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Spring in Sicily 2018

“Oh look, there’s ‘Cheesus’ over looking the cheeses.” exclaimed Steve from Amalia.

http://euromessengers.org/?biodetd=welcher-broker-handelt-bin%C3%A4re-optionen-idizis&e61=ca Its mid-April and I am sitting here in the Porto Turistico di Marina Di Ragusa whilst the wind howls around us at about 50knots.  The boat (A 1992 Bavaria Lagoon 430) is rocking in the wind so much that the cutlery drawer keeps flying open, as if it has been magically enchanted by Mary Poppins!

optionfair com It’s best to keep busy and distracted so that I don’t find myself worrying about every squeak, creak and crunch.

source site The music of the marina is clanging halyards, windblown rigging singing and whistling, whipping sail covers and flapping flags that shred themselves sacrificially.

Picking our way along the limestone escarpments near Ragusa, Sicily with the Kalura Walking group.

http://missionnorman.org/emiios/738 Tonight, there is a proper musical interlude in the Marina Lounge Bar.  The music being provided by very talented musical sailors within the marina community together with some locals.

source site Tomorrow, the wind will have dropped back to more acceptable levels and a few of us are off to join the Kalura Walking group again for a walk in the Sicilian hills nearby.

binäre optionen erfahrung 2018 For the last six weeks Ian has been working his way down his spreadsheet list of 180 boat jobs.  He was able to complete some jobs despite recovering from his hernia operation and is now in a position to say that there are only three remaining pre-departure jobs to complete and they are all in hand!

 

Cleaning the head in the heads!!

http://skylinemediainc.com/?pokakal=opcje-binarne-gdzie-grac&f54=5b Needless to say, fixing the heads (toilet) is a top priority – again. I had the dubious pleasure of cleaning the whole toilet pan.  This involves chipping off the crystals that develop when wee mixes with the salt water that is used to flush the loo! Nice.  The joys of sailing.

Buffalo mozzarella, buffalo cheese, buffalo steak, buffalo meat stew, buffalo mozzarella fritters, buffalo mozzarella pizza, buffalo tomatoes and finally, oranges!!! Washed down with plenty of red wine!!!

software segnali opzioni binarie After arriving back at the boat in mid-March I immediately got on with the job of social secretary; catching up with marina friends and fellow sailors.  We had an enormous lunch at the Azienda Magazze buffalo farm with a jolly group and waddled back to the marina full as eggs!  Also managed a good few ‘Happy Hours’ at the Stella Marina Bar, a visit to the ricotta farm and a fiendish Bonus Whist session.  Its been all go.

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Emma, Charlotte, Laura, Jack, Sophie, Adam, Tim, Keira and Erin. Cousin power!
Sarah, Keira, Ian, June and Erin

source link We had a lovely week back home with Ian’s mum in late March for the wedding of our eldest niece Sophie and her fiancé Adam.  It was a wonderful day and so nice to spend time with all the family.  Keira, Erin and Josh were all up north, so it was extra special to be them too.

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Since arriving back at the boat, we have completed adjustments to the forepeak guest cabin to make it a little more spacious.  (Well, there is room to just about swing a cat!)  We have also come up with an improved storage solution for all the boat tools, spares and equipment.  It means that it is easier to access everything and there is still room for the bunk room to accommodate one (small) person.

Enio of Olimpic Sails, Syracuse, helping to fit the new lazy bag that he made for the main sail.

We now have comfortable and hardwearing cockpit cushions and a lovely new sail bag to protect the main sail.  A new outboard motor cover, (From Krina on Spray, life raft cover, from Beatrice on Barracuda, and winch covers.  I have made new covers for the guard rail pads and handy pockets for sun glasses etc. I also have made mattress covers for the forepeak and some storage solutions for the duvets.

 

 

I have covered everything that stood still long enough, in polka dot sticky-backed plastic to jazz u the galley.

 

 

Beautiful, strong and well-made cover for the outboard made by Krina of Spray.
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I have also had my first attempt at making limoncello. (See the pages part of the blog for the recipe.  It was very easy to make and tastes delicious.)

 

 

 

 

 

Carcioffi – artichokes.

I have had a couple of journeys up to Ragusa with Helena  (Amalia)  and Aylin for the early morning market there.  There’s all sorts available from; bags of ridiculously cheap vegetables; fish, meat, shoes, handbags, clothes, material, even woven palm frond ornaments for Palm Sunday.

I have continued to practise my Italian.  Our neighbour Catherine has encouraged me to join her conversation group on a Thursday and I have made bad attempts to chat.

 

 

 

It has been a very pleasant time indeed, made even more so by the delivery of one hundred  litres of Frattelli Mazza boxed wine. We have stowed it away.  Now, we just have to try not to drink it all before we set sail!

Back in ‘The Shire’.

An Aerial shot of the Porto Turistico Marina di Ragusa.

We pulled into our winter berth in the

Porto Turistico Marina di Ragusa, Sicily, without a hitch and were pleased to see friends and neighbours from last year.  Our arrival coincided with one of the twice weekly happy hours at the Stella Marina Bar so we met old and new friends that night.

 

ALl Italy Laser Championships in Marina di Ragusa

Some days later, the Porto Turistico hosted the All-Italy Laser Championships.   The first challenge was negotiating out from between the pontoons, heading for open sea.

Scrubbing the bottom of the tender clean; one of the many jobs to do.

Since arriving back, we have been full-on busy with boat jobs; fixing, replacing, renewing, cleaning, servicing, removing, repairing and storing.

 

 

We have had visits from Alice, Ian and Jon.  Unfortunately, we weren’t able to sail anywhere (even if the weather had been suitable) because the sails had already gone off to be repaired.

Ian, me and Jon above the stunning Ragusa Ibla.

However, we were able to explore more of Sicily.  Touring around to Syracuse, Modica, Scicli, Palazzallo Acredie and Ragusa Ibla – beautiful cities with stunning baroque churches and buildings.

A temple and huge bronze statue at Agrigento.

 

 

 

 

We also drove out to Agrigento to the Valley of Temples and were suitably impressed by the stunning Greek Temples there, which are some of the best preserved in the Med.

Visiting Agrigento – The Valley of Temples with Alice and Ian in our little Fiat 500!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caltagirone National Park (Ancient Oak Forest) with the Kalura Walking group.

We joined a walking group and enjoyed a couple of noisy walks in the surrounding area with forty chattering Sicilians.

 

 

I also went olive picking again and have my own bottle of freshly pressed oil from my olives, ready to open in the spring.

Steve and Laura busy picking some of the 200kg we picked that day.

 

Kangaroo Sky above Pallazzallo Acredie

Ian welcomed back his road bike with open arms (thanks once again to Nick and Paul) and has been out on it a few times.  He reports that it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier each time.

Ian and Sheena. (Love how ancient columns are incorporated into newer buildings.)

We also enjoyed a few days in Rome, with my old friend Sheena and her family.  We walked all round Rome and saw all the main sights and some little hidden gems with our super guide Sheena, who has lived in Rome for 30 years.

Then, it was back to the boat for a few last minute preparations before heading back to the UK for a couple of months where,  for the first time in a while, all four of us Mouldings are to be in the same country at Christmas.

So, yes, we are going to be living back in Yorkshire.  Staying in a cottage – 26 Linton Falls until the 12th February 2018.

We hope to catch up with as many friends and family as we can.  Do pop in if you’re passing.

In the meantime, we wish you a merry Christmas and a very happy and healthy new year.