The adventures of Yacht Flirtie

"Hi, we are sailing yacht Flirtie's crew, Bruce and Caroline. Welcome to our blog.

We've returned... back aboard Flirtie

A skip full of old carpets, outdated fitted furniture and left items from previous tenants!

What started out as a brief return visit to the UK turned out to be the best part of 10 months due to a catalogue of unforseen family related events.

We returned initially to just redecorate and renovate our house in order for us to relet it and by mid October that was almost complete. Whilst decorating, both of our mums made the huge decisions to move into care homes within their respective counties. Thankfully we both have sisters, so as and when time permitted we could work as a team to identify suitable carehomes and empty their respective properties in a timely fashion to get them on the market. With one property completed and a sale pending on the other we thought that things had settled enough for us to return back to Sicily. Flights were booked for June but had to be cancelled suddenly because of a family bereavement. Caroline's Dad fell and broke his hip, was subsequently operated on but sadly died a few days later.

By July we had reached the point where things had settled once again with only the occasional email or letter requiring our attention. These could be actioned either from abroad or by our sisters, so finally we have returned to Flirtie. It's great to be back aboard but we're now faced with sorting a bank of batteries that no longer hold charge, a corroded steering cable with several broken strands along its length and a dinghy with glued seams that continue to part because of the heat. We're feeling that Flirtie has had a tantrum - clearly she has missed us!

Needless to say, we're not going anywhere until we remedy the above.