Sailing in Turkey

Our first full day was a busy one. We weighed anchor at 6am and set off to visit an ancient ruin.

By 9:30 we were enjoying a delicious breakfast before a swim around the boat and then off to visit the ruins complete with amphitheater.

It was hot and before long we were ready to get back on the boat or dip back into the turquoise water.

Before long we were off again to another bay where we stopped for lunch. With each stop it seemed the water was clearer and bluer than the last and we swam again doing laps around the boat to work off some of the delicious food which kept appearing at regular intervals.

Again, after lunch we were off to another bay. This time the wind had picked up and we were sailing between islands. The swell was rolling and the heavy boat picked up speed as the engine was cut and the only sounds were wind and waves.

It was several hours before we finally stopped again, this time for the night as the sun was setting and we were able to shower and clean up for dinner.

It had seemed like a long day, our first full day onboard and we had packed in several adventures.

After sampling the local Raki (very strong) and eating dinner, it was time for bed on deck trying to identify constellations (I think it was Scorpio) before the wind picked up forcing us below.

Off to Turkey

It was an extremely early start as we’d booked a taxi at 4am to take us to the airport. We were off to Turkey for a week sailing around the islands.

Our first stop was Munich as we had to transit and there we picked up the first two members of our party.

Another flight and we arrived in hot and dusty Bodrum where we jumped in a mini bus and picked up the two remaining shipmates, and so with the siblings of Big T and spouses in tow, we arrived at Trippin, a 60′ traditional Turkish gulet (a wooden double masted sail boat) where a crew awaited us.

We were quickly briefed and before we knew it, we were casting off and motoring round to our first anchorage where we swam, diving off the boat into pristine water.

Dinner was served late in the evening after the sun had set and the stars popped out overhead. With delicious local food including a sea vegetable similar to samphire, deep fried local cheese (tasty but very fattening) stuffed cabbage rolls, stuffed vine leaves. Sampling the local wines, we enjoyed rosé and white wine, all very quaffable.

It was a hot night as we all started to settle on the boat. I slept for a while on the deck to cool off while a myriad of stars blanketed the sky overhead.

The First Conker

Cycling home on a warm July evening I spotted a spiky green ball on the side of the road, the first fallen conker.

It’s early but it’s a sign that before too long we’ll be heading into Autumn. A few more weeks of summer and before we know it, we’ll be getting out the jumpers again, hard to imagine when London’s been gripped by a heatwave but this is England, seasons will inevitably change, but before that, we’re off to Turkey!

Road trip!

On Friday we decided to drive to the beaches of North Devon hoping to swim if the water was warm enough (I am a fair weather swimmer!)

We borrowed a car with a number plate which read as ACID and set off on the acid trip. With three responsible adults and two teenagers what could possibly go wrong!

I would say it turned out to be one of the most fun days of driving and laughing ever with new inventions of I Spy Charades and the sharing of the various uses of buckets.

With the exception of one small incident where a stone wall jumped out into the middle of the road and scratched the car, (it was the acid trip after all) it was a brilliant day out and I will get the car repaired. Oops.

Sadly the water was too cold for me but the hardy teens ran and dived in the surf apparently immune to sub zero temperatures.

After a small girl was attacked seagulls who stole her ice cream, we set off home to join the village in the pub to continue the three day party!

Beauty

And the…

Celebrate good times!

From a birthday party to a wedding party, it certainly was a week of celebration!

Wednesday evening saw us leave Paddington station for three days of wedding celebrations in Devon.

And it was a celebration indeed. From a spontaneous family hen do on Wednesday evening where we reminisced and laughed, to an intimate family ceremony in the most picturesque winery, a wedding dinner with delicious food and finally (the following evening) a gathering in the pub for what seemed like the entire village!

We’d done everything except parade the happy couple around the village on the back of a donkey (and it was discussed!)

And with the best of plans came the best of weather. We avoided the searing heatwave in London on the hottest day in the history of the universe where I’m sure the entire city melted and instead sat under an open marquee with cooling breezes wafting through.

The sun shone, birds sang, flowers bloomed and beautiful children played on hay bales.

All in all, it couldn’t have been a better start to married life for these two chaps…

Just kidding, this lovely couple and their now official siblings.

Congratulations!

Melting

Climate change is real as we’re melting in London.

Temperatures are in the thirties with a high of 38C forecast for tomorrow, it’s become Australia!

France has reached new highs of 44C so it seems things are just getting hotter and hotter.

It doesn’t bode well for the future.