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Inspiring Prep Time

Patrik and I have been busy in preparing for the sooooo loooooong desired green light to travel to Loano!

Well, since the 03rd June the border to Italy is officially open, but we decided to wait until mid July. Firstly we can’t take vacation right now, plus we want to see how the new situation develops.

But I must say it was worth it to have a bit of extra time!

Among other things we ordered – and meanwhile received –  an anchor chain counter. Since we have no marks on the chain, we first planned to do it by hand.

You know, winding off the whole anchor chain on to our pontoon, rinse off the sea water, let it dry and then mark every ten meter with colour. Let it dry again and – voilà – a whole day would have been wasted successfully used!

On second thoughts, however, this procedure has to be done every, or every second year. Plus, what’s more worrying, the tiny colour particles would be lost in the oceans and consequently pollutes it with microplastic! Not a sexy thought!

And the colourful plastic clips you can buy and attach to the chain will surely get lost sooner or later – so no option either!

Well, therefore we decided to buy a whole new remote control, incl. counter! (pssst…. Plus we only have to do the work ONCE, which probably will take a day too, but that’ll be done once and for good …hehe 😉!)

What else did we purchase….? Ah, yes, finally a rope cutter! We read about it a lot and still weren’t convinced if we need one (the price was also worth an thought). But since we do have a sailing yacht which naturally includes a lot of ropes…… *check*

Then we invested in safety, such as a new fire blanket, in order to replace the old one, which must be the original one (= 15 years). Also automatic extinguisher for the engine room. It will be triggered as soon as the temperature rises above 93 deg. C. Then a portable VHF as a backup and for contact marinas durring arrival.

And two life lines. We still need to buy the safety lines to mount on the boat, but we need to measure her exact length first.

Another topic was storing veggies and fruits aboard.

A lot of times we have seen (fishing-?) nets hanging from the ceiling, with two hooks attached on each end. They look like mini hammocks. Apparently, that’s the most efficient way, and the food stays fresh. But where do you get these nets?

Patrik read on one of the blogs that railing net simply  does the job – cheap and functional!

Great! So I started to think about how to do these things in a nice-looking way…. I might be able to sell them to other sailors, who knows?! Definitely worth a try!

Meanwhile, Patrik found railing net on SVB’s website (as so many other cool gadgets), by the meter! So after considering, how many meters I might need – for a start – he simply decided on 30m!!! hmmmm….

OK, in case I won’t be producing tons of these veggie-/ fruit “hammocks”, we still could make our Luna Azzurra safer….

Nevertheless, theory seemed a lot simpler than the actual making. It took me a couple of hours – and countless tries opening the unsuccessfully created ends again – to figure out the neatest way! And, ta-daaaa, it’s even a looker 😊

Other colours will follow later. Among with possible slight changes in the hangers – design still under construction 😉

And the name? “Catch of the Day”, of course?! *chuckle*

I’ve ordered a number of these labels a while ago, for another project actually. So they come quite handy now!

Ready for takeoff 

 

We wish you all a great time and take care!

 

 

Holiday & homework.

Time for my holiday which was planned in since long ago with the idea to be in Italy sailing to San Remo.

As everyone knows by now this was not possible due to the corona crisis. I could not as Diana cancel or move my holiday. So I took the opportunity together with Odins amazing help to clean out our celler and garage. This work have been on the to-do list for quite some time and been an annoying have to do task.

With holiday and no possibility to visit Luna Azzurra. I took the opportunity to do this with the expert help and guidance from Odin.

It ended up with three days of work in the end. Two days to clean everything out and one day and two trips to the recycling facility. When this was done and the garage empty I took the opportunity to wash and paint the floor too. Diana and I have talked about doing this for several years but never cleaned out the garage that good. Or took our time to do so.

Anyway now it is finally done and we are both happy about the results for both the celler where we now can reach all wines and tools again and of course the cleaned out garage and the newly painted floor.

Now we just needs to try to keep it that way.

Happy Day !

Thursday was a holiday this week, therefore, Patrik and I took Friday off as well.

The whole week the weather did what it was supposed to do at this time of the year: Shine and be warm!

Well, until Saturday afternoon at least, then it changed to rain and the temperatures dropped below 20 deg. C. So today we have a mix with clouds, sunshine and rain. Tomorrow should be better again according to the forecast.

Anyway, on Thursday afternoon Patrik and I visited my parents! They invited us for pizza to say thank you, as we did some grocery shopping for them a while ago.

Meanwhile they do their shopping by themselves again, with the necessary caution of course.

It was so fantastic to see them finally again, in spite of keeping the recommended distance…. that felt a bit strange indeed, without hugs and kisses (we are a very emotional family 😉). But we were more than happy to see each other and to see that they are safe and sound!

