Lucky Fish

the adventure has begun

14 February 2018 | Guadalajara, MX
14 February 2018 | Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, MX
13 February 2018 | La Perla Boutique Hotel, Guadalajara, Mx
07 February 2018 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, BCS
11 January 2018 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
31 December 2017 | Oxnard, California
26 December 2017 | Oxnard, California
25 December 2017 | Oxnard, California
24 December 2017 | Oxnard, California
22 December 2017 | Oxnard, California
10 December 2017 | Vacaville, California
26 November 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
23 November 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
21 November 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
19 November 2017 | Los Barriles, BCS
18 November 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
17 November 2017 | La Lupita's, San Jose Del Cabo, BCS
15 November 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
13 November 2017 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
08 November 2017 | Travis Air Force Base, California

No bones about it!

14 February 2018 | Guadalajara, MX
El Hueso means The Bone.
We were welcomed with a complimentary cocktail almost too pretty to drink and very yummy.
The restaurant was elegant in its white washed decor, the walls covered in bones displayed every which way, the long family- style dinner table punctuated with decorative bones, and our welcoming appetizer of beef pate was served on a ceramic jaw bone!!!
The service was impeccable...
The food beyond delicious...
The wine my new favorite...
And the company alongside us young and so interesting!
It was one of our best Valentines nights, no bones about it!!!

My sweet Valentine ❤️

14 February 2018 | Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, MX
Tlaquepaque was a great experience, despite being a little overwhelming to start with till we figured out the ropes.
We found a few small things at EnArt, but a lot more as we wandered the streets and went in and out of the retail stores where we ordered a Copper unit for our guest bathroom that we both love...
and some random odds and end to pretty up Casa Azul including this vase and flowers.
When we got home Nev collapsed for a well earned lovely nap before dinner while I enjoyed a glass of wine on our little patio with my sweet gift ❤️🍷
So glad you're my Valentine, my love!

Gone shopping!

13 February 2018 | La Perla Boutique Hotel, Guadalajara, Mx
We are in Guadalajara City in the state of Jalisco on Mexico's mainland to do some serious furniture and accessory shopping for Casa Azul, and we are excited to see what we find!
Twice a year there is a huge Expo in this enormous city, and in the nearby town of Tlaquepaque, and we have come armed with a business card in my name, 4 emptyish suitcases, and tips galore from our friends and neighbors at Rancho Leonero.
We booked into a La Perla Boutique B&B downtown for 5 nights and have a reservation for an intriguing sounding restaurant for Valentines Day dinner tomorrow night (all my doing, of course! LOL)
Our bedroom is beautiful, our hosts: Lars and Memo sweet and very helpful...
Our drive in from the airport took us through interesting neighborhoods and much graffiti with a beauty of its own.
The question is: can we really shop for 4 days???

Into the light.

07 February 2018 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, BCS
The air was heavy on my skin this morning as I walked along the beach into the light of the sunrise.
It was 6:15am when I left and all was calm,
the waves gently rolling up and down the sand,
the only steps ahead of mine those of the crabs and the beach birds,
the only sound breaking the silence the call of a beautiful fish eagle scanning the waters ahead....
I brought a flask of coffee with me and sit now on a log, shaded by a bank of clouds, still not another soul in sight,
our gorgeous bay now bathed in the light of this new day...

The flaps are back.

11 January 2018 | Casa Azul, Rancho Leonero, Los Barilles, BCS
The flapping sounds of the manta rays are back on the waters of the sea in front of Casa Azul...
and I'm lucky enough to be back here to hear them and smile!
The sunset the evening I arrived and poured myself a cocktail to enjoy on one of the loungers around the pool was stunning and I missed sharing it with my honey who is in Vegas at CES.
I have popped down quickly to check on the work being done at the house and on the farm while we have been back in the States for two months.
The retiled pool looks great and the new palo d'arco covering on our upstairs patio has given the place a different look...
I have spent the past few evenings scraping old sealer off the satillo tiles in my little sunroom - its time consuming and hard on the hands and knees but today I get to put on a fresh coat of sealer and, hopefully, see the rewards of my hard work!
I fly back to California tomorrow, leaving Juan and Fernando with long "honey do" lists...
I'm excited to see the results when we come back down in February...
and hopefully to catch a glimpse of whales on their way by.

The end is in sight!

31 December 2017 | Oxnard, California
Stephen, Candace and Lily arrived first.
Trevor, Star, Dax and Heidi came to meet Lily and we had a fabulous afternoon, into the night, with Daxie being so sweet to her and Heidi being totally fascinated by this step-cousin littler than her (for now!).
Mike and Karri were next to arrive and I was lucky enough to watch Lily while the four off them went off for a round of disc golf.
Christopher and Allison arrived with Asia Steve and Liz; our traditional gathering was now complete. The house was filled with noise and laughter and the smells of yummy food cooking. (Leg of lamb, roast potatoes, gravy and green beans with bacon).
We had Patti and Glen over for cocktails too.
We were able to get to the beach to catch the last sunset of the year in the gorgeousness of the cloudy sky...
it was chilly so we huddled a little closer,
the end of 2017 was in sight...
Much pool was played while final dinner preparations were underway, and then fun conversation over dinner... its become tradition for me to ask everyone to share their goals and resolution s for the new year ahead... it seems 2018 will be all about babies :) :) :)
We exchanged gifts after dinner and were all thoroughly spoiled. Lily loved her dancing goose the best; his rap songs had her moving to the rhythms and chasing after him with delight!
Thanks for coming all the way to be with us,
no better way to see the old year out.
Happy New Year world, and CHEERS!
Vessel Name: Blue
Vessel Make/Model: Nordhavn 46
Hailing Port: Channel Islands
Crew: Neville & Maggie
Nev has dreamed about cruising around the world for years. He bought Blue from John McVie (Fleetwood Mac) 5 years ago and that brought his dream a little closer to reality. [...]
Neville Hansen: born in Durban, South Africa, moved to USA 1972, 2 sons , Trevor and daughter-in-law Star, and Dillon. Maggie Damron: born in South Africa, raised in Swaziland. Moved to the USA in 1992, 2 sons: Stephen and Christopher.
Blue's Photos - Main
Trip around Central America
49 Photos
Created 29 December 2010
While we were home from May - October
35 Photos
Created 18 October 2010
Mexico to Monterey 2010
48 Photos
Created 20 July 2010
29 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 5 May 2010
Santa Rosalia and visit to Rob and Andy
18 Photos
Created 4 April 2010
The last leg up the Sea of Cortez
27 Photos
Created 28 March 2010
Friends and hikes in Loreto
31 Photos
Created 13 March 2010
On our way up
39 Photos
Created 8 March 2010
random pictures of Mexico and friends
74 Photos
Created 28 February 2010
mum's visit
27 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 27 February 2010
Mexican Navy Rescue
10 Photos
Created 27 February 2010
Maggie's Photo's
52 Photos | 1 Sub-Album
Created 3 February 2010
46 Photos
Created 20 January 2010
Christmas and New Year
11 Photos
Created 5 January 2010
34 Photos
Created 17 December 2009
on the way dwn
84 Photos | 2 Sub-Albums
Created 13 December 2009
visiting newport beach and dana point
5 Photos
Created 11 November 2009
Setting sail
5 Photos
Created 5 November 2009
We can't leave home without Maggie's wine
9 Photos
Created 28 September 2009
Stripping. sanding and varnishing the wood. Installing air conditioning units.
12 Photos
Created 2 August 2009

The Lucky Fish

Who: Neville & Maggie
Port: Channel Islands
Set to depart Channel Islands November 8th, 2009 We plan to head down Baja taking our time fishing and exploring ,we hope to spend a few months in the Sea of Cortez before heading down to Panama . From there to the Galapagos Islands and our Pacific Ocean crossing in February of 2011 to the Marquesas and from there who knows with our final destination Cape Town South Africa