Sorry about the length of time since the last post, lots going on. Since the sale of Allegria, I have been somewhat lost, since it's the first time in 38 years I've been without a boat. We've substituted the house for the boat and have been doing multiple projects and are planning a renovation to keep up with the rest of the rental market here in Anna Maria. The character of this place has really changed over the past few years and it now has become an "in" spot with much new construction and renovation of old properties. The amount of work going on is staggering and the nature of the place has changed so much that we are beginning to rethink our long term plans for the place. However we will continue to rent it over the next few years so we are embarking on a plan to upgrade the kitchen, bathrooms and generally give the place a face lift to keep up with the market. So far we have applied stucco to the outside (with painting to follow) and trimmed all the trees and are in the middle of a major landscape project. Coming soon are renovations of the bathrooms and then finally the kitchen.
Another project that is ongoing is the Swedish death cleaning in the shed out back. Those that know me, know what a packrat I am, and in the interest of Lisa's mental health, we have decided to examine everything we squirreled away in there and get rid of anything that doesn't make sense to keep (a lot). With all the random boat equipment and furniture that we are replacing, we have enough for about 6 garage sales. We did sell a bunch of stuff at the JSI (Island Nautical) flea market and had plans to sell more at the Gulfport nautical flea market, but it was cancelled due to the viral pandemic. At some point we'll have a huge sale or give away or both. We also have shipped 2 pallets of stuff to France for the new boat.
We also managed a trip to France to once again enjoy Paris and then Treguier, and also finalize the electrical and electronics for the new boat. I also brought some cables and antennas to be installed before the interior is completed. The boat has a name now, Wings. Here is the name and logo as it will appear on the boat.
Wings has been at the paint shop over the past several months but now is back at the main factory and getting ready for the interior installation. We found out that there have been some delays and so our splash has been pushed back to the end of June, which has crimped our style as to our cruising plans for the summer. (Now the yard is closed due to the virus and all bets are off as to when we may get in the water.)While we were in Paris we managed to sightsee a bit and saw the Musee' deOrsay
, Versaille,Mol in the Hall of Mirrors
and the Palace Gardinier (Opera House which inspired Phantom of the Opera)
as well as enjoying wandering the streets and reveling in the sights and sounds and cafes of Paris. We had a great visit to Treguier and the Boreal yard and spent a couple of days with Jean-Francois and Brice ironing out a few last details and specifications.
Our B&B in Tregueir
Breakfast every day
We also took a day to drive over to Mt St. Michele and had a great visit there.
The day was supposed to be filled with rain, but turned out beautiful while we were there and it turned out the first Sunday of the month is a free day, so we visited free of charge. There was a Yellow vest protest going on, and a large police presence, but the French are very civilized even when protesting and so it was a wonderful day. Look for many more pictures in the gallery.
We were very lucky to have been there when we were and to have gotten back when we did, as soon after our return everything went to Hell with the virus. While we were there, we nervously watched the news as the stock market fell apart and caused our net worth to tumble and begin to wonder what has happened to people's common sense.
Since we've been home we have seen the images of people with piles of toilet paper and water in their carts, hoarding all sorts of items, and making things difficult for everybody. We also have seen all the people at the beach, ignoring pleas to avoid close contact with others and thereby avoid spreading the disease. It reminds me that this world is made up of givers and takers, and hopefully the givers remain in the majority. I think after all this is over, a lot of people will be ashamed of themselves. All this has reminded me of a quote that we came across, that I have used in the blog in the past. It is by Ernest Hemingway in a letter he wrote to friends who had lost their son, but seems appropriate for this time as well.
"We must live it, now, a day at a time and be careful not to hurt each other. It seems as though we are on a boat together, a good boat still, that we have made, but that we know now will never reach port. There will be all kinds of weather, good and bad; and especially because we know now that there will be no landfall we must keep the boat up very well and be very good to each other. We are fortunate to have good people on the boat."
Molly and I will be at home hunkering down, fortunate that we have a lot to do to keep us occupied, and waiting for this to pass and looking for rays of sunshine in all the darkness. Be safe, be kind and as generous as possible, be a giver.