Kristmas in Kettering

Late afternoon

Late afternoon

Yes, its that time we love to hate… when we miss the loved ones who cannot be with us, eat and drink more than is good for us and reflect perhaps on the year now gone.

This time last year I was in Albany, secured in the Princess Bay Yacht Club after a tumultuous passage from Perth via Capes’ Naturalist and Llewyn. I met many fine people whilst there who made my stay far more fun and enjoyable than otherwise would have been the case. Among those fine people was one who became a friend, helped out with my boat repairs and shared his home and family Christmas celebrations with me. Thanks John for taking this traveller in and sharing the true Christmas spirit with him.

Lake Saint Clair

Lake Saint Clair

This year for me has been about preparation and exploration. After the long winter months of work and planning, Freespirit now sports a brand new hard dodger, paintwork and a hundred other improvements to make sailing and living aboard more enjoyable.

When the weather permitted I explored the South Eastern parts of the Apple Is and found it to be a beautiful and friendly place to live. It is perhaps a microcosm of the Australian mainland in that all the things I love about my home country are represented here on a smaller scale and much, much closer together. Clean air, wholesome foods and glorious scenery connected by the best motorcycle roads in the country…. who could ask for more?

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Great Lake

Someone to share it with perhaps?

Found that too…. my good friend Dini is a great companion and tour guide and we explored many parts of her home state I might not otherwise have visited. A little nervous at first, she has since become a competent pillion passenger and I tell you, there is no finer way to explore Tassy than on a motorcycle with a friend.

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Sun Shade

Latest addition to Freespirit has been a new sun shade that I designed and built to keep the cockpit ‘weather friendly’. I’m thinking ahead here of lazy days in the warm tropical sun, though since it went up a few days ago it has also proved to keep out rain efficiently and be a significant expansion of living space for Freespirit and her crew.

…but most importantly….

To my friends in far away places and family I cannot be with, I am thinking of you all at this time and wishing for your happiness and well being. May you have a safe and happy Christmas time and that the year ahead proves even better than the one just gone. It has been great to have you along for the ride and to share my humble adventures with.

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Alpine tree

Much love to all.
Colin

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6 Responses to Kristmas in Kettering

  1. Vic & Kristy says:

    Hi Colin

    Kristy & I always enjoy reading your blogs. Your photography is always self explanatory not to mention your writing ability, makes us feel like we are right there .
    Considering that here in Canada we are in the midst of severe winter storms with snow & freezing rain along with power outages we are no doubt in envy of your fine weather.
    If it sounds like we are jealous… well we are! LOL.

    It sounds like you are a very happy and fulfilled man who is taking the time to enjoy life ,friends & your fine Country.
    We also would like to wish you a very Merry Xmas and a happy new Year.

    In the words of John Wayne, happy trails partner.

    Vic & Kristy

  2. Raye says:

    As always, Colin, you never cease to amaze me with your adventures and make-do contraptions that are just awesome and full of wonderful uses. What an inventor you are!
    Wishing you all the best this Kristmas and may your days be full of friends and fun, just the way you like them!
    Raye

  3. Kristy Leger says:

    Happy New Year , Captain!!
    Hope this finds you well and enjoying the breezes that will take you further on your voyage. Victor and I wish you the best for 2014!! xo
    Kristy

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