Always busy with their bees – at this time of the year especially, their house and gardens (my mums flowers and my dads veggies, fruit trees and berries).

As usual, when you have a good time, time flew by! We had a lot to talk about and catch up with things, and it became clear that a phone call (however long) does not replace a personal visit!

The homemade pizza was superb, as usual, as was the wine, and coffee and desert later! Thanks again Mum and Dad, it was wonderful to see you again 😊. Next time it will be at our place!

By the way, as you probably guessed, Patrik and I cannot travel to Loano next week…… The borders between Switzerland and Italy are still closed. Understandable of course, but nevertheless a little disappointing….

My parents would have driven to Loano as well and we would have met and enjoyed a few days together…. Well, we postponed it and hope we can make it up sometime during the summer!

We wish you all a great weekend – take care and stay healthy!

PS: Regrettably we forgot to take more pics….for example at the beginning with champagne and aperitif. We were too excited, I guess….

 

My Lovely Lively Garden

Hi Furiends! The other day I took my dad’s camera and strolled through my beautiful garden!

Amazing, how little time it took to grow all these flowers and make our neighbours disappear behind the branches and tons of leaves! Look:

It also makes me disappear perfectly when I’m out hunting observing mice and birds! What an interesting and relaxing pastime……*oooops*

My dad helped me to produce this short movie about these little buggers………. Unfortunately Luckily their feeding station is high up, otherwise they would be in danger to get eaten by some evil cat!

Another save-bird-spot is on our balcony. My mum even bought them a swimming pool recently…. I wonder why, though. Don’t they have this beautiful fountain sitting in our garden already? And it’s nice and low for me to comfortably…..erm…. watch them.

Anyway, my dad finally ordered a proper fly protection for me. It’s such a hassle, when I try to sleep in the winter garden and flies are buzzing around my face! Bloody annoying!

So, it look it’s even prettier than I thought it would – I’m very pleased 😊

Well, otherwise not much changed, my dad still works from home and my mum leaves the house every morning, as usual.

 

Ah no, wait! The weather changed – a lot! Since last weekend the temperatures dropped to nearly zero degrees (on Tuesday) and some parts of Switzerland even got a little snow! It’s the so called “Frost Saints”, who visited us. Here is what I ‘ve found on LEO:

In France, Poland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and other parts of Europe: according to popular belief a period in May with increased likelihood of night frost falling on the feast days of certain saints thus jointly nicknamed ‘Frost Saints’ or ‘Ice Saints’.

These Saints appear every year, between 11th and 15th May and are called: Mamertus, Pankratius, Servatius, Bonifatius and Cold Sophie (I wonder what they look like and if they melt in the summer *haha*…..).

We also got a lot of rain this week, but that’s apparently good for the nature, so I heard.

However, it’s bad for me and my fur….

OK, that’s me for this week. I certainly look forward to sunshine and higher temperatures!

Purrs and greeting     =^.^=

 

Quo Vadis?

A very philosophical start, isn’t it?

Well, as everyone else, Patrik and I won’t get any younger (OK, Patrik stays “25 Plus” forever…. *haha*). Those of you, who know us, also know about our future plan/dream: To spend our (remaining) lives aboard our own ship – preferably a well equipped catamaran!

So far, we planned and worked for that aim. We completed the necessary education, read tons of books and even rented specifically a Leopard twice, in order to get a feeling for a multihull.

We experienced fantastic summer weather in the Med, but also quite uncomfortable winds, storms & rain (a lot), and even leakage into our cabin.

Nevertheless, in the end Patrik and I were convinced, that’s the life we want and we definitely found the perfect type of boat for us – and Odin The Admiral – of course! With…erm…. just one tiny little flaw….no suitable (mostly moneywise) cat was within reach!

In the end, we bought LUNA AZZURRA in 2018, a 2005 Bavaria 42 Cruiser, in 2018! Admittedly, we were incredibly lucky and she was a bargain! Mint condition and she turned out to be absolutely reliable.

The big “BUT” though remained, that she isn’t a cat and we actually thought of her more as a business model and holiday yacht for us. But permanently living on her wasn’t really an option for us.

However, time went, we read more books and blogs about others who have fulfilled their dreams and live aboard a ship – on cat’s but also on smaller ones than LUNA AZZURRA. We also informed ourselves what such a life actually costs. And we mean the TOTAL-TOTAL costs for two people, from paying the monthly pension fund, over to overwinter in a marina, travelling home from time to time, down to buying toilet paper. We came to an amount of CHF 3’000.- per month – and that’s for both of us (including Odin)!

