Monday, November 22, 2010

Breakwater Party - Nov 2010

The following pictures were taken last evening - a few of us got together and shared our meal under a bright full moon. The 'cobs' which are those 'flying saucer' type barbeques on the ground are a great cooking device and our neighbours from Czech Republic, Bo and Rada cooked stuffed squid on theirs and Liz and John, alias Zee Zee John (can you guess which one he is) cooked sausages and we fired up our barbeque on the boat and added chicken and potato wedges.
As you can see we had quite a complement of furry guests too. These cats all live amongst the large rocks which make up the breakwater - the sad looking ginger/white tom cat is the daddy of many of the others. I would love to take him and look after him - he looks so sad. Unfortunately I don't think we would do very well travelling with him aboard - he's never been tame, chances are he'd rip our faces off if we tried to catch him.
We are enjoying incredible weather at present - truly and Indian Summer with bright crisp sunshine, 21 degrees and cool nights perfect for hunkering down under the duvet for a good sleep. Many of us are taking advantage of the good weather to work on our boats. The sound of power tools on the dock is the norm at present, and I'm about to get my sewing machine going again to carry on with replacing the boat canvasses which are all pretty worn out.
So far I've replaced the hatch covers - the bimini and the mainsail cover. Not too happy with the finishing on a couple of things so I'll go at them again to improve them.
Tony has been doing his favourite boat task - caulking - (definitely not his favourite). When Tony caulks his evil alter ego comes to the fore and makes the task even worse for him. Moondancer requires alot of caulking if we are to keep the water out and he's getting it done, albeit unhappily.

Breakwater Party 2010




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Breatwater Party - Nov 2010




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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Video taken in Istanbul

Just getting around to organising pictures and videos taken when I was in Istanbul. I wish that the uploading didn't take so long - then I would put loads more images on the blog. It now seems like such a long time ago that I was there.

While I was staying in the basement of the Dong Yang Hostel I found a couple of books. One of them is called The Historian and its all about Vlad the Impaler, aka Dracula being buried in Istanbul, not Transylvania. Thank God it took me a couple of weeks to get to that part of the book otherwise I'd have had to sleep in a bed of garlic surrounded by crucifixes, sharpened wooden stake and hammer at the ready.