A lone ice shack sits on Lake Windermere at dawn.

Lisa and I rang in the New Year in a rather low key manner. We enjoyed a nice dinner of steamed crab legs, vegetables, tapenade, crackers and hot pepper Oregon grape and rose hip jelly made by my good friend Dave. After dinner we watched an episode of The Crown on Netflix. The rest of the night was spent in front of the fire listening to fireworks. The fireworks started at 6 pm and continued throughout the night. There was no official fireworks this year due to Covid, so most were set off by individuals.

The Columbia River flows by cat tails after a chinook.

It goes without saying it has been a different year. Luckily our family has been spared from the personal heartbreak and financial hardship Covid has placed on so many families and individuals.

Lots of power outages lately. Probably not the moon’s fault, more likely wind, melt and freeze.

Nixon’s place from across the Columbia. To live under mountains is special.

Not being able to see our kids and grandkids has been difficult, especially during the Christmas season. It seems odd considering how many people are not adhering  to the Provincial and Federal safety protocols. However, as I like to point out to my children, and they understand, it is about how we conduct ourselves, considering we have elderly grandparents and recognizing many other families do as well. For us that’s what it comes down to.

A chinook turns Lake Windermere’s surface rutted and unskateable.

2021 we are looking forward to getting to know you.

The old part of town, built on a mudflat. You won’t see this in a tourism or Chamber of Commerce brochure and that’s okay with me.

5 thoughts on “2021

  1. mountaincoward

    Brilliant photos.

    I had an even lower key New Year’s Eve – I forgot until about 5 past midnight! 😉 I don’t like it anyway – it just signifies the swift passage of time to me and my birthdays do that quite enough for me! I also hate fireworks – noisy and horrid and scare the wildlife and people’s pets.

    I wish those who won’t stick to the protocols would realise they’re just prolonging and prolonging all this!


    1. underswansea

      Hi Carol, glad you like the photos, I had a laugh when you said you forgot about New Years until 5 past midnight. As for protocols, Canada’s provinces all have different protocols. I live in British Columbia. We are very close to Alberta who have the highest rate of Covid per capita in Canada. Because our protocols are lax they come out here in droves. Alberta is the richest province in Canada and the most entitled. We call them Canada’s Americans, and they do as they please.


      1. mountaincoward

        That was the problem here. As we were rural, our protocols were much more lax than the cities so absolutely the whole country (plus other parts of the world) were coming out to the tourist town where I work in the shop. That meant we suddenly moved from being a Tier 2 area to a Tier 4 area (the strictest) overnight the other week. Very frustrating when we were all obeying the rules around here!


    1. underswansea

      Hi Julie, the crab dinner was delicious, we both couldn’t remember the last time we had crab in the shell, probably the late 90’s in San Francisco. Wishing you and Andrew a Happy New Year!

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