Monthly Archives: September 2012

Watercolour sketch

In the days before GPS and electronic charts it was essential to have navigation skills. We learned our position lines, fixes, transits and dead reckoning at evening classes where our teacher, Jim, fondly laced his lessons with memorable descriptives and mnemonics. Who could ever forget ‘Can Dead Men Vote Twice’ and ‘True Virgins Make Dull Companions’ to ensure the correct order in converting compass to true or the other way around? One cold and rainy November evening Jim said, “Being at sea on a night like tonight will mean zero visibility … you might as well stick your head up a cow’s backside!” He went on to teach us about lighthouses and their characteristics … no wonder we have such a fondness for these structures.


Cabo de Roca is the furthest point west of Portugal and of the European continent. Steep, rocky cliffs, 168m high form the perfect base for the lighthouse that warns and comforts mariners navigating the Iberian coast. We sailed by that lighthouse, high-tailing it before a storm to our north, rounded Cape Raso in heavy seas and headed for the protection of Cascais bay where we anchored in the lee of Cascais, relieved and grateful to sit out the Atlantic depression in safety and comfort.

Bursting Back into Blogging

Talk about making an entrance … with a nomination like this it’s unavoidable!

Of course, the ONE LOVELY BLOG award does not come cheap and certain conditions need to be fulfilled:

We must –

1. Thank the person who honoured us and post their links.
2. Share 7 things about ourselves.
3. Nominate up to 15 other blogs for this honour.
The first is easy –  Thank you, Jen. You’re a very beautiful virtual friend and we feel greatly honoured to be chosen by you for this award. And to you, gentle readers, please head on over to Jennie’s spaces and enjoy the work of this talented artist and illustrator with a great blog here and a fabulous website here
Secondly, sharing 7 things about ourselves – 
1. We spent our honeymoon in Gunter Sachs’ apartment in Gstaad.  (And no, he wasn’t there too. We learned to work the coffee machine in the restaurant downstairs and were high on love and coffee the whole time.)
2. A gorilla paid for our boat.
3. We hit the millennium with $7 cash in our pocket and a zero balance to our bank account.  (We’re still here so we didn’t starve to death and now we’ll definitely be ready for the next turn of the century!)
4. We can claim royal connections: Pippa met the Queen (not Barry Humphries but Her Actual British Majesty and it was some time ago when the palace gave small-talk practice for a queening career by supplying citizens of the colonies as they could be relied upon to stand open-mouthed in the royal presence and not try to talk back) and the first woman ever to kiss Miles was the Duchess of Kent although there’s a slight possibility that his mother might have kissed him once, earlier, but he definitely remembers the royal smooch and he’s sticking with that as there’s no proof that his mother got in first.)
5. Miles was part of the work force building a spy satellite at a secret location in the Nevada Desert. Everyone working on the project was sworn to secrecy and threatened with court action for any disclosures. Dropping by a local Starbucks for a take-away coffee, the waitress said to him, “You’re not from around here … you must be working on that spy satellite out in the desert then.”
6. Paul McCartney asked if he could join Miles’ band but Miles said no, they already had a singer. (Not a serious misjudgement like Decca made, just a bit of banter in a London street.)
7. Our first art exhibition was on the side of the road and it was a sell-out. (We’ve never matched that in a gallery … must be a lesson in there somewhere!)
So, despite our Liz advising against name-dropping we’ve had a lovely time with it and we trust you’re really terribly impressed!
Finally, a difficult choice as there are so many lovely blogs out there, but we’ve chosen this baker’s dozen of our favourite lovelies to pass on the ONE LOVELY BLOG award to: