The circle closes shut
30 April 2019
Bad news. All ready to depart and then the bad news. Mally who's boat it is had had a relapse on his throat cancer so the trip is off a day and a half to go. Gutted
Could be a very small circle
29 April 2019
Ok so all the packing is done and the weights are good, ready to go. Then the call came from Mall who's boat it is we are moving, it's cancer again a small tumour in his throat. SHIT. The 1st most important thing is that he gets the correct treatment and gets better. 2nd thing is that I've spent a lot of cash and handed my notice in at work . So I'm not sure at this moment in time what's going on.
Another circle starts
21 April 2019
OK so my friends boat is now moved from Holland to France. It was a good week all in all the weather was OK but the wind was NE so it was an uncomfortable sail, that Cork screw motion but not too much to complain about, apart from having my pants pulled down and having g to pay a taxi 150 Euros to Calais. So now the second part before I leave for Melbourne!!! The packing. Knowing what to take what to leave, what I can get away with and without. 5 to 6 months is a long time to fit in one bag. I'm sure the weather will be mostly good the places we are going but we do dip into areas were we expect the more normal weather so I must take the bad weather gear as well. Paper work is a issue, so much, it's a pain. I will blogg in one week when all is packed.
A Circle Closes
06 April 2019 | Hartlepool
With Pebble Hall sold and that circle closed it is time for a new circle to open, moving my friend's 45 foot yacht, Mystique Soul, from Melbourne, Australia to the Caribbean, some 16000 miles. After some lengthy discussions with all parties (my wife!), it was agreed that I would go. The plane tickets are now booked for the 1st of May and visas obtained and everything is on track.
It is a very busy time, at the moment, ensuring everything is finished with our new house and our own boat, Muirgen. There is much to be done at work before I leave on the 26th April. So many lists to get through. First I must help my mate Ted get his boat from Holland down the coast to France, as Ted is one of the crew for the Aussie trip. So here I am in the Lock Gates bar, in Hartlepool, having a beer whilst writing my blog . We sail to Holland tomorrow, from Newcastle on the ferry and the mini adventure starts.
Now I'm in bother, as the wife has found me in the bar.
Life goes on
16 August 2017
As I sit and start to reflect on the 2017 sailing season in Norway, I wonder how to finish the blog for this, the best sailing season we have had. I think how lucky we are to have been able to do this and I try not to take all the things this season and other seasons have given us for granted.
When my Father died, in August 2000, it changed the way I look at life. It's not about money; yes, you need a certain amount of it to do the things you want but not a great deal. A house is just bricks and mortar, a car loses so much money once driven of the forecourt it's ridiculous. Why do we tie ourselves up with these unimportant status symbols? Life can be so rich in experiences and in the people we meet. We met, whilst sailing in Norway, Norwegians, Germans, Finns, Polish, British, Dutch, Swedish and Danish, all beautiful people (even the Scottish :-)). Friends we made around Norway, from motor cruisers and yachts, plus the Hommersak Divers made sure I was OK until Donna arrived. Money cannot buy this, the rich reward of spending time with likeminded individuals from all over Europe.
Spending time with Donna in the great outdoors, time spent reading, learning, books about the stars, marine diesels, electrical engineering and many others, learning the guitar.
A person very close to us has passed away and my Mum has been in and out of hospital whilst we have been away, there have been terrorist attacks and oh, Glen Campbell died.
We intend to travel around the world eventually, not a holiday but a lifestyle change, making memories for us to look back on. I've always been lucky in the fact that I'm not bothered what other people have, only that Donna and I can enjoy life the way we want to, not the way people expect us to, and bugger the Jones's.
A good friend of ours, Nancy Miles always speaks about life's circles and it's something I've adopted as well. We have come full circle. Here I am arriving back home having departed just over 3 months ago. However, as one circle closes another one opens as we consider next seasons possibilities and goals. What will Donna and I achieve in our next circle?
I am so appreciative of spending time with my beautiful wife, Donna and my girl, Muirgen. It's about making the most of the time we have together.
The real measure of modern success is nothing to do with the size of your house or bank balance, its the amount of available time you have at your disposal. Time is the curency of life, as Tim Meeks (not Peeks) said, "time will eventually run out and we will not be judged on how much we have, or have made, it will be how much we have done with the time available". These days time runs out all too often too soon. So as I say "make hay whilst the sun shines and enjoy life (time) whilst you can and make those important changes, you deserve it". Oh and I never thought I would say it but being a proud 100 percent Yorkshire man and an English man, it's unbelievably fantastic to see England's green and pleasant land again. Never thought I would miss them so much. Great to be home.........but still looking forward to other adventures in foreign waters.
To our good friend, Jean Wilson, 91 years young, who died on 1st August, may she keep supporting the Leeds Rhinos in Heaven. (Jean is on the left in the photo below, with her sister and her beloved Kevin Sinfield).
12 August 2017 | Tananger
Quick update: Pete and Paul have departed Tananger at 0700 GMT this morning (0900 local time). Heading general direction of Blythe / Hartlepool if wind direction allows. Should arrive late Monday or Tuesday depending on conditions.