Boat Anniversary and Bucket List Ticks

A whole year’s gone by In the blink of an eye Bringing so much joy and success We always knew How much we’d go through But it’s been worth every bit of expense. More than fears that we’d perish We’ve had moments to cherish, Memories we’ll call cheap at the price Life is for living, For sharing and giving; We’d…

Farewell Samoa, Bula Fiji!

Social media has taken over… the Facebook updates have been fairly frequent during the last six months but the blog has taken a back seat. We’re more than half way through 2017 now, and more than half way through our passage-making for the year so it’s a good time to stop and reflect a bit more slowly than the fast-paced,…

Fifty and Feeling Fabulous!

It’s been 1,130 days since I started this blog; just over three years since I made the decision that I wanted to bring forward my retirement plans of becoming a Blue Nomad. Before that day, I never in my wildest dreams envisaged being able to make the transition before I retired (if ever). I certainly never thought I’d be celebrating my 50th…

Old Habits Die Hard

When I decided I wanted to become a Blue Nomad, a large part of the attraction was converting to a lifestyle that didn’t involve the daily 9 to 5 (or 8 to 6, or longer) office-bound routine. I’ve never thought of myself as being a nature lover as such. I am most at peace being on the water, sure; but…

Teach a man to fish…

One of the delightful parts of our New Zealand sojourn which I’m disappointed I can’t enjoy is the ready availability of rock oysters, almost everywhere we go. Richard has been delighting in evening trips to shore at low tide to help himself to entree; I’ve tried tasting them (again) but still can’t get my head (or my taste buds) around…

Home Sweet Home and feeling very grateful

After yet another whirlwind visit to Melbourne we arrived back in Opua last Friday. Bright Sea was sitting waiting patiently on her mooring where we left her, the local bird life had largely ignored her in favour of alternative pooping sites and her batteries had enjoyed a ten day break with no demands on them for recharging devices of any kind. But…

Diplomacy triumphs over Doomsday

 We arrived in Savusavu feeling really excited about the trip to Futuna, after our very sedate overnight sail here. Then Murphy’s Law struck; a quick check of engines before clearing out revealed milky oil in the port sail drive; a sure sign that it’s leaking water into the gear box, meaning a high risk of damaging the gear box beyond repair if…

The new normal

It’s picture-perfect postcard sailing conditions in the South Pacific Ocean. After another dawn start, we finished making our way around the top of Fiji (more headwinds) and finally made our way out just below Malakati Reef and then through the Makogai Channel. We’ve got a ten day extension on the cruising permit, which means we still have to get out…

We’re legal! (Almost…)

Back in Fiji after a whirlwind Melbourne visit, including my eldest son’s wedding (what a gorgeous couple they made), two conference presentations, packing up and renting out my unit and trying to organise moving our life onto a forty foot floating home. Strange that when we left Fiji, the boat didn’t quite feel like home. Yet, arriving back in Australia neither…