Pre-departure impressions

Nervous like a university student before a big exam, or more accurately thrilled yet dreading THE moment, as things are set in motion and I’m about to give birth to a life-long dream. I’ve done the antenatal classes, gathered advice from everyone who’s done it before, and yet, I am bereft before leaping into myContinue reading “Pre-departure impressions”

Impressions avant le départ

Nerveuse comme une étudiante avant un examen important, ou plus exactement excitée mais redoutant LE moment où les choses se mettent en place et où je suis sur le point de donner naissance au rêve de toute une vie. J’ai suivi les classes antenatales, j’ai recueilli les conseils de tous ceux qui l’ont fait avantContinue reading “Impressions avant le départ”

Bye bye Aotearoa!

“J’aimerais que nous puissions organiser une fête comme celle-là, lorsque ce sera à notre tour de partir”, me confie Gaspar lorsque nous prenons notre dernier repas ensemble. Ce qui me remplit de fierté, de joie et de nostalgie à la fois, en me rappelant avec tendresse le super week-end que nous avons passé il yContinue reading “Bye bye Aotearoa!”

Ka kite ano New Zealand!

“I wish we could throw a party like that, when it’s our turn to leave” says Gaspar when we have our last dinner together. Which fills me with pride and joy and nostalgia all at once, remembering with fondness the great week-end we’ve had a few days ago, in the company of fascinating, diverse, andContinue reading “Ka kite ano New Zealand!”

La Cat I appartient aux lève-tôt

Toc toc toc. Ai-je rêvé ou quelqu’un frappe a la porte ? Allongé dans mon lit, à moitié réveillé, des litres de thé bu la veille pressant sur ma vessie qui veut désespérément sortir, est-ce déjà le matin ? Je vérifie rapidement par la porte, la lumière du jour éclaire timidement la cabine principale, c’estContinue reading “La Cat I appartient aux lève-tôt”

Early birds catch the Cat I certificate

Three knocks on the hull. Have I dreamt them? Lying in bed, half awake, liters of tea drank the day before pressing on my bladder desperate to get out, is it morning yet? Quick check through the door, daylight timidly brightens the main cabin, it is. Are we expecting anyone? Then I remember: our safetyContinue reading “Early birds catch the Cat I certificate”

Yes to 40!

“Yes!“ What a sweet, warm, yummy, soothing feeling this word brings… Especially when heard repeatedly, throughout an entire day, from friends and family as a reply to whatever I suggest. As if I have bewitched them by the mere fact I have woken up that morning, exactly forty years older than the day I wasContinue reading “Yes to 40!”

La quarantaine à bras ouverts!

“Oui !” Quelle sensation délicieuce, chaleureuse et apaisante m’envahit à l’ouïe de ce mot… Surtout lorsqu’il est entendu à maintes reprises, tout au long d’une journée, par des amis et des membres de la famille en réponse à tout ce que je suggère. Comme si je les avais ensorcelés par le simple de m’etre réveilléContinue reading “La quarantaine à bras ouverts!”

Christmas in the engine room

Tuesday 24th December 2019 6:00am. We’re raising anchor from Bon Accord – Kawau, perfectly synchronised with our friends Marion & Borja on Ad Hoc, ready to sail to Great Barrier Island for Christmas. We’ve set our alarm early to strategically leave at dawn, kids still asleep in their cabin, sea still undisturbed by the sun’sContinue reading “Christmas in the engine room”

Obelix itchy feet

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 eitherContinue reading “Obelix itchy feet”

Serendipity galore

Family impressions (part 2/2) 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 on the floating deck each morning, looking atContinue reading “Serendipity galore”

Magic moments in Kawau

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 howlingContinue reading “Magic moments in Kawau”

Happy Bday Obelix!

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 to prepare ourselves. OurContinue reading “Happy Bday Obelix!”

Bye-bye St Heliers!

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’, thenContinue reading “Bye-bye St Heliers!”

Spring cleaning in progress for imminent downsizing…

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 we decide to return to landbound life. IndeedContinue reading “Spring cleaning in progress for imminent downsizing…”

Celebrating Obelix first times

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 anotherContinue reading “Celebrating Obelix first times”

Obelix now in Bayswater!!!

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 minimisedContinue reading “Obelix now in Bayswater!!!”

No hummus at sea!

And other lessons learnt from a memorable maiden voyage on Obelix We were excited about this week-end, the stars had aligned and all the conditions were gathered for us to bring back Obelix safely from Whangarei to Auckland with the family: low tide around 10:30 to allow smooth motoring out of the river with theContinue reading “No hummus at sea!”

Obelix lift seen by Azur

I wish I could share more of Azur’s drawings but they’ve all stayed on the boat, I have just managed to take a picture of that one which I thought was too good to withhold. Seeing our journey through the eyes of our kids is precious, and insightful. For example, it made me realise thatContinue reading “Obelix lift seen by Azur”