Well, it slowly occurred to us that, by continuing dreaming about a catamaran we probably would never be able to live our dreamlife and sail away from the rat race we want to escape. We would continue to chase our dream and in ten years we would still be here. With the difference that until then we most likely wouldn’t want to do it anymore, we probably would have lost the enthusiasm, the drive so to say, plus I can imagine we would be worn out talking and planning our life on board, without it ever happening. Plus with over sixty starting a brand-new life? I’m not sure if Patrik and I are the kind of people who would do that…Or maybe we are…?!

Anyway, lately we’ve started to consider if maybe a life on board LUNA AZZURRA could be possible.        After all, we do own a well-sized boat in super condition!

I mean, if we could sell our house with the desired profit, we could live an easy life for ten years. Exploring the Med, visit all the beautiful islands, gather impressions and experience – and just enjoy our so long dreamed dream! And in ten years, we would be near to retirement, and we would draw our pension.

It does sound very tempting, doesn’t it?

Another thought to get it finally done is that now we both are motivated and healthy! We wish we would be ten years younger, though… But who knows what happens in the future…in five years, in two months? One could get seriously sick or has an accident.

Wouldn’t it be bitter having to admit, that instead of daring our adventure, we wasted all the time in finding excuses and 100% security?

Soooooo, as a first step, Patrik and I have started to write a list, what has to be done on our monohull yacht to life a comfortably life on board. Some major things need to be changed, for example we need solar panels and a watermaker, then an inverter, a generator/batteries…… then simpler stuff, like a washing machine, a new mattrass in the master cabin, probably a new stove…. Well, the list is quite long and growing 😉.

Right now, we give ourselves two years to complete the tasks. Until then we’ll be 55, which seems just in time to start our new lives! We’ll see what happens next, right?!

In this spirit:

 

Glimmer of Hope

.Welcome to May, everyone!

So far, Patrik, Odin and I continue to be happy and – most of all – healthy! Patrik is still doing home office and – luckily – I still drive to work every day.

On Friday, 1st of May we were off work and my qualifying period has ended. – three months already gone – so on Thursday my boss and I had the mandatory chat. I can stay!

Meanwhile, some restrictions have been loosened. Hairdressers, cosmetic and nail studios, tattoo shops, garden centers and hardware stores were allowed to open again last Monday!

Also, the restaurants, bars and pubs will be allowed to open on the 11th of May. With restrictions of course, not more than 4 people per table. or a family and the distance between a group of people must be 2 meters. I bet the owners are super happy!

We heard in the news, that Italy also starts to loosen their cutback, like some shops will open soon. Schools remain closed though, until September. Travelling too is still very limited within Italy….

Nevertheless, Patrik and I keep our hopes high that end of May people may be allowed to visit Italy – even if still limited. We keep our vacation plans so far for week 22 and hope pray we will be able to visit our Luna Azzurra.

By now it’s pretty tough to see the marina through the webcam and not being able to be there. The only (little) consolation is that no one else is being in the marina and/or on their yachts. But still…..

It just would have been nice to get all the work done on the boat, which was planned doing on the Easter Weekend.

We still have the last three weeks in August planned for our sailing vacation…… If not end of May, we hope that at least in August it will be allowed travelling to Italy again (a lot of “hopes” in this post…haha…..)!

Nevertheless, meanwhile we enjoy the local aspargus season and look forward to the first Swiss strawberries, which will be ready soon! *yummy*

All righty, that’s us for this week! Be good and stay healthy 😊

 

 

Home again and a first round trip

Finally my motorbike is home again.

I picked up my bike Thursday evening from the winter storage where I had my bike. When picking up the bike we meet our friends who have had the bike store there as well and had a beer/wine together.

They have now closed down their shop. They received a good opportunity to take care of of a new open Harley dealers workshop not that faraway. This is off course sad but we understand them and wish them all the best. We will keep them as our bike service contact as we know you can trust them for 100%.

Yesterday I had my first round trip for a few hours. It was a wonderful ride with perfect weather (24°C) and I enjoyed it really much. I drove  around lake Constants and inland from there a little through some small villages and  country streets. In the end I made approx. 120km in a relaxing way with a few stops to stretch my legs and enjoy the nature.

When Diana came home we went and picked up our Volvo which been at the garage where they put on new summer tires.

When home again we had a apero with a nice Crémant before preparing our dinner which was new asparagus which I bought at a farmer close by when I had a short walk in the morning.

Diana and I tested to steam the asparagus  in our new combined oven/steamer for the first time.

There is a automatic program for steaming them, so it was quite easy. Just put the asparagus in the oven and start the program… and voila after 15 minutes they where finished and all of them al dente. Diana made to this a vinaigrette which fitted perfect. We hade a nice red wine from Piemonte to this wonderful dinner.

This made the day perfect.

 

 

 

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