May 6th 2008
I am amazed to see that our last blog was 7th November. Where have these "winter" months gone!!!
Well we have been tied to the pontoon at Club Aquatica throughout this period with a few brief outings. Anne has been home twice and I went back for a week or so at the beginning of February. By keeping in perpetual motion I managed to see over sixty people, ie family and friends. Thanks to all those who took up my suggestion that I should stay the night. (That didn't come out quite right!).
Meanwhile back in Alghero Anne's pal Christine came for a week in Carnival time (while I was away) and the stories are still trickling in.
By all accounts we are having a good winter. The wind has been generally gentle with only a couple of Mistrals to disturb us. The temperatures have been generally 16-18C during the day and 6-8C at night. You certainly feel the difference when the Sun goes down.
The marina is being substantially altered to make a larger area of decking to run a Bar and Bistro. Should be finished this month (or the next or the next).
Tim Stephens(and Claire) came for a week from 23rd Feb and we actually went out sailing in really nice conditions. Our standard excursion is to Capo Caccia which has impressive 200m cliffs topped off with the highest lighthouse in Europe. The whole area is riddled with caves and the most famous is Grotta di Nettuno which extends 2,500m into the cliff.It can be reached by boat or by 656 steps down the cliff face. We have done neither!!!
The Marina at Alghero (Club Aquatica) is small with about sixty berths and has a village atmosphere about it. There are about ten liveaboards when everybody is here and most people seem to get on pretty well. There are however some exceptions! (you know who you are).
The sad news is that Hector had to be put down. He developed an inoperable growth that started in his mouth and he was beginning to develop secondary problems. He is greatly missed - it's not quite the same without him.
Since I started this blog, Fergus came for a week, quickly followed by Brian Cavanett for a few days then Pat and Richard (my cousin) also joined us for a week.April went in a flash with visitors.
We are now getting organised for departure around May 7th. The plan is to sail down the west coast of Sardinia, go across to Sicily and then go to Malta or the "instep" of Italy before crossing to Corfu. We will then return to Alghero in October. On that optimistic note I will sign off for now.
Regards to all.