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A brief account of what we are up to when not on GHOST, when we are landlubbers. For our "sea" based blogs, check out The link below shows our most recent photos but for other photos go to:

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Landlubbers no more

Well that’s it for being landlubbers. A little disappointed that I didn’t write another blog here to cover what we've been up to in the UK for the last month but we/I just sort of got lazy! Basically it was time spent with Kat’s folks which was great, catching up with friends, in Devon, Bristol and London. Plenty of curries, not too much booze, a few run, a few days of the flu for me (not the pig variety) and loosing £xxk on the stock market, but we’re not talking about that!

Now we are back on Ghost and boy is it good to be home. This pretty much means we’re signing off from this blog. It has a chance of cropping up again some time in the future if we choose to hang out in the Americas for a year after the Atlantic but before the Pacific, but that’s a decision for later in the year or perhaps early next. In the mean time we will be much more diligent at updating the original blog, So keep an eye on it, drop us a line from time to time and if you’re so inclined consider coming out to spent some time with.


Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Time to follow the sun ...

Well the time has come. With all haste we booked our tickets back to ol’Blighty last week once we had managed to tie up a few loose ends. We fly out of Melbourne on Wednesday evening and after a nasty 6 hour stop-over in Abu Dhabi we arrive in London for a solid month of catch ups, time with Kat’s family, a chance to meet Kat’s sister’s new man (!), perhaps some sailing with our good mate Stu on his new boat and perhaps some boarding in Davos with Brendan (well he’d be skiing but we’ll forgive him for that!!)

The picture is Hugh's surprise birthday dinner with Diane's 3 sisters.

Wow, it has been 6 months in Melbourne with Mum and Dad. It’s been great to spend some quality time with them but now it is time for change of pace, space and direction! We arrive back in Turkey on the 7th of May ready for a little rudder work before the boat goes in the water on the 12th. Then it is MORE Turkey, and then Greece, Croatia, Italy, France, Spain, Ceuta, Gibraltar and then on to the Canaries for an Atlantic crossing at the end of the year. So while I reckon we’ll make a few more comments on this blog, shortly we’ll no longer be landlubbers and hence it’ll be back to the boat blog site at so jump on let us know ya thoughts, especially if you’re thinking about coming out to join us, and above, all stay in touch.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009


After a few weeks of strict eating, regular exercise and even a trial Tri around Hastings to get the hang of doing the respective sports one after the other we were ready to go, bikes in the car, loaded with carbs when ANOTHER tummy bug struck. Kat was first to be taken down with a bout of the runs, then at about 1am on the morning of the event the mass exodus began from my internals too. Must have done something to piss my stomach off as it shortly found a second exit for my dinner. So after a few hours of regular toilet visits and throwing up we had to admit defeat, the fun tri just wasn't going to happen. Alas. Well at the end of the day the motivation as to be a little healthier and lose a little extra weight which has been achieved so it wasn't a complete waste but disappointing nonetheless.

The source of the stomach upsets is still unknown, at first we thought it was potentially self inflicted with something we'd eaten, but since Mum had it, and Dad got it a couple of days later, it suggests that perhaps it was a bug from the kids. Suzy came down from Sydney for a long weekend visit with the kids so perhaps the little petri dishes brought it with them!!

Regardless, having the kids down was fun, i had some helpers when cleaning the bikes

Dad had a little helper with the watering!

Still waiting on the news that will let us book flights back to the the UK, but still no word. But i do have another new Xbox game so i reckon I'll be able to hold out for another week!