Saturday, January 12, 2008

New Year

Last day of the year starts with a dip in our pool - tough eh?

Then the mob start to arrive.....

Next it's the boats....


Friday, January 11, 2008

Xmas Hols Continued

Andrew proves he can still catch fish even though he works in an office (well??)

Paul n' Drew, aka Carolyn's Mum & Dad join us for a night.

Sailing back to Sydney - skipper trimming the sails (shock horror!)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Christmas Downunder

Happy New Year to everyone!

We had a great Christmas and New Year. We decided to take advantage of the time off and make use of the boat we have been working so hard on for the last few months. So we loaded her up with goodies and set sail a full 20 miles north on 23 Dec. It was actually quite a big deal as it was the first time we have ventured out of the heads since we arrived in Sydney back in April!

It was a fairly bumpy but fast ride up to the Pittwater, it took us a while to remember how to sail in an ocean but soon we were flying passed the northern beaches. We had passed Pittwater by on the way down as we had hoped to holiday here at some point. We were quite excited to be going somewhere new again and we were amazed at how beautiful it was as we sailed in passed Palm Beach (where Home & Away is filmed I am advised for tv boffins). A sea plane landed just ahead of us as we settled into Careel Bay for the night and we were happy as nothing broke.

Christmas eve and we ventured to the mouth of the Hawkesbury River and found two of the most popular bays in the area nearly empty, we settled into America Bay and went exploring waterfalls and beaches of this fab spot together with neighbouring Refuge Bay by dinghy. The Hawkesbury River winds through the Kuringai Chase National Park and is a million miles from the City, unfortunately we cannot get to alot of it due to bridges but there was still more than enough to keep us occupied for a week.

Christmas Eve ended up being quite a special day. After a lovely relaxing day we were enjoying a drink and reflecting on Christmas Eve's past. The year we spent taking ReVision II on our maiden voyage, the year we spent in the Canaries a few days before we crossed the Atlantic and last year in a pub in Yorkshire where after a few beers Andrew agreed it might be a good idea to get married at some point. So Andrew decided to make it official a year on and did the honourable thing by putting a very sparkly rock on my finger. Two bottles of Verve later and Christmas day was a right off!