2012.12.08 North Palm Beach Florida

It's been almost one month since we left Montreal, so....I guess David is somewhat justified in complaining about my lack of blogging...I've been busy with other more pressing things to do and then too tired or lazy when I was done!!!

Let's get updated since the last posting...we were in grand children graduation frenzy but missed Matthew since his took place afterwards... So here he is towering over me.

We went to Lac Brome to visit Jean-Pierre and Marie-Francoise of Nid'O fame...we .had a lovely day and  must go back for duck next year.
We went on a little motor trip to Connecticut and Maine to visit friends and pick up David's model of Soli.

Off to the UK to visit family...if Mohamed won't come to the mountain ...the mountain must.....

We love "DowntonAbbey" ...we went to visit the grand  "house" wher it was filmed..."Highclere castle"
We Went to Toronto to visit with Master Henry and Fam....Smily and Taed!!!

Our  friends, from long ago at BYC,Peter and Nancy-Junecame to visit. They now live in Oakville and like us are cruising around on their sailboat
 Step 3...maybe not like us...they seem to move a lot more...
We are now going back to Europe,,,I got muddle up in the order of download,,,and it is too slow to redo...sorry.

Boats....boats always boats. From Deb and James little one on the brook at the bottom of the garden to Nesta Mae, Chris and Maggie's 72ft narrow boat ...now cruising English channels is not for the meek (and I mean physically) David drove and I did the locks...ooooof!!!

We had a very quick trip to Rome to pick up Catherine (CJ) and Veronica and take them to Opio for a little vacation in Tony and Henri marvellous villa....a monster was created there...Vivi (the future Esther Williams for those of you old enough to know who she was!!!) we could not get her out of the pool.
We went to visit my Dad in Villefranche and a much too hort visit to Danielle and Robert in Ste Consorce .

Really Tead...a little young ,dont you think.

Med diet on in the Med......
This trip was insanely rushed...trying to fit everybody (or almost) was quite stressful....
We got home for a little more bonding with our Canadian Fam...... also went far too fast!!!

Wendy...our super star daughter had most of  the falily over....Thanks Toots...we know you have nothing else to do!!! :)

We stopped by Toronto on our way down to Soli to have another little Henry fix... (S&E also of course).
                                WE ARE NOW STARTING THIS YEARS'S BLOG!!!!!

      We met up with Carol and Bill (Interim) at La Quinta.

     We had not seen Skip and Harriet since Xmas 2008 ...they haven't changed a bit.
     And we thought we ould install the bullet antenna ourselves...good thing Mike Robbie were around with their expertise and double-jointed bodies!
    We finally got Kevin to help bending on the sails...he swore he would never buy a sailboat....

     New addition to our toys Bullet M2 antenna..good thing David Hudson had made us another bracket!!!
    Soli with her favorite dock neighbour....Blue Moon !!!!

   After a very easy outside passage from St Catherine Souund to St Simon Simon Island (to avoid the Little Mud River) here we go again meandering down the good old ICW...House shopping NOT!!!

      Ma cabane au Canada????

     After a couple of days in St Augustine, where er did not see Lin, but had Soli's belts checked and adjusted ...we went through the "new" Bridge of Lions .
     This historic site is the Matanzas fort where 400 Huguenots were massacred in 1569 "Matanzas" means  

    Our Med lunch on the ICW ...very authentic though...Olive oil from Opio.

    There must have been something yummy under the water.

     One of Vero Beach's finest trees

     Lynn and Walter bought a lovely house in Vero Beach and they were wonderful hosts cum driving/shopping service...THANKS MUCH YOU TWO!!!!

     Friday morning...the day we are to leave Vero Beach (remember velcro beach) ....well it really tried to keep us there by fogging us in but we waited a bit and the fogburned off and so were we!!!!!

    Theherb garden is in position ...we are now officially in full cruising mode....a bientot....maybe  :)


elisabeth said...

I would imagine that after all the jet-setting, boat time is a much welcome relief! I'm still not quite sure what part of the year is your actual vacation...glad to see that you're enjoying yourselves! Keep the posts coming!

Anonymous said...

Great pictures! I showed them to V and she remembered Tony and Henri!! Glad the trip is off to a good start, Soli looks great :)
Miss you both!
Catherine xxo

David - Catherine Allin said...

I obviously did something wrong... !! Ii thought that I had replied but wuill try again.............

E... we try very hard to make the whole year a vacation so there is no real vacation time.

C.... So glad that V remembered Tony & Henri.. they certainly remember her !! "Soli is behaving very well although we did beat her up a bit coming over here!!

Love you both.

Anonymous said...

Great photos! We enjoyed seeing you and hope to catch up in the Bahamas. BTW, that tug and barge was the one that almost squashed us near Jacksonville!

David - Catherine Allin said...

If memory serves me right we passed the tug and barge about half way between Vero and Fort Pierce, fortunately at a fairly wide part of the channel !!

Anonymous said...

Wow! lovely to see that sunshine from an incredibly wet and windy UK! Consider yourselves fortunate!Soli looks to be in great order and very sleek. BUT what ginormous gin palaces behind her! Does anyone actually do anything in those?! The food looked pretty good too, keep it all up! Love from all the Welshs

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