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On the places we call home

On the places we call home

home, n. and a. A dwelling-place, house, abode; the fixed residence of a family or household; the seat of domestic life and interests; one’s own house; the dwelling in which one habitually lives, or which one regards as one’s proper abode. Sometimes including the members of a family collectively; the home-circle or household. In N. America and Australasia […]

Snapshot – week 21 onboard

Snapshot – week 21 onboard

We’re finally starting to catch up after my month back in the UK. If I’m honest, my urge to write has been low recently. A strange kind of peace has come over me. I think I… might be relaxing? I think that’s what this feeling is? I’m very guilty of putting a lot of pressure […]

Snapshot – week 17 onboard (and not onboard!)

Snapshot – week 17 onboard (and not onboard!)

Firstly, we’re sorry. It’s been a LONG time with no blog. If you go back to our week 14 blog, things were hectic. Work had been really busy, and we were dealing with a lot of moving, hauling out and boat issues. That blog was around a week before Ailsa went back to the UK, […]

Snapshot – week 14 onboard

Snapshot – week 14 onboard

Oops. I promised I would post these snapshot weeks every 4-5 weeks, but finding time can be so difficult. Not only is it hard to find time to write at all, the amount I have to write about grows and grows. Somehow I’ve let 6 weeks pass. Not just 6 weeks, but 6 very busy […]

Bequia – a love letter, and everything you need to know

Bequia – a love letter, and everything you need to know

This is our review of everything and anything we experienced on Bequia and hopefully useful for anyone who hopes to visit someday!

A wedding and a tropical storm

A wedding and a tropical storm

Hurricane Elsa wasn’t the first tropical storm we’ve experienced. The first was actually on our wedding day, 8 years ago today. We had booked a holiday to Barbados and Montserrat in the January of that year. At the end of May, on my birthday, Colin suggested we get married while we were there. I had […]

Expect the unexpected – Hurricane Elsa

Expect the unexpected – Hurricane Elsa

This is the story of our brush with Hurricane Elsa. I jumped out of bed and rushed around packing our laptops, boat papers, passports, shoes, warm clothing, a torch, wallets, chargers, battery boxes, and of course my hip flask of rum. I fell asleep easier knowing that if we had to jump out of our […]

Happy birthday mum – in memory

Happy birthday mum – in memory

Today is Shirley Denise Kilpatrick’s 69th birthday. It should have been anyway. Just two weeks and two days after her 67th birthday, a happy event surrounded by family, she died. It was melanoma, which went undiscovered until it had reached Stage 4. Reached her brain. We couldn’t be there when she died. We didn’t know […]

Snapshot – week 8 onboard

Snapshot – week 8 onboard

How have we spent 8 weeks onboard already? It feels like no time since I wrote our week 3 snapshot. At this point, we’ve only left Bequia for a couple of weekend trips. Most of the cruisers we’ve met have left, or will soon move on. We’re ready to leave too, but we have a […]

Mañana, living on island time, and work

Mañana, living on island time, and work

I’ve always been a rusher. Hurried. Impatient. I don’t sleep deeply. I find it hard to dawdle (except in supermarkets, when I’m crippled by indecision). I fidget. My short legs seem happiest at a trot. I plan, obsessively, and once I’ve started a plan I work tirelessly until there are results. My life is full […]