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No Main Sail, Heating STILL doesn’t work – May has tried to eat our neighbours Parrot and Mark has lost his Passport!! ahhh

To be honest we are now exhausted and stressed out of our heads – overwhelm, cold and sleep deprivation – added to working 15 hour days

We have so very much going – I am sure that my brain will pop – it is all exciting but also too frantic and intense – somehow this isn’t what we signed up for…..yet

I wish I didn’t have to work on Monday and Wednesday – but I didn’t want to let my clients down.

We manage because Mark and I are such a good team – I am in London on Sunday night and Mark is on the Boat – Mark is doing all the last minute jobs and chasing Monday while I am working in Cambridge – Mark was then going to leave last night to take the car to Leeds  but now he has lost his passport so  he has had to stay so we can search the boat or get an emergency new one – Tuesday now and we are both on the boat – there are workmen and tools everywhere

On Wednesday morning our delivery skipper arrives but I have to go and speak at the Essex County Council annual conference in Colchester – leaving at 6.30am and home at 8.30pm

Luckily Mark will be onboard to welcome our Skipper and first mate aboard and do the final checks for our journey. I am not sure what time we will set sail on Thursday morning as that will require some planning and checking tide tables to get out of the harbor!

We cannot wait to pull out of the Marina and be on our way as at least it means we will not be rushing around in cars and trains seeing clients and shopping and planning…

Some funny things have happened today while Mark was on the boat – the heating engineer we got arrived and pronounced he couldn’t do it – the mainsail guy still hasn’t confirmed if it will be ready – and in the midst of all the busyness May found her way onto our neighbour’s yacht and tried to eat their parrot!

Mark heard squawking and had to go on their boat and grab May – there are 30 essential jobs still to do in the next 24 hours but our electrician has decided that the led coloured lighting is the most important     — what next!!

My dear friend Claire in Ireland wrote to me with some warm kind wisdom:

Darling heart.


First of all remember to breathe. Also, when I am stressed out I go outside and look at the sky and try to hear some bird song. If there is no bird song then I look at roof tops or tree tops or clouds.


By now you will be in full flow. And by the end of today – Monday will be over – obv. But that means only two more frantic days till you are on the open sea.


Beginnings are exhausting and endings are the same but you can’t have one without the….other. That bit should be sung to the tune of Love and Marriage by Frank Sinatra. I have helpfully attached a YouTube link of the song – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtS46Wfsxnw


Massive hug to my brave sailor.




It’s so good to be loved! and being an optimist

I am sure that – my speech at the conference will go well, the heating will be fixed, the mainsail will arrive, the 50 other jobs will be completed, Mark will find or replace his passport, the weather will be fair for our crossing and the Parrot will recover perfectly from May’s visit!

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3 thoughts on “No Main Sail, Heating STILL doesn’t work – May has tried to eat our neighbours Parrot and Mark has lost his Passport!! ahhh

  1. Fair winds for Thursday Tina, Mark and May!



    Posted by Carole Clothier | November 25, 2014, 12:19 pm
  2. Looking forward to reading about the passage when you next have internet.
    Sea Fever

    John Masefield (from Salt-Water Ballads, 1902)

    I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
    And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
    And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
    And a gray mist on the sea’s face, and a gray dawn breaking.

    I must down go to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
    Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
    And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
    And the flung spray and the blown spume, and the sea-gulls crying.

    I must go down to the seas again, to the vagrant gypsy life,
    To the gull’s way and the whale’s way, where the wind’s like a whetted knife;
    And all I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow-rover,
    And quiet sleep and a sweet dream when the long trick’s over.


    Posted by Suzan Griffiths | November 25, 2014, 1:13 pm
  3. Hello there Mrs. I hope you are less stressed. Only another whole day of land life to go. xxx Also, probs best to use my gmail account from now on. I will send it to you. (Thanks for using my email – blush).xxx


    Posted by archibaldclaire364 | November 25, 2014, 2:58 pm

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