As some of you will already know, who have seen Marcus back in Blighty, our plans to go to Cuba have been put on hold again!
We had an email from the woman who is buying the restaurant saying that she would be in England in April and would like to meet with Marcus, if possible. As this is a very safe anchorage, and international airports in abundance in the vicinity, Marcus decided it was safe to leave me in charge for a fortnight!

Our good friends, Stamen and Durita, left at the beginning of the month and are making their north by stages.

Yet another fond farewell to Gaia.


We waved them off, thinking that we might catch up with them in New York, before they cross back over the Atlantic to the Faro Islands.

We spent another ‘first Sunday of the month’ at the Jazz in the Park and enjoyed the eclectic mix in the audience.

A very Colombian looking  Marcus with anApollo lookalike. and an 'Apollo' look alike.

A very Colombian looking Marcus with an Apollo lookalike.

Little girl with Jazz loving snake? Anything goes!

Little girl with Jazz loving snake? Anything goes!

 

Jobs are still to be found aboard. We have been looking for a bookshelf for months to take the cruising guides and technical, radio and cruising logs that regularly spill on the floor when on a starboard tack. Our search has turned up nothing, so we started looking for something that could be adapted. Bingo! We found a bamboo shoe rack that ‘Chippy Marcus’ cut up, fashioned, glued and screwed and then stained, to produce a very fine bespoke bookshelf.

Craftsman at work.

Craftsman at work.

Before.........

Before………

......After.

……After

Project complete, we were contacted by friends, Jim and Paula on ‘White Gold’, who were up in Cape Canaveral in are Marina overlooking the launch site for the Falcon 9 rocket to supply the International Space Station on the 8th. They invited us up, and as the bookshelf was complete, we had nothing to stop us! We hired a car and as Marcus’ flight was from Miami, it seemed a good idea to hire it for a week and put me on the agreement. Funny how the ‘worst passenger in the world’ suddenly allowed me to drive when the prospect of public transport reared its ugly head!

We spent a night with Stamen and Durita, who were a few miles north of Cape Canaveral……so much for seeing them next in New York!

View of the shuttle maintenance 'hanger' from Gaia, Titusville.

View of the shuttle maintenance ‘hanger’ from Gaia, Titusville.

We all drove down to Jim and Paula’s plus two Norwegian friends in the same anchorage. After picking ourselves up off the floor having been quoted silly money by a taxi company, we decided that we could fit all six of us in our hire car, with me sitting in the footwell!. We arrived just in time to watch the rocket launch.

In real life it is much smaller than ‘on the telly’, but the sound and the vibration were impressive.

And we have lift off. Look hard and you'll see the flare from the rocket!

And we have lift off. Look hard
and you’ll see the flare from the rocket!

Separation. The launching rocketed returned safely to a barge in the Atlantic.......amazing!

Separation. The launching rocketed
returned safely to a barge in
the Atlantic…….amazing!

We then retired to ‘White Gold’ for a barbecue. We met up with their neighbours, Mel and James on ‘Blew Beyond’ and spent the evening and night in good company.

A veritable feast! Mel and James enjoying a great barbecue.

A veritable feast! Mel and James enjoying a great barbecue.

Fