September 2017 archive

Sep 30 2017

Anchoring at Cala di Volpe, Sardinia

Then we reached our last anchor spot. 😭… We headed for Cala di Volpe which is host for all the famous🍾🥂.

Even Lady Diana the late Princess has been at this spot. We figured that if it is good enough for a Lady why not for us.

It was a wonderful spot for an evening and night at anchor, even if it was quite windy when arriving late afternoon but it became perfect later.

 

 

Sep 23 2017

Colourful Killers

Imagine! There is a party going on, a birthday, a wedding, an anniversary…..whatever the occasion might be.

The mood is excellent (hopefully), the food is lovely, accompanied by various drinks. Your friends are there, family, you hear laughter and chatter. Above all, the weather is perfect, just as it should be.

More often than not, you will also find varicoloured balloons on such events. Tied to strings, in order to prevent them to fly away.

Then, as a big highlight, everyone takes a balloon and all at once let them fly into the blue sky! Cheering and applause, everyone assures one another, how beautiful they look, with their different colours. Children are cheering, as the balloons get smaller and smaller, until the horizon swallows them up.

People chat a bit longer maybe, then turn around to get another bite from the buffet or another glas of wine…..the balloons are soon forgotten.

But does anyone think further? What happens to these pink and blue and yellow rubberthings, after they are out of sight? Fact is, all of them will – sooner of later – come down to earth again. Some shredded to tiny pieces, others may come down intact, but all of them turned into rubbish, no doubt about that.

Now the problem starts: Many animals mistake these pieces as food, eat them and many die. That can be cows, goats and wild animals. Others – like birds – get tangled up in the strings, still attached to the balloons. Another deadly trap.

Sooner or later, most of the balloons end up in the oceans. Other animals will try to eat these “easy prey” – such as tortoises – and realise too late, that the supposed jellyfish was something else.

I guess, everyone has seen pictures of plastic trash floating in the oceans and I bet everyone is disgusted about it. But why do most forget about it, when it comes to balloons?

My parents just returned from their vacation from the island called Oléron in France. According to them it’s one of the most precious places they have seen. They told me that one day, a group of small children with their animator from the nearby hotel came to the beach, each of them a balloon in its hand. All of them let them go at once, which clearly looked great and made the children happy!

But is it worth it? Is it worth these few moments of joy, admiring some colours in the sky? Causing some more pollution at exactly this very moment? Causing the suffering and horrendous death of countless animals?

Well, who knows, maybe some of you will remember this post. Maybe at their next party, when everyone is supposed to free a balloon into the blue sky. Maybe some of you will be courageous enough to speak up – in the name of our beautiful, but so vulnerable Mother Earth!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sep 16 2017

Deadline…..

We are very sorry, but we had such a busy week and, therefore, none of us had the time to write a cool post….

Nevertheless, we do wish you all a great and relaxing weekend! Take care 😻

PS: “Australia for Dolphins” (AFD) changed their name and logo. You can see the new one on our site! 🐬

Sep 09 2017

Am I ready?

Well, it was actually Patrik’s idea to write this post, he even had to persuade me – a little bit.

Many of you know that I’ve been rather busy for the last few months. Being creative and very much enjoying what I did, naturally.

What had started as sort of a playful attempt, suddenly became a more serious thing. My bracelets and necklaces were unexpectedly more and more popular amongst our friends and families. It didn’t take long and their friends and families also wanted to own a piece. Orders started to come in, with special color requests…..

It was such a big surprise for me and I was overwhelmed, about their interest in my jewellery. Not to mention my slowly growing success!

These days, my creations are displayed in a fashion boutique, a nearby tattoo studio and “our” Harley dealer! Isn’t that awesome?

Someone even suggested that I should participate in an exhibition, which will take place in December….It’s called “Koffermarkt” here, and apparently known as “trunk show” in the USA (that’s what Google says).

Well, that was a bit of a worrying idea and I needed to be pushed a little, at least to seriously think about it. I mean, was I good enough? Was I ready for this next (big) step?

But on the other hand, what could I loose? The exhibition is not a big one and only one day. Not even the costs are high.

And you know what? As fate would have it, my parents had an antique suitcase on their loft. An absolutely beautiful piece, in beige leather which looks like new! I guess that was me, running out of excuses, right?!

Anyway, meanwhile I signed up and bought some deco stuff in order to present my bracelets and necklaces in a suitable environment.

I reckon, the following weeks won’t be boring, as I’ll have enough to do with producing and building up a small stock.

And I must admit, since I decided to participate, I do look forward to this event. Who knows what the future has in store for me?

A few impressions, voilà!

 

 

 

Sep 02 2017

Last days of sailing Sardinia spring 2017

Then we came to the end of our marvellous week of sailing Sardinia, May 2017.

We thought we could end this with a short movie. We hope you will enjoy it.

Next trip is already booked. It will be Malta.

If we find a nice sailing yacht or a sailing catamaran we will book this. Otherwise it will be a booooooring hotel.