Diana Naindenel

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Shattered Plans

Actually, Patrik and I wanted to visit the international boat fair in Dusseldorf, which should have happened between 22nd and 30th January 2022.

Last September I booked a nice hotel near the exhibition grounds, from 26th – 29th January. Just in time!  And I bought tickets for the 27th and 28th. We quickly realized that two days is the minimum one needs – the event is monstrous!

Well, of course within two days you still see only a fraction of it, but we had our checklist, which we were determined to follow. So, the visit would have been very structured.

Anyway, the passing months we were quite excited already and couldn’t wait for January 2022!

Then, last week I received the news that the fair will be postponed to next year! Due to… Well, you guess it…. CORONA and its new Omicron version. DAMN  😠 What a bull-💩!!!

At least the tickets have already been compensated.

Unbelievably, I couldn’t find the hotel confirmation, in order to cancel the booking. In the end I had to send them an email and luckily, they were able to reverse the reservation 🍀

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So the new date for the boot.de will be between 21st and 29th January 2023! Let’s hope it will come true then 😊

Who knows, our checklist might have dwindled even until then. So far it still contains:

  • Watermaker
  • Visit sailmaker
  • Electric Toilet
  • Table Pedestal
  • Stove
  • Ropes
  • Industrial sewing machine
  • (BBQ)
  • (Deco Things)
  • (Fabrics)
  • ….

Did you also have to postpone some projects?

We wish you all a fantastic week 😎

Welcome to 2022!

We wish you all a prosperous, happy and healthy new year! 🍀⚓🥂

As suspected, unfortunately, we didn’t have the time to write a post for last weekend…. But we certainly hope, you’ve had a fantastic New Year’s Eve and a good week!

But let me do a short retrospect about what we did on board Luna Azzurra:

On the 25th December, we arrived in Loano as predicted, just before four o’clock. Funnily, the sun came forward when we passed Savona. Before it was pouring down, for at least an hour. So, weatherwise at least, we were on a good path and we were able to unload the car in dry and sunny weather.

We were quickly installed and enjoyed our first glass of wine on board!

The only downside was that our cushions in the salon weren’t there. They are with Maldimare, being newly upholstered. Well, we actually reckoned, that would be the case. Never mind, we improvised with the matrasses from the guest cabins and made it as cosy as possible.

After dinner we watched a film on Netflix and soon went to bed, getting softly rocked into sleep.

We got up with the sun the next morning and even enjoyed our coffee in the cockpit! Incredible, it’s December 😊

Well, I don’t want to go into too much detail, but the following week we accomplished quite a few things. Unluckily, the weather was a bit unstable, with some rainy days in between.


Among other things, the starter batterie needed to be replaced and later we discovered that the engine wouldn’t start. In the end Patrik had to change the starter relay also. Sadly, the weather changed again, so we were never able to go to the service station to fill up the diesel tank or remove the golden strip on the hull. Tasks for next time!

Instead, Patrik mounted the new batterie monitor at the chart table and the new plotter holder in the cockpit! That will be an advantage when sailing, because it’s turnable.

Annoyingly, we couldn’t install the new cupboard in the galley 😤. We need some kind of bracket to lift the whole thing off the floor a bit, since there are a couple of boards where access is necessary. So THAT was very disappointing…. 🛠

What else? On Tuesday evening we treated ourselves with a visit in a restaurant. Surprisingly, there were quite a few people strolling around, enjoying the outside, walking their dogs, talking to each other, and/or looking for a place to eat. We had no problem to find a nice one, called Lo Spuntino, since we were quite early (just before 7 p.m.).


Some sunny day we just went for a walk and enjoyed the sunrays on our faces. After we returned to the boat, Patrik took the chance and replaced the two old rubber seals in the deck hatches. One started to leak a little and it would be a shame to ruin the new salon upholstery (…..or having suddenly to sleep in a water bed…. 😱). We also finally managed to mount the push buttons on the sprayhood.

Ah, and we placed the veggie/fruit nets on suitable places and a new cabinet has been installed in the bow head  (that happened on a rainy day again). I even baked a bread once 😋

Well, New Years Eve arrived and we prepared our dinner on board: Vegan shrimps and squids with fried potatoes, veggies and salad. It was very delicious and the white wine went perfectly with it.

We watched a movie afterwards…. unfortunately, I only saw half of it 💤 and shortly before midnight Patrik woke me up *ops* .

Anyway, we managed to open the bubble-bottle in time and welcomed the new year! Around the marina people were cheering and partying. Quite a few boatowners were also there and a firework was shown above Loano 🎆 (which wasn’t necessary if you ask me – poor animals…)!

Shortly afterwards we went to bed – the next day was cleaning- and leaving day 😒

A pretty grey and cloudy day welcomed us in the morning…. We heard that Switzerland had sunshine and up to 16 degrees! So it looked like it was a good day to leave and head northwards.


The packing and cleaning went quick and we were able to load our car without rain. It was around one when we left and headed for Varese, where a hotel room was waiting for us.

