're having a wonderful weekend. x

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