How Bella Got Her Groove Back...

Trip Start Apr 04, 2008
Trip End Jul 03, 2009

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Sunday, January 11, 2009

I think most of our friends think that we are living a highly exotic and exciting life. I'm sorry, I hate to burst the bubble but a heck of a lot of our time is spent doing the mundane day to day sort of things that everyone does but with a slightly changing ocean view.

In fact we are in a bit of a slump right now, you know that post Christmas high were you've had a bucket load of food for the last few weeks and then you go to the fridge and there's nothing there, no leftovers, no Chrissy ham, no hidden boxes of chocolates. Nothing! You've been inundated with friends and rellies that you couldn't wait to see the back of but now it's too quiet in the house. It's that strange adjustment period between constant noise and mess and now the quiet.

Having Matt and John here for the last 6 weeks added another dimension to the boat which can be welcome after staring at the same 4 faces in a confined space for a while. But now they have left it's too quiet, no Matt telling us how everything works, boggling our minds with scientific facts that we didn't need to know but telling us anyway. Dinner conversations that I'm sure the whole bay could hear as the volume and intensity increased, all good natured of course but still feisty. I had forgotten how much of a talker Matt is and a loud one at that.

No fifty million dirty cups and plates constantly piling up in the galley, no wet towels and smelly clothes hanging around. It's like a big hole has opened up and the four of us are a little lost and unsure of what we should do next.
It was a great time with them here and I was a very good mother and didn't nag Matt at all (sort of) about his medications. There were small snippets of nagging regarding hygiene and the amount of food he was consuming and not cleaning up after, but that was all.  As a family we all got along really well and enjoyed each other's company which as I mentioned before can be hard to do in a small area.  Even John seemed to be able to cope with our boisterousness. The fun days in Deep Bay swimming, walking and just relaxing in the shade of the coconut palms out of the sting of the hot Caribbean Sun. Night times spent thumping and jumping around the boat as the testosterone rose to dangererous levels and the screams reached fever pitch. Ahh the good ol days!

But now they are gone! So what to do now? How to get motivated again? Well we spend a lot of time yacht watching, whose coming into harbour, what flag they are flying, how big it is and sometimes googling it on the net and finding out who owns it, how much it's worth, how many crew, etc etc etc. Just being a nosy neighbour,  doing a "Mrs Cravitts". And right now there is a pretty amazing assortment of Super yachts here to spy on. There is one here called the Maltese Falcon which when Pete saw her come in near wet himself with excitement. We had actually read about her a year or so ago and thought she was amazing. But in the flesh, absolutely AMAZING. Have a look at their web site if you're interested.

Right now I am giving some Europeans my well practised, Don't Mess With Me, Death stare. I'm also using a bit of mental telepathy to say "move you stupid git, your anchoring right on top of us when there is a huge gaping hole to drop anchor in over there", but no success! Etiquette, some yachties have it and some don't and right now we are surrounded by a few who don't and have anchored on top of us. My stare doesnt seem to be working so well, I must need to work on it. These Europeans are used to being on top of each other and out on the water is no exception, no sense of personal space, thank goodness we aren't anchored somewhere in China. 

Apart from that there is quiet a nice vibe here in Falmouth Harbour and most people are friendly and keen for a chat.  A very typical yachty feel. There is a nice little cafe on the marina that has wifi, so we have begun a bit of a morning routine of motoring in on the dinghy and having a morning coffee (or two) and connecting with the world and friends back home. We have managed to Skype with a few friends, so if anyone wants to give us a call on Skype, don't hesitate just dive in and call if we're online. Our Skype name is sailbellavita.

Much to the boys delight we have met another family who has some kids. Why don't more families do this! The best part is; they are the same age as our boys. So Tom & Harri have spent numerous afternoons (the boys are American and have school to do in the mornings) wake boarding and dragging around behind the dinghies. Their dinghy has a 30hp outboard, which flies compared to ours, so the boys are loving it. It was also good meeting up with them as they were also able to celebrate Harri's 13th birthday with us at an Italian restaurant where the waitress sang to Harri, really lovely.

Shaz and I have also made good friends with the parents, Mathias and Nicole, who are lovely people.  To top it off they have exactly the same boat as ours, so we get to compare problems and solutions to the various workings of these things. We will be moving off toward the Virgin Islands soon and hopefully will meet up with them again up there.

The priority at the moment for us is to get the boys organised for the new school year. We have had massive problems communicating with the Distance Ed school that hopefully we can sort out for the new year We aim to get their schoolwork send out to Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.I suppose we will settle into a bit of a routine that suits us as the school year approaches again. It's hard to have a normal life onboard, but I suppose that's the attraction.

P.S. Antigua is a great picture perfect Caribbean Island with stunning beaches and water and despite some very recent sad events we all agree it's still a great and safe place to sail.
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