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22 Years

22 Years

It was February 1999, in a small Scottish town called Jedburgh (Jed, or Jeddart to locals). A chance meeting I was a 16 year old goth, taking media studies at the local college in Hawick, and spending my weekends sneaking into pubs with college friends. Colin, barely aged 19, had recently moved from Glasgow to […]

Let’s NOT start at the beginning

Let’s NOT start at the beginning

Hi, we’re Colin and Ailsa Burn-Murdoch, AKA SV Mirounga Leonina, or Mirounga for short. Is this the beginning? Is it just before? Or are we well in to our journey? Only time will tell. Where are we now? At the moment, we are exactly 6 weeks from leaving the UK to meet Mirounga, our 1997 […]

A potted history of us and boats

A potted history of us and boats

In 22 years, we’ve gone through a lot together. Too much to say it all here, but if we want to look at how we found ourselves 6 weeks from leaving the UK to go and live on a boat we’ve never seen, we need to start somewhere around the early 2000s. This about a […]

Meet Colin

Meet Colin

I spent my small years in Gower in South Wales, and spent a lot of time right next to the beach. I don’t think I realised what a privilege that was when I was there, but to be fair, we left when I was 11. My teenage years were spent in Glasgow, where I mostly […]

Meet Ailsa

Meet Ailsa

I always say that the easiest way to say it is “Ale-sa”.

Well, it’s not if you have a Scottish accent, it’s not that simple, which has always been a conundrum for me.