We have had such a great week with the family.  Dominic and Robyn and their two children Florence and Freddie had hired a beautiful villa in Alonissos and managed to persuade their good friends Sarah and George to come along too.  This was quite a good shout I realised as both Sarah and George were amazing with Florence (2 years old) and Freddie (4 months old) and having so many extra pairs of hands made life so much easier for traveling.

When their ferry arrived, our boat was bouncing up and down in the harbour and we worried about getting them all onto TopCat, the passerelle was doing a Paso Doble and the waves were banging against the sea wall in a menacing way.  We opted for a drink in a taverna for an hour or two whilst hire cars were sorted, child and baby car seats fitted and keys collected for their house for the next few days.

At last we were able to get them aboard for a welcome drink before they departed up the hill to their villa.  The week was off to a good start which was lucky as I had had a bit of a panic or two.   Dominic had given us his arrival date two months previously, unfortunately he had failed to inform us that everything had been moved forward a day and they would be arriving a day early.  As always, I had arranged my working hours around his dates and had a full day of consults scheduled for the two days before his arrival and 3 days after his departure.   So a last minute shuffle was difficult, but as luck would have it, I had a midday gap in which would allow us to meet and greet the family before continuing with a full afternoon and evening of work.

By the morning, the weather was better and we sailed around the corner to Milia Bay. We had previously stayed here during my homeopathic course in June.  So when 2 cars drove down to the beach, we had beautifully calm turquoise seas in which to swim and play before having a barbecue lunch. 

I must confess it is rather nerve wracking for me having 2 year old Florence jumping about on the trampoline over the open water getting closer and closer to the edge.   The whole team decided it would be good practice to practice jumping in from every angle of the boat in case a rescue mission was needed.  Thank goodness it never was.

We had a fun day out sailing, we had a fun day visiting the Cora on the top of the hill.  We ate, drank and laughed for a whole week.  It was great to see every one on top form!

After a week we had to say goodbye to Sarah and George and then Paul and I became the extra hands as the rest of the group moved aboard for their final few days.  We sailed around to the island of Skopolos for a couple of nights and had a wonderful time in the village of Loutra.

Florence’s favourite occupation was being Sous-chef in the kitchen with her plastic wine glass of fizzy water, whilst Freddie just giggled and talked non stop to whoever would listen.  Now we had evenings together we were able to play cards together.  As Paul is not so keen on card games I love this time with my family who are the most competitive bunch you ever could wish to meet.

Paul was of course the perfect host throughout.  I forget how much he loves to cook for a party … he really is the perfect Captain.

Of course it all came to an end far to quickly.  We motored across to Skiathos and secured a place on the very un-secure pontoon that really needs dismantling (maybe they have started dismantling it) before someone gets hurt but we have seen the Greek pontoons before so we shouldn’t have been surprised.  I made a real cockup whilst lassoing the stern lines and got the end caught around the prop.  Dominic volunteered to dive down and unwrap it which he did in just a few minutes.  What a joy having him onboard!   Thank you all for making this journey to come out and see us.

Of course when you make a decision to move away from the family you cannot expect them to visit especially with such a young family.  I know I am very very lucky to have the family visit and want to stay on the boat with us.

So now we sail away, making our way south as the wind picks up and the temperature drops a little.  It feels like our summer is coming to an end.  What a fabulous time we have had. How lucky are we to have this amazing life, fabulous family and our spaciously safe boat. 

Of course when you make a decision to move away from the family you cannot expect them to visit especially with such a young family.  I know I am very very lucky to have the family visit and want to stay on the boat with us.

So now we sail away, making our way south as the wind picks up and the temperature drops a little.  It feels like our summer is coming to an end.  What a fabulous time we have had. How lucky are we to have this amazing life, fabulous family and our spaciously safe boat. 

We are Free to Sail 57

We are Free to Sail 57

We are back on anchor and free to sail.  (In the image above is the bay we are now sitting in). Well that is the theory anyway!  In reality we need to do another shop and we need to pick up a parcel that hasn’t arrived yet So in the meantime we can test all of our...

The Sunday Lunch Club 56

The Sunday Lunch Club 56

Overwintering on a boat in Samos Marina, on the beautiful Greek island of Samos could be quite a lonely affair if it wasn’t for the live-aboard community, let’s refer to them as the ‘exuberant partakers of the odd libation’.... so one naturally forms, The Sunday Lunch...

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