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Flit home for the wedding of the decade
04/26/2011, Back to blighty briefly

After a heavy spring clean of the boat and visit from BFFs Jane and Judith we managed a very, very hectic trip home, seeing loads of friends and family, from fish and chips on Dungeness Beach (Lyme for Martyn) to a reunion at Hill Head plus buying lots and of course the main reason for the trip, attending the wedding of the decade... so called because it has taken Liz and Nic 17 years to get around to it...and cos I was there at the beginning (cilla!) we had to be there on the special day, which was indeed wonderful. The UK weather behaved beautifully (better than the med at the mo!) so all was perfect...
It was great to see everyone (except Louis who is coming out to sicily soon yay!) and also good to get back to Pleiades and the cats for a rest before we set sail next week (weather permitting!)

05/02/2011 | Liz Kirley
Fantastic day and SO glad you were both there as well! Please can you send me a copy of your pics? xx
05/04/2011 | Ann Cameron
What a fab wedding, off to lizzie thurday evening to see the 'official' photos. I will defo get some pics and especially the one of the Barcelona Babes! Take care and speak soon Definitely hope to get out and meet up with you guys next year! xx
05/09/2011 | Peter Manwaring
Very envious as happy memories of Sardinia. Check out Alghero as well as sensational beaches around the Northern tip.
One of your leads paid off so cheers!
Is half a five o'clock club two thirty?
04/26/2011, Cagliari

The Marina Del Sole is missing the girls. Well certain men in Sardinia are!!

05/06/2011 | Judith
What fun we had.
Barcelona Babes
03/30/2011, Hotel Catalonia, Barcelona

Another Interlude
Sangria...Fizz....Shopping....Tapas...Sangria....Fizz you get the picture.
Oh and some sightseeing in between. A wonderful Sojourn with some lovely friends. Apparently the reunion is when the Sagrada Familia is finished in 2030... And no we weren't supporting the Dutch football team.

05/02/2011 | Liz Kirley
Hi Linda, only just realised you're writing your blog again - was waiting til you set sail !! It was certainly a fab weekend - don't forget the orange pashmina (sp?) in 2030 :0)
05/04/2011 | Ann
Hi Linda, what a fab weekend, great room mate, (grumpy knickers made me larf)! Was only think about it he other day :o)
La Dolce Vita
03/23/2011, Marina del Sole, Cagliari

So there we were downtown Cagliari at Salon Pleiades cutting hair on the foredeck whena dolphin popped up next to the bow of the boat (in the marina) how cool is that...It was a lovely calm, sunny day and he obviously just dropped in for a quick mullett sandwich...
Apart from that Cagliari is really coming back to life after the winter. The cherry blossom is in bloom on the Via Roma.
Off for a girlies weekend in Barcelona so Martyn is home alone getting up to mischief with Thomas no doubt. Another month and we will be off. Really looking forward to sailing again to more amazing temples etc in Greece, Montenegro and Turkey.... Adieu
Quilt No 2. Time to do something else..

03/25/2011 | Tracey
Hi Linda & Martyn, I have just discovered your blog and we are about to take the same path as yourselves. I'd just like to ask how much sailing experience you both had, as we are relatively new to it & were wondering if as an amateur sailor, if sailing over the bay of biscay might be beyond our abilities. We feel happy about hugging the coast in the med. We are hoping to leave UK 2nd week of May, stay in the med for the next 2 yrs & then hopefully try & join the ARC for the caribbean. If you could shed ur insight I would love to hear from you. - Tracey and Richard
Hot water bottles for Sally and Ange
03/11/2011, Cagliari - Oristano - Nora - Costa Rei

Our first shipmates for 2011 - Sally Slap and Ange (Chuck!) from the Guardia de Finanzia. Despite the iffy weather we managed to play tourists at the fantastic Sardiglia horse festival at Oristano. A definite must if you are ever visiting at this time of year. It consists of 117 horses and riders parading on very narrow streets and racing to lance a dangling metal star. The procession before included hundreds of men, women and children dressed in traditional sard costumes which vary from village to village; plus trumpets and drum bands... it is wonderful and goes on well into the night.
We also visited a few of Sardinias beautiful coves and beaches; went off roading along Europes largest sand dunes.
There are 7000 nuraghic remains in Sadinia so we journeyed inland to another nuraghe settlement. Also worth seeing are the roman remains at Nora. A smaller version of Pompeii but without other tourists or the charred people and babies... Its would be prime real estate now with wonderful sea views from the Thermae. Its still being excavated and apparently there are more mosaics under the sea... snorkels out next time.

03/12/2011 | Jasper
Fab photos - of you and Sally, the horse festival and the ruins (I don't mean Martyn) etc. Gagging to get out there! I am so jealous of you for making that patchwork. It's brilliant. I don't have time to sew on a button. Chat soon xxx
Skiing Interlude
03/01/2011, Tignes, France

Snow, sun, gluwein marvellous company, fun skiing, food cooked by someone else.. what more could be needed in life away from the boat??

03/05/2011 | Katy
Hi Folks - just found you have been adding photos and more diary notes in recent times. How good is that. Hope the skiing was good fun and you had no disasters ? much love xxx

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