Preparing for Winter

We have been back in the UK three months now and have decided to spend the winter in Leamington Spa so over the last week we have moved into a flat.  We hired a van and filled it, we could not belive that we had so much stuff stored on the boat. We will need to spend some time in Burnham on Crouch as we need to carry out some maintenance and prepare the boat for next years adventures. We spent the first month in Eastbourne, the weather was good and our quarantine passed quickly. We had daily calls from the NHS track and trace team and Graham had a… Read More

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Back in the UK

We have now arrived back in the UK and are having a few days enforced rest (otherwise known as quarantine). We had tentative plans when we left Cascais to cross the channel to the West Country, possibly Falmouth.  As we thought about this we felt that it was a little far from the kids and decided that Plymouth would be logistically better for a quick trip to Reading and the Midlands. We knew that berths might be limited as most British boats have stayed at home this year. We contacted some marinas in Plymouth to secure a berth for a month only to be told there were no places and… Read More

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Still in England

What a strange month this has been, our two and a half week trip to the UK has become two and a half month trip. When we left Portugal coronavirus was predominately still a Chinese problem and we did not imagine how both family events and world events would develop over such a short time scale. We told this story in our last blog post. The joy of the arrival of a granddaughter, the sadness of losing a Mother and getting stuck when flights back got cancelled. Looking back at the last blog the prospect of a lockdown must have seemed distant as Graham talked about exploring Southend and taking… Read More

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