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  1. co said, on 2012/01/01 at 11:42

    Happy New Year Bowsprite!!! I love learning about these traditions!!! Makes me feel like I’m finally getting to know my beloved harbor and rivers!

  2. Michael said, on 2012/01/01 at 11:42

    How can you possibly feel like sierra hotel india tango and then write this delightful post?

    Outstanding start to the new year!

    Now back to cleaning the kitchen…

  3. Paul said, on 2012/01/01 at 11:47

    Holed-up in the hills but not far from the boats
    The New Year has come, a light snow from sky floats

    The lake frozen solid beckons once, twice and thrice
    To strap on the blades – and glide, stride and slice

    And if winds from the North calm just a bit
    Maybe some speed will come of it

    But playing on small water is becoming a bore
    Dreaming of blue hills far from the shore

    Two thousand and twelve is maybe the year
    To return to first loves without malice or fear

  4. Mage Bailey said, on 2012/01/01 at 11:52

    Hey, these are wonderful. Some of the rhymes pushed the envelope a bit, but I loved laughing over your words this morning. Yes, watercolors. I found a big, Samsonite, rolling briefcase at an estate sale. The head of a department at SDSU used it until it sagged and bagged delightfully. I have presqueezed colors into old “sets.” And The thing has room for two pallets as well as all the other stuff one needs. Even paper. But today the fog has rolled in thickly so no painting.

    Yes, hope is the best gift we can give ourselves. Hugs at ya….

  5. JED said, on 2012/01/01 at 12:52

    Naval Tradition also dictates the striking of SIXTEEN bells at midnight upon the ship’s bell.

  6. Baydog said, on 2012/01/01 at 13:13

    Hey, I recognize that Champagne label. Great rhyme Bowsprite! And Happy New Year to you and yours as well.

  7. Vladimir Brezina said, on 2012/01/01 at 13:29

    Thanks for including kayaks in the procession! 🙂 A delightful post in both word and picture as always…

    Our best wishes to you for a wonderful 2012!! — Vlad & Johna

  8. Rigmor said, on 2012/01/01 at 15:34

    happy happy happy new year and “splitte mine bramsejl” from the seaweat aunt in DK Looking forward to follow the wonderfull drawings on your blog in 2012

  9. SeaBart said, on 2012/01/01 at 16:39

    Happy New year!
    Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!
    Godt NytÅr

  10. Thierry Leroy said, on 2012/01/01 at 18:39

    Happy New Year !

  11. o docker said, on 2012/01/01 at 19:11

    I wake from the mist of my personal fog
    And stumble on Bowsprite’s New Year’s Day blog,

    Wondering what wind from the north or the south
    Has left all these shavings of wood in my mouth

    And scattered these bottles and glasses around
    And left me reluctant to hear any sound,

    When here is her fleet in full parade dress
    In ranks on the page at their colorful best,

    Riding the waves of her iambs and rhymes
    Like columns of type on the front of The Times,

    And then, there’s that couplet, sweet as a mango –
    This girl’s the bravo echo sierra tango.

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  14. tugster said, on 2012/01/02 at 09:50

    i love the cat monitoring AIS . . .

  15. billcanoe said, on 2012/01/02 at 22:02

    I had a few occasions to help write the New Year’s poem while onboard the boats.. Do you know how hard it is to find a rhyme for COMSUBLANT or COMSUBRON SIX?

    As for ringing the ship’s bell “eight bells for the old year, eight for the new”… was hard to do while underwater — the bell was in some locker, someplace…securely lashed in. It wasn’t something you’d want rolling around on the deck during “angles and dangles.”

    Happy New Year to all!

  16. […] Bowsprite writes, sketches, and rhymes about all things nautical. Check out her delightfully poetic “New Year’s Log”—and note the many comments from working sea dogs. Bowsprite knows whereof she speaks: She […]

  17. Vladimir Brezina said, on 2012/01/04 at 20:39

    Dear Christina,
    Happy New Year! We nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award—you can read about it, and why we picked you, here:
    Warm regards,
    Vlad and Johna

  18. Greg Burrows (percussion, Las Rubias del Norte and numerous others, played at sea many times) said, on 2012/01/10 at 00:17

    Hi Seafaring spryte, was great to meet you at 92Y Tribeca at my gig w/ Las Rubias. Fascinating website you have here! -Drum man

  19. Vagabonde said, on 2012/01/14 at 23:53

    Christina I love that poem and all the illustrations. You will have a great year now after such a wonderful start. Bonne et Heureuse Année !

  20. George said, on 2012/01/18 at 04:33

    Great illustrations.. Cheers!!

    George Marikas
    Nautical Training & Education

  21. Daniel Gallegos said, on 2012/01/25 at 10:52

    Another one with you in mind Bowsprite!

    Happy New Year!


  22. Michael said, on 2012/01/30 at 13:27

    I believe the prevailing wisdom for your particular vintage of ink is “Paint Now”.

    Sonoma, St. Estephe, Hudson…

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