Saturday, 23 August 2008

Home sweet home

1 August 2008
Something has changed and I don't know what it is – but I guess it has something to do with the news that our boat is N OT falling to bits. Suddenly this place feels like home – we feel settled here. My desire of the last six months to get on, get moving, set our “Round the World” plans in action has been replaced by a contentment with the here and now and just enjoying life.
Life here is great, it really is. Every single day brings something different and for what feels like the first time in my life, I am living in the present. The frustrations associated with the “sickness” of Monty B and the constant worry and stress has been lifted and although the jobs list has got no shorter, it all seems much more achievable now.

Some inspirational meetings of minds, firstly with the crew of Aralus (Pete and Imy) and secondly with a great couple with lots of connections to both our old and new lives, James and Lucie (our first charterers who became instant mates), has given our immediate and medium term plans a new impetus. Pete and Imy helped breathe new life back into Monty B by assuring us that she is a truly wonderful, strong beast of a boat and reminding us of how lucky we are to have chosen this path in life. James and Lucie have given us the confidence to take our ideas for A Day out on Monty B seriously and have very generously offered us their lovely apartment, for free, over the winter, so we have somewhere warm and dry to live whilst working on the boat. I hate to cop out of winter boat living on only our second year but the prospect of sleepless nights at anchor during gales, wet dogs and wet clothes and those bloody leaks is not that appealing. Our aim over the winter is to give the boat a complete overhaul and put all the necessary official bits into place to enable us to charter our boat officially next season. It has to be the way forward. We can see such a bright future ahead – at last, our plans seem REALISTIC!

I love living the dream but it's bloody good to have some reassurance that we are not living in cloud cuckooland and this thing can succeed. We are completely invigorated and excited by the whole “Day out on Monty B” idea and we know we can do it well.

So, our home for the next 12 months is going to be the Boka Kotorska. There is plenty of time in the future for blue water cruising – this is the ideal platform for building our skills and experience whilst making a wee bit of cash – and hey, I get seasick anyway!

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