Spetses...Spetsai....How we love anchoring in the clear turquoise waters of Ormos Zoyioryia, north west corner of the island. Next stop will be Ermioni for the interesting weekly market......
After a final tearful farewell to my dearest beautiful Mum, difficult to return to reality. But I am so relieved to be reunited with Bruno, and our very privileged lifestyle, living and cruising on board 'Pacific Pearl'.....for how long??
Thanks Barb for these photos....above 'Pacific Pearl' is anchored in the middle of this bay with 'BIGSKY', just at the entrance to Porto Cheli....with the delightful wooded island of Spetses behind.
I arrived in Athens, absolutely shattered after my long flight, to find a grinning Bruno and our dear friend Con waiting to greet me with a hire car...what bliss! Avoiding a bus trip to Piraeas, then a long ferry ride to Porto Cheli...thank you both, what luxury...I gained about 7 travelling hours.
Below...our close Canadian friends, Barb and Con...you have been marvellous keeping Bruno company during my absence! Enjoy your family in Canada this summer......many thanks for everything!
As always, amazing sunsets in Porto Cheli.......
I will miss my Mum so terribly...full of emotions here in Cairns. Gorgeous natural Australian native flowers for her very last day......
It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the passing of my dearly beloved beautiful Mum.
Even though we lived so far away from each other, I always felt so incredibly lucky to be her daughter, making my life really so special with wonderful memories. I will miss her enormously and I just cannot imagine not being able to hear her bright voice at the end of the line. Kate adored hearing of our sailing whereabouts and adventures, especially as she sailed with us often in the past and just loved every minute!
The photo below is on her 90th birthday, we never imagined that she could make 91, but she did and a little more...bravo!
Next week will be a very emotional time in Cairns for my brother and I, and especially for Ejner, my step father....Kate, you will be in our hearts forever....love you!
The superb view over to picturesque Poros from Galatas, where we purchase our fruit and veges. etc...
Galatas, is the complete opposite to Poros...sleepy, dusty, not at all touristy, but has an amazing 'alibaba' hardware shop run by an extremely helpful young lady, English speaking of course. How on earth can she find anything in that bazaar, but she does....bravo!
There used to be a Lidl supermarket, but no longer unfortunately.
The sea water temperature here is now hovering around the 23-24 degrees, really quite acceptable, but I do prefer over 25! However, I am swimming every day, just love it!
Now to entice Bruno into swimming mode also.
The French Top 14 Rugby competition is reaching the quarter finals, so lots to watch over the next few weekends.
Below...Great evening last night at the local taverna....typically Greek.
As I write, it is actually raining, decent rain....wonderful to wash down our boats, especially the mast and rigging.
A strong Meltemi will be howling down through the Cyclade Islands tomorrow, but we will be well protected here thankfully, maybe only force 5/6 instead of force 7/8!
Another sparkling gorgeous day here in the Saronic Gulf of Greece.....Socialising, as one does...enjoying the company of 'old' friends and meeting 'new' ones!
We do see some crazy names for boats....seen on the town quay in Poros...well we are in Greece!
Quite an international community here in our anchorage at POROS.....this evening we are getting together over in the local taverna.
Our dear friends, Barb and Con from Canada on S/Y 'Bigsky' http://sailbigsky.weebly.com sailed in yesterday from Kithnos. Delighted to catch up again, as always.
Hopingly Renee and Jamie S/Y 'Manaia' from New Zealand, will make it also.
Barb and Con have South African friends from Cape Town who should arrive today or tomorrow.
A Dutch flagged Amel 'Tishuit' is anchored just a little further forward .... Hans and Karine will join us.
As well as a young American couple, Heather and John ,on a beautiful classic yacht called 'Evergreen' I think they are from Vermont...they must have many tales to tell, I am sure.
Should be a fun evening!
Below...we will NOT be meeting the owners of the boats below, just passing through briefly, but decorative when they are anchored nearby!
This one is particularly beautiful....