Would you sit in these?

Time is taking on a new form. After dark the mozzies are a pain. You don’t hear or see them, but you do start to feel an itch which then starts burning. I have tackled the issue by buying some net which I will tailor into a net for the bed. Meantime I have started…

Stuck in Time

I have totally lost track of time. I know it is just after lunchtime, and I have done a few hours of Cruisers Forum work, have walked the dogs, had breakfast and have swung in the hammock loads. The view from the hammock is splendid. The gardens are lush, the streets are tiny as are…

Snake Hunting?

Every time a crow lands on the spreaders to rest, I jump. I don’t know if you can see on this photo very well, but in the middle of it standing on the wall behind the shower block, is a group of seven young men all trying to catch a snake from the water. They…

We Think George is Making a Good Recovery

Marc, to be fair, has constantly been asking me to take photos of the jobs he does. so here he is fixing George. George is our autopilot, named (we believe) after one of Jo’s crew, who was super reliable. And he was super reliable for the first eight days of passage. But then something happened….

Arriving in India

As is becoming typical, we arrived in Indian waters after dark. And then Marc and I had our first Indian row. I wanted to stay out at sea for an extra 5 hours and sail a few circles until it got light and we could see the way in.  Marc wanted to go into port,…

The Monsoon Shack

Back in Oman we knew it would still be monsoon season when we arrived here, so with respectable foresight we bought ourselves a monsoon cover. Actually, thinking about it, it wasn’t foresight… it was in anticipation of the Omani monsoon which is supposed to sweep the country in August but didn’t. Anyway, luckily we had…

Dink Lesson No1

I can drive a 43ft sailing yacht. I can drive a 30ft twin 150 dive boat. I can even drive the Cat Club’s 15ft rescue boat. But could I drive our new 8ft rubber duck with its even newer 5hp engine? I can paddle it, I know that much. But drive it with the new…

Making Water

1. Open sea water inlet strainer (wet locker) to bleed. It’s good when water squirts out. 2. Switch on WM at panel. 3. Open WM cock in aft bilge. 4. Use screwdriver to open copper screw a little bit, on WM salt water strainer. Bleed until water comes out. 5. Flick switch in aft port…

Panaji Anchorage

After a very rough start to our India leg yesterday, Marc woke up in a much better mood today after a good 12 hour sleep. We had a chat and decided it’s probably better if we move to the proper marina at Cochin in Kerala for when he leaves to Kuwait next week, since he’s…

The First Goa Anchorage

Two posts in one day, I hear you asking? Well, it’s quite amazing how much time you can find for blogging once you are at sea, and away from the distractions of local culture! Oh, and of course it helps having a decent phone with a decent camera and sufficient memory to use apps like…