Still, whilst our sailing is reduced to weekends and the odd extended weekend, it's lovely to be back on the beautiful southwest coast of England. We're also enjoying the Somerset countryside which had turned an unusual shade of parched brown at the end of the amazingly hot and dry summer but is now back to its more common lush green. Our links to the Pacific sailing world remain strong, with regular contact with sailing friends and even a couple of visits.
Firstly we had Ana and Colin (ex Ithaka) who had a family get together in a cottage in Dittisham, a couple of miles up the River Dart from MAunie's mooring, and joined us aboard Maunie with their two grandsons for coffee.
Then Kerry (ex Sel Citron) came to stay and enjoyed a mix of local hikes and some good sailing.
|Kerry & Di on Kilve Beach|
|Low tide geology|
Graham's work has been rather time-consuming for his first few months (warm sunshine = record cider sales!) but our own apple orchard has deliver a pretty good crop this year so we have also been busy harvesting:
|Apple pressing, on a rather smaller scale|
|Very tasty pink juice from the early crop of Discovery apples|
Whilst we haven't managed a planned trip across to southern Ireland, we did have an excellent, four-day mini-cruise to Falmouth and back which reminded us just how good the local sailing is around us.
|Approaching Start Point|
|Di enjoying the sail as we beat to windward.|
|Approaching Pendennis Castle in Falmouth|
|The beautiful River Yealm with two smaller Vancouvers on moorings near us|
|The Yealm visitors' pontoon|
|A great spinnaker run back to Dartmouth|
Finally, we drove down to Southampton on Friday to visit the Boat Show. We were mostly looking for kit suppliers and ideas for the refit that well be doing to the boat over the next year or two but, of course, we had to look at a few other boats just to compare. We genuinely didn't find anything we'd want to swap Maunie for apart, perhaps, for this beautiful wooden 63ft yawl built by Spirit Yachts in Ipswich.
Access to these kinds of boats at the Show is usually reserved for those who have pre-arranged a private viewing (and presumably passed the finance test) but one of the Spirit Yachts team saw us admiring her and invited us aboard.
For those interested this link gives more photos: https://spirityachts.com/spirit-dh63-launch-southampton-boat-show/