January 2018 archive

Jan 27 2018

Looking forward to Easter

No, not particularly because of the bunnies and the chicks….although, they are cute!

No, Patrik and I are planning to drive to Loano, Italy, which lies approx. 60 km west of Genoa. There lies the beautiful “Marina di Loano” and that’s the object of desire!

It all started a few weeks ago, when a new idea appeared. Since we cannot buy a catamaran yet, but somehow want to get started with our plans, a new idea popped up. Why not buying a monohull and rent it out to tourists? Like an apartment, or – if desired – rent it out as a bareboat charter.

We found “Beds on Board” and it seems to be a type of holiday accommodation that people love. Well, we certainly would prefer that, instead of staying in a hotel or rent an apartment.

For us it would be a great way, starting a business without too high of a risk. See first, how it works out, if it really is such an attractive way to spend your holidays. Sailing or not sailing, one can also just stay in the marina and enjoy a different kind of accommodation.

After settling on that fabulous idea, the next step was, finding a marina, with a) long term mooring places, b) affordable ones, c) reachable for us by car. So, in the end we spotted “Loano Marina”, which is about a six hours drive from us – perfect!

Plus it’s such a beautiful and well maintained place, we almost couldn’t believe it. Another sympathetic point is, the prices are catamaran-friendly. That means, you pay the same amount for a cat than a monohull! Not that Patrik and I changed our Malta plans to Italian ones, but you never know where we’ll end up in the beginning, right?!

Anyhow, Patrik then sent an offer request to the marina, costs for a monohull, up to 14m long and a stay between one to three years. After a few days we got their offer, which was so incredibly attractive, that we decided that we had to visit the marina and let us show and explain everything.

So Patrik thanked for their quotation and asked if it was possible to have a look around and get some information. And if they could recommend a hotel nearby. “ Of course, they gladly would show us around the marina and its facilities”, was the reply and enclosed we found a special offer for the hotel “Yacht Club Marina di Loano”!

Amazingly, the price for the two nights including breakfast was about a third less than usual, so of course we gladly took the chance and booked a room!

So, that’s settled and we look forward to a fantastic weekend in Loano – how cool is that?!

Meanwhile, Patrik and I are driving eachother crazy with looking for suitable monohulls. I’ve just told him this week that the boat he wants hasn’t been built yet…..

Wish you all a great week 🙂

Jan 20 2018

Happy Birthday, darling!

It’s Patrik’s birthday today – so my best wishes and good luck to you, älskling!

How old? Well, 25+ as usual, when you ask him 😉

During the day we will take it easy, go grocery shopping and do a little household stuff. Perhaps we’ll open a bottle of prosecco and treat ourselves to a glass or two. Patrik probably will be busy answering congrat phone calls and – who knows – maybe someone comes around for a spontaneous birthday-hug! Around 6 p.m. our dear friends Michaela and Michael are coming to our place and after a short aperitif we will visit the restaurant close to us, called “Frohsinn”. There we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner (never been disappointed there) and surely, will have a great evening together! Time will fly by, that’s for sure!

Anyway, we hope we won’t forget to take some pictures today, which Patrik will insert to this post tomorrow. Tomorrow will also be published, what present he got from me….can’t wait!

Until then, we wish you all a fantastic and relaxed weekend! Take care 😉

Right, he even got a present from M&M’s: A bottle of sparkling wine and some yummy chocolates (I might taste one as well….).  From me, he got a voucher from a newly opened Barber Shop, near us!

Jan 13 2018

Gone with the Wind

We almost forgot to tell you about the mighty storm we’ve had last week, particularly on Wednesday 03 of January!

The media and weather forecast sent out warnings and – basically –  the safest place was to stay inside. They promised wind speed up to 140km/h – which is a lot for Switzerland!

We have a beautiful, approx. 10 meter high fir in front of our house. It has a lot of habitants, different kind birds, squirrels, martens (yeah, those again) and I bet many more animals made it their home, or they seek shelter in and under it.

Well, you know where this story is going…..

When Patrik and I drunk our coffee in the morning, one minute the tree was there, the next is was gone! OK, not gone gone, but its position suddenly was horizontally! Honestly, it was a shocking sight, but luckily, it didn’t hit our car, the house or the small road beside it – or even a living being! The tree fell into our neighbors garden, which wasn’t good either, especially since we didn’t know what the possible damage was. So, of course, the tree had to be removed asap! Unfortunately, the rootstock was half in the air and the rest still in the ground. Therefore, it was too dangerous for Patrik, trying to chop the trunk in pieces by himself, you never know what the tension might be.

 

Therefore, plan B came into action:  To contact our gardener, who doesn’t life far away. Thank God, he answered but told me that he was in France, visiting his parents! GREAT!

He then suggested that I call a friend of him, who also is in gardening business, in order to remove the fir.

Said and done, I called that guy and even reached him! But, as expected he had so much to do, getting calls with similar emergencies, it was impossible to arrange an appointment for the afternoon, so we had to wait until the next morning. Yeah well, understandable – plus, it was too dangerous for him as well, with the storm still going on, working on such a big tree.

After that, I’ve visited our neighbors to inform them that we are working on it and help is coming. Then I talked to our insurance company, hoping they would take part in this mishap. Yes, they would, and not only part of it, but pay for the whole damage! How cool is that?!

Meanwhile the poor fir has been removed and the place looks terribly empty. Patrik and I are considering now what we want to plant in the spring. There are so many beautiful ideas on the market…..let’s see!

 

Jan 06 2018

31st December 2017

Hi furiends – purrs, and welcome to 2018!  =^.^=

I hope all of you made it to the new year and have a more or less positive memory of last weekend.

Ha! I certainly made the best of it! The 31st of December was such a beautiful, sunny and even unusual warm day, I felt like for a hike! By my own, it would have been quite boring, so I had to persuade someone to follow me – my mum and dad seemed to be suitable. It took me a little while, though, but on the end we were outside and ready for some fresh air!

First, we quickly went over to Cony’s and left a New Years-card-and-marzipan-piggy-greeting outside their door (apparently they were out somewhere).

Behind their house, the path continues to the vineyards, passing some cow paddocks, bushes and trees. I’m familiar with this neighbourhood, since my brother, Thor, and I used to play in these areas until a couple of years ago, when he died….

Anyway, I led my humans safely through all the paths which I remembered easily. They took their chances taking some photos in between and I’m not so sure, if I had to wait for them bloody often a couple of times, or vice versa….. *yawn*

Nevertheless, it was a lot of fun to scare other walkers off – and even more their dogs, when I was growling at them (and believe me, I can and did). First, everyone goes, like, “oh it’s a kitty…..how SWEEEEET”…. well, bloody wait till you hear me! ROARRR!!

Right, back to the hike. It felt like at least a 3, 4, 6, whatever-hours walk, until I decided it was time for a short break. I mean, we went through a lot of ups and downs – more ups, if you ask me…..and finally I couldn’t cope any more! I literally gave up and simply lied down.

It took my humans a while to realise that I couldn’t be bothered was knackered. So my mum – my hero – returned to lift me up in order to carry me home.

Well, of course, THAT wasn’t necessary, was it?! Surely, I could have walked again after a short break, but…. well, they insisted.

All this sounds like a whole afternoons adventure, but actually, everything was over in less than two hours. Yeah well, at least we WERE outside – compared to many of our neighbours!

Now, all it’s left is to wish you a great 2018, may friendships continue and new ones arise! Most importantly, never lose your dreams! Our will continue, that’s for sure 🙂

Be good and …….. keep on dreaming!