19 days to go ……

Less than three weeks today….

Quite a busy day in terms of preparation for our return to the boat. Firstly I considered how we were going to pack up everything, and how to store it. I thought about buying some large plastic boxes, but found that buying new ones would cost more than I thought. So I looked on some local internet sites where unwanted items are given away for free, such as Freecycle and Gumtree.

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When in doubt, write a list…

I’ve noticed recently that other bloggers have been trying a 30 day Blogging Challenge, so I thought I’d have a look …..

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Sarah led me to a list on her blog which gave some useful prompts for blog posts if you needed some ideas.  You can find the list here.   I quite like the idea of writing random facts about myself, so here we go…..

I married my husband Tim in 2010, a second marriage for both of us.

I have four grandchildren, aged 3, 3, 1 and 1.

We live on a yacht in Greece for most of the year.

We have a cat called Artemis who lives on our boat with us.

I have been to over 40 Greek islands.

My favourite Greek islands are Syros, Paxos and Lipsi.

I was born in Malta, as my father was in the RAF.

I have been to 16 educational establishments.

I am left handed.

I am a Scorpio.

I like attempting cryptic crosswords.

My first car was a blue Mini.

I have a Masters’ degree in Psychology

My favourite food is a roast dinner.

I don’t like yoghurt.

I like sewing, writing and drawing (that’s three things!)

i have had several articles published in sailing magazines.

I used to be quite a good swimmer.

I’ve never been on a motorbike.

I have pierced ears but no tattoos.

My favourite colour is turquoise blue

I don’t like vacuuming or dusting, but don’t mind ironing.

One day I would like to have a book published

That’s all for now!  It’s very hard to think of things to write about yourself!

If you have a go at this, make sure you make a link back to this site, so I can read your random facts too!

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Writing about cats and boats….

imageI set up this blog to write about life aboard our yacht Fandancer. We live aboard her in the summer, in Greece. For the last few winters we have left Fandancer in Greece and come back to the UK so I can spend some time with my young grandchildren, so I don’t miss them growing up from babies. We have a cat with us on our yacht, a Greek cat called Artemis. She is a well travelled cat, and we brought her back to the UK again this year, but unfortunately she is not allowed to stay in this rented property, so she is being looked after by relatives until we return to Greece in April, when she will come back with us again.

So I have no current boat stories for you, and no cat to write about! I’m feeling a bit of a fraud…..

I also set up this blog to help me with my writing skills. I have written several articles for yacht magazines, and now want to branch out and write other things. I even have a couple of books inside me, but so far, I’ve only written the page numbers….. Haha! I am trying to write something every day, so I can get in the habit of writing. This is why my blog has been an eclectic mix of random things – quizzes, trivia, cat news, recipes, photos, personal events etc.

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In terms of writing – I’m fairly pleased with myself so far this year. I have had two more articles accepted for future publication in yacht magazines. I have also submitted something to a letters page of a magazine, and I have entered two writing competitions! One was a free entry to a Readers’ Digest 100 word story (much more difficult than it sounds) and the other was a paid entry to a 4000 memoir competition – maybe I was being too hopeful here, but it was cathartic to write.

 

imageFinally, the other day I answered a request from someone on a new Facebook travel site who was looking for women who live aboard boats to write about their experiences for a new website. I sent her some of my previous writings and she has commissioned me to write some regular pieces for them! So watch this space……