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Birthday Bash
10/25/2011, Marmaris, Turkey

Leaving Little Else on her mooring in Loch Craignish and after a very pleasant week entertaining the three children during their October break, on Monday morning Ju and I boarded a flight at Glasgow for Dalaman, Turkey, and a two-week holiday sailing aboard Piper with iur friends June and Steve.

After a long flight and a speedy minibus transfer we found ourselves being greeted at the gate of the Marmaris Yacht Marina by our hosts, who rushed us straight into happy hour at the marina pub/restaurant. It was like an old Lagos cronies reunion, because there were not only June and Steve but also Jacky and Rob from Arwen, and Barbara and Lee from Amour de la Mer and we all repaired to the restaurant and sat eight-strong at a round table and had a great meal. What a terrific birthday bash I had!

Today we went into town by bus and had a great wander around, while tomorrow we're off sailing somewhere. Fantastic! And it's warm!

Roofers
10/02/2011, Update

Since coming home we haven't gone sailing, only tidied up the boat and booked it in for some work over the winter. We have been rather preoccupied by maintenance and repairs at home, and the installation of solar panels on the roof.
However we are busy making plans to join friends on their boat in warmer waters later this month.
Hopefully by that time the major works on our roof and in our car park will be complete!

Home again, home again, jiggety-jig!
08/23/2011, Ardfern

Last Wednesday was a lovely day, and we set off from Kerrera (Oban) about 8am and motored south in 2 to 3 knots of north-westerly breeze. It was sunny and visibility was good. We reached Fladda light before the beneficial effects of the south-going tide speeded us up from our usual 5knots to a record 12 knots over the ground! At the same time the wind rose so we hoisted sail, and covered the rest of the distance through the Dorus Mor and up Loch Craignish under sail.

We spent the night on the mooring, and put the boat on the pontoon on Thursday to offload most of our stuff, and change diesel and oil filters on the engine. After that I had the exhilerating experience of single-handing the boat for the first time ever from pontoon back to mooring, which I managed to pick up at the first attempt! Decidedly something I want to do more of, single-handing, I mean.

We spent the weekend in Edinburgh, then got back to attack the washing, and the garden, in that order!

More journeys soon, once the washing dries!

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