16:18.4N 61:47.79W Deshaies,
A good friend who follows this blog told me it
appears we are on one long swim and sun vacation....fortunately this year out is
so much more of a personal and family learning experience. Yet, looking back at
our blog this could perhaps become the perception.
But who wants to write a blog about our now
daily routines on board:
About school which Einar most
days wants to skip or tells us 'this is not the way it is done at La Chat'
with tears not far away.
About stuffy marinas and sweaty hours provisioning
or running around looking for other things we (the boat)
About difficult rolly dinghy
docks where getting ashore must be planned to get fresh food. Do
not forget cleaning all vegetables as soon as they are on board to avoid
About windy passages in Atlantic waves where
Magnus wonders 'why we went on this trip, really? and we play Kjersti's CD
for the 100th time with ' fotball er supert!'
About rolly anchorages where the wind comes hauling
down the island sides and the captain sleeps light.
About lifting out the dinghy and the
engine every time we make a passage....another sweathy balancing
About changing the same reefline for the third time
or repairng the lazy jacks for the.. (lost counting).
About crawling around to clean the boat for sand
and lego or keeping our 20 square meters tidy to things stay in place when we
roll in the waves.
About washing deck & cocpit for salt and
polishing stainles steel.
About trying to figure out what a French weather
forecast really means (was it beaufort or knots?).
About adjusting our hygine habits to safe water or
thinking 'battery' when we turn on a switch..
About closing the hatches 10 times a day when the
next tropical shower hits
OR about still not wanting to swap with our life
And just for the record, we have not been on a
beach trip since Tobago Cays four weeks ago!
This last week has been busy without the stress of
Our trip up to Poit a Pitre on Guadeloupe's east
side to get our oven glass was a long and windy detour.
After three days in the marina shopping and fixing
we could not wait to get out on the water and get air! We did enjoy a big
aquarium as a nice school outing and a pleasant adult evening in Maggie.
Unfortunately with east trades in the high 20s and frequent rain, the small Ile
de Gosier was the furthest we made it on this coast. It was anyway
the filthiest island we have seen, including tags on the lighthouse. Sad.
To head north again, we had to first come down G's south tip or a long
40 nautical miles around the Basse Terre. A rolly wet passage.
The high fever and throat ache moved to Magnus, who
has slept a lot yet is now back strong...he even got to see our latest
Now we know our mid Atlantic Blue Marlin
would have been a lot of work, Ole and Kjell! This one we can not dry
out....for the smell!
Our last French stop in this small fishing
village of Deshaies has been a better end to the
Usually this bay acts as a wind scoop with gusts,
but we have calm waters and the sun is back. More turtles here than in Tobago
This week in short: now we can bake
again....... spiderman muffins.....and a no longer sick spiderman!
and yes...we don't write on the blog about kids
living a cruising life in their underwear...
A morning trip up to the Botanical Garden was the
most popular in a long time. Maybe then more fun for Einar to write his
journal Monday morning.
Bogainvillas and orchides
strange Talipod palm who feeds a bay palm in front for when it
Up close with the parrotts we may only have
heard on our rain forest trips....they knew we had
We are lucky our big sister loves
.....a little more tricky than expected
with hungry birds