After my second visit to see Mum (who is well, but
very forgetful), I drove up to the Lake District to visit Vic, staying
with him overnight.....he owns a pub/restaurant......which meant a
very late night!! Vic has a chocolate Labrador aged 10 months named
Max who is typically boisterous and into chewing everything up
but he enjoyed having someone to follow around and play with. Being in
the Lakes reminded me of many happy days spent there in my youth,
including a three week cycling holiday staying in youth hostels when I
was aged 12.......kids couldn't do that alone these days
unfortunately. And here I am - still travelling around alone - maybe
it was that holiday that gave me the travel bug!!
Returned to Clive's in time for us all to go out to
the Black Bull for an evening meal, enjoying the usual huge portions
served at this hostelry.
03/11/07 After visiting
Mum again and saying farewell to Clive and Barbara, I drove over the
Pennines to Brighouse (more road closures and accidents), to see Rob,
Karen, Ben and Amy who are all missing the sunshine and cruising
lifestyle now that they are back in England. The youngsters were their
normal excitable selves, wanting to jump all over me and Amy either sat
on my knee or held my hand whenever possible! Rumours that I had come
to Yorkshire only for our wedding drew the usual Amy response of
"Give it up!" Rob and Karen kindly allowed me to stay with them
for two nights (for which I thank them) and we all went to a very good
organised firework display, to the accompaniment of Elgar's Pomp and
Circumstance and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture, at the local
football club on Sunday evening.
morning......grey skies and drizzle! Rob and Karen start their working
week and it was time for me to head south to Kent again - but not before
Amy insisted I walk hand in hand with her and Ben to school - something
I haven't done in many a year!! The drive south was better than
anticipated and I made good time to Maidstone, arriving at Trevor and
Babs's house around 2.30pm.
06/11/07 Twelve months
ago today, we were sailing out of Bayona on a fruitless search for
Darren and Vicki's boat Sentito. I received an e-mail from them
whilst staying with Rob and Karen - they are presently in Portugal with
their new boat Nocturne, awaiting a weather window before setting
sail to the Canary Islands and I wish them fair winds and safe sailing.
Here in Kent, it's a bright, sunny but chilly morning!
10/11/07 I should have
flown into Manchester and stayed for just the week! Still staying with
Trevor and Babs, who have been great, I now find myself just killing
time until my return flight to Marmaris on the 16th. It's been good to
see the friends I wanted to see, but this will be my last ever visit to
the south of England and I now can't wait to go 'home' to Rhumb Do.
15/11/07 Took Trev and
Babs out for a meal as a small thank you for putting up with me and
joined Ann and Sandra at The Honourable Pilot in Gillingham, where all
the jokes were directed at my problem of transporting a new anchor from
Gatwick to Dalaman!
17/11/07 Home again!
Ann drove me to Gatwick for the 9pm flight last night (and I had no
problems with the new anchor at the airport!). We pushed off from the
stand on time and took off on schedule for the short flight back to
Dalaman airport. The airbus A321 was all but empty - maybe forty
passengers, and 220 seats - so I was able to stretch out across the
whole row and get some sleep before landing at 0305 local time. The
mountain road from Marmaris to the marina was partially blocked in
places due to landslides in recent rainstorms, but it was good to return
to the warmth of Turkey. A late breakfast with Gina, overlooking both
the pool and the bay, turned into a lunchtime drink with Sam, Mike,
Kevin and Karen, catching up on all the news of the marina. Temperature
of around 220C brought out the bikini clad ladies by the
poolside......it's so good to be back!!
19/11/07 Ha! The sun was
playing games with me......now we have thunderstorms rolling in each
day, torrential rain, then sunshine, then thunder and lightning again,
......what to wear? Shorts one moment, rainproof clothing the next!
Joined the losing team of Gina, Tom, Louise, Mike and Sam at the marina
quiz night tonight, but hey!..... someone has to come last.......and I
think the Swiss team who set the questions were hard task masters!!
23/11/07 I went last night
with my neighbours, Mike and Sam (Mystery Spy), to their friend
David's house in Marmaris town for dinner. Gina also came, along with
our friends Tom and Louise from Freya. Already at David's were
Marlene, Diane, Debbie, and two Turkish friends - Erdal and Yalgin
(professional footballer). It was a great evening, thoroughly enjoyed
by all. Today, Gina and I caught the mid-day domus into town for a
walk round and to get some bits and pieces from electrical stores.
Much evidence remains of the flooding from last weeks rainstorms and
Tansas, the large town centre supermarket, is still closed because of
it. David was last night showing video footage of cars and vans
floating down the street past his house.
24/11/07 Tonight there
was a 60's, 70's and 80's party in the marina restaurant, Gina, myself,
Mike and Sam went along and joined David, Debbie, Diane and Yalgin for
an enjoyable evening of entertainment and quite a few yotties had chosen
to attend in fancy dress. My favourite waitress, Meliha (whom Gina and
I have re-named 'Jamie' because of her likeness to Jamie Lee Curtis!)
attended our table throughout the evening.....and again, a good night
was had by all...!! Some photo's of
25/11/07 Spent the
morning re-vamping the 'family and friends' page of my photo album, but
the internet is down yet again, so I am unable to update the site at
present. I went to the marina chandlery to buy an electric switch
and gas regulator.....and came away with a bicycle!! I know - how the
hell did he do that?? The answer is, I don't know!! Anyway, it's a
folding bike, made from aluminium, so it's light and compact......but
it's years since I rode a bike and I guess I'm going to get somewhat
saddle sore and have aching legs too, but at least it will get me around
in some of the ports of call next year. Gina also bought one, so it's
probably her fault that I now have one, but we spent the afternoon
putting them together before having a practice up and down the very
long pontoons here.
26/11/07 All the
paperwork has now been done in the office and my berthing contract
sorted out for the coming months, with a hoist out of the water booked
for 15th March 2008. I now have to think about renewing my visa in
order to stay in Turkey for another three months, this will mean either
a long-winded paper chase or, alternatively, take a trip across to
Rhodes and get a new visa on returning, which is probably the easier
option - whether I take Rhumb Do or the ferry is yet to be
decided. Monday evening is quiz night in the staff canteen, and we
again attended - only to walk out half-way through the night because of
the questions set by the French and German team. It's supposed to be
general knowledge - not a Turkish history inquisition, a
mathematician's convention or an interview for the Mastermind research
team!! I heard from my friends Darren and Vicki, aboard Nocturne,
they are doing well but still awaiting a suitable weather window in
Portugal and have now started their own website/blog for family and
friends - address on my links page.
28/11/07 Gina and I went
into town again (10am dolmus) for some bacon and other bits, returning
to the marina around 4pm. Joined Mike and Sam in the bar before going
into the restaurant for an evening meal. David and Yalgin, who won a
raffle prize of a champagne Jacuzzi onboard a 'superyacht' during
Saturday's 60's etc night were also in the bar and were raving about how
beautiful the boat was inside......gold taps, marble floored bathroom
and so forth - suppose it's a bit like Rhumb Do then.......only
not as luxurious?!?
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