January 2020 archive

The 2nd Week

Still enjoying my vacation – and time flies by….

It was Patrik’s (psssssst….53rd) birthday on Monday, so I prepared a nice dinner for us. But we also went out last Saturday evening, to pre-celebrate a little.

Otherwise I was busy with painting, cleaning the car, my mum visited one afternoon, I went to see a girlfriend…well, I’m not bored, let me tell you!

I also got the good news on Thursday, that Chaco – the horse with the terrible accident on New Years Eve – was allowed to go home! I might visit him (and Sabine, his owner) next week.

Unfortunately, the weather has been a bit depressing this week: A painting kept in grey nuances….

Not even Odin was very motivated to leave the house. He sleeps most of the day – well, that’s what cats do, right?!

Wish you all a wonderful weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time Out!

A new chapter has started in my life: I quit my old job and will start a new one on February 03rd!

The decision was kind of an unforeseen turn….but  during last summer I started to realise that I wasn’t happy at my work, too many changes (for my taste) and in the end I just wasn’t able to stand behind whatever I was doing.

So I started to look for a new challenge – without much hope, I must say. With 50+ you’re actually not very attractive anymore in the job market (at least here in Switzerland).

All the more was I surprised that I received an answer from the first and only application I have sent. They wanted to meet me and in the end the whole procedure went with a dizzy speed. It seemed like it was my lucky destiny….

So, in November the new contract was done and signed and I explained my boss that I would quit – the notice was already written and ready to hand in. I think it was a bit of a surprise for them.

Anyway, with some vacation days left and many hours overtime, I had my last day on Friday 10th January 2020 and right now I enjoy three weeks vacation! Jolly good!!

My first idea was, I might spend a few days in Loano with my mum, visiting Luna Azzurra. Well, until I realised that I had to drive there, which takes between six and seven hours. I never drove that distance by myself, and with the toll gates in Italy….hmm…I wasn’t sure I could do it. So, sadly, I skipped the plan!

However, I’m not at all bored! Now I have time to create some new jewellery, meet my mum, visit friends and simply enjoy “la dolce far niente” (even when staying here, haha)! It’s balm for my soul and I suddenly realise, how much I needed the time out!

Hope, you guys have as much fun as I have – see you!

 

Maintenance, good weather and food during my visit to Loano, Italy

As the holiday have ended for Diana. As I had 1 more week holiday left which I must use up. I decided to drive down to Loano and check up on Luna Azzurra. 

At the same time do some maintenance on her. enjoy the weather and food of course. 

Engine was up for a service “oil and filter changes” there are as well a small oil leak on the engine that I wanted to find.

Oil leaks can be a pain to find and they are a must to find otherwise the whole boat will smell bad inside and of course do to safety and environment.

Safety it is in case of a fire for example. 

Environmental would be in case there will be a water leak as well and the bilge pump start pumping the water mixed with oil overboard. 

As the oceans are already in a bad shape that wouldn’t be needed too. In case it is possible to solve with some job doesn’t matter how annoying it might be. It is worth it.

Anyhow I first cleaned up everything under the engine which is a real pain as it is really hard to reach in everywhere with your arms. in the end I managed and it was as new. 

Then it was just to fire up the engine and let her run until warm. When the engine was up in temperature I could see quite quick where the oil was dropping from. It was the oil pressure switch / sensor which had a loose coupling. After tightening the coupling a new run was needed. End result was no more leaks.

More works which was needed to do was to mount sliding stops on the rail which is holding the bimini. Stoppers was delivered with the bimini so I thought it would be a quick job to do!

Just cut the sliding rail and mount them.. It would be easy if the correct stopper was supplied but this was not the case. In the end I had to do my own construction for now. Let’s see how to make it better for next time we are in Loano. 

That was some of the works that I did. Other than work I did enjoy Loano at least the marina, the fantastic weather with a blue sky. Least but not last the fantastic food in the evening at restaurant Shardana and the friendly atmosphere.

I took a few pictures from my visit which I hope you will enjoy.

 

Good Bye 2019 – Hello 2020 !

Hi everyone! We hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas with your families and beloved ones and that you’ve had a good start into the new year!

Patrik and I spent Christmas in Sweden, Helsingborg area, together with his family. Even his brother Stefan, who lives in Thailand since more that 30 years, was there!

Patrik’s nephew and godson works at the Clarion hotel in Helsingborg and arranged a De Luxe room for us – including the sparkling wine as a welcome present! Thanks again, Mathias, it was VERYYYY much appreciated!

The few days went by too quick and before we knew it, we were on the way home again…                                        At least this time we’d visited the local marina, despite of the chill!

Well, we did look forward coming home also. Not only to see Odin again, but our friend from Luxemburg, Pascale, was at our place – looking after the house and our furry ball. She spontaneously offered herself to drive to Switzerland, since she needed some time out anyway. A classic win-win situation indeed!

So the joy was big when we entered our house around six p.m., with loads of greetings and hugs!

The first evening we stayed at home, enjoying each others company with a glass (or two) of wine, just being happy!

On Friday Pascale and I travelled to Zurich. She wanted to meet an old friend and I accompanied her of course. Afterwards we had a drink in a bar and took the train home again. Patrik met us a t the train station in Frauenfeld and after we bought some groceries, drove home.

For dinner we cooked a tomato risotto, which turned out one of the best I’ve ever done so far! And so another cozy evening came to an end.

The next day, Pascale met another friend of us, who lives nearby and I did some laundry and vacuumed the house. For the evening I had booked a table at the local restaurant “Frohsinn”.

As usual, the food there was delicious and we enjoyed a lovely evening. After we’d paid, Pia who works there and the owners thought, it was a bit  too early for us to go go home yet, so we were offered “one for the road”. Well, of course it became two or three of “them” in the end and it was almost midnight, when Pascale, Patrik and I said our good byes and started to walk home (which didn’t take longer than 15-20 minutes).

The next day was already Sunday and Pascale had to drive home…. sadly! We wished she could stay over New Year, but she had to work on Monday, 30th December. Damn…!!

On Monday Patrik and I went grocery shopping for New Years Eve and the couple of days after, since the shops will be closed until the 03rd ofJanuary.

The last day of 2019 arrived and we started to send our best wishes via Whatsapp to our friends and families! We didn’t have plans to go somewhere or meet someone. Just a comfy evening home with only the three of us, cooking a fantastic dinner, see a film maybe and welcome the new year at midnight!

Nothing exciting really…… until five in the evening! Then my friend Sabine wrote that two hours ago one of her Argentinean Criollo horses (Chaco) had a terrible accident! Right now he was in surgery…. Oh my God, what a horrible gash!!

It apparently, happened when some idiots started firecrackers already in the afternoon and Chaco – panicking – got stuck in a tree, only God knows how…..

Right now we are still crossing our fingers for the poor boy and hope for the best! The wound still looks shocking, but he is in good hands at the animal hospital in Zurich and his worried owners visiting every day.

Once again I can only recommend strongly to everyone to resign firecrackers. It not only terribly scares many pets, but countless wild animals – sadly often to death!

Well, on Monday I’ll have to start working again, while Patrik still has a week off. He probably will drive to Loano, visiting Luna Azzurra! Appart of giving her a hug and wishing her a Happy New Year, he plans to do the engine service and an over all check-up. After that she will be ready for our next sailing adventure, which hopefully comes soon!

OK, now there is only left to wish you all the best for 2020 – good luck and most of all stay safe and sound!

 

 

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