We are Mark and Judy Handley. We have been writing about our experiences on this website for almost eleven years now. For six of those years, we were sailing around the world on our 42-foot sailboat, Windbird. During those six years and the five years since our circumnavigation, we have posted a log almost daily. We lived aboard all of those years and loved every minute. But we have now sold Windbird and are living in a harbourside apartment in the town of Falmouth, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod. The website title has been tweaked just a bit to reflect our new status, “The Voyage of Windbird . . . and Beyond.” We decided not to change things totally because we want to leave the three and a half thousand daily logs and all of the accompanying photos on the website for anyone who might be interested. But for those who would like to continue to follow the current “Voyage of Windbird”, her new owners have a website that will chronicle the adventures. We are proud to introduce you to Sam and Dawn Weigel whose blog “Weigels on the Water” can be found at: http://wotwater.blogspot.com/

NOTE: Due to Google upgrading Picasa to Google Photos, many of our old photos are now broken.  We are actively working on fixing this – thanks for your patience!

2017 Life Logs, Day 232: Falmouth Road Race Day

2017 Life Logs, Day 232: Falmouth Road Race Day
Date: Sunday, August 20, 2017
Weather: Perfect Sunny Weather with a Breeze; High 81, Low 64 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Since I live just a few hundred feet south of Mile 6 of the Falmouth Road Race, there is no ignoring it on this day. The music and cheering started early, so that prompted me to get out and about in the crowd. As I walked out of the drive-way, I stopped to say hello to Camille and her daughter Amanda. Camille and her husband Paul own The Studio and live in the apartment above me in the summer months. She was out in her pink golf cart cheering on the runners. We talked for a bit and then I headed toward the beach. The walking was easier than it looked as most of the people watching the race were right on the edge of the sidewalk leaving room for me to make it through behind them. It was tight in places, but it was a fun walk. There were more than 11,000 runners this year and as I walked I felt like all of Falmouth came out to cheer them on.

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Once I got past the finish line, I realized that I couldn’t cross the street. I had to walk the full length of Falmouth Heights Beach before I could turn to head back home. By the time I got back to Falmouth Heights Road at Mile 6, most of the runners had completed the course, but there were lots of participants still walking the course. The road was paved with Poland Springs green paper water cups as Mile 6 was one of four official water stops. I picked my way across the street, walking over the water cups and through the walkers and runners. When I got back to The Studio drive-way, Camille was still there in her pink golf cart and now she was distributing Mimosas to people lining the streets. I declined the champagne, but I had a virgin Mimosa to be social. I headed home to have lunch and then I headed to Woods Hole to see the 2 pm production of ROSE, a solo performance portraying matriarch Rose Kennedy. The setting is a sun room in the Kennedy’s Hyannis home and the date is July of 1969 . . . just a few days after Teddy had the tragic accident on Chappaquiddick. The actress, Linda Monchik, has performed in New England for 25 years and she did a wonderful job of portraying Rose Kennedy. What an interesting woman. Rose was an Irish American born in the North End of Boston in 1890. The play brought out the dilemmas that women of that era had to deal with and it revealed the way this strong woman dealt with the loss of her children. Today was the last performance and I hated to spend such a beautiful afternoon indoors, but I am very glad I went. Thanks, Olivia, for the recommendation.

After the performance, I walked down the street to Woods Hole’s Waterfront Park and sat in the sunshine and read my book in the sunshine for a bit before returning home. I heard from Heather this afternoon. They were at an amusement park in Goteborg (Gothenburg) and rode on the Lisebergbanan, a roller coaster that travels at just over 50 miles an hour! Lisebergbanan translates as Liseberg rail line and the cars looks look like a train. Heather sent a text saying it was quite scary, but there were no tears. So, I guess everyone enjoyed the ride. I also got a text message with photo attachment of Ziggy climbing a scary rock. This afternoon was adventure time for my grandchildren!