We arrived at the Hotel Repubblica Di Oz Rooms just after three and it took us a while to find someone in charge. As expected, it was a very odd hotel, with a courtyard to park the car (which, once you accomplished the super tight archway, was perfect). Our room – the Napoleon Suite! – was three flights of stairs up (no elevator) and looked indeed like a museum. The furniture are antique and it seems a bit thrown together, but somehow it fits and gives a cosy atmosphere.

It even had a little kitchen, a fridge and the bathroom was very clean with a modern shower. The bed was comfy and soft (which is no Italian standard) and there was even a terrace. This was accessible via a ladder, through the window 😂. A leopard skin was nailed to the wall, opposite the bed…. it must be at least 200 years old, by the look of it and I just hoped it wouldn’t get spooky at night…. 👻🐾

However, the owner was very friendly and spoke good English. He’d even placed a bottle of Whisky on the salon table, as a welcome drink 😉.

After we showered, we went out in search of a restaurant. Unfortunately, the two recommended ones by Patrik’s working colleague, who lives in Varese, were closed. We actually wanted to meet him, but he was in quarantine, due to Corona. Shame!

So it took us a while to find an alternative. We ended up in an ordinary pizzeria, which was almost empty. The service was excellent, though, very hearty and they didn’t hesitate to do a vegan pizza for me! And let me tell you, it was the best vegan pizza I’ve ever had in Italy! Patrik had a Quattro Formaggi and we shared half a litre of the red house wine. (If I remember correctly, the name of the pizzeria is Orchidea).

Two coffees and a grappa later we were ready to leave and head back to the hotel. There we emptied the rest of our prosecco and finally fell into bed……. Buona Notte!

We slept surprisingly good in the slightly squeaking bed 😊


In the middle of the night, though, I woke up with the feeling that a cat had jumped onto our bed……… 🙄    But I’m sure I’ve imagined the whole thing…..

Anyway, breakfast was served at 09.30 (yes, in our room) and at 11 a.m. we were leaving, heading for the big shopping-centre nearby. We wanted to check it out, for our next trip to Loano. It’s huge and unfortunately, we’ve spent a bit too much time looking around.

When we left around 12.30, the GPS told us we would arrive at home around four o’clock! Perfect 👍

Well, that was the theory, because soon after we entered Switzerland, we sat in the middle of a terrible traffic jam. We finally left the motorway and tried the side roads, but of course we weren’t the only ones with this bright idea…. Apparently, “whole of Europe” was on their way home from their skiing vacation! SUPERRRR…….

In the end it was 5.30 p.m. when we finally opened our front door! Jeez, what a journey!!

Luckily, we both had the next day (03rd January) off, so we could recover and relax (Patrik) and do some washing (me).

In exchange I also had the Tuesday off, whereas Patrik started working *hehe*.

Meanwhile our first week back home and working is over. Patrik had to travel to Poole in England on Thursday and will stay for at least a week.

We hope you had a good start too, meeting working colleagues, exchanging good wishes for the New Year!

Let’s be curious for 2022 and stay positive🔮

Christmas Update

It’s Sunday, 26th December and we are – ta-daaaaaaaa – in Loano, visiting Luna Azzurra!

Since there were endless changes and updates about the new omicron-corona rules, particularly how to get home again, we weren’t sure if the trip would be possible. Well, without too much hassle that is.

So, it wasn’t until last Monday, that we definitely decided we would drive to Italy! After we booked a time for a corona test on Friday afternoon, everything was settled.

Anyway, we hope you had beautiful and pleasant Christmas days so far! Also, that you were able to forget a little about the worries in the world and enjoy the company of your loved ones   🎄💕

We went to my brother André on the 24th and celebrated Christmas together with our parents, his two daughters and his partner Nadia. It was a lovely time and it got later than actually planned. But so what!

Yesterday Patrik and I left our home around 09.30 and after a smooth journey arrived in Loano just before four. Then we unpacked and got settled in on our boat.


Of course, we had to put up some Xmas lights too – inside and outside 🌟 Doesn’t it look cosy?

We also brought some food with us, so we won’t have to go shopping until tomorrow or Tuesday. And we still have some longlife food stuff on board from last time.

However, first thing tomorrow we want to remove the bench in the salon and start installing the new cupboard, which we brought with us. I can hardly wait to see how it’ll look like – yes, I’m very excited indeed. Even more so to arrange the galley new!

If the weather is with us, we also want to turn Luna Azzurra around, so I can finally start to remove the ugly gold-strip on her portside. Well, it looks rather dirty nowadays, than golden. The hot air gun is ready, so let’s do it 😊


What else? Patrik wants to install the new radar *yeah*, plus the new LED navigation lights.

Once again, our “to-do list” is quite long again and we hope we’ll have some time off too, to just enjoy ourselves and/or go for a walk or two.

After celebrating New Year’s Eve on board, we’ll leave Loano on Saturday (hopefully without a hangover) and head towards Switzerland. But slowly, because….


…. we’ve booked a room for one night at the Hotel Repubblica Di Oz Rooms in Varese. It’s a very odd- looking hotel and certainly not everyone’s cup of tea! I love it, and in my opinion, it actually looks more like a museum than a place to spend the night. But let’s see, I clearly look forward to it!

We’re not sure if there will be a post next weekend. Depends a little how much time we have this week to write about something of interest. We’ll do our best, though 😉

But we certainly hope, you guys will have a great New Year’s Eve and that you arrive safe and sound in 2022!




Although, we rarely use batteries, it always bothered us when we had to change from old to new.                      Of course, the old ones went into the recycle bag, but still….

In order to avoid the use of batteries, we often didn’t even change them and let the unnecessary lamps or gadgets unused. Which also was a bit of a shame.

Lately, we discovered that rechargeable batteries exist on the market. Well, we already knew they existed. When still using e-cigarettes, we bought some rechargeable ones. But we never were really satisfied.

However, this section has also developed a lot and we thought we would give this model a chance:


If it’s true what they promise, each batterie can be charged up to 1200 times! This would be amazing and saves not only resources, but also money.

Although, they come not cheap but in the end it will be worth it – well, hopefully 🍀

So far we are satisfied and enjoy the little extra lights in our house, especially during the dark winter months 🌟

Another Piece in our Jigsaw

A bit more than a year ago we wrote about our plan to refit Luna Azzurras’s salon.

Instead of the bench, which we never use, we wanted to replace it with a cupboard. Back then we had the self-made blueprint and were looking for a carpenter.

Well, we successfully accomplished this project!

A friend of us works as a carpenter and he’d made reasonable offer for this custom-made piece of furniture.

Our only request was that it had to be a European type of wood. And it needed to be dismountable so we could transport it in our car. In the end, we settled for European Larch. We had no deadline for it, so he had all the time he needed.


The cupboard was finished a few days before our summer vacation started. That was a bit of a too short notice to take it with us to Italy, so we agreed to pick it up after our vacation. He sent us some pictures, though, as a little appetizer 😉 VERY BEAUTIFUL!

Meanwhile, the cupboard sits in our cellar, mounted and looking gorgeous! In my mind I’ve organized and re-organized it at least a dozen times. Gosh, do I suddenly have too much space in the galley??   *haha*   Na, just kidding! 🤣

But it feels incredibly good, to tick another task off our to-do list!



A Sustainable Cell Phone

I URGENTLY needed a new cell phone!

The one I had so far is an iPhone 6, which I inherited from Patrik several years ago. And this summer it simply shattered… 🥴


It still took me some time to accept that I do need a new cell phone (“but, it still works…”). Erm… no, there was simply no way around it! *grumble*

Luckily, I stumbled over “Revendo”, though.


This Swiss company has been founded in 2013 and their philosophy is to reduce electronic waste and preserve resources. So they recycle/upcycle used devices, such as screens, laptops, smartphones, accessories….. The gadgets will be updated, cleaned, emptied (of course) and sold for a lower price as a brand-new one. Exactly, what I was looking for 😄

OK, you might have to be flexible with the colour, but usually a cell phone sits in a trendy case anyway.

And – ta-daaa – I found the perfect “new” cell for me, it’s an iPhone 11, as good as new, with a one- year warranty! There, my demand to purchase as sustainable as possible has been fulfilled!


I know that soon one day I’ll need a new laptop…. The one I have now is – surprise – Patrik’s old one.

However, when the day comes, I already know where to look 😎

High – Higher – Highfield



This is our new dinghy, a brand-new Highfield CL 260! Boy, are we proud 🤗

Since our old one gave up this summer (R.I.P.), it was clear we needed to buy a new one. The brand didn’t matter so much, but it had to have an aluminium bottom. Plus the price should be reasonable. Plus it had to be mint-green…haha, just kidding (would have been nice, though…). Even a good second hand one would have been OK. But no luck there, as it turned out.

Anyway, after searching for a while and trying to get offers from different distributors in Europa (mainly from Italy), we were positively surprised to find a company in Switzerland, Kohler Nautec in Riazzino.

Apparently, they are the exclusive importer for Highfield, so we hit the right place! ⚓

I wrote to them, asking if they had a CL 260 in white on stock. If not, how long the lead time would be. And if they could ship it to us.

The answer came immediately: They had a new Highfield CL260 in light grey from 2018 on stock, and we would get a discount of 15%! And yes, it could be shipped through a freight forwarder for a fair price.

Well, light grey or white………. so what! The brand is well-known and it convinced us totally. Not cheap, but high quality! So we placed the order and a week later we had it in our garage!

Cool, it is a great dinghy indeed, with even a bow locker. Four metal loops to hang it on the davits are placed in the aluminium bottom, which is perfect! No weight on the rubber hulls.

So, Summer 2022, we’re more than ready for you 😎


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