On Saturday June 21 2008 on my other blog spot http://www.simplysailing.blogspot.com/ I posted a photograph of a little yacht called 'Bullfrog' and wrote about the yacht and its designer William Garden. I put the post on the blog and thought nothing more of it really:
............... " Now there are yacht designers who are competent designers and then there are yacht designers who are artists. William Garden is an artist. This little yacht enchanted my father so much that he bought a set of plans. Well 'blue prints' as they were called in those days. The blue prints are in my possession now and many a voyage has been planned in winter months while wistfully looking at the curvaceous body of this enticing little ship."......... etc etc etc etc
NOW: William Garden is one of my favourite yacht designers. It is not just his designs which are attractive but also the way he has lived his life. His life is a sort of amalgam of 'The Wind in the Willows' and 'Swallows and Amazons' all rolled into one. He lives on a very small island in British Columbia where he has a design studio, a workshop where yachts are built and all the other accoutrement's from living a life in that space where personal passion and making a livelihood merge. Garden is still alive (in his 90's) and is loved and respected by many around the world. That island is one of the places I would like to visit before I go off to the great eternal spinnaker run in the sky.
THIS WEEK: The teacher who teaches in the classroom next to me had an adult student teacher start a teaching section in her room. This lady is Canadian, her husband is a boat builder and designer. They emigrated to New Zealand in their beautiful ketch. They left to come to NZ from that small island off Salt Spring Island off Victoria Island in British Columbia. They lived on their yacht tied up to the jetty at Bill Garden's island for 2 years while her husband worked in Bill Garden's boat building business. She knows Bill Garden and has told me a lot about him. Her and her husband also know another great designer in the area, Philip Gartside who designs beautiful traditional small yachts. I have a link from my sailing blog to his website. This lady had a similar sailing upbringing as me and there are many associations and connections which we share. It has been very interesting to talk to her.
I am not sure that this coincidence would qualify as the phenomenon called Synchronicity, but in my mind it comes close. It's not so much the meeting of someone who has a close association with someone I have read about but rather the timing of my blog posting and its contents and then the almost immediate connection arriving on my doorstep. - Quite odd, but very, very, very interesting indeed. What is even more curious is that this sort of stuff (coincidences) happen to me in both small and large ways all the time. Coincidence?