Njord's Adventures

14 May 2020 | Salisbury
14 May 2020 | Salisbury
14 May 2020 | Wilton Road, Salisbury
11 April 2020 | Salisbury
21 March 2020 | Salisbury
21 March 2020 | St. Thomas's Church, Salisbury
21 March 2020 | St. Thimas's Church, Salisbury
23 February 2020
23 February 2020 | Montacute. House, Somerset
23 February 2020 | Calisbury Cathedral
15 December 2019 | Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire
22 September 2019 | Marina di Ragusa
22 September 2019 | Corfu to Marina di Ragusa
23 August 2019 | Gouvia Marina Yard
23 August 2019 | Telesilla Hotel, Gouvia Marina
23 August 2019 | Tellesilla Hotel, Gouvia
06 August 2019 | Ionian
22 July 2019 | Cleopatra Marina, Preveza

300944 eventually arrives ...

14 May 2020 | Salisbury
300944 is the "buyacow.uk" cow, (well part cow) we bought and the delivery finally arrived today. We have been waiting a whlie for our cow and even have some appropriately name "Con Carne" Malbec to pair the steak with tonight for our supper. We have already tested the wine and it is delicious.

We bought a cow.... well part of one!

14 May 2020 | Salisbury
With the lock down food shopping was a bit hit and miss to begin with. But the supermarkets have done a great job and opened up many thousands of home delivery and click and collect slots. We don't have a car so we have been going for large and infrequent home delivery slots.

But what has happened out of all this is alternative suppliers are delivering and opening up their wares to indivduals. We get a regular delivery from a company in Shaftsbury called La Chasse. They usually sell to restaurants. I think we were their first customers and have three excellent orders now.

One of Vic's friends told us about "Buy a Cow.uk". Being intrigued we investigated this and ended up ordering part of cow 300944.

9th week of self isolation with Covid-19

14 May 2020 | Wilton Road, Salisbury
This is the view from our sitting room window in our Salisbury flat at 19.00. Very quiet for one of the busiest roundabouts in Salisbury, St. Paul's.

We are following 4 sessions of yoga a week on Zoom with Yogisal, spend more time on What's App chit chatting with friends and connecting with video calls. Our Devon friends have been constructing a shepherds hut in their beautiful garden. The garden slopes steeply and the hut sits at the top of the slope with stunnung views over Cornwall. They have been making daily videos to send us on their amazing endeavours. Now the sun is out they are able to take advantage of all that hard work. The hut is a true masterpiece.

The Cruising Association has set up their talks via Zoom and watching the last two sessions makes us want to be back in Sicily with Njord.

Njord is being well looked after by our great friends from Flirtie. They are stuck in Marina di Ragusa whilst we are stuck in Salisbury. We keep sending Njord lots of presents so she still feels loved and Flirtie even received a present in our last Force4 parcel too so as not be left out.

4th week of self isolation with Covid-19

18 April 2020
We are in Salisbury in a nice rental flat and in the 4th week of self-isolation. So good so far, but how all this unknown progresses who knows?

Happy Easter Everyone

11 April 2020 | Salisbury
Happy Easter

Stay in, stay safe and take care

Best wishes

The Cathedral Close, Salisbury

21 March 2020 | Salisbury
A lovely sunny day at the beginning of March.

Stay safe everyone in these unprecedented times.

Vessel Name: Njord of London
Vessel Make/Model: Malo 39 Classic
Crew: Vic Farhi & Clare Harrison
About: Learnt to sail together and the first sailing experience was in Lanzarote in 2005. We then bought Mandarin, a Bavaria 39 and in June 2012 bought Njord, a Malo 39 from the Baltic.
Extra: As attributed to Mark Twain: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bow lines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Njord of London's Photos - The Spanish Sailors' Ionian Fortnight
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Boarding the plane in Rome: Judith and Carlos flew from Madrid to Rome to Preveza to join us for a wonderful 2 weeks.   It was very chilled and laid back for all of us.
Safety Briefing: It is important to have a safety briefing when visitors come on board.  It is also important to fit the life jacket and know where they are kept before you need them in a situation.  Judith trying on her life jacket.
Preveza Harbour: The starting point of the 2 week sailing holiday.  The large harbour outside Cleopatra Marina.
Carlos & Dennis in Vlikho Bay: Carlos rushes back across the bay to collect us for an afternoon of ouzo, G&Ts and a pool all to ourselves
Stella Apartments & Pool, Geni in Vlikho Bay: Our first stop in Vlikho Bay and we sent Carlos and Judith off to find the excellent bakery, a Taverna for dinner and to explore the bars.  Carlos soon came back to collect us in the early afternoon to take us for a drink, a swim and later to Elena Taverna for supper.  As we had left mid afternoon and arrived back in the dark we had to guess where Njord was.  There was no moon that night and loads of yachts in the bay and we had not left her Bebi light (cockpit solar light) hooked up.  We dudnt do that again, but Carlos lined up Dennis with the houses on the shore and went straight to Njord.
Enjoying a pool dip in the pool at Stella Apartments, Geni: After a peaceful first night
Stella Apartments,  Vlikho Bay, Geni, Lefkada: Stella and Savas were lovely hosts at their holiday apartments and pool.   This was our first anchorage of the trip and the first pool.

The pool was inviting, refreshing and warm.  Afterwards a welcome shower meant we were on our way to good water management practises on Njord.  

Stella was very chatty and friendly and poured healthy G&Ts.

Elena Taverna, Geni in Vlikho Bay: Nice greek food.  The lamb chops were delicious.
Elena Taverna in Geni, Vlikho Bay: Our first evening out.  We went straight from the pool close by to this very nice taverna.
12 Gods Taverna Pontoon, Sivota: The berth, electricity, water and lazylines are all privided by the Taverna owner to make your stay here easy.  There is also assistance to moor up.  Free showers are also provided and there is a self service laundry near the first super market as you cime into the harbour.  The pontoons are new and solid.
12 Gods Taverna, Sivota: Sivota has matured since we were last here for the yachtie.  It is a very pretty circular bay well protected with a small entrance that opens out into the harbour.  It probably is not everyone
12 Gods Taverna , Sivota:
Cocktail time: Judith let slip that she likes cocktails so we started experimenting with Margueritas to go with the Mexican feast for supper on board Njord.  The tequilla and limes were easy to buy but we couldn
Palarios, Mainland Greece: Carlos and Judith out and about in the bay near the harbour of Palarios
Palarios, Mainland Greece: This was a lovely anchorage and protected for the wind direction we were going to have that evening.  Carlos and Judith took Dennis to the beach and met some friendly locals and a retired sea captain in the harbour.  Earlier in the day the Tourist Police had moved some yachts that were anchored too close to the beach.  We were off the harbour entrance so ok.  You have to be more than 300 metres from a swimming area and the police seem to be enforcing the rule this year.
 Vonista &  the Inland Sea: We went on a beautiful walk around this little pine tree island connected to the mainland by a causeway.  There were a lot of yachts anchored around the far side of the island which is very protected.  We were anchored off the town of Vonista instead with only 4 other yachts here, including some of our friends,  Keith and Linda from Marina di Ragusa.  We enjoyed a beer with them at a very friendly family run taverna
Vonista : Njord in the distance from up on the hillside outside the castle walls in Vonista
Pine tree walk: After a beautiful walk around this tiny island we swam off the beach in warm, shallow water.  There were loads of sea urchins so it was important to have our swim booties on.
Njord at anchor in the Ionian at Vonista: We saw turtles here, infact more than in the nature reserve dedicated to a breeding gound for them in Zathinkos
Parga, Mainland Greece: A lively anchorage as it
Petriti, Corfu: This beautiful anchorage was not over crowded during the day and less so at night.  We anchored in the second part of the bay just off the first Taverna, aptly named Panarama.
Lunchtime stop, Petriti: The view from Panarama Taverna. No need for other explanation!
Panorama Terrace, Petriti, Corfu: This Taverna had a lunchtime terrace and a cafe terrace here during the day.  In the evening the owners transformed it into a nice bar and outdoor dining area.  We went back for a cocktail that same evening before supper on Njord.
The view from the lunch terrace of the Panoramic Taverna, Petriti
Lunchtime in Petriti
Enjoying a chilled beer
Dennis the Menance: We told Judith that Dennis our dinghy was a bit of a menace when Carlos sailed with us before.    But after the first day of a little hiccough to show he had a mind of his own with his engine and with Dr. Carlos & Dr. Robert
Dennis The Menace
Petriti, Corfu: You can anchor either side of these rocks in beautiul clear water.  Nice beaches and places to swim.
The cutest puppy ever at Panarama Taverna,  Petriti: We woke up to yet another day in Paradise and deployed Dennis to take us to Panarama Taverna.  They had a good pontoon to tie Dennis up to whilst we enjoyed a local beer that turned into lunch as well.  This little puppy was so friendly and wanted to play with everyone.  He took a fancy to the buckles on my bag; must have been teething.
Petriti Village: Petriti was so lovely we chose to spend two nights at anchor here.  The second day we took Dennis to the harbour and went to the pool for the day.  For €6 you get a small beer, use of the cold water  shower before and after swimming, a sun lounger and umbrella; blissful.  Lunchtime was an XXL gyros for €5.50 washed down with chilled beer for the boys and a nice local white wine for the girls.  The pool was a really decent size, warmed by the sun and we were the only people until the apartment guests came back from their day
English Phrases: Judith
Northern Corfu by Vesper: On the last day Carlos and Judith went around the northern part of Corfu by Vesper to see some more of the island before leaving to go back to Madrid.

A lovely holiday!