The truth about Magic and Science….

I’m not feeling motivated to post anything at the moment.  I’ve only got two more nights left in this rented cottage, before we leave for the airport, and onwards to Greece.  Yes, I know by Wednesday afternoon I’ll be in the sunshine, and some people would tear off their right arm to be able to do that, but at the moment, I would gladly change places with you.


Looking round from where I’m sat at the moment, I can see half filled boxes, piles of books, empty cupboards, ironing to be sorted and packed, a vacuum cleaner sprawled over the kitchen floor.   It’s so depressing.    I’ve got to get all this packed away and tomorrow it will go to the storage unit.


I know when I get back to the boat, it won’t be in a suitable state to sail off for several days, as my husband who is currently on the boat, has told me this.   Although he has done fabulous work on the outside of the boat,such as painting the decks, cleaning the topsides, new anti-fouling paint, the inside will resemble a cross between a junkyard and a DIY store……


The actual mess on our boat….

I’m hoping that by the powers of magic and science, I could be whisked away from my house right now, held in transit in space for a week or so, then dropped gently onto the deck of a perfectly clean and tidy yacht just as we are leaving harbour, with a glass of wine in my hand…..




“Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 26 – ‘Distance’

The theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge is Distance.

I’m not a good landscape photographer, and I didn’t think I would have a lot of photos with interesting distant objects in them, but then I remembered one particular photo that I took from on board our yacht Fandancer.


sunrise at sea

This was taken very early in the morning, after a long overnight passage.   I don’t like long passages any more, I did when I was younger, but I find them a bit stressful.   For a start it’s usually quite boring, with nothing to see.  I can never sleep properly, and I don’t like being on my own in the cockpit when my husband is off watch.  We check the weather very carefully and hopefully there will be no big storms to catch you out.  On a lot of long passages we have had not enough wind to sail, so we motor a lot of the way.

In the distance, you can just see some land appearing on the horizon. This is Sicily in the distance. We had left the east coast of Sardinia and sailed approximately 180 nautical miles which took about 30 hours.  This was the longest passage on our sailing trip from UK to Greece.

Was I glad to see land in the distance that morning!

Incidentally, this photo was used as a double page spread in a six-page magazine article I wrote for Sailing Today, about our trip from UK to Greece.