Family impressions (part 1/2) One month in. Time to reflect: How is the family rating their new life aboard?To get a qualitative answer to this, I asked each one of us to come up with our top likes and dislikes. The first answer I got from Azur, was “But there is nothing that I don’t … Continue reading Floor is lava in 3, 2, 1, 0!
Initially, our ambitious plans for the Labour week-end was to go to Great Barrier Island... Thomas had even taken his Friday off to give us four full days of adventures. However, our religiously watching the weather situation the week leading up to our mini-holidays, did nothing to slow down the wind, which was still howling … Continue reading Magic moments in Kawau
Blessing ceremony family picture At 8 am on Sunday the 13th, at high tide, after a full-moon night, our dear friend Naomi rocked up all dressed up with orchids and hibiscus flowers around her neck and arms ready to lead Obelix’ blessing ceremony. We showed her and Dave around, had a quick chat, and finished … Continue reading Happy Bday Obelix!
Last week-end was one of transition, endings and new beginnings. Marcia and Camille, neighbours and friends, took the kids for a sleepover on Friday so we could have the night off and release a bit of the pressure accumulated over the past few weeks. Watching The Dust Palace and the APO’s epic production ‘Dawn’, then … Continue reading Bye-bye St Heliers!
Spring has come!Plum tree flowers bloomingBee collecting nectar Obelix may be a fat bastard, but there is no way we could fit all the stuff we’ve accumulated over the years (and that will mainly have lived through the time of their negotiation*) on board. Nor is it our intention to keep things for later, when … Continue reading Spring cleaning in progress for imminent downsizing…
With a Margaux, Château Marquis De Terme, which was waiting all those years for the right occasion... First cruise on Obelix as a family, just the four of us, for the pleasure.First time without having to go all the way to the marina toilets to pooh.First time communicating on the VHF with another boat ("Cirrus, … Continue reading Celebrating Obelix first times
Two months after patiently checking the weather forecast every day on various websites, Thomas has finally spotted a fine weather window last week, quickly gathered a crew, found someone to drive them to Whangarei, and organised everything to attempt the voyage for the second time last Saturday 17 August. As a cautious skipper, he minimised … Continue reading Obelix now in Bayswater!!!
You can get so confused that you'll start to race [...] headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Place...Oh, the places you'll go! Dr. Seuss I fear I've now landed into that most useless place mentioned by Dr. Seuss in his wonderful book "Oh, the places you'll go!"... for people just waiting. … Continue reading The Waiting Place
Scarface Ce week-end, au festival de tango, j’ai dû raconter à beaucoup de gens, amis et inconnus, comment je m’étais retrouvée avec ma cicatrice et mon énorme bleu au visage. J’imagine qu’ils voulaient s’assurer que je n’étais pas victime de violence conjugale et vérifier que mon histoire tenait la route, donc pour les rassurer je … Continue reading Nager le papillon dans une piscine de chocolat
Scarface This week-end I've had to recount how I got my bruised face to many strangers and friends alike at the tango festival. People wanted to make sure I wasn't a victim of domestic violence and needed to check for themselves if my story stacked up I told myself, so I complied. As I did, … Continue reading Butterfly in a chocolate pool