Hi we are back
23 June 2018 | Riposto Sicily
Well we are back on board Argonauta after yet another rubbish winter with Jackie having to undergo back surgery.
Argonauta herself is looking and feeling very delapitated, lots of deck work required, tarting up after a big clean up but now the throttle has stuck and nothing will shift it. So joy, need to get a mechanic seeing as wd 40 and a hammer did not work.!
Enough bad news, we are in the Taoromina mooring field at George Rizzo Yacht Hotel, really nice place to be and Pete is working the field to see if Jackie can manage with her back. So far things are going OK, not great but getting there.
We have the first of our visitors,Tess, she arrived and J met her at the airport then bus back. We are having great fun, many laughs and disasters that after the fact we can laugh about.
For example we went to Noto, not very near us but George had business elsewhere so offered us a lift. We arrived I. The pouring rain, within a few minutes we were soaked to the skin. We trudged through the streets, water gushing down in huge rivulets. We spent about 30 minutes looking for a nice restaurant to eat a lazy lunch, we didn't understand why everything including restaurants were closed. It seems the thunder storm and rain had flooded the area causing a power cut. We found one little Panini shop, chose two aranchini with salmon and cheese filling along with a salmon and orange salad. Very nice. We decided to have a small glass of wine, literally about 30 mls each and a large glass of water. We had a leisurely lunch , paid and left. Within minutes we both felt excessively tired and odd. We sat on a bench but decided a lie down was needed. We staggered like drunkards down the road, found a wall with an integral seat. We wrapped our handbags in our damp coats ( thankfully) the sun had come out and lay on the stone seat head to head in the hope that if anyone tried to grab bags it would be difficult. Within a couple of minutes we were both asleep, out cold!
We awoke an hour and a half later with muggy heads. We are still not sure what had happened but are almost certain we were slipped a drug of some sort with the hope of being easy targets for mugging. We must have looked like a couple of tramps curled up on a wall asleep.
We got up, walked through the main Street in bright sunshine and shops we're opening again, roads filling with people. However , George had returned to give us a lift home do Noto for us was a washout! We don't think we will bother going back, even though having been before during the flower festival J knows how lovely it is.
Since we have spent lazy days on the mooring, been to meet Donatella in Riposto and braved the cold sea avoiding jelly fish.
We hope to get the throttle mended today before the wind turns and the waves come in, if not..... I guess Tess & J will find a nice b&b somewhere for a couple of days, c'est la vie.