THE END (for now...)
At Auckland Airport, I am waiting for my flight to Heathrow via Los Angeles.
For two weeks I’ve been preparing Caramor for her extended stay in Whangarei. Leaving a boat takes nearly as much time as preparing to go sailing; the sails need to be taken off, boiled batteries taken out, sun covers made, moving parts greased, others oiled, the engine desalted, everything checked, always lots of cleaning, sorting and recycling, packing gear for the UK, selling stuff we no longer want and applying for jobs. I was short listed for an interview (Skype call), unfortunately I came second.
Kath dressed for her interview (shorts underneath off course!)
Caramor has been allocated a great spot overlooking the marina, right next to the BBQ area. (We’ll probably get back to find sausages sticking out of all her through-hull fittings!) David has promised to look after her and no doubt Steve and Mo will keep an eye on her as well.
Caramor coming ashore
Caramor in her new prime location
With our friend from our favourite icecream stand
Carolyn, Ian, Bridget and Brian joined me for a BBQ on my last night at Riverside Drive
It is with a great deal of sadness that I am leaving Caramor, she has been our home for five and a half years and I will miss her. On a cheerful note, in a few hours’ time Franco and I will be together again.
All that is left is to say goodbye to you, whether you read this diary regularly or just dipped in from time to time, it’s been a pleasure to share our journey with you.
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