Our first contact with islands was Henry, Tresco’s Harbour Master. He was extremely welcoming and even after we moved from his moorings to anchor, he offered us the use of his shrimping nets for a spot of shrimping.

The Master Shrimper

The Master Shrimper

After an hour and a half of rooting under the sea weed at low tide, we had caught enough for a small sandwich!…… there is clearly more to the art than we imagined. On our way back we got a few more tips from the locals as they saw our paltry catch and it appears that Henry, the HM, must have taken a shine to us, as he doesn’t offer his shrimp nets to anyone! We returned the nets along with a couple of bottles of beer and will hopefully have better luck next time. We cooked the shrimps and shared them with Terry and Veronica, a couple we met on the boat over to St Mary’s, who come to Maggie’s Farm, on Tresco, every year. They were impressed with the boat and were absorbed by our whole plan. Lovely people with open hearts and minds.

The fruits of our labour!

The fruits of our labour!

The Grayhound was anchored in the sound and we realised we had seen her last year in Plymouth. The owner, Marcus and his wife Freya live aboard with their 2yr old son Malachy. What a coincidence!

Grayhound at anchor

Grayhound at anchor

Marcus had built this Cornish Privateer in 18 months, from old drawings and plans and timber that he begged borrowed and stole!. He is now taking paying guests and is planning to follow the same sort of route to Barbados as we are. We spent an afternoon visiting aboard and I’m sure we’ll meet up again en route.

Grayhound under way

Grayhound under way

We rescued a ‘damsel in distress’ who was having trouble with a day boat she’d hired and that led to us being invited to dinner the following evening at their holiday cottage. It is great to meet enthusiastic and interesting people who totally get what we are doing. They sadly had to leave before they could visit us aboard.

Anna and Steve are a local couple who we met at Nicky and Nigel’s dinner party. Anna runs the Tresco Gallery and Steve is Tresco’s Game Keeper. They had never been on a yacht before, although Steve has lived here all his life and Anna for the last 30 years. They were delighted to come aboard for the evening and see their island from our perspective. We learnt a lot about island life and the problems of conservation. We all decided that we are blessed living the lives we’re living!

Steve, from Brighton, emailed us to say the yacht Rafiki, which has a blog that he follows, was moored near us…… You can’t hide when you’ve got AIS!

We pootled over to say hello and invited them aboard that evening. What a great family. Rob and Cally had taken a year out to sail with their two children, Emily(10) and James(9), to the Caribbean and back. They are having a ‘swansong’ visit to the Scillies before selling the boat and returning to ‘normal’ life for the next 10 years for the children’s education. They plan to spend the intervening years finding the perfect boat and then following us! The children were delightful company and have clearly gained immeasurably from their year away.

Life is good here in Paradise!!

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  1. Sounds wonderful mum and dad – have just read the last 5 posts out to Louisa as we sit here sweltering in London and imagining you off on your adventures. So very pleased – i can imagine exactly how it is from how you have described it. Look forward to reading more and coming to see you very soon. Please let me know when you have any dates and places set so i can book a flight to come and visit.

    All our love,
    Jenni and Louisa xxxoooxxxxooxxxooxxx

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