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We had Christmas 2010 at home with as many of the family as were in Quebec for the holidays.

In January, Helen, Neil and Derek drove to Whistler in BC for 3 weeks skiing, with stops one the way to visit Tylers in Calgary and Parrys in Golden, BC, including a day's skiing at Kicking Horse and one at Revelstoke.

Michael was half way through his articling year in Vancouver, so joined us for weekends at Whistler.

In April Neil and Helen went to Rosneath on the Clyde to get Milvina ready for sailing. 
Milvina was in a shed for the first time, so that we could paint the decks, replace the Plexiglas in the cabin's side windows  and do other weather-sensitive work, while admiring the cherry blossoms nearby. 

Rest of 2011 photos are at the pages below, in order of the cruise
  Western Scotland      (added 26th June 2011)
  North West Scotland  (added 26th June 2011)
  Around  Bergen          (added 26th June 2011)
  Flaam valley                (added 26th June 2011)
  Cruising S of Bergen (added 26th Dec  2011)
  Trolltunga                     (added 10th July 2011)
  Lysefjord                      (added 10th July 2011)
BASE  jumpers              (added 10th July 2011)
South from Stavanger (added  31st July 2011)
  West Coast of Sweden   (added 13 Oct 2011

We had 3 weeks of sun, with cherry blossoms nearby, no rain, but two
days after getting out the shed and in to the water, the rains came, and lasted five weeks, as Scotland, like Eastern Canada, had the worst month of May for years.

First week afloat we spent meeting old friends and relatives around the Clyde.  Although the weather was lousy, the social life was great, with one of the many parties in Milvina's  saloon shown here.

After launching on the Gareloch, just NW of Glasgow we headed down to Lamlash on Arran to visit cousins and also to join a group of boats from the Clyde Cruising Club who were starting a week long mini-cruise.

We left the Clyde to the NW via the Crinan Canal, and headed on up the West Coast.

Cousins Sandy and Barbara McCubbin joined the crew for a short stretch, still in wet weather.

Helen and Neil got extra exercise while working much of the canal alone.  Usually 3 or 4 crew are recommended, since most of the locks have  manually operated gates.
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