I have now been back on the boat for four and a half weeks and have settled back into life onboard. It took me some days before my body clock caught up with Caribbean time and my body acclimatised to the heat!
I had a wonderful time back in Blighty and over in Ireland, while Marcus spent almost the entire time maintaining and repairing the engine and hot water system. I felt quite guilty leaving him with it all to do……..for a short time!!
We had a fantastic family gathering at my sister’s place in west Cork to celebrate my Mum’s 96th birthday.

My 96 years young Mum enjoying her day.

My 96 years young Mum enjoying her day.

The Birthday Spread in the garden.

The Birthday Spread in the garden.

Everyone gathered for the feast and celebrations went on until midnight, singing and chatting around the fire pit.

Round the fire pit .

Round the fire pit .

The weather was kind to us and Liney and Jackie managed to put 15 or so of us up overnight, so the party went on into Sunday!

This is where I slept!

This is where I slept!

The view from the garden. Look up Airbnb Dunmanway and you too could stay here!!

The view from the garden. Look up Airbnb Dunmanway and you too could stay here!!

Spending time with family when you live so far away is very precious. Being together with my two sisters and Mummy was a time to treasure.

All together at The Three Sisters cafe.

All together at The Three Sisters cafe.

My two truly terrific sisters. xx

My two truly terrific sisters. xx

After spending a week with Liney at Shiplake, we went to stay with Libby in Passage East and took part in her Best Foot Forward dance class for the over 60s and helped out with the Traces end of ‘term’ party. The work she does with dance is totally inspiring and the Traces Ensemble embody the enrichment that dance can bring to lives.

My  wonderful sister, Libby at the party.

My wonderful sister, Libby at the party.

Traces enjoying an impromptu conga.

Traces enjoying an impromptu conga.

Our daughter, Jenni, is over from Columbia, working in London at the moment and I got to see her for the first time in 18 months and we spent a weekend together, meeting up at Keith’s on Friday night and then spending two relaxing days with Carlos and Maureen

Keith's birthday Barbecue......just like old times.

Keith’s birthday Barbecue……just like old times.

Relaxing in the hot tub at the Persiva's.

Relaxing in the hot tub at the Persiva’s.

I also managed a trip to Birmingham to spend a couple of days with Dan and Becca and got to see Becca dance……..what a delight. It’s good to know I can still be useful…..I helped load two car loads of sound equipment in and out of the Yaris!
It was great to spend a little time with both of our lovely children. I do miss them……thank goodness for Skype!!

Dan and Jenni at Shiplake. xx

Dan and Jenni at Shiplake. xx

I managed to squeeze in a quick visit with Betty and Tracy, a stop over with Nigel and Bridget and lunch with Russell before my time was up and I was Grenada bound. I had a wonderful time and it was lovely to catch up with everyone. Marcus met me at the airport and it was good to be back together again. Five weeks is a long time!!

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