Great to be back in the sunshine again after 3 weeks in the UK, which were mainly wet and cold! Having had so long without sun I mistakenly put the bimini away at lunch time and of course it was too hot to sit outside within a few minutes.
It was good to see family and friends again back in Oxted, London and Haslar Marina, some of whom I hadn’t met for 30 years. The neighbours were all really helpful too, carting things to the charity shops and taking me to see my parents but now it is time to focus on getting Beyzano to the Canary Islands for mid October.
I had to pay extra for another 6kg of luggage but the flight was on time and the money spent on speedy boarding was well worth it too. I had Sat Phone cabling, a passive antenna, 3 huge Toblerones, a dinghy stencil kit, curry paste, M&S Tinned steak and coconut cream to carry, amongst other things! Rob met me at Porto airport and we were soon back in the marina on the fast Metro.
Rob has done a brilliant job on Beyzano, she was immaculate inside and out, with all the minor tasks done as well as the more major ones. We are ready to leave as soon as the weather is favourable but hopefully on Monday when the wind direction becomes northerly. We will do the trip south in a few shorter hops as the wind gets up a lot during the afternoon and we want to minimise our chances of the prop getting caught in a lobster pot by sailing during the daylight.
We are looking forward to getting moving again and the next stage of the trip although Rob has had a wonderful time here lately and made lots of friends. The Tuesday evening dinners and Sunday BBQs were a great hit and organised by Gordon and Brian, pictured below. They also organise the Hypermarket run on Wednesdays.
There are 4 resident dogs, one being an adorable little mongrel called Marina. They have a bed and money is donated for their food. They know when the Hypermarket minibus returns and bark at the gate to open the barrier for it! The marina staff are brilliant and the workshop engineers even lent Rob some tools for one task and support all the visitors and residents with a smile.
The socialising continues, with drinks last night in the Yacht Club with William and Helen, followed by dinner on their boat. Tonight is another gathering, for a BBQ on Brian’s boat and Sunday I will at last sample the weekly marina BBQ. Not just any old BBQ either!
The remaining time I need to bake a ginger cake to store for the trips ahead and make a few Welsh cakes. We seem to have an abundance of goodies in the locker – that’s the price you pay for Rob doing the shopping 🙂