After our long and busy winter season in the Alps, we were happy to be returning to the UK to stay with Ian’s mum, June, for a while. Especially as she had given us a bit of a fright the week before, having been admitted to hospital! Now, she certainly seems to be on the mend and back to her normal routine…so that was a big relief. Whilst there with June, we had a lovely video chat with Erin in Australia, the ease of which June marveled over. It was good to see Erin and to hear that she has been making progress on the job front and is enjoying life in Melbourne.
We squeezed in a couple of wonderful days in ‘The Shire’, watching the Tour De Yorkshire fly past and enjoying one of Mr Brennan’s fine pizzas cooked to perfection in his new pizza oven, in only 50 seconds! Now that is a HOT oven! On the Bank Holiday Monday we had a lovely day at Alice and Ian Daggett’s with lots of friends from around the Dale. It was such a wrench to be leaving so soon.
Our return coincided with June’s birthday, so we were able to have a lovely evening out with most of the family to celebrate.
On the 8th May we woke at ridiculous o’clock to catch our flight back to Catania, Sicily and then to the boat which has been in Marina Di Ragusa all winter.
She had survived well, although she was covered in a sprinkling of fine orange dust which had blown up from the Sahara.
We began the process of rebuilding her ready to sail away. Re-threading the lines and halyards; putting on the sails (freshly laundered…I kid you not…they smell lovely); cleaning and polishing everything; greasing the winches; replacing the spray hood and bimini; (that word again, Michelle Firth!!). Busy, busy, work, work!
We had a minor accident in those first few days, whilst Ian was trying to retrieve some batons from the boom. Keira and I lent a hand and pushed the recalcitrant baton down the boom towards Ian. Unfortunately, his front tooth was in the way and the result was that he lost a chunk off the corner of his tooth.
A quick trip into Ragusa (and a chance for Keira and I to nip to see the old part of town) to dentist Dr. Aldo Miano and half an hour later it was all rebuilt! Cash job only.
During this jobs week, Keira cracked on with her studies for her Day Skipper Qualification.
It was lovely to catch up with friends who had been in the marina all winter. We also enjoyed a Fiat Cinque Centi rally. The weather was very unsettled during this time and we had cold, very windy and cloudy days with little sunshine. Most unusual for Sicily!
The Heanes arrived on Sunday the 12th May. There were still jobs to do (thanks to David for cleaning the fenders…they are like new!) and, since the weather was unpleasant, we decided to stay put in the safety of the marina for a bit longer.
There was a great deal of Bonus Whist to be played. And the delay in MdR meant that we could sample a spectacular fish meal at the Marisco restaurant and one or two of Burger Art’s delicious burgers. Almost as good as a pitta gyros! Eventually, it was time to leave and start the 2019 adventure………off to Croatia.