And crew on edge... More than a month has passed since Obelix' last sailing adventure and this meant countless week-ends watching, with envy, surrounding boats vacate their berth for a few days, and their crew coming back on Sunday with a tan and a beaming smile, while we were stuck at the marina with either … Continue reading Obelix itchy feet
Family impressions (part 2/2) Azur & Zephyr busy reading while we're sailing And what about us, the parents? What is our take on this new lifestyle? Thomas He's a natural, he's been drawn to the sea his whole life, so, one might say he's like a fish in the water! Being on a boat, stepping … Continue reading Serendipity galore
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…