Tuesday 23rd and Ireland’s Eye will remain at Crows Nest. Tonite Miles, our local handyman, is coming to fix the outboard engine so we can start exploring in the dingy. Wednesday morning Jason , the mechanic, will come to finish the issues with the engines so IE can continue cruising and Thursday morning we will bring IE to Fisherman’s Wharf where she will stay for the month of Novermber. So this time round we will not make it to Sarasota but hopefully when we return we will be done with maintenances - all fingers crossed. Nana and Nandad did take Ireland’s Eye up the ICW and dropped the anchor to have lunch in a very peaceful spot. When it was time to return, while taking the anchor up with the windless , it twisted upon itself in a most peculiar way such that we were unable to get it to lock into place. Well we returned with a dangling anchor and yet another task to fix!! Nothing too complicated once the dingy was operational we were able to untangle - now how to prevent it is another issue?
Wednesday 24th - Nana needed a little culture today so she took a Lyft to Sarasota to visit The Ringling museum and left Nandad to supervise the workers! What an incredible legacy the circus family have left to the people of Sarasota. The museum has the most incredible collection of art, an amazing miniature circus village with all the spectacle of the circus performer, beautiful gardens with spectacular roses and Millenium Tree Trail, the historic mansion of Mable and John - CA’D’Zan - and the restoration of the historic Asolo Theater ( all the way from Italy ). It was truely the perfect lay day.
Nana did not have time to tour the mansion so she will have to return another day. The circus village is so incredibly detailed that truly the visitor needs to do a guided tour. The pictures below are of the entrance to the rose garden which really needs to be seen to appreciate the size, concrete statues and labeled roses. The second picture is of one of the actual carriages used by the circus of which there were many.
Tonite is the night of the full moon so after a wonderful dinner at Valenti ‘s Ristorante - we intended to go to Valenti’s Allegro Bistro to listen to Jazz - who would have known that they are owned by the same owner but one mile apart! [ Downtown Venice is having construction all over the historic area so we decided to get a Lyft out of town for a different experience ] we sit uptop and watch the full moon spread its light over the water and boats with a gentle soft breeze.
Last blog of this cruising adventure. IE didn’t cruise to far however the weather was wonderful and because the season has not really restatrted we had plenty of choice as to where we docked and what perfect spots we picked, Charlotte Harbor Yacht Club, Boca Grande, Aquamarine Palm Harbor Marina and of course the Crows Nest. Will return November 25th. Happy Halloween to all and a wonderful Thanksgiving. May we continue to be blessed with such opportunity.