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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 […]

Our week with a volcano

Our week with a volcano

As Ailsa finishes locking the door and turns around, she sees a cloud that could only be described as Death Star-like in its imposition on the sky. The last of the sunset light gives parts of the dark mass a foreboding glow. To say the past week has been surreal is an understatement. It was […]

The big move – from Scotland to Bequia!

The big move – from Scotland to Bequia!

Our flight lands as scheduled at around 3 pm. We dutifully wait until others have disembarked to make sure we stay socially distanced. Once off the plane we join the “negative test result” queue and are given red wrist bands. Everything gets a little bit scary when an official tells us our PCR tests aren’t […]

Dominica and Îles des Saintes on the Big Big

Dominica and Îles des Saintes on the Big Big

Back on board we stow the dinghy, with some stress as the winch comes apart and we can’t repair it. It’s starting to look like our easy remaining sailing days may not be that easy after all… In our last blog, we found ourselves in Dominica. We’d just completed our first border crossing, from Guadeloupe, […]

Aboard the Big Big in Guadeloupe

Aboard the Big Big in Guadeloupe

Back at our pontoon (which has very good security), we encounter a little too much naked Frenchman. The group on the yacht next door has decided that all men should shower fully naked on deck. When you’re moored side by side, rather than on anchor, it’s a little close for comfort! TRIGGER WARNING – Bereavement, […]