So, here's the long awaited and quite dull list of what we've been up to over the past few months.
Ahh gawd, I can't write this. It's just too dull. What we've done isn't dull; but writing about it is.
I must write when the moment is fresh. From now on, I will do so. Plus Tim has woken up so I now have this continuous noise in the background which unfortunately I sparked off by having a fit about banker's bonuses (the banks upping their bonuses so that "ordinary" people in effect pay the additional tax that these elite superbeings were supposed to be paying on their obscene chunks of cash). And now I've set him off, chuntering on and on and on.
Grrr, in a nutshell:
- we managed to stay on the boat until early December due to a late winter, and the worst of the wet weather being spent away on our honeymoon and using our friend's flat in Kotor Old Town (gorgeous).
- now living in a luxury pad, housesitting for 3 months, in a tiny fishing village called Bigova. It is true luxury living, overlooking a cove and the open sea so we are still close enough to the elements. And it's well off the beaten track, no light pollution so psychedelic, starry skies and the best night's sleep in years. Great dog walk to a lighthouse on a rocky peninsula, straight from the house. Dreamy.
- cracking on with Monty B's continual maintenance/upgrading (ahem) - yeh, maintenance is probably a better word. But after a few weeks of ridiculously warm weather (17 degrees at night on one occasion, weird shit), it is now set fair with a big high pressure system sitting over us for a week already, forecast another week so cold but crystal clear and warm in the sun.
- helping mates with some boat guardiennage in the marina so getting some more pennies in and keeping busy.
I have to say, living on the coast rather than in Kotor Bay has utterly changed our experience of Montenegro in winter. We now live just out of the mountain belt, though still have great views of them. So we watch the weather come in but it somehow misses us and we remain bathed in a little warm, sunny bubble whilst the maelstroms pound the bay.
The dogs are fine too, now Louis has got used to living in a large, multi-floored, echoey house with a TV and washing machine. The sounds of which were all terrifying for a while.
The one thing we haven't done for ages is go sailing. So we are making the most of the Bura blowing (that strong, clean, cold NE wind that I've gone on about in so many posts) and the sunshine and we are off out for some freezing cold sailing today with mates. Our friends Marjan and Cecille are going to attempt to race us in their spanking Hanse 54 (it is Marjan who formerly referred to Monty B as a "nostalgia boat" and "old timer's boat" but had to eat his words when we beat him in the Stevova Regatta). He is back looking for glory and we are hungry for a repeat victory so watch this space. He is already making excuses for a potentially embarrasing defeat by mentioning his 6-month pregnant wife (Cecille) and 2 year old child as crew. We have seen his pregnant wife by adding one of our own (Laura) and raised him THREE dogs. No two year olds allowed on our boat though, they are officially banned.