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A Cross Ocean Experience
Seven thousand miles of outstanding cruising since November 2008 means it's time to do a little renovation and more planning for the future. Find out what ...
Churchill Downs Champions
11/09/2010, Louiville, KY

This is up close and personal with the top race horse in the country. "Zenyata" has won 19 lifetime starts and has never been beaten until this Saturday when she came from last to second with blinding speed against the boys in the Breeder's Cup Classic. "Blame" held on to beat her by a whisker. In all our years of working and living with racing, I have not seen such an incredible race, or seen a horse make up as much ground as she did that day. It was more than awesome. There were grown men in floods of tears from the emotion she stirred in them as they witnessed that run. She truly earned her nick name "Queen Z"

Road trip
Bluegrass Farmland
11/05/2010, Lexington. KY

Go by the narrow road
Along the creek, a burrow
Under shady trees
Such as a modest mouse makes through
Tall grass, so that you may
Forget the paved road you
Have left behind, and all
That it has led to. Or,
Best, walk up through the woods,
Around the valley rim,
And down to where the trees
Give way to cleared hillside
So that you can reach the place
Out of the trees' remembrance
Of their kind; seasonal
And timeless, they stand in
Uncounted time,

From "The Farm" by Wendell Berry

We are in Kentucky, the home state of poet and author Wendell Berry. If you have any time today look him up and find some of his work because it is sublime and his ideas are timeless.

We are staying on the Thoroughbred breeding and boarding farm of our very dear and old friends Robbie and Susie Lyons. They have four grown boys, one who is the Wendell Berry fan, therefore his books are everywhere in his room where we are staying.

It is sad thinking of Mandy still and quiet under her winter blanket back at the boat yard, although at the same time, it is heaven to feast my eyes on the intense colors of autumn, walk through the rolling paddocks of the Bluegrass with farm dogs, and come back to a warm farm kitchen for tea. The forecast is for snow flurries today; another forgotten phenomenon of Nature for us, but something that I suspect this winter we will become much more familiar.

Road trip
11/08/2010 | Ma Cross
Still with you, good travelling, all love xxxx
11/10/2010 | Gwen Nowrick
I love Wendell Berry, have a number of his works. Perhaps I will dust one off and tuck it into my bag for reading while across the pond.
Gullivera Mandy
11/01/2010, Deltaville, VA

A sad sight, all done up for the winter. Hopefully it will be mild and the cover will be overkill. Mandy says "roll on the spring".

Taking a deep breath
Small succulent bites of the ocean
10/29/2010, Deltaville, VA

We found our partners in crime - oyster hounds that is. Ian and Wendy, seven years into a circumnavigation from New Zealand in their Perry Tatoosh 42 "Remedy", have been here on the hard for the same time as us, where they have mixed boat maintenance with land trips to Alaska, the Appalachian Trail and Maine and are now ready to launch and carry on South and West through the canal. The oysters, the bread, the beer and the company were all good.

Taking a deep breath
11/03/2010 | RickJ
Nothing wrong with that sight. Looks good!
Jimmy, sooks and other local delights
10/22/2010, Deltaville, VA

There's fiery red in the tree's behind the yard, the farm stand has closed, the night chill has a real bite and everyone in the anchorage is headed south to Florida, the Bahamas or beyond. Its October. Back in California, its time to head to Mexico, as we did at this time two years ago. We read recently in Latitude 38, a San Francisco based sailing rag, of cruisers living in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico who are thrilled that they can now acquire their favorite hot dog relish at the local Costco. Others recommended to southbound cruisers to fill the bilges with Starbucks coffee since it is more expensive in Mexico. I don't understand. I know we all cruise for different reasons, but coffee ... to Mexico? They grow and sell for very few pesos some of the finest you will ever drink, but it will come in a brown paper bag with no label, and definitely no platitude of the day. Our recommendation to southbound cruisers is to leave your food lockers open, forget you ever heard the word Costco, and follow the locals so that visits to the markets and small stores of Mexico will be a necessity and there you will have an adventure to savor for a lifetime.

Provisioning here in Deltaville is not quite such an adventure, but nevertheless local abundance can be taken advantage of. Although there is only one supermarket in town there is also a farm stand from which we have enjoyed sweet, succulent peaches (July/August), profuse tomatoes (all summer), crisp cucumbers (all summer), sweet yellow corn (July/August) and some of the very best apples we've ever tasted (August/September). But the Chesapeake is really all about seafood and particularly shellfish. The summer was crab season, blue crabs are the locals, each about the size of one's hand. We have eaten our share, learned to tell the difference between Jimmys and Sooks and although we can't crack'em with the locals we haven't gone hungry either. Mussels are plump, inexpensive and plentiful. In September the lowly Spot and Croaker were delicious lightly grilled on the barbecue. Now it is oyster season, for generations the major cash crop of the Chesapeake watermen. The local seafood wholesaler, J & W Seafood, has them in the shell, 100 for $35. Before we leave here we'll be looking for a couple of hearty oyster lovers to share a ton over a cold ale or two.

Taking a deep breath
Winter's a comin
10/08/2010, Deltaville, VA

Jackson Creek, Deltaville - not always violent weather

Our summer in Deltaville is almost over and we are now preparing to winterize. Virginia seems to offer plenty of excesses of weather: we have experienced extreme heat for days on end, biblical inundations, violent thunder and lightning and we are told that heavy snowfall is not out of the question. It's no wonder that John Smith and his band of adventurers had such a hard time establishing a foothold here in the early 1600's.

John Smith is saved by Pocahontas pointing her titty at him in the nick of time.

Around the beginning of November we will head to Kentucky to catch up with horse business friends at the broodmare sale and then on down to New Orleans to see our daughter. Lest anyone should think this cruising business is all rum and sunsets here's a little bit of Mandy's summer makeover.

Taking a deep breath

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