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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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

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We Just Couldn’t Leave Her

The last time I posted in this section of the website, we were planning on leaving our boat and returning home to Australia for six months of work before we started cruising in earnest. It would have been awful to rush over, get the boat ready and then leave her. Plus I don’t think we

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How Did It Get So Late So Soon

I can’t believe it. We have been 8 weeks in the south of France, I feel quite at home.  The fact that I now drive around Canet  like a local, is testament to this fact. I no longer use a map and if I get a little off track I just take my time and

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It Was All About The Anchor

As an Australian I don’t mind the odd swear word. I like the colour it adds to my emotional state at the time of use. Words and phrases like “taking the piss” and “bullshit, bastard and bloody oath” are all OK to use as long as the company is appropriate. My Captain on the other hand does

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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