I was once accussed of being the craziest person an English cruising family
had met....and I may have deserved it !
Back in the 70's I owned this 35 foot trawler
in BC that I spent summers onboard in the Gulf Islands, doing dive charters.
My favourite hidey hole was on the North bay of Thetis Island.
A skinny long cut into the Island, with barely enough room to swing behind a partial breakwater as it shalowed out immediately into eel grass
full of Dungeness crab
No houses except for a marvelous one on the far point, so when no charters, I would anchor
there and read.
I had a much needed 6 day break between dive charters and headed there only to find a new small floating dock
put in, with no shore access.
So i tied up and started a binge read of the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Hot summer days and nights of constant reading, only taking a break at low tide to wade up the cut with a fish
net and paddle to trap, flip and take as many male crabs as I could eat....it was easy in those days
I became totally emersed in Tolkien's World.
By the 5th day of solitude, poor hygiene, high cholesterol from a steady diet of crabs and gin and tonics, crab shells flung all over the dock
, I was by then, in a hermit's world of my own,... that Gollum would have approved of.
Then this lovely ketch
flying the Union Jack anchored on a short rode
They launched their tender
and the father/ daughter rowed over to ask if they could dock on the other side?
Without even being aware, I launched into the old English cadence of Tolkein's book saying something like:
"Would that it were my humble dock, you would prithee be most heartily welcome, but since I am a squatter to an unknown landlord, you may share at your own risk".
I knew I was talking funny
....but I just couldn't help it!
Anyway, they came over to share a BBQ on the dock while I provided the crabs.
We spent a nice evening, before I had to clean up and leave next day for a charter
pickup at Saltspring.
I ended up dating their daughter as they had moved to Vancouver
and she told me that their first impression of me on the dock was crazy strange, to say the least and they debated staying.
Never did manage to win over the Father !