Tomorrow is a full day—up early to go feed guinea pigs at the Goldstones, sail on Pooh with Bruce at 8 am, lunch with Jane and Olivia at 11:30 am, annual physical at 2:00 pm, and hopefully out in time to see the eclipse at 2:48 pm. Then I’ll get ready for my trip to Nyack on Tuesday morning. Whew!

2017 Life Logs, Day 231: Glorious Weather, Glorious Day

2017 Life Logs, Day 231: Glorious Weather, Glorious Day
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017
Weather: Sunny; High 84, Low 67 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

The weather today was just glorious, and although I did nothing ‘special’, I had a glorious day doing ordinary things—going to the gym, picking tiny tomatoes at Heather’s and roasting and freezing those, canning marinara sauce using locally grown organic tomatoes and garlic, doing laundry, and catching up with friends via Facebook or their websites. I borrowed the local paper from Heather and Jed’s and actually took time to read a newspaper for the first time in months. And I’m looking forward to another day like this tomorrow. I’m still deciding whether I will head down to the beach in the morning to watch the runners in the Falmouth Road Race cross the finish line. The Road Race runs right past The Studio and last year we watched from here to cheer Heather on for the last mile of the race. If I watch the race tomorrow, I’ll do it from the beach as I’m missing my beach time. Or I might skip the Road Race and go to a play in Woods Hole in the afternoon. Or I might just do nothing!

I really enjoyed catching up on where in the world all of my friends and family are right now. This started because I got an early morning Facebook message from Sam and Dawn on Windbird listing their 2017-2018 sailing destinations and asking sailing ‘buddies” to indicate their interest of when and where. I bid on Puerto Rico next March. That could be great fun and give me a chance to see Justin and family as well. Sam and Dawn will be arriving here in Quissett Harbor in just a couple of weeks. Dawn’s mother from South Dakota is doing the passage from the Chesapeake to here with them. Sam is trying to fit this trek in between flying assignments for September. So we have to hope for perfect weather. Next I checked in on my biking friends, Linda and Mike Stuart. In their quest to bike around the world, they have made it to Argentina and are about 500 miles north and a little west of Buenos Aires in the outback. Yesterday when they stopped at a little roadside store, the women knew who they were. She told them she had read about them in the newspaper. Linda and Mike had been interviewed but had no idea the article had been printed. Here’s the link to the article.http://www.resumendelaregion.com/recorren-mundo-bici-desde-tres-anos-llegaron-alta-grac/ The article is in Spanish, but you can probably get the gist or use an online translator to get it in English if you are interested. And just a couple of days ago they were in the town where Che Guevara grew up. They are biking through amazing history. Next, I checked in on Heather and Jon Turgeon aboard Evergreen. They were here just before Thanksgiving 2016 and then returned to Evergreen in Spain and have done a lot of touring in Europe. They are in Guadiana, Portugal, waiting for hurricane season to end so they can head across to the Caribbean. But they continue to balance sailing with touring on land to see some amazing sights. Most recently they enjoyed the macaques and tunnels at Gilbraltor. My niece Janet and her significant other, Monica, are also seeing some amazing sights as they tour Scotland and Ireland. A couple of days ago they were at St. Andrews in Scotland and today they traveled to see the castle where Game of Thrones was filmed. And I know they visited a few pubs in between! Heather, Jed, and boys have moved from the village by the sea to an apartment in the city of Goteborg where an annual cultural festival is happening. And then there is my son who lives in Puerto Rico. I saw a picture of him on Jo’s Facebook page jumping off the top of what looks like a very high waterfall. Wow! Friends and family all over the world. So, what am I doing here? Enjoying every moment of my little vacation at home.

2017 Life Logs, Day 230: Dinner at Terry and Olivia’s

2017 Life Logs, Day 230: Dinner at Terry and Olivia’s
Date: Friday, August 18, 2017
Weather: Overcast and Rainy; High 75, Low 72 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Tonight was the Newcomers Dine-in Club gathering at Terry and Olivia White’s home. They prepared a wonderful Indian dinner that was enjoyed by all. Olivia put on an Indian feast that was as delightful to the eye as it was to the palate. I especially enjoyed her beautifully decorated raita. Newcomers is a large organization with many smaller club opportunities. I was invited to join the Dine-in Club which is now four couples plus me. Each month a different member invites the other members into their home for dinner, thus the name ‘dine-in’. Next month we will dine-in here at The Studio. I’ve never been much of a club joiner, but this is a really great group of people that I am enjoying spending time with.

My day started with a bike ride with Jane and then I spent the afternoon processing tomatoes to make marinara sauce. Summer before last we processed over 90 pounds of organic tomatoes. We canned enough sauce that summer that we didn’t do much last year. This marinara sauce is a staple for the Goldstones and the cupboard is bare. When I went to the Farmers’ Market yesterday, I bought the first installment of locally grown organic tomatoes. This first 9 pounds are now in the refrigerator as uncooked sauce that I will process and can this weekend. Carrie from Peach Tree Farm didn’t think she would have another batch for two weeks. So, I now know what I’ll be doing over the Labor Day Weekend.

Heather and gang had to pull up roots from the beautiful location where they have been staying the past few days. The moved on to the city of Gothenberg. They will be there for a few days before making their final move to Stockholm. Yesterday Heather and boys visited Nordens Ark where they saw the world’s largest cat and the world’s largest owl. Heather got great photos showing the relative size of the boys’ ‘wings’ as compared to the owl.

2017 Life Logs, Day 229: Same, Same

2017 Life Logs, Day 229: Same, Same
Date: Thursday, August 17, 2017
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 77, Low 64 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Today was more of the same ordinary living. Love it! I added time to try some experimental recipes that unfortunately did not work. So, time lost, but lessons learned. Tomorrow is more of the same but culminates with a Newcomers Dinner Club dinner at Olivia and Terry’s.

2017 Life Logs, Day 228: Another Delightfully Ordinary Day

2017 Life Logs, Day 228: Another Delightfully Ordinary Day
Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2017
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 80, Low 59 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Bike ride with Jane Woodin . . . catching up on communications . . . checking in on the Goldstone homestead . . . more food shopping . . . fixing and eating another dinner created from locally grown food. That’s about it. Nothing exciting, just delightfully ordinary and relaxed.

Dinner was planned around one large patty pan squash from Heather’s garden. I stir fried that with garlic and spinach from a local farm and parsley and basil from my deck. I bought flounder at The Clam Man and added salt, pepper, and thyme from Heather’s herb garden. Delicious. Earlier in the afternoon when I arrived at Heather’s to water the garden and bring in the mail, two of the three letters the kids were waiting on had arrived. Sam and Jonah received their teacher assignments for this school year, so I took photos and sent them in text messages to Sweden. Ollie’s assignment didn’t come today, so I’ll check again tomorrow. Even with the cloudy and rainy weather we have had, things are terribly dry at Heather’s. I did some watering today and will return tomorrow to do more. In my back and forth text messages from Heather, I found out that Day 4 in Sweden was a little better than Day 3. So, progress is being made. Heather posted some pictures of the boys playing on the rocks in the area where they are staying in Grundsund, Sweden, and it looks beautiful . And it made me a very happy Oma to see those Goldpebbles enjoying the rocky seashore. Hopefully tomorrow will be even better than today.

2017 Life Logs, Day 227: Time and Money

2017 Life Logs, Day 227: Time and Money
Date: Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Weather: Partly Cloudy with Some Rain; High 80, Low 66 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Naturally I miss those Goldpebbles that have been my companions this summer, but I also am enjoying my little vacation from Camp Oma. I spent my day doing ordinary things—a little house cleaning, a little shopping, but basically nothing of what I would regard as important. I enjoyed doing those ordinary things, but at one point, I felt like time was slipping through my fingers. I tried to make a comparison of time and money, as both can so easily slip away, but then I realized my comparison didn’t hold water. Time is elusive. There is no way to bottle it or invest it like you can do with money. You can protect your money and make sure it doesn’t slip away. Time, however, just keeps ticking away. It is up to each person to make the best of it every moment of every day. Some days are grander than others, but the real determination of grandness is whether or not you enjoyed your day. I enjoyed my ordinary day, and have now justified it to you as grand. And I look forward to another grand day tomorrow!

2017 Life Logs, Day 226: Active Day

2017 Life Logs, Day 226: Active Day
Date: Monday, August 14, 2017
Weather: Partly Sunny; High 80, Low 65 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Since the Goldstones are in Norway/Sweden on vacation, I am on vacation from my summer ‘job’ as director of Camp Oma. And I attacked this second day of vacation with vigor. It was an active day. I went to my favorite class at the gym at 9:15 am. It went a little longer than usual, so I didn’t get home until 10:40. I made a quick high protein smoothie and headed out the door with my bike to meet Jane Woodin for a bike ride on the Shining Sea Bike Path in West Falmouth. I have often walked this part of the bike path with Jane and Olivia, but have only biked this section once before with my biking buddy, Jane. I love the views of Vineyard Sound from the bike path as it heads to Woods Hole, but I think the stretch we biked today is my very favorite. I know it is Jane’s favorite.

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As you ride along, you are looking out over the Great Sippewissett Marsh leading to Buzzards Bay. It is serene and beautiful.

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After the bike ride, which began and ended at Jane’s house in West Falmouth, she invited me to sit on her deck and have a glass of iced tea before we headed our separate ways. There is a small bird house on one end of the deck and there are three tiny little wrens that wait at the bird house entrance for their momma to return with food. I should have taken a photo of those three little open beaks, so cute, but my camera was in the car and I knew if I went to get it, the little guys would most definitely recede into the back of the nest. So, no photo today. But sitting on the deck drinking tea, talking to Jane, and watching the monarchs and swallowtails was a lovely end to a nice bike ride. I left Bruce and Jane’s and went to Heather and Jed’s to get the mail, check on the garden, and pick the tiny tomatoes that Heather loves to roast and freeze for a taste of summer in mid-winter. Somehow these teeny tiny tomatoes pack a powerful flavor much greater than their size. The yield today after roasting was a little less than a pint, but that will make one meal for them.

I don’t have plans for tomorrow. I’ll just see where the day leads me.

2017 Life Logs, Day 225: Beautiful Day for a Sail

2017 Life Logs, Day 225: Beautiful Day for a Sail
Date: Sunday, August 13, 2017
Weather: Sunny, Wind 10-12 WSE, SW; High 82, Low 62 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

It was a beautiful day for a sail in West Falmouth Harbor with Bruce and Jane Woodin on Pooh. We thought we were going to head out into Buzzards Bay and there was enough wind that we started out with the sail reefed. Our first mission was to give me a complete tour of the harbor. Bruce and Jane have sailed here for over 30 years, so they have the local knowledge. There is the part of the harbor where most of the boats are anchored, there is a part close to the Chapaquoit marsh, and there is another area just before you head outside the breakwall. All of this is navigable at or near high tide as it was today, but there are underwater rocks that you have to know about. Hopefully I will remember all that I was taught today and can convey the knowledge on to Heather and Jed. We all enjoyed a lazy, and sometimes hazy, day on the water. And by the time we completed our harbor sailing and started to head outside, the wind had picked up and there were white caps and a bit of a fog rolling in. So, we decided to just continue sailing about inside. And it was on our second foray back to the marsh area that we found a pair of loons—always a thrill to see. Thank you, Bruce and Jane, for such a delightful day.

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When I got home from the sail, I got a text from Jed saying they had made it to Oslo. He said the train ride from Bergen was beautiful. But no one got a lot of sleep on the plane or the train, so they were settling in for the night. Justin, Ziggy, and Coco also called. They had a surprise they wanted to show me, so we got on Skype video. The surprise was a new pet—a miniature piglet they have named Rabbit. Evidently, they went into a pet store to buy a plant for the fish aquarium and came out with a pig! I told Justin I thought this takes a very special talent. Ziggy and Coco started school last week, so we’ll just call this an end-of-the-first-week-of-school present. They don’t really need another pet, but I must admit that it is adorable. Then after the phone call, I treated to myself to a local feast. A friend gave Bruce clams and since Jane doesn’t like them and he didn’t want to bother fixing them for himself, he gave them to me. Yesterday Heather gave me some green tomatoes and green beans from her garden. So, I had clams, green beans, and fried green tomatoes. And a peach for dessert. Heather also gave me the peach and I didn’t ask where she got it. But it was the best peach I have had in a very long time. Yummy dinner!

2017 Life Logs, Day 224: Goldstones Head to Norway and Sweden

2017 Life Logs, Day 224: Goldstones Head to Norway and Sweden
Date: Saturday, August 12, 2017
Weather: Overcast with Rain; High 73, Low 61 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

At 8:15 pm I got a text from Heather with a photo of her and her seatmates, Ollie and Jonah. They were on the plane waiting for the 8:50 pm take-off. And then I got a text from Jed with a photo of him with his seatmate, Sam. So hopefully they are now on their way to Bergen, Norway. They will arrive there around 10 am tomorrow morning local Bergen time, but that is 3 am our time. Heather and Jed are hoping that the boys will sleep for most of the six hour flight and be ready to go when they arrive. Good plan—just hope it works. When they arrive in Bergen, they will make their way from the airport to the train station, and then head the seven hours across the mountains to Oslo. They will spend two days there before heading across the border to Sweden, the main destination for the two weeks. I drove the Goldstones to the airport in Providence, Rhode Island, and we had hoped to have dinner together in the airport at a tavern located outside security. For some reason that no one could explain to us, it was closed this evening. So, we said our farewells and I headed home. I sure will miss those little rascals, but at the same time I am looking forward to some ‘big girl’ time. I got a call from Bruce and Jane Woodin this morning inviting me to come sailing with them tomorrow. I’m looking forward to that!

2017 Life Logs, Day 223: Miscommunication

2017 Life Logs, Day 223: Miscommunication
Date: Friday, August 11, 2017
Weather: Mostly Sunny; High 78, Low 65 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Studio, Falmouth, MA

Due to a miscommunication, my plans for the next two weeks have changed. Last Saturday I had a conversation with Heather and Jed about their plans for getting to the airport tomorrow for their flight to Norway and on to Sweden. I learned that they were flying out of Providence, Rhode Island, and not Boston, and would need to get to the airport by 7 o’clock. I assumed AM, but I found out this morning they meant PM. In that original conversation, I offered to take them to the airport with the hopes that I could travel on to Nyack, New York, to visit with friends, Ed and Lynne. Long story short, I arranged that visit, knowing that I would have to head home early on Monday as Ed has chemo that day. It has been a very busy week with no time to talk, so this morning is the first time I have had a chance to talk to Heather or Jed about what time we might leave for the airport in the morning. In talking with Heather, it became evident that we were not leaving for the airport until late afternoon. Lynne is famous for saying, “Make plans, but then life happens.” Well, I made plans, but my stupidity in not understanding the Goldstone flight time changes everything. I’ll still be taking them to the airport, but I will then return home. I’ll now be visiting with Ed and Lynne on August 22 to August 24. I feel terrible that I had them prepare for a visit this weekend, but I look forward to our visit in a week and few days. But I will still take the Goldstones to the airport in Providence and then return home. Camp Oma is on hold for the two weeks they are in Sweden and will start again on Monday, August 28, when they return.

Today was the last day of soccer camp. For this final day, Sam on Team Brazil and Jonah was on Team USA.Ollie designed a t-shirt to cheer on both teams. I think both Sam and Jonah enjoyed this week of soccer, but they will now put soccer on the back burner until the fall season starts. We left the soccer field and came home to my house to celebrate with a ‘make your own personal pizza’ lunch. Then I took the boys home to play. We spent some time working on their summer journals to get them ready to travel to Sweden with them. Boys being boys, they aren’t terribly excited about journaling while on vacation. But some of their drawings capturing summer activities to date are great, so I’m hoping they will capture a few highlights of their time in Norway and Sweden to share when they return. Here are a few of their journal entries from this summer.