Sammy turns 2 (weeks)

2 weeks old with a Christmas under his belt and a new year begun and Sammy seems to be taking life his stride so far.  

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Between the four of us,  some of the time, some of us are getting some sleep. Which is about all that can be hoped for if my blurry recollection of Sophie’s first few months are anything to go by. 

Sammy met the boat today. Josie is quite keen to get out sailing.  Balmy weather, regular sea breezes it is hard not to want to. 

Which does mean that yes the title of our blog was perhaps a little shortsighted and will need modification in the future! ( Notepad is at the ready for brainstorming during 2am feeds).

When it was initially created Sailing with Sophie was basically for friends/relatives to find photos of Sophie and us while we were cruising and so was thus named! 

Meanwhile the list of boat jobs is quietly building steadily, we will be out of the water early Feb, there are new electronics to install( dedicated post coming on this) a new dodger, the genoa needs repairs, the liferaft needs a service and there are a 101 little jobs that seem to never end .

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Our newest crew member!

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Introducing Iolanthe’s newest crew addition Sammy.

Arriving early with some drama he has been a brilliant surprise Christmas present! We are stoked and absolutely besotted.

He is also the reason why we have been a bit quiet of late, lots of boat projects waiting to start , lots of ideas and plans for this year but for the time being we are taking it all one moment at a time and enjoying the joys of a new bub.

Spring is here

After a very wet August, Spring has finally arrived here in Sydney!

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A week of high and lows

A week of high and lows

East Coast lows that is….

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A weather phenomenon – The NSW equivalent of mini cyclone, one of the most famous East Coast lows did this….

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Which was enough to keep Iolanthe marina bound 😦

 

And the High? 

….We Baked.

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Not only did we bake, but this was our first time baking onboard with our new Omnia Stovetop Oven.

We baked Chocolate Brownies using Carolyn’s recipe and indeed the inspiration for the Omnia Stovetop Oven also came from the great reviews and recommendation on her site The Boat Galley.  For our first try the results were very acceptable. We will keep practising, maybe bread next. 

(For those who noticed yes we were using a saucepan as a mixing bowl. The mixing bowl was ‘borrowed’ by the skipper to catch drips from a leak in the anchor locker 😦 )

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The Mustn’ts

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“Listen to the Mustn’ts”

Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child.

Listen to the DON’TS.

Listen to the SHOULDN’TS,

the IMPOSSIBLES, the WON’TS.

Listen to the NEVER HAVES,

then listen close to me…

Anything can happen, child,

ANYTHING can be.

Shel Silverstein

 

 

 

 

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Winter on Pittwater

Winter on Pittwater

Lazy days sailing on Pittwater………. The new wind instrument and AIS have been installed. Fridge fixed ( again).

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Sundowners in Broken Bay

Sundowners!Relaxing in Broken Bay Iolanthe style.

Corn Chips, Craig’s Gucamole, Rum, ducks.