July 2020 archive

Anniversary & a Gathering

 This week was a little turbulent.
 
Patrik and I have decided to paint the facade of our house new and do the necessary maintenance simultaneously. So we started already last week to get offers from different companies, specialised in this kind work. It involved visits and showing them around.
 
It seems like it was worth it, and we are pretty sure who will get the job!
 
We also had to contact our local municipality, since we want to change the colour and it has to be approved. Our idea is a light mint green….not too crazy indeed. We definitely look forward to our newly painted house!
 
Then, on Friday Patrik and I took the day off (OK, Patrik was working until lunch time).
 
We celebrated our 12th wedding day, or being married since 11 years! So I guess it’s our 11th anniversary. I’m not sure now, what the meaning for this anniversary might be…..
 
I’ve found this: 11th anniversary: Steel/Associated Flowers: Morning Glory (the flower…)
 
Anyway, after a short visit at our municipality, discussing the new house colour and had it approved (YEAH!), we headed for Lake Constance, armed with our SUP’s! The lake’s temperature supposed to be around 24°C and a sunny afternoon was awaiting us!  ……….. right, that was the original plan!
Sadly it was raining more or less the whole day. Only later in the afternoon, the sun shyly showed herself. Yeah well, instead of swimming we decided to go shopping. We still needed a few thing for Luna Azzurra, so it was the right opportunity to get this done.
For the evening we had a table booked in one of the nicest restaurants in Frauenfeld! Last Christmas we received a voucher from my parents, so it was the perfect occasion to cash it in!
The evening was fantastic, we enjoyed each others company and our candle light dinner!
 
On Saturday, just before lunch, we met with my former boss (who is retired since a few years) and my colleague at that time! Once a year we organize this gathering, every time at a different location…well, we try at least!
This time we visited the old monastery Kartause Ittingen, which lies just a couple of kilometres from where Patrik and I live. Again, we had a wonderful time together, ate lunch at the monasteries restaurant and strolled through their beautiful parc!
 
As always, we had so much to tell and catch up, so time went too quick and later in the afternoon we said our good byes! But not before we made sure that we’ll find a date next year again for our get-together!
 
Today is Sunday, and we planned to do a lot of sweet-nothing! We wish you all a wonderful rest of the weekend, so long 😉

REVIEW

Already a week has passed since our so much longed weekend in Loano!

However, it was awesome and, with the help of Pascale and Lynn from Luxembourg, we got quite some work done on Luna Azzurra.

The weather was on our side, with sunshine and warmth (well, it was pretty sticky while working).

Breakfast and lunch we had on board, and twice we went out for dinner, sitting outside of course.

On Friday Lynn and Pascale had the afternoon off and went swimming and chilling at the beach. They deserved it!

In the evening we picked up pizzas and ate them on board.

When we saw that the most important work was done, we decided to treat ourselves on Saturday afternoon and we left the marina with Luna Azzurra. Sadly, there was no wind, so we had to use the engine to reach the anchor spot at Punta Crena. There we enjoyed the “dolce far niente” with swimming, sunbathing and having lunch, which even included a glass of prosecco. We had a really good time!

After our return, it was time for a little aperitif before we showered and got ready for dinner. We had a wonderful evening at Shardana’s, with tasty food and a bottle of “Just Black” – our favourite red! *yummy*

Too soon Sunday morning arrived and immediately after breakfast we started to clean the boat. Stripped the beds, emptied the fridges and packed everything, making sure not to forget anything! At 11.45 we were already finished and wanted to buy some wine (“Just Black” of course) at Shardana… Unfortunately, they didn’t open until 12.30 p.m., so we decided to skip it and headed home instead.

We knew about the road works around Genoa, from the news and the drive down. But what we experienced now was beyond belief!  GOOD GRACIOUS!!

At first we had to leave the motorway as expected, and would have been directed to the new access road in Bolzaneto! Chance would have been a fine thing! Every time we entered the motorway, from different inlets, it was blocked by the police after a few hundred metres and we were directed to the nearest exit again.

Well, it wasn’t only us of course! It was an unbelievable chaos, since no one knew where to drive and were the correct road was. Together with all the other lost souls – foreigners and Italians – we strayed around Genoa centre, desperately trying to find the correct direction.

In the end it took us almost two hours until we finally found the correct access road in Bolzaneto!

Shit! So much time was wasted! Our GPS said that instead of 18.00 we would be at home at 21.00…………….. *sigh*

Well, at around 18.00 we decided to have dinner in Bellinzona, Switzerland. And after another three hours we finally arrived at home! Happy but very tired! Odin came to welcome us and he was showered with love, hugs and kisses from all of us! (Yes, Pascale and Lynn LOVE animals – particularly cats  =^.^=).

Afterwards we emptied the car together (which luckily wasn’t much) and allowed ourselves a beer/prosecco and some crisps.

We Patrik and Lynn didn’t last too long and soon said good night…… Pascale and I – not the first time – couldn’t break free and continued until 2 a.m. *erm*

All the same we were up before seven on Monday morning – Patrik even had to work – and we all said our good byes at approx. 07.45 a.m. “Bye, bye dear friends! So long… ”

This week was quite the opposite – weatherwise: Rainy and some days not even 20°C…. But this weekend the summer is back again!

On Friday evening we invited Cony – our “old” neighbour and Odin’s sitter for a little aperitif. Since we haven’t seen each other for a while, we had a lot to catch up with!

This afternoon we are invited at a friends house. She was in the Italian course with me and is married to a Sicilian. Sadly, she choose to quit the course as it was too much for her. At least she can train the language at home!

That’s it for this time! We hope you enjoyed the pics and movie 😊

(me, steering Luna Azzurra out of the marina for the very first time)

Goditi la vita!

 

Ready – Steady – Go !

Right! This weekend Patrik and I are getting ready for next weeks trip to Loano and to Luna Azurra – FINALLY!

Our face masks are stashed as much as all the stuff for the boat, which is a lot!

Honestly, we are so excited that the time has arrived at last, we can hardly sit still 😉

Although, last Wednesday, our plans suddenly were at risk! The Swiss government announced that, because of the newly rising COVID-19 infections, thougher policies will apply. So, they would for example publish a list with countries of risk. That, when returning from them, one had to have a 10 days quarantine…..

WHAAAT??!! I almost had a heart attack – or rather two! The list would be available on Thursday evening, so I nearly couldn’t wait for it and I drove Patrik almost crazy, I was so twitchy! And then finally, the relief: Italy is not mentioned on the list!! YEAH-YEAH-YEAH!! We are more than happy, as you can imagine 😊

So, on Wednesday afternoon Pascale and Lynn will arrive at our place as planned, and on Thursday morning – 05 o’clock – we’ll leave towards Italy. A six hours drive will be ahead of us with, hopefully, little traffic!

Sadly on Sunday we’ll already be heading home again….

However, since we are there to complete some important tasks on the boat, I doubt that we’ll find the time to write a blog next weekend. But we’ll take a lot of pictures, in order to do an awesome write-up the week after!

Having said this, we wish you all a cheery and sunny weekend and a wonderful time! Bye for now!

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