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Lessons Learnt Whilst Travelling

Some things shit me to tears. Cold feet, Christmas carols and flying on long haul flights. These three items are to be avoided if possible. As 2014 came to a close, we avoided the first two by doing the third hate item, travelling home to Tassie. Flying Cattle Class Who can argue against that long haul

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All Hail The Winds Of The Mediterranean

I am yet to call myself a sailor even though I live the life fulltime. I am not sure when I will claim the title but recently I have stepped closer to the right by joining a new church. It was only as an after thought did I realise I now worship a new deity, King Neptune

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7 Rules In 24 Hrs On Sailing In The Mediterranean

We have now been living and sailing on our boat for almost six months, it has been an interesting transition from life on the land to life on the sea. Being a non-sailor I was always going to make mistakes and learn as we went along. The consequences of getting things wrong on the sea can have serious

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Recent Boats And Ships For Walter

In Tunisia there were more cargo ships than you could “poke a stick at”. Only trouble was I wasn’t allowed to take any photos from inside the port or on the water, I was doing my best to avoid them. When we left Tunis to go to Sardinia unfortunately for us, and Walter, we crossed the

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A Wannabe Bear Grylls & Censorship

This is my goodbye Tunisia hello Italy moment. I am excited to be here and wanted to share my first day or two on the island of Sardinia. We arrived at Port Villasimius, which is a large old port that has in recent years had a very modern upgrade. A perfect place for us to

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Being Late And Being Seasick

Warning: If you are a man trying to convince your wife to go sailing, don’t share this post with her. This post is in relation to the 80:20 rule and it is not about the good bits.   ——————————————— I the Miss have been known to paint the world with a rose coloured brush, which is

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A Fishy View Among Many Neighbours

We are currently sitting in the fishing harbour of La Goulette,  awaiting the arrival of a French electrician from Catana, as we have charger issues. This problem means we’ve been without power for two weeks, so all cups of tea are made via gas kettle. I shouldn’t jest, it’s seriously awful to have to keep charging our batteries by

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Work Lunch And An Australian Champion

French take food very seriously. So when the Captain and I were invited to the annual Catana lunch we felt it was a great honour but had plans to sail away for the weekend.   French like Australians take sport very seriously. We were told this day was to include the annual Workers Bocce Championship. How could

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“Men In The Air, Fish In The Sea”

I the Miss had the fortune of  growing up in a large family, three brothers and two sisters. One of my brothers was also my twin. (Lucky mum hey!)  As a kid, having a twin brother was fantastic, I got to be my own person but also got to share everything with my best friend. Age has

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Let’s Pop Next Door & Have A Drink With The Neighbours

In Australia leaving the country takes effort. It requires a passport, planning, packing and usually a wallet full of cash. Not so in France. This week, all it took was a bit of wind and fuel and we had a sleepover at the next door neighbours in Spain. On morning of departure it seemed like

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When In France Be French

Currently we are living in the port town of Canet-en-Rousillon in the backyard of Catana. This is a hot spot summer tourist destination, and we have arrived at the beginning of the summer holidays. For two months of the year this place is jam packed with tourists. Already the bars and restaurants are full of

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Our First Sail, A King, & Parking A Tank

Sailing Your Boat For the First Time Is Like Being An Old Time Cowboy Spit In Your Hand And Shake Like any classic American movie scene, sailing Miss Catana is as good as spitting and shaking to close the deal. The deal is done. Miss Catana is officially complete and our new home. Well complete with

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First Days Aboard Miss Catana

Having our bags take holiday’s without us proved to be a blessing in disguise.  We got to travel on trains and buses without the hassle. Travel light, travel easy. From these words it is obvious my bags have returned. Relief !!   Trains From Marseille To Our Boat Prior to departure from Hobart we had pre

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Day One Down

It is yet to feel real. For the moment I am enjoying all the emotions that are going with the official start. Below is a quick bullet update of the journey thus far. Departure Hobart Airport with my beautiful three, sister and father. I found if I looked them in the eye I lost my