Winter 2020/21

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to everyone, after the crazy year we’ve had, lets make 2021 a good one!

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas, it was a hot sunny day here and we spent most of the day sitting outside in the cockpit (as the restrictions prevented us from going anywhere). Dinner seemed to go down quite well!

After dinner and a few drinks the sun started to go down.

It’s been a quiet week going in and out of lockdown, the weather has clouded over a bit and we have had some showers. Apparently it normally gets more winter like here during January and February so my next job over the coming weeks is to make a cockpit enclosure. It is something we have been planning for a while but we finally got around to ordering the materials which have now all arrived. Getting started on these big projects is always a bit daunting and I have used every excuse to do something else instead.

Some people have been testing out their new Christmas toys. I couldn’t resist the opportunity when I was invited to try paddle boarding this week. Having never done it before I was convinced that I would fall in.

I don’t want to let go of this rope!

I left the calm marina with very shaky legs and went out to sea, it was tricky over the waves but I was very pleased to eventually return back without having fallen in (my legs were like jelly when I stepped back onto the pontoon and tried to walk).

It is suggested that paddle boarding is very good exercise and I can definitely confirm this, muscles that I didn’t know existed were aching for three days, I need to save up for one of these and get fit.

We welcomed the new year in with a party and game tournament on 2 boats, where we had delicious food, wine, silly hats and lots of laughs.

Thank you all for taking the time to read our blogs over the last 6 months and for the lovely comments that you’ve made, we always look forward to hearing from you.

As we will be staying here in Sicily for the next few months, we may not have too much to tell you each week so the blogs might be less frequent until we set sail again. Please let us know if there is anything that you would like to hear about in the meantime.

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13 replies on “Happy New Year”

Happy new year to you both .you looked like you enjoyed the celebrations ,and the body boarding looked great fun . Is the sea cold ? Is that why you made sure you didn’t fall in Sue?
Have really enjoyed all your very informative messages, Sue , think you have missed your vocation , the info in your blogs have been fantastic.
Thankyou for the Christmas and anniversary cards , happy birthday have a great time , we will be thinking about you .
Love Aunt Lin and uncle Graham xxxxxx

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Happy New Year to both of you. Like many others, I have thoroughly enjoyed your weekly updates and fabulous photos, please keep them coming. Looking forward to hearing about progress on your projects and new adventures. Keep safe and continue having fun.

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Happy new year to you both! I have just caught up on the last few posts and I am green with envy! Looks like you’re having one heck of an adventure. Stay safe! Does anything have to change for your plans now we are out of the EU? X

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Paul, Sue,
Your posts have been a real beacon amongst the gloom – Sailing Zig Zag is the Crackerjack of Covid Fridays!
Wishing you a Happy New Year.

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Another fantastic read and wish you both a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year 2021. Hoping the best days are ahead for all of us.
Paddle Boarding sounds fun, never too late to learn a new a new skill. We as a family enjoy reading your posts and have learnt so much about the places you have visited, so thank you for these. Be safe and happy

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Happy New Year to you both. May these mid winter months be easy on you and allow you to make the preparations needed for more high adventures at sea. I, along with everyone else will look forwards to your tales of daring do, and photos of sunnier climes.

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Happy New Year to you both, thank you for your posts they have been perfect ‘pick me ups’ during a gloomy 2020, looking forward to seeing where 2021 takes you, please keep us updated with your winter projects, just love seeing your fabulous photos, Paul you rock a party hat 🤣. My friend had a paddle board for Christmas, I have booked a go on it when we are allowed out and it’s a bit warmer!, thanks for the heads up Sue, will get some training in 🏃🏼‍♀️. Take good care xx

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