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#1 Chrisc

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Posted 22 January 2019 - 08:41 PM

Today is the mid point between disembarking the aircraft in Auckland last October and reboarding in April for the flight back to France.
How time flies.
Whilst we have a lot of enthusiasm for returning to the canalling life, what a fantastic summer it's been so far and especially here in Whangamata. We were sitting on our pretty empty beach today,warming up between swims on glistening white sand and reminiscing about a cycle tour we did in France a while back that took us through Nice. We were thinking, wow! The French Riviera. Cannes on one side, St Tropez on the other, but the beach itself was pretty crummy, ok if you like lots of stones. Two girls arrived on the beach when we were there and it was entertaining to watch them place their towels, finding a space between the thousands of other towels, and then gingerly lower themselves down taking the utmost care that the more intimate parts of their anatomy did not become overly familiar with the bigger pebbles on the beach. And it took a bit of doing.
So, as a forum of people whose pleasure lies in the great outdoors and in nautical pursuits, are we not incredibly lucky to live in and enjoy this beautiful country?
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Posted 22 January 2019 - 09:59 PM

Damn right!
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Posted 23 January 2019 - 07:52 AM

Today is the mid point between disembarking the aircraft in Auckland last October and reboarding in April for the flight back to France.
How time flies.
Whilst we have a lot of enthusiasm for returning to the canalling life, what a fantastic summer it's been so far and especially here in Whangamata. We were sitting on our pretty empty beach today,warming up between swims on glistening white sand and reminiscing about a cycle tour we did in France a while back that took us through Nice. We were thinking, wow! The French Riviera. Cannes on one side, St Tropez on the other, but the beach itself was pretty crummy, ok if you like lots of stones. Two girls arrived on the beach when we were there and it was entertaining to watch them place their towels, finding a space between the thousands of other towels, and then gingerly lower themselves down taking the utmost care that the more intimate parts of their anatomy did not become overly familiar with the bigger pebbles on the beach. And it took a bit of doing.
So, as a forum of people whose pleasure lies in the great outdoors and in nautical pursuits, are we not incredibly lucky to live in and enjoy this beautiful country?

We have just had a couple of 19 year old Germans staying with us, we took them swimming at Whakapirau (Kaipara) and over to Mangawhai and Uretiti, Whakapirau had 15 people swimming, Mangawhai maybe 35, Uretiti none.  They couldn't believe that it was so unused. They normally swim in a dam (built as emergency cooling water for a nuclear power station) that you have to wade through the duck and goose sh*t in the shallows to get to the deeper water! Are we Lucky! hell yes!


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Posted 01 April 2019 - 07:35 AM

Time for an update Chris, April is here, how itchy are the feet?


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Posted 01 April 2019 - 07:12 PM

Yes, just under three weeks until we head back to the boat via a long drawn out plane, bus, train and tram trip.
After some years as a seaman traversing the world at a sedate 15 knots this air travel still takes a bit of getting used to. One day we are sitting in beautiful Whangamata, the next half a world away where the bread comes in long skinny loaves, the wine is cheap and the people talk funny.
As expected this close to departure my bottom is starting to develop the occasional twitter as we think about how we will find the boat after 6 months unattended in the municipal marina in Nancy. How has she weathered the winter snows, have the fenders done their job in that tight little berth, have the yellow vest brigade set fire to her, is she still afloat??
All will be revealed on Easter Monday.
Concerning this year's cruise the intention is to head south into the Burgundy region, poke around a little bit and then north again through the Flanders side of Belgium and then into Holland for over wintering with hopefully a drydocking for antifouling somewhere along the route.
It's been a very dry winter in France and the canal storage lakes are currently around 60% capacity so plans may change, especially if there is another summer drought this year.There has been a lot of snow but can't find out if snow-melt flows into the storage lakes or just the rivers. Anybody know?
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Posted 01 April 2019 - 07:39 PM

 One day we are sitting in beautiful Whangamata, the next half a world away where the bread comes in long skinny loaves, the wine is cheap and the people talk funny.
 

Blenheim?  

 

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