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So we have been living aboard for three weeks, and sailing for just over two. I have started a more detailed post about our initial sailing experiences, good and bad, but since this is far from being finished I have summarised our first few weeks through some of my favourite pictures. Some epitomise the area, some are just unusual things I have noticed, others are a chance to exercise my developing camera skills, and a couple are more accidental than anything. Enjoy! I have reduced the quality of the original pictures before sharing. Humber...read more
Early Days I’m sitting writing (the first part of) this as we are moored in Grimsby. Theo settled to sleep not long ago, and Arthur is currently avoiding bedtime by flitting between me and Dave. It’s been a whirlwind few days (well, weeks!), and we haven’t managed to get the boat out yet, but we have certainly accumulated so many other achievements that it’s only a minor disappointment at this stage. Given the tough task of unpacking, organising and storing things that made the cut onto the boat (somehow vast despite the seemingly endless...read more
Written six weeks ago, finally uploaded now while the kids are sleeping soundly on board. Wanting something different… About a year ago, we made the decision to leave our home, not to move to a new house or to a new area, but to change our whole lives and live aboard a sailing boat. We had for a long time been considering moving from the home I always foresaw as our ‘forever home’- Dave works over an hour’s drive away, which makes for early starts and long days, and we both felt that as a family we would benefit from living closer to Warwick...read more
Odd name for a boat? It wouldn’t have been my original choice, but the previous owners our soon-to-be new home loved Cats and cats (catamarans and felines). Since it is suggested in the boating community that it can be bad luck to chance the name of a boat, we thought maybe we’d stick with it (the same applied to our previous boat, Penta, apparently named by her previous owners after her diesel Penta engines). So here she is, Mistoffeles… Mistoffeles is a catamaran, so has two hulls joined by a central saloon area. The decision between a...read more