Week One :
Not much happened this past week. Andrew had a few days on the boat,
doing a solo trip south a few miles. Vanessa continued her duties of
part time baby sitter.
On Friday, Mathew, our son, had some surgery and Andrew played
nursemaid for a few days. Vanessa was babysitting.
All's well and its now turning hot and humid. I guess it is August.
Week Two and Three :
Hot, hotter and humid too. We spent some time on the boat
provisioning for the mid-September departure. We have spent way over
budget on supplies. Let's hope that once get going we come in way
under. (eyes bigger than our bellies...well, one can wish!). Vanessa has been on baby watch most days - and we are now getting
ready for the girls "first" birthday. Andrew has spent time at the house doing
some maintenance on the house and grounds.
Too busy cleaning poop and asphalting driveways to take
pictures. There are some professional photo's of the twins that
to the site though click here to see.
Week Four :
Another busy week for Vanessa at home. Andrew has been
living aboard and spending lots of time and $$$ ordering parts for the
boat and finding too many repairs to be done.
We had a lovely time at the babies first birthday party
on August 29th. The best children's party I've been to. Booze and good
adult food. That's the way to do it Hannah!
The following morning we dashed back to the boat
to meet with friends, Mike, Donna, Robin and Dave. We took them out for
a lovely day sail. Great weather, great company and great food. We
planned to leave the following day for a couple of days on the water,
but as luck would have it we found trouble with the generator water
pump. Generator girl (that's me!) went below and took pictures so that
we could show the tech guys at Bayshore Marine (good guys) in Annapolis
what was happening. $$$$ later we came home with a new pump to fit!
Ah, now the good stuff....we had to remove the gear from the old pump
and put it on the new; easy YOU say! Well, it wasn't. Generator girl
didn't have the strength to remove one of the bolts, so the big guy had
to go below. His claustrophobia didn't help, but he eventually managed
to remove the pump and we had to take it to the house and rework some of
Andrew's "special" tools to pry the thing off. All done, we returned to
the boat to fit it. It turned out to be a longer and more troublesome
job than we expected but we see no leaks now so that's good.
In the middle of all our to'ing and fro'ing we
noticed that my bike was missing. I thought perhaps another cruiser had
borrowed it, but as it turned out it was stolen. Bummer!! Now we have to
search for another one. It's an important mode of transport once we hit