Maybe??? This will be the 'the last ever update' .... the sailing world is behind us now, looking forward to finding a new abode somewhere in France.....!! Exciting! Maybe then, another website...who knows?
Fantastic hike up the Vallee du Manchet to the FERME DE l'ARSELLAZ....to catch up with Marie Pierre (with Bruno below)....souvenirs! souvenirs! Her father was a friend of Bruno's way way back...
Bravo! Marie Pierre and Laurent, the chalet looks gorgeous! What a position...
Except for 2 or 3 days, the weather here has been extraordinary...so lucky!
Sadly, the time has come to leave the beautiful French mountains and back to reality.... we are well rested, well restored, relaxed, and very eager to get on with the rest of our lives. Next week we will start house hunting in earnest...I have a book full of contacts for visits (private seller and agencies).
Therefore, closing down the posts on this website....'Pacific Pearl' is no longer ours.
Maybe in the future, I will create another, depends?
Thank you all for following our cruising and other adventures over these past years....
please do keep in contact....Bruno & Judy xx
Here we are up in the French Alps....what a change of ambiance and scenery after our sailing life on 'Pacific Pearl'......weather amazing, but can change rapidly at this altitude!
SOUTH OF FRANCE IN THE SUMMER
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deliciously chilled pale rose/gris wine
catching up with friends from the past.....Brigitte & Jean Jacques,
Ann Marie & Yvon
protected from the shimmering heat by the leaves of the ancient platane trees...absolutely everywhere in the south..typical.
PACKING ALL FINISHED! End of a chapter.....onto the next!
Pacific Pearl will remain on the hard for the time being...then young new owners will sail her to new adventures!
The French flag will be replaced by an English one! Well, she is an English built yacht...Oyster.
Last sail on PACIFIC PEARL.....SHE HAS NOW BEEN SOLD...as for us, onto the next phase of our lives, ashore this time. We are busy busy, preparing to leave, madly packing etc...SO much to do!
We nearly forgot our wedding anniversary...18th June 1992 ....not forgetting the 12.5 years together beforehand = nearly 38 years!
Making the most of the absolutely gorgeous summer weather out in the bays....these babies were waiting to be fed by their parents..ended up with 7 of them onboard!
12 months ago, today, my beloved wonderful Mum passed away at 91 years of age. She will always be in my thoughts....I miss her so much.
Below, with Ejner on her 90th birthday. The huge tapestry in the background, I bought for her in Paris, many many years ago.....she spent 12 months working on that one. Not forgetting all the others!
My Mum loved her tropical plants and flowers.......
BRAVO! PAM....thank you for sending us these absolutely amazing rare photos which you cleverly snapped at 6.30am last Friday, from your boat anchored in Tranquil Bay, Nidri.
Appreciating the peaceful ambiance of 'One Tree Bay' and 'Bungalow Bay'...extremely quiet, nobody, except a few 'yachties' stretching their legs! The season has not yet started here.....as you can see!
A SUNSAIL flotilla did come in for their end of charter BBQ....but they were very discreet.
Check out the camping car below....a big high 4 wheel drive.....they had the 'beach' to themselves....even had solar panels and a TV antenna!! Zen!
Yet again, more heartbreaking tragic news .....our thoughts today are for the parents and young fans in Manchester affected by last night's 'sickening' terrorist attack...
As planned, we are moving around the local anchorages until end June...in order to be readily and rapidly available to show 'Pacific Pearl' if a prospective buyer appears on the horizon!
There has been a little more interest by e mail, plus a few visits...BUT unfortunately no 'serious' offers.
Definitely becoming busier in the area....more and more boats around every day.
We actually had our first 'swim' of the season on the 15th May...a very quick 'in and out' as only 19.5 degrees...in super calm conditions.
Dear Canadian friends, Barb and Con, 'BIGSKY' have recently launched and kindly came down to find us....wonderful to catch up and hear all about their winter adventures in Canada, Panama City, Poland, Holland, Curacao....busy people! see slideshow below....
The huge 63ft 'Spirit of Gaia' entered our bay last week with the owner/designer/builder onboard..well into his 80's...see photos..
James Wharran is an amazing man who built Polynesian style catas...his book 'Two Girls, Two Catamarans' relates the story of his previous two boats in which he sailed around the world with always a female crew...fascinating reading, as begins in the early '50's.
Thank you Pam and Roger for sharing the above with us.