Friday, March 26, 2010

What we're up to in Malta

For the past month,since Tony got his Captain's ticket and I didn't we've both been working very hard - I know, boring, but actually not so boring really. It looks like the work Tony has been doing pounding the pavements and using his 'idiot style charm' has paid off. It looks like he's got 2 different companies here to take him on as a charter skipper, which is what he wants. This will be a great start on the road as a Commercial Sailor, and perhaps lead to what we are still hoping will happen for us - to run a boat for other people - 'paid pets' is what we call it. So I'm uploading a video of Tony bringing Alouette back from Marsaxlokk where he hauled it out and worked on the hull, repainting the bottom and polishing the hull. He's very happy with the progress he is making, and I am very happy for him. The other
The other video I'm uploading is of the maiden sail of Sang Royale. She is a 60' schooner owned and built by a very nice man called Alex D'Agata. 12 years ago he bought an old steel hull, just that and has built this boat, for the past month I have been making her sails. These sails are all made from other used sails, they have all been re-cut to fit Sang Royale. It was quite hard work really. Sewing sails is hard on my hands and elbows and shoulders, but after I got over the initial 'shock' of working at 7.30am - 4.00pm every day I grew more involved in the project. Today I partook in the maiden sail of Sang Royale. It was so nice to be included with the other 'workers' who have helped to create her. So here's a little video of her first sail. The young fella on the helm called James was enjoying his first sail ever. Imagine, your first sail is on a half million Euro yacht. Mine was on a $100 aluminum dinghy.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A few more pictures

Brother Richard and Jill come to visit
Tony's next 'sweet ride'
The Maltese Falcon

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Long time - no blog

Checking the 'fit' of the sails.
Tony with his 'friends'.
Elvis is alive and well, and fishing in Malta.

It seems like a very long time since I've written anything on the blog. And it might have something to do with not feeling like we are being very 'adventurous' at present. Even though we are not having the type of winter we would have back home it still is winter, compared to the eternal summer we had been in for 18 months prior to arriving in Malta, and the sweltering September on our arrival.
Unbelievably we've been here for 6 months. And it looks as though we'll be here for the summer now.
I've been working for the past month remaking sails for a beautifully renovated schooner moored out in Msida creek. Its been hard work, and particularly hard to get up at 6.00am, walk to a bus stop, get on a bus and arrive at work at 7.30am, and actually get to work. I know, all of you working stiffs are thinking 'Oh, you poor girl, how do you cope with such hardship???????'. Hey its been awhile since I 'worked', and for someone else, a very long time. But I'm enjoying it, its good to bring some money in doing something I know instinctively how to do. I might not be a sailmaker, but I've been a sewer all of my life, and can pretty much sew anything - so now its sails.
Tony has been searching for work with the charter companies and private yachts in Malta, and has a couple of interesting leads which may come to fruition as the cruising season kicks in.
Last week it was great to visit with my brother Richard and his wife Jill who had come over for a short holiday, they were not able to be here for the reunion in September, so this was a real treat.
We have not done much sight seeing, days off work have been pretty lazy, and we're definitely in a 'looking forward to a change in weather mode'. The winds here can be pretty awful, and we don't seem to get much reprieve in between . We do have a nice group of friends around us in the marina and some on land, aswell as our membership in the Royal Malta Yacht Club, so we are not lacking for social life. Would have alot more of it if we weren't busy with work.
These days I wake up a little earlier every morning and get onto the computer to see if I have a message from my daughter Mary, who is very pregnant and about to give birth any day now to her first child - my second grandchild, who I hope to see some time in the summer when I'll make a trip home.
My son Johnny is in Thailand getting his travelling fix. My daughter Georgia is about to embark on her own business venture with a Hairdressing salon in San Francisco, where she lives with her husband Darin and son Wyatt, and my youngest daughter Josie has about a month to go before end of term at U-Vic, and then she'll come and spend a holiday with Tony and I in Malta, and maybe we'll sail over to the Greek islands. Josie wants to go there because she knows from Mama Mia that all of the people are happy and singing and dancing in the streets. That sounds great, I want to see that too.