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3 months ago
Years ago Jono found a headland with perfect waves for surfing on a longboard and since then he’s dreamed about taking his ‘Mal’ there. Our son, Steve, is really the surfer in our family so when Jono suggested a surfing trip down the new South Wales Coast to Crescent Head, he jumped at it. Arrawarra […]
5 months ago
If you travel enough you are bound to have a bad experience. This was ours. ‘One long Summer’ was supposed to be our last blog about Turkey but our departure did not go to plan. Not at all. Here’s what happened. We had decided to break the long haul home by stopping for a few […]
5 months ago
It’s been a long summer! Everywhere we go, the men look exhausted. In the summer people throng through the streets of Istanbul. Approximately 3 million people walk up this street, Istiklal Avenue, every day on weekends. There is a story on every corner, on every curbside, in every street. I had a fabulous time capturing […]
5 months ago
Our sailing season in the Med has come to an end. Wow, we have had so many amazing experiences. Thank you for following along with us! We hauled Taka oa out of the water at Kairos Marina, Datca, Turkey. In sweltering heat we spent four days washing, packing aways sails, cleaning, washing, doing maintenance, washing……. […]
5 months ago
This is a hard blog to write. Many people know about the Anzac’s involvement in this 9 month war. Going to Gallipoli has given us a better understanding of the geography of the area and a tiny window into how difficult and devastating it must have been for the troops stationed here. These are just […]
6 months ago
There are not too many advantages of being in the Med during peak tourist and Meltemi season but we took advantage of one. During the warm, dry nights open air concerts are put on in the ancient amphitheaters. We had no idea who the artist was but a show in Bodrum Antik Tiyatro was an […]
6 months ago
It was a truly humbling experience to witness a large group of refugees arriving at Didim aboard the Turkish Coast Guard boat. When we entered Turkish waters aboard our home away from home, we handed our documents to an agent who processed everything for our check in. It was all easy and welcoming. Seeing the […]
7 months ago
It’s time to say farewell to Greece. We have visited 23 islands in 90 days. All are steeped in mythology and stories of ancient Greek gods and goddesses. All have an extensive and complicated history and all have links to some of the the biggest thinkers the world has known.  We have visited Chios, probably […]
7 months ago
I did not want to leave Linmnos. Our stay was too short but, as usual, bad weather was forecast so we needed to find a safe place to hide. A pod of very large dolphins and a baby escorted us to Lesvos. I am sure this short video of dolphins playing on our bow will […]
7 months ago
a photographer’s dream where Anzac’s schemed After the dragging drama of our first night at Limnos we fell in love with the beautiful Myrina Harbour. This small town has everything. A medieval castle overlooks the anchorage and town quay. A quaint harbour for the small fishing boats is lined with tavernas. A sandy beach, homemade […]
7 months ago
‘Access is denied to every woman, every female animal, every child and every smooth-faced person.’ Constantine Monomachus 1060. For over 10 centuries monks have lived in monasteries on the Akti Peninsula in northern Greece and during this time females have been forbidden. A 500m exclusion zone around the peninsula means that no boat can anchor […]
8 months ago
When Linny was just 18 months and Steve 3 years old we owned a 24ft trailer sailer, Even Money. We towed this little boat everywhere. For 10 years we explored every protected waterway and lake from the Hawkesbury River (just north of Sydney) to the Whitsundays.  Of course, sailing a bigger boat in some dream […]
8 months ago
It would appear that almost every house on the Greek islands has a view. Being similar heights, one house does not block the view of the next. On the top of most hills is an acropolis, fort, clock tower, monastery or a church. These also command spectacular views. As you probably know, Jono has this […]
8 months ago
*Some magic moments in Ermioni, Hydra and Poros. In my photographs I try to capture the magic moments. I’m looking for beautiful light and something happening. If I can tell a story and have a great composition in beautiful light I am extremely happy. I am still learning and most of my photos don’t have […]
9 months ago
Volos, Siros, Delos,  Dental floss, Skopelos, Skyros, Rhodos, Rhinoceros, Paros, Poros, Tilos, Don’t give a toss, Naxos, Nicolos, Niseros, Whose the boss? Leros, Milos, Mikonos, Chaos, Kithnos, Sifnos, Serifos, Feeling cross. Argos, Andros, Amorgos, ATHENS? Befuddled and muddled, Addled, bewildered, Fuzzy and foggy,  All at sea.   Bamboozled and vague, Discombobulated, dazed, Baffled and dopey,  […]
9 months ago
Naoussa, Paros We were in seventh heaven. Pretty fishing boats and whitewashed buildings cast shimmering reflections on the glassy harbour waters. Candlelit tables lined the quay. A stunning full moon made a perfect backdrop. This was an idyllic setting for dinner with Paul and Anne whose boat SV Seventh Heaven was on the ship with […]
9 months ago
Our blogs show some beautiful blue scenes with calm seas but we feel as though we spend 50% of our time dodging strong winds. A bullet in sailing terms is a very strong gust of wind that often blows over a mountainous area into what should be a protected anchorage. What complicates things is that […]
9 months ago
In order to avoid this: and subsequently, this: we holed up initially in Lakki Bay, Leros, and when the blow came, in Leros Marina. We had a spiderweb of lines holding us to the dock and used every fender including two new ones. When the blow came we were fine however I was a bit […]
9 months ago
In a country where legends abound it is great to be in the company of a living legend. There is always an element of anxiety coming into a marina or new docking place. Stern to berthing is a whole new way of doing things for us. So coming stern for the very first time in […]
10 months ago
Was that a gunshot? Standing on the bow of the boat and an almighty bang made me jump and my heart started racing. Another explosion. Have we arrived in a Syrian war zone instead of Greece? Surely our navigation was not that woeful! Intermittent bangs echoed around the stark, rocky bay. What on earth was […]
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