News from El Puerto de Santa Maria, Cadiz (Spain) & gannet incident
We had a wonderful time with Denise, Shane’s Mum, who joined us for a few days sailing and exploring around Culatra and Faro. We swam in the sea, watched storks and spoonbills, ate well, and Denise, much to Shane’s horror, climbed the cathedral steps in Faro and rang the bell …. good on ‘er!
We said our sad farewells to Denise on Friday 2nd
October. On Sunday 4th at 3am we raised anchor for a 14 hour
night and day sail southeast direct to
The strangest thing then happened …. And for the cynics out there skip this paragraph …. As we guiltily packed away the fishing gear for the day, (having suddenly turned vegan), the clouds formed a flying-gannet-like shape above us – I kid you not – it was huge and there was no mistaking its shape (though Shane at first thought it was the Mayor of Gotham City sending out the bat signal). We scoured the horizon for our injured (and hopefully still floating) gannet, at which moment he appeared above Talulah and flew a full circle, slightly crooked to one side, above us! He was alive, and flying! Hoorah!! That night we ate fish.
There was no room for us at the marina in Rota,
(there is no anchoring allowed around here due to close proximity of US Naval
base) so we tied up at the fuel pontoon where the enormous
Today is special – 6th October - we have had Talulah for one year exactly, and its Shane’s birthday. So tonight we are going to eat an Argentian cow (so we’re no longer vegans then).