Yes it’s the Admiral and the Commander here. We are just about to venture out on the next stage of our Adventures. So exciting. We have one day left of our New Zealand Holiday and are really looking forward to getting back to Dubai to get SHAMAL ready for the next sailing season. We hear the temperatures in Dubai are up around 37’c so that will make a nice change from our rather wet cool winter.
The first few weeks back were taken up with Jobs and maintenance on our properties, purchasing boat spares and packing up trunks to send goods back for us and our daughter Brigitte in Dubai. We then started on a road trip heading North as far as the Bay Of Islands, visiting friends and them returning to Pukekohe – our home town. We picked up our son Murray and then headed South to visit family and friends. We went as far as Nelson at the top of the South Island crossing Cook Straight this time on one of the car ferries. Not like our last visit when we crossed with SHAMAL. It was a fun couple of months on the road and many thanks to everyone who made the time to catch up over a coffee or meal, or had us to stay. We really do appreciate your kindness for everything. We headed back north to continue on with jobs, maintenance, and even more visiting, and eating!! Yes we have both put on a couple of kilos which we hope to shed once we are back on the water.
Alec had his hernia operation which went very well. We have had the usual dentist and doctor visits and by what we paid I think we have set them up for a mighty fine Christmas!! Prices really have gone up.
We took a trip to Hamilton a couple of weeks ago for Alec’s Mums 93rd Birthday, and then again last week with friends to visit a small aircraft factory where a microlight is made called the Batam. Alec took his first flight in five years. How time goes. He took a year off work and forgot when that ran out. He keeps telling Murray that once we have finished sailing around the world that the two of them are flying around the world!! Yeah Right!!
So this is it. Bags are packed and those final phone calls have been made. I have squeezed the last items into the cases and have an extra one out on the lounge floor for Murray to bring up in a couple of weeks, as he is coming to join us for a couple of months. Tomorrow night we fly out to Brisbane where we will spend the weekend and then on Monday fly on to Abu Dhabi.