Time for Change

Catana As A Boyfriend You Can Suck

Catana I need to tell you, you’re turning into a shitty boyfriend. I thought as your girl who has said I do, sold everything, cried and kissed loved ones goodbye to live the dream that you are selling, that I was important. Yet  now I think Catana you don’t know how to treat me right.

Evening swim to finish a perfect day

A New Site & “Straya Day”

So many nice things about being home over the summer including the chance to organise a new site. Never knock the joys of fast internet! Since we have been travelling I realised I needed a better gallery feature as well as easier blog access. Hope you like it…. let me know!   Being home over the Australian


WOW – The Bardo National Museum – WOW

This week a museum story. Are you not excited? The Bardo Museum is recognised as the number one tourist destination in Tunis, so we were keen to visit.  Our cabbie assisted with our joy of arriving at the museum by getting us their unharmed and alive.. Driving in this capital for some cabbies is an extreme

The Captain didn't think I was watching

Now That’s Stormy Weather

My Captain always said it was going to end in tears and it did,  just not the type of tears I was expecting. Before I get to the grief part, I need to tell you about the weather. In Europe the wind and weather have been Atrocious!! Winds over 100 kms have battered the coast. As is

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Mediterranean Weather Is Ridiculous

I no longer believe in weather forecasts for the Mediterranean. If the report says 20 knots of wind I am going to expect 30.  I have been told the science, of why it’s so hard to predict the weather in this place, therefore from now on I expect the unexpected. Ridiculous, may be too strong a word


Naughty Boys

When the Chief of the National Guard and head honcho of the men with big guns on their shoulders, makes an effort to come see you, you are always going to take notice.  Plus it was a big effort, it included driving to the bay we were moored in, then driving our dingy back to our


Tabarka Fort – A Rare Look Inside

Although not open to the public we were given the honour and opportunity to have a look around the Tabarka Castle. It was only after the event we discovered how privileged we were, it’s rare for visitors to be allowed inside.   I decided to mark the occasion with a video and photos to share. Having a look around the

Tabarka olives

First Impressions Of Tabarka

We have been here nearly three weeks and Tabarka is an interesting place. I’m very happy we came to this wonderful place. Yet as a traveller I have experienced a range of emotions that could best be described as culture shock. In hindsight I probably should have been more prepared for my first visit, but similar to rocking up

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An Idiot Aboard

I the Miss am the new idiot abroad.   It’s easy to get stuff wrong. It’s really stupid to get the big stuff wrong. The error I’ve made has been a game changer. I confess my mistake. I failed to understand the rules of our visa and the rules just aren’t that difficult.   The Rules

The Practical How to Stuff

Delicious Asian Sauce

I can’t throw in steak knives but this recipe is not only delicious, easy to make, can be stored in the freezer or long term on a boat or in a pantry. This is the sauce I mentioned, was a great success for the Catana workers’ lunch. Toulee has handed over his secret recipe after a request

Jacques Huguet Catana 50 my day
Kiss the Fish with the Miss

“I Think Today Is My Day”

Our French neighbour Jacques, just purchased a second hand Catana 50, after 10 years of owning a lagoon 47. I asked him if he had any experience of high drama in either this new boat or his previous Lagoon. His answer was fascinating and he gave me two occasions that he will never forget.  

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Shouting And The Neighbours

Our boat was sailing on a piece of silk, the water so calm it looked like one massive piece of glistening cloth. The boat rose and fell as though the ocean was breathing.  No faster than a walking pace we inched further away from Canet de Rousillon and toward our planned escape. For the past seven


I Used To Hate Cleaning The Car

I won’t complain about giving the car a wash again. I now have our boat out of the water and cleaning her. Moving Miss Catana The reason we were taking our boat out of the water was to install two new sea outlets, one for the watermaker and a second for the saltwater pump. At the same