At anchor in Bayona
26 September 2010 | Bayona, Spain
At anchor here in Bayona gives us time to reflect - we do absolutely miss home, miss parents, miss friends, miss Rosie (mum & dads dog) and miss the sometimes dull un-exciting hum drum of everyday life. We had one night in the most expensive marina we have visited on our travels, the staff were also pretty unhelpful and the swell put enormous strain on the boat, its warps and the fenders. We were extremely glad to get out onto the anchorage where we have great holding and slept a much quieter night than we would have done in the marina.
So what do you do on an anchorage when the wind is blowing 25knots and going ashore in the dingy seems just too much trouble? Well you make flapjacks of course, and lots of them, then I stuffed peppers, cleaned cupboards, plucked my eyebrows and generally trimmed up the other bits and pieces!
Finn has had a very busy day, re-making his bionicles (foreign word to most of you I'm sure!), he then finished his masterpiece of a birthday card for Grandad Roger which we will post tomorrow (prepare to be amazed Dad!), he is now fully educated on the workings of the Water Cycle - his home schooling project today but still wants to go back to the day when we did science and made Hydrogen gas and nearly blew the boat up! Oh what fun.....apparently? He has also been writing up his diary. We also watched the dolphins together this morning that seem to visit the marina at breakfast time to have a quick show off to all who are watching - nice way to eat your muesli and drink your coffee first thing in the morning....
Adrian dozed, then got up to pace, checked and re-checked the anchor, got the binoculars out and perved for a while - couple of nice looking gals on boat next door were sanding their wooden dingy mast and he just had to 'keep an eye' on the job !!!
Internet is very intermittent here so we just try to do the bare minimum which makes the blog all the more important. Our plan from here is to make our way to Leixoes which is about 60 miles away - this will hopefully happen on Monday after the strong wind and heavy swell have died down a little. From there to Caiscais near Lisbon where Phil will get off and be on his way after helping us get this far.
Tomorrow we hope to go ashore, visit the castle and do a last minute stock up on food.......it is certainly cheaper to eat here than in France which we found very expensive. I also love the Spanish food - squid, chorizo sausage, garlic, enormous peppers, tomatoes, yummy cheeses and ham. Mmmm late evening snack coming up I think.......