Here at Chez Skerwink we have a regular schedule of events that both encourages our guests to explore the area, as well as entertains people in the quieter evenings, or rainy days. One particular event that I enjoy, and I have found out is a favourite among guests, is star gazing with Syd. This event sounds fairly straight forward: looking up at the stars, and describing the various things we should be able to see in the celestial bodies, such as Virgo, the Big Dipper etc. One may even think that for this event we would bust out the giant telescope that spends its days indoors, and its evenings on the deck. This would however be a inaccurate assumption, as Star Gazing with Syd is more than just looking at stars.
Our dear Sydney has a way with words, that you may indeed have noticed in her various blog posts (she writes the long poetic ones, whereas mine tend to be short and sweet). She also has no idea about anything to do with stars. As a result, her tales or woe and deceit, of heroes and villains, of maidens and witches, all come out during star gazing sessions, as she pushes the limits of her imagination, and the extent of her ability to tell a good story.
My favourite story to date was in fact inspired by a fire that was lit one overcast evening when star gazing was proving particularly difficult. The flames inspired young Sydney to tell the tale of a brave man (who also happened to be Christopher Columbus III, fondly nicknames Christy Cubed), who sailed across the Atlantic and landed in Newfoundland. The tale of treachery and discovery continued into the wee hours of the morning. But as the tale drew to a close, and the starts came out, we snuggled around the warmth of the fire and all agreed that in honor of young Christopher III we would christen our deck “The Tradition”, the name of the valiant vessel that brought the hero to our shores.
And so concluded another fine evening under the stars (even if they only showed up toward the end). We hope that next time you will join us for Star Gazing with Syd. I can promise it will give you a new outlook on the skies.
Until then, enjoy this sky related song, ideal for any form of gazing: