Cruise 2017 Adventure

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November 16th, 2019
November 16th, 2019
It feels like a Sunday here with a biting wind that's whistling in the rigging.

Tea, boiled eggs and soldiers felt the right start to the day as we contemplated tackling one of those jobs that could fight every inch of the way.

Yesterday our inspection plate to repair the split in our slurry tank arrived at Gary and Gretas. Taking it out of the box with some trepidation I was greeted by a fine piece of engineering which helped a good nights sleep. Just what I needed for I had been feeling under the weather.

We did a run through, laid all the tools out in order and I wriggled my way under the floor boards. Tracey would take the overview and pass tools as required.

Then you have to take the leap for theres no going back once the jigsaw starts to eat its way into the job.
November 15th, 2019
We are settled into Norfolk thanks to Gary and Greta of the Ocean Cruising Club who welcome club members to their marina. They are so kind on many levels including taking in our washing.

This morning I had a paddle about the harbour and as you can see I managed gave the USS Wisconsin a friendly pat on the nose. It was pretty cold but I was warm as toast in my Finisterre thermals, hat and jacket.

After my shower, we visited the Chrysler Art Gallery and were blown away by a glass blowing demo. It was mesmerizing and I have decided that on conclusion of this trip I shall go on a course.

The weather is closing in for the weekend with rain and winds of over 40knts so I have put extra lines out. Yesterday, thanks to a sunny disposition, I popped up the mast to reverse the VHF aerial in preparation for the bridges on the Inter Coastal Waterway.

Looking at the forecast it looks like we shall be off on Monday for our final dash in our quest for the sun and rum. Thanks to the cold we are pretty motivated and have prepared ourselves mentally for a proper push.
November 13th, 2019
Once the snow had blown through the skies cleared to plummeting temperatures and create a freezing cold morning. Our destination was Gary and Gretas marina in Norfolk so we topped up with hot tea and toast before wrapping up for what turned out to be a nice trip. That said hoisting the main was a bit of a shock for rain had pooled in the sail, frozen and then proceeded to drop on us from a fair old height.
November 12th, 2019
I know I have said this before but I just cant get over how volatile the weather is about here. Yesterday we had a picnic in the sun in t-shirts and today its bitter with snow.
November 12th, 2019
Squirrel are scampering about topping up their stash - winter is a coming.
November 12th, 2019
I was taken by this ingenious rotisserie that is powered by weights
November 12th, 2019
Capitol Building
We loved the Capitol building which is where the colony thrashed out any issues with the Crown. The building on the right housed 120 Burgesses (think county leaders) representing the people. Here they proposed and thrashed out new legislation which was then walked across to the left hand building where twelve Royal Council gave the Crowns approval or requested changes. If a complete impasse was reached the big conference room spanning the two building on the upper floor was put to use. In were locked five Burgesess and three Royal Council and they were not allowed out until an agreement was reached. The record was two full weeks with food and potty changes done under guard. One wonders if this magnificently simple approach might not have put to use in resolving Brexit. It would have probably taken two weeks to choose the sandwiches but in the end would have to been quicker.....wouldnt it?
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