on a Boat
Alex joined us for a week in the beginning of the month in between
his Sri Lankan trip and starting his final year at Plymouth University.
chance, friends had invited us out on their 40+ft motor cruiser
which was at the new Marine in St. Carles de Rapita. When we all
got there and started motoring out into the bay Mike got on the
radio and arranged a meet with another boat they knew. It turned
out to be a Princess 67 that dwarfed Mike & Joan's yacht when
we pulled alongside.
it was party on.
floating sofa was a great success. After hosting a cava party, it
was the basis for high speed rides round the bay. In between times,
there was some very professional watersking performed , an impromptu
rave on the front deck (I belive the video is available from other
websites) as well as lots of jumping off the highest bits of the
boat into the sea.
even got to put his new boating qualifications into practice by
being allowed to pilot the larger craft back to the marina while
we went back with our friends.
Unfortunately, while PG's parents were away on holiday, the water
tank in their house overflowed and soaked both the bedroom and the
kitchen below it. PG immediately arranged to fly back with Alex
and help out with the insurance, builders, etc.. It had not been
a huge flood, but everything was ruined and needed replacing.
least PG was able to do a bit of shopping and meet a very nice old
dog and join in Roger's birthday celebrations.
check out Aunty Barbara's T-shirt slogan...
As we are now working over 800 trees, chipping the sucker growth
(pollisos, chupones) is a herculean task for 1-2 people. One person
does between 5-7 per hour. The trees that we were just starting
to work had a lot of large undergrowth that needed a chainsaw to
cut out. The other 500+ just need the adze like chipping axe and
lots of back breaking work. House was always on hand to drag branches
effort, I managed to finish the last 260 trees while PG was in England.
Now all we have to do is burn all the cuttings and then we can plough,
roll and get ready to what few olives we have on our trees this
This not so little beauty turned up on our terrace at the very end
of the month. PG got these pictures and id'ed him as an Egyptian
Grasshopper, probably female. Damned neat really.
And off to work I go, but it does make for a wonderfull start to