I have a confession to make most years I am rubbish at sending Christmas cards, some years I think I’m on top of it, I buy and write the cards, get them all ready and then forget to post them in time. Other years I have just forgotten altogether. This year however I’m determined to do it! Continue reading “How to Create the Perfect Personalised Christmas Cards”
Wild swimming is a fairly new term to me, when we were growing up we just used to call it swimming in the river however I must admit the term ‘wild swimming’ sounds so much cooler! Continue reading “10 Breathtaking Wild Swimming Locations in Devon”
We’ve been a little quiet on here recently but with good reason, we’ve sold our boat Oblivion! The main reason for selling her was Phil wanted something smaller that required less maintenance as we have put our house on the market and didn’t want to have to worry about a boat as well. Continue reading “Goodbye Oblivion & Hello Colvic Northerner Restoration Project”
Polruan is an ancient fishing village in South East Cornwall, looking over the Fowey river estuary. The whole village is on a steep hill, it has two pubs and one village shop. There is also a shop called the Winkle Picker down on the quay which doubles up as the post office. There is only one main road that goes through the village from the top down to the quay. During the 19th century Polruan was a major shipbuilding port. Continue reading “Polruan in Cornwall”
On the first day of our July holiday we headed over to the Yealm from Saltash. The weather wasn’t great; grey skies, poor viability and intermittent rain. Our plan was to get over to the Yealm as soon as possible so we could get settled in there for a few days whilst the weather improved.
We’ve been to the Yealm many times before, check out our child friendly sailing in the River Yealm post.
This time we had the kiddies Grandparents coming to stay with us for one night so we decided to moor on the pontoon in the Yealm. We normally just pick up a swinging mooring but we thought this would make it easier for everyone to get on and off the boat, especially as our guests weren’t ‘boaters’. Continue reading “The River Yealm – Newton Ferrers & Noss Mayo”
Last weekend we launched Oblivion back into the water. It was an early start for Phil, he had to be down at the boatyard at 6am as we were scheduled to be the first boat to go back in. The launch went well with no disasters and luckily the wind had died down as it was set to be 25 knot winds. Continue reading “Oblivion: Boat is back on the Water”
After an exhausting first day in Budapest we aimed for a slightly more relax time on the second day, this didn’t happen! We spent the majority of the day on the Pest side of the river which is where you find most of the shops, markets, cafes and bars. It’s the side with the Parliament building so you can get your bearings. Continue reading “Day Two in Budapest”
We have talked about it for a few years now but it’s looking like it might actually happen this year; I’m talking about our sailing trip to the Isles of Scilly. We have been putting it off year after year because of all the logistics of getting there.
We estimate (weather permitting of course) that it will take us 4 days just to get there. That means that 8 days are taken up with just the travelling there and back which would mean Phil having to book 2 weeks off work to make it happen. This in the past has been impossible because of workload, this year however is looking hopeful. Continue reading “Planning a Sailing Trip to the Isles of Scilly”
During our latest Budapest adventure we stayed in a very unique floating hotel on the river Danube. It’s called the Aquamarina Hotel and is moored on Romai Beach in district 3, just outside the main city area.
I decided that we need to replace some ageing parts on Oblivion ready for the coming season. One part was Lloyds approved exhaust hose. Normally it is very expensive but it does pay to shop around especially on the likes of eBay or where companies who may have clearances or sales in January.
In this case I actually used a chandlery that had items on clearance which is unusual. I was shopping around online and the savings were significant. Normal exhaust hose which is Lloyds approved can be anywhere upwards of £20 a meter but I managed to get 45mm hose for only 5 pounds a meter this meant that I could replace the entire fuel hose of the boat for only £20.