When it rains it pours!


I was way too optimistic when I wrote the last entry.

That same night of the 14. to 15. May a huge storm hit us. The creaking of the boat, straining of the ropes and things being blown around on deck kept waking me. And then came the rain.

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Today, after two days getting soaked on deck and having teeth shatter from the cold, while we made our way back to St. Jean - guess what: Austin fixed The HEATER!!! And today the sun is shining once more - might not be for long - but we haven't needed to put it on!

Here is what we learned so far:

  • Don't expect to arrive and start cruising 2 days later (like naive me) 
  • Don't rely on the European weather
  • Don't rely on boat mechanics
  • Take plenty of warm clothes and rain gear
  • The French people are very helpful and don't laugh about your wrong French
  • Don't buy nylon ropes, they don't wind up properly
  • The cheaper supermarché wine, at just 2.95 Euro a bottle is very drinkable - just fill it into a fancy bottle (thanks for that, Peter)

Anyhow, today the world looks a lot brighter in the sunshine, but I won't put my umbrella away yet. We are back here in St. Jean, which feels almost like home now, and hoping to get our electrics fixed in a few days.



Today we had just enough of a sunny break to put the lettering for the "Freshwater" on our boat.

It was almost like a Christening. See the proud father:

We will toast it with a glass of cider tonight.

And another reason to celebrate: Austin spend most of the day fixing the kitchen sink (the chain which tied me to it came loose - only joking!).

© Austin Robinson 2019