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On Communities

On Communities

It might be in Grenada or Guadeloupe. It might be in the ABCs or San Blas. Or it might even be in French Polynesia or the Whitsundays. It could be a week, a month, or years. But we will continue to make connections, and see familiar hulls, and find ourselves stretching out on the sand […]

Snapshot – week 3 onboard

Snapshot – week 3 onboard

First of all, thank you. Thank you for all of the support and feedback over the last few weeks. We had to think hard about what to share on this blog. It would be so easy just to share lighthearted stories about exhilarating sails and lazy days on the beach. Photographs of a tropical paradise. […]

Settling into Mirounga – our first two weeks

Settling into Mirounga – our first two weeks

We’re now Mirounga’s owners, in every sense. The Thursday after we moved onboard we signed the registration papers, and a few days ago we went into the customs office to register as Mirounga’s crew. We’ve insured her. We’ve replaced her old SVG flag with a new one (and added a fun Bequia flag). We just […]

The fortress on the hill, Mangwana – review

The fortress on the hill, Mangwana – review

Designed by British-based architect Jake Edgley, who trained with Sir Norman Foster, Mangwana was built between 2007 and 2010. Apparently, his brief was to “create something with a high “wow” factor that is very comfortable to live in with lots of natural ventilation”. If this is the case, the brief was perfectly executed. We’ve been […]

“Are you handy”? – renovating East Wing

“Are you handy”? – renovating East Wing

In early September 2020, we had our first video call with Richard, the original owner of Mirounga. We were chatting about live-aboard life and what it takes to maintain a yacht. At one point Richard asked, “are you handy?” We looked at one another and shrugged. We had decorated and done a little DIY before. […]

The Lookout, Bequia – review

The Lookout, Bequia – review

This is more than a review, it’s an ode to two wonderful people who have made the first few weeks of our big move infinitely more comfortable. If you visit Bequia, be it to quarantine or not, we can’t recommend The Lookout enough. We are, by our own admission, budget travellers who love a little […]

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 […]

On quarantine, memories, and the perception of time

On quarantine, memories, and the perception of time

As children, especially before the age of 10, we are constantly having new experiences. Our world is always growing, and we are always making new neural connections. We see, hear, taste, smell, feel, and learn. I fully believe that the vaseline-blur on the lens of my childhood holidays was my brain learning about new climates, […]

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, […]