On the Water

A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable. ~William Wordsworth

The last post was all about noticing the moment we’re in while we’re in it, so here are a few of our recent moments. We’ve been heading back over to Sunapee for the weekends, since it’s not much more than an hour on beautiful winding country roads. So picture us here:

Sommerro on Lake Sunapee

Last weekend, while cruising around Herrick Cove, we saw this guy . . .


. . . who very delicately stepped back behind this boathouse . . .


. . . apparently to avoid the paparazzi (me), and peeked out at us through the back door. Excusez-moi!

You may be noticing that my favorite Sunapee weekends include being on the water. This past Saturday morning, David and I took the boat out before breakfast to catch a shot of Brittany’s favorite picturesque boathouse while the sun was still on it . . .

Old Wood Boathouse Enhanced. . . and discovered that we really need to institute a new Sunapee tradition: breakfast cruises. It was glassy calm, only occasionally rocking us a bit when the early water skiers went by, and even then with a mesmerizing undulation, the surface of the water like molten silver, the sun warm and easy. Paradise. We puttered home as slowly as possible, and only headed back when we did because David was missing his coffee.

I’m not alone. Yesterday was “Love Your Lake Day” on Lake Sunapee, including the Antique Boat Parade, and all the antique boats gathered here in Gardner Bay to . . .um . . . circle the wagons? . . .  get their ducks in a row? . . . I’m not sure, but they went round and round for a while, not quite close enough for a great shot, but close enough that we could see that some people on Lake Sunapee have some beautiful old Chris-Crafts.

Antique Boat Parade, Lake Sunapee
Antique Boat Parade, Lake Sunapee

And a bit later on Sunday, we had the privilege of witnessing the maiden voyage–post-restoration–of Eb’s old wooden boat:

Eb's Boat LaunchBesides “messing about in boats,” what is it about water? It captivates me in a way few other things do, the changing light and colors, the soothing rhythm of waves and ripples, the peace of mist rising at dawn.

Lake Blues Cloud Bank

I have been overcome by the beauty and richness of our life together, those early mornings setting out, those evenings gleaming with rivers and lakes below us, still holding the last light. ∼Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Sunset on Sunapee Cropped

Wherever you are, I wish for you water.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul. ∼Psalm 23


7 thoughts on “On the Water”

  1. How I LOVE your blogs…..your photos are exquisite! What a country we live in! Such beauty, such peace…..oh for the same for others!!

  2. Dang girl! Rub it in! Man I miss Sunapee! I love the water, ocean, lake, river, you name it. First week in November is Foley beach right?

    1. Well, actually it’s December and Folly Beach, but you got the “first week” part right, although even the second week would work. In November we’ll be spending a week in Alexandria, Virginia, then three weeks on the Outer Banks (North Carolina). We don’t get down to the Charleston area until December 1st. Hope that will still work!

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