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Earthquake! (s)!
12/17/2009, Lagos

Apparently last night there were a sequence of earthquakes south-west of here, off Cape St Vincent, the strongest of which was 6 on the Richter scale. Although the strong one was felt in Lagos town, we slept blissfully through it, insulated from earthquakes by the water surrounding our floating home. Another good reason to be liveaboards!

This evening we are the organisers of a carol-singing tour of the pontoons and quayside bars, so I'm taking along my little ukelele guitar and headtorch, so I can see the words of the carols. This is an annual event here, the proceeds going to the local children's home.

Tomorrow the Christmas dinner organised by the marina. Last year's was great fun, with the conga line snaking round and round the restaurant and the music going on unbroken well into the small hours!

More anon. No further forward on the boom yet, but our bimini is in place, and looks great. Photo to prove it!

Boom boom!
12/08/2009, Lagos

Our new boom has arrived! That's the good news. It won't fit our existing gooseneck. That's the bad news. But that can all be fixed! That's the good news. It'll take up to two weeks, that's the bad news. So now we have two booms, neither attached, just as well we don't plan to go anywhere for a bit!

Here's a glimpse of the chaos on deck at the moment. New boom wrapped in plastic, old boom hidden behind the dinghy, and the stainless for the bimini on the foredeck. Jumble sale anyone?

Runup to Christmas
12/02/2009

After a very pleasant visit from cousin Steph for a week in early November, we are getting into the preparations for Christmas here in the marina. (This is a pic she took of herself at the top of our mast! ) We are also preparing for a fair bit of work on the boat, running reefing lines aft and fitting all the bits that that will entail.

All over Lagos festive lights and good wishes shine out from every other tree and along the Avenida. Plots are afoot for a barbie on the beach on the day itself, so long as it isn't chucking it down! We;re looking forward to a quick visit from Tony and Joyce, refugees from the Force 11 winds of Kerrera!

All well, not much to report, apologies for lack of postings. Will try to do better in future!!!!

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