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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 […]

Sandy Lane Yacht Club – review

Sandy Lane Yacht Club – review

N.B. We’ve stayed at Sandy Lane since, to shelter from Hurricane Elsa, so this review effectively continues in a more recent blog. When I had to decide where to spend my first birthday away from home there was only one choice. We had stayed at the Sandy Lane Yacht Club in 2018, a year or […]

Mandarin Oriental Canouan – review

Mandarin Oriental Canouan – review

We may not have actually stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Canouan, but in our couple of hours there we got enough of a feel for it to put it on our bucket list. When we stayed at the Sandy Lane Yacht Club, we asked in advance whether there were any tours we could do. They […]

A birthday in multiple paradises

A birthday in multiple paradises

The reality of living on a boat is that things break, things go wrong, you get sick, and you get used to cuts and bruises. It’s a reality every sailor has to pass through and settle into as they choose to continue their life onboard. It’s a challenge. But it’s a challenge many of us […]