Hobart, Tasmania – A Weekend Travel Guide

Is exploring Hobart, Tasmania on your weekend getaway list? If so, this travel guide may give you a few ideas of things to see and do while you are in Hobart. At first glance, Hobart, Tasmania gives the impression of a large country town but don’t let her low key looks deceive you. There is…

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12 Apps for Sailors and Travellers

With so many apps available these days, it can be confusing to decide what with be useful for sailors and travellers. It’s also time-consuming to work your way through what will work for you. So to make it a wee bit easier, I’ve compiled a list of 12 apps I use regularly when sailing and…

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Arriving in Gibraltar- Gateway to the Mediterranean

Sailing through the Gibraltar Straits,  and arriving in Gibraltar, was a  journey milestone.

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Visiting Cartagena in Spain: Favourite Places

Cartagena, Spain – a wonderful town rich with ancient and naval history.

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Anchorages and Marina Options – France to Croatia

Anchorage and marina options from France to Croatia

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Night Passages – love or hate?

Sailing at night is something you either love or hate. Night passages are part of cruising so how do you prepare yourself for these passages?

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My top 5 “must haves” on board our catamaran.

How we decided what options and inclusions to have on board at the start of our sailing adventure.

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Learning to basket weave

I’m a workshop addict; it’s fun learning new ways to make things. I haven’t done one a workshop in a while so when I saw the opportunity of learning how basket weave using recycled materials; I signed up; as you do. What appealed to me most about this workshop was the use of recycled materials…

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2018 Year in Review

Yes, its March and I’ve decide to do a 2018 Year in Review: it’s never too late right? And I started writing this on my birthday; what a better time to reflect on the past year. What went well in 2018 Travel This year we went on one of the biggest adventures of our lives.…

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Is Sailing the Perfect Way to “Slow Travel”?

My love of “slow travel” began in my early 20’s when I spent eight and a half months on the back of a truck, bouncing around on the dirt roads of the jungles and deserts of Africa. We free camped under the stars listening to roaring lions, crossed the deserts of Sudan and the Sahara…

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Living the dream? I’m worried

So, you’ve said “yes” to the wonderful adventure that is cruising life, but there’s a nagging voice in your head that whispers “what if”….

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Colour and Culture of Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is a city of vibrant colour and colour, heavily influenced by Art Nouveau style architecture. A perfect place to rest and explore after sailing down the Atlantic Coast.    

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Arriving in Lisbon, Portugal

After a long, tiring sail down the Atlantic Coast of Spain and Portugal, we took a break and explored the vibrant city of Lisbon. Bypassing  Marina de Cascais, popular with yachties, we chose to be closer to Lisbon city itself. After researching the city marinas options we settled on Marina Parques das Nacoes, as it was…

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Sailing Coastal Spain and Portugal

A sense of foreboding followed us down the Atlantic Coast after we passed the Coast of Death (Costa del Mort). It was still early May and the weather in the Atlantic Ocean is notoriously fickle and changes quickly throughout the day. To minimise getting caught out in really bad weather while sailing down coastal Spain…

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Let’s talk about plastic and sailing

Yes, this the latest “hot topic”. Everyone seems to be talking about single-use plastic; from plastic bags to plastic straws. Having spent several months in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, I can tell you, the problem is real. And it’s not pretty. Plastic debris littered the water, beaches and shores, to various degrees,…

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Wild Heart waiting: La Rochelle and all things yachts

When we arrived in La Rochelle, a few short months ago, we had no idea what to expect from many things; the town, our new catamaran “Wild Heart” and sailing in France. We quickly discovered that La Rochelle was a joy, rich in history and lifestyle; commisioning a new boat was an intense and exciting…

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Wild Heart’s maiden voyage: The Bay of Biscay and the Coast of Death

The maiden voyage of Wild Heart and her crew meant leaving the safety, familiarity and comfort of a marina in pretty La Rochelle and crossing the notorious Bay of Biscay; a large open stretch of water with a reputation for being very unfriendly. It was not a trip I was looking forward to in a…

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A new catamaran and a different life.

Buying a new catamaran and taking a leap into a new way of life.

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Going to the darkside: From monohull to multihull

How and why we decided to move from a monohull yacht to a catamaran.

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Bareboat chartering: Vava’u – Tonga

A brief guide to cruising and whale swimming in Vava’u.

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Sailing holidays in Croatia

The Dalmatian Coast is breathtaking. If you’re considering a sailing holiday in Croatia, I’ll take your through my thoughts and suggestions.

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Accomodation review: The Atlantic, Byron Bay, Australia

The Atlantic: Accomodation at the iconic Byron Bay, Australia

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Learning to Free Dive

I share my experience of learning to free dive in preparation for a sailing trip in Tonga. It also happened to be the middle of winter.

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Japan in Cherry Blossom Season

The colour, fragile beauty and cultural significance of Japan’s Cherry Blossoms, makes this season a magical time to visit.

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5 Fabulous Online Art Teachers

Ever considered taking an online class but overwhelmed by choice? Here’s some suggestions….

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Which online art class is for me? Tips to help you choose.

Are you considering taking an online art class? I’ve discussed why I love online classes here. As there are so many available, it can get a little difficult to choose, so here are a few suggestions to help you choose.

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Why online art classes are a great option

Have you tried them? Three years ago I didn’t know they existed and now I have discovered them, it’s fabulous. There’s such a fantastic range of classes and teacher to explore and access. What is an online art class? It’s literally a virtual art class. There’s a teacher who posts lessons online which you can watch in your…

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Bali – people

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Travel – Landscapes

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The colours of Bali

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Flowers in closeup

 

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What’s your definition of success?

I had a timely reminder the other day: “you create your own definition of success” It’s so easy to get caught up in how the world defines success – money, recognition, celebrity – but it’s more personal than those generalisations. For some, it’s a happy family, for others it’s professional achievements but for creative types,…

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A reminder for artists everywhere….

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Bali Landscapes

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