This week has been positive for the Miss but today particularly so.

Monday was my first day without my second job. The joy this fact is bringing me cannot be underestimated. I feel like I have lost 10 kgs, recovered from the worst hangover and just won the pub meat raffle. My energy levels are back to normal and I am currently in a state of happiness. For me today, life is good.

Tomorrow I start my first French lessons one on one. After many hours of listening to Michael Thomas’ CD, it’s time to turn this into conversation, without panic or my body temperature rising as my mind goes into a mini can’t think melt down.

How this exchange of time, expertise and funds came about was, I advertised on Gumtree and Amelie responded. Today I met Amelie (perfect French name) she is French born, (Paris no less), moved to Australia three years ago for study and is now looking for work after finding love in Tasmania. Timing is perfect, I placed an ad on Gumtree about 10 weeks ago, if Amelie had responded then, it may have been the final straw to give me that auto immune disease my Mum said I would get by working so hard.  (At this point I should publicly say yes Mum, you were right and I was wrong about getting a second job…sorry Mum.)

Interesting facts about Amelie, even though I am yet to know her well she speaks wonderful English without a French accent, she looks exactly as I expected her to, small, well dressed, beautiful and French. In three years she has learnt to speak English better than some Australians I heard on the beach over the weekend. I am inspired.

Tonight and on the weekend we Skyped with the man of international waters Mike, who is assisting us to get organised then travelling with us from France to Turkey.  Mike knows what he is talking about and heaven shone on us the day he joined team Miss Catana. Just spending time with Mike on the computer, I feel calmer and safer. It seemed right having an impromptu chat with Mike tonight.

The first of summer weather is here. Just to go swimming in warm water on a packed beach is like having a health tonic. I have swum now for 6 days in a row. Being in the water makes me a better person. Fact – few feelings are as good as wet feet lying in the sand. Hard to feel anything but positive when the weather is so nice.

However the really positive aspect of today is that next weekend Captain and I are going to Melbourne to attend sailing courses. Captain at the last minute has managed to claim a place on a 5 day intensive RYA Day Skipper Course Practical in Melbourne, so when the spot opened up we decided to seize the day. Since this break is over our 25th Wedding anniversary weekend I thought I should go as well. So big news for me is the Miss is now booked in to do her first ever sailing course. Humble beginnings for me, but a start. For the romantic reader who is worried that we will be separated at this important milestone, Captain and I will be able to spend our wedding anniversary evening together, as it falls on the course’s last day. Seems a fitting way to spend a day that marks a happy union and hopefully another 25 years of wedded bliss.

However there is a small problem.

Australia Day is a long standing booking to be spent with friends. Now we will be in Melbourne. Second problem is I am yet to tell my friends. On reflection I know I the Miss, has been neglectful of friends of late. I promise to improve this situation as soon as humanly possible. To my friends, please once again forgive me. I will bring champagne to break the news and show pictures of Greek Islands to assist in my defence. If this doesn’t work, I will play those YouTube videos of monster waves and demand we drink rum to soothe the sea monsters of old!

My final, yes there is more, this has been a top day,  Walter my friend who is not only a talented writer but a fantastic photographer is joining Team Miss.  Besides his lovely wife, Walter enjoys football very much, his other passion in life is taking photographs of every ship that comes into Hobart. As part of this quest journey thing of mine I have promised to take photographs of every big ship I see for Walter, today Walter is sharing his work on the Miss. A rare and delightful treat for you to keep an eye out – posting soon.

Days like today are rare. Days in which every part seems to click and fall as you would hope. Days like this remind us to feel joy, to be grateful and ever hopeful. (I need to stop now because when my big sister reads this post, if she hasn’t started to gag by this point it will happen soon).

A happy day.

Cheers the Miss


PS How many big ships will we see as we travel around the big blue ocean?  I wonder.




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