Short and simple this time, for lack of events 🙂
Feb 22 2020
Feb 15 2020
And another week comes to an end….. (and spring is slowly approaching, to my delight)!
I enjoy my new job and keep my self busy with learning all the new stuff! But I’m in good hands and I’m an eager learner. So yes, I’m happy right now!
Storm front «Sabine», a.k.a. «Ciara», swept through Switzerland and caused damage in millions – luckily we were spared! This weekend – it looks like – spring is sending us its greetings, temperatures up to 15 deg. C are predicted! Crazy ….
Then, Igor and Donatella have apparently visited Luna Azzurra. To our delight he’s sent us some photos – documenting Donatella up in the mast and mounting the radar reflectors! Thank you so much guys….
I admire Donatella, who wasn’t afraid of the hight (not like me… *sigh*)
Another highlight was that we received the OK and documents for the Swedish registration of Luna Azzurra *YEAH*!
The Dutch flag would have expired this summer and we needed a new one. After considering for a while, which country would be most practical – England was an option for a short time, but after the BREXIT it would have been too complicated with a British flag.
For example when sailing to another country, like France, it would have been necessary to «go through customs», which would have been a lot of red tape and a hassle everytime.
So we are sailing under the Swedish flag now!
Ah, and we got the message that the new sprayhood is finished and ready to pick-up!
We’ll do that beginning of March, since the manufacturer is only about an hour from us. Plus it’s not as big as the new bimini was! Fits easily into our car.
Otherwise we are organizing bits and pieces, which we need to have for the yacht, before our next visit to Loano. Stuff like an hour meter for the engine, new cushions for the cockpit, and an AIS … Means we keep ourselves busy and boring is a long way away!
So, bye bye for now and have fun too!
Feb 08 2020
My vacation came to an end last week, annoyingly not my cold🥶!
In the end, last Saturday I bought the heavy duty stuff ☠️ in the pharmacy in order to get well until Monday🤭. Of course I wanted to feel alert and ready for my new job.
Patrik left on Sunday morning for his three days business trip to Turkey🇹🇷… while I hardly left the bed. In the evening I had to admit to myself that I would never be well enough to start the next day….
So on Monday morning I called the company and explained my unfortunate situation. It was more than embarassing! It’s your first day and you’re sick! Gladly, the understanding was enorm and they told me not to worry and show up when I would feel better again 🤤👍!
Well, that day was on Wednesday! Not 100% myself yet, but 98% felt good enough!
And I must say I’ve had a kick-ass start. I was warmly welcomed by everyone, wishing me good luck and succcess….. Honestly, it almost felt like being i a candid camery show and I was the victim *hahaha*😃🙀
Naturaly, I’ll have a lot to learn now and in a way it was good, it was a short week! My head is filled with new information and impressions, but I’m overwhelmed and super happy to be here! I do have a great feeling about my future and I look forward until I know more and will be able to work independent!
I’m so, so, so grateful they chose me for this position and I got the opportunity to start new and learn how to enjoy being at work again. Unfortuntately I’ve forgotten how that feels during the last months!
Wish you all a fantastic and happy weekend!🥂
Feb 01 2020
Gosh! It’s unbelievable how time flies…..
The three weeks are already history and on Monday I’ll start my new job!
Of course I’m excited about it, but at the same time I feel like I could have done with a couple of weeks off longer… Yeah, well, everything comes to an end!
This week I finally visited Cony, our dear cat sitter and friend, who moved away last summer! She lives now on a farm, which her partner owns and their income is to produce and sell goat milk.
Of course she had to show me around and I was very pleased to see, how the animals are kept. A lot of natural light and enough space to move around. Usually, the goats are allowed to be outside, but the weather wasn’t ideal that day, that’s why they were inside.
It also made me happy to see that their five cows have horns! These days it’s more often that you see them without their “crown”, it’s very sad! The goats grow no horns due to their race.
The chickens are also allowed to go outside if they please, but apparently, they also preferred to be inside and not getting cold and wet feet!
So Cony and I enjoyed the afternoon together and gossiping, it was fun!
Unfortunately, Patrik caught a cold beginning of this week and on Wednesday I had it as well! Damn….bad timing, indeed, since Monday is just a couple of days away…!!
Nevertheless, on Wednesday afternoon Sabine (her with the horses) and Gaby (she also used to ride) came to visit me. I’d baked some vegan chocolate-muffins in the morning and we enjoyed them and each others company during the afternoon. In the evening I met a friend, who works with the company I’ve left. We had some dinner and talked about this and that….
Well, maybe that was a bit too much, because on Thursday I felt worse and since then I try desperately to get rid of the damn cough and running nose!
Also unfortunate is, that Patrik has to travel to Turkey on Sunday until Wednesday. So after my first day at my new work, I can’t even tell him, how it went!
However, my spirits are high and I look very forward to my new challenge! We wish you all a great weekend and stay safe and sound!
Jan 18 2020
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!
Jan 11 2020
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.