I’m amazed at how quickly the last six months have flown by! On the 1st of April our muddy litter monster was born and we moved off our sailboat in Rome into a house by Lago Maggiore near Milan. Today marks six months since then. It’s been a very busy six months and so much has changed, but it’s been a great adventure. We were … Continue reading Six months have flown by!
Last August, I had the pleasure of staying in the gorgeous hamlet of Acciaroli for a week. The place has a sleepy charm during the day and a vibrant community spirit that comes alive as the sun goes down. This week, Acciaroli has been making headline news around the world because of its large concentration of centenarians. One in ten residents is over the age … Continue reading Acciaroli, the secret to a long and healthy life?
It’s been a very busy couple of weeks. We now have our beautiful Border Collie puppy April Blue and she has really injected all of our lives with lots of energy. (Sorry Bailey.) She’s exceptionally good natured and has stolen everybody’s hearts already. She’s a Blue Merle, which is quite an unusual colouring and lots of Italians we’ve met have asked me if she’s a … Continue reading April Afloat
I’m so excited I think I might burst! This time next week we will have just brought April Blue, our new Border Collie puppy, home and she’ll be running around the house. I can’t wait! I’m a little bit nervous about how Bailey will react, but he’s met dogs in the past and he’s very playful, so fingers crossed they will get along soon. He … Continue reading One week today we’re bringing a puppy home!
Sorry I’ve been off the radar for a while. We’ve sadly moved off the boat in Rome, due to work commitments, and moved into a beautiful house beside Lake Maggiore, near Milan. We moved at the beginning of April and we’re finally starting to settle in. Although I’m sorely missing the boat, I’m also enjoying the perks of living on land. The main plus is … Continue reading Moving and settling in
I think I’m finally getting myself organised and getting into a bit of a routine. I use ‘routine’ loosely since it doesn’t really feature in our lives aboard Nocturne, but I’m writing consistently, everyday. I’m finally following Bailey Boat Cat’s example! The last few months have been quite busy with travelling to Vietnam and Dubai (blogs about our travels to follow) and starting my Masters. … Continue reading Getting into a writing routine
Well, last night I started an MA in Professional Writing and I’m now officially a student again! I’m very excited about the course and also a little nervous, but butterflies are a good thing…right? There’s already lots of reading to be done, but luckily the first tasks haven’t flummoxed me, so far! I’m a world class procrastinator, so I’m trying to be mindful of actually … Continue reading Officially a student again!
When you start a book expecting to enjoy it and it just doesn’t capture your imagination, it’s a bibliophile’s dilemma. Do you finish it? With the exception of set books we’re obliged to read for study or work, I think we all tend to start books we think we’ll enjoy. What happens when you really don’t like the book at all? When the thought of … Continue reading A bibliophile’s dilemma
I’m so lucky to have spent a wonderful summer cruising around the Greek Islands. I’m also lucky to have had plenty of time to work away at my ‘to be read’ collection on my kindle. For me, there’s nothing better than a glorious day sailing coupled with a perfect book. If you’d like to know more about what I’ve been reading you can see everything … Continue reading Reading heaven
I’d been suffering with a blocked ear and ringing before we even left Rome to sail to Greece. It started the day before we left, so on the day of our departure I went to the marina office and asked for the details of a doctor that could help me. I went and to my surprise realised I’d been sent to a gynaecologist! He did … Continue reading Ear ache and nationality troubles in Italian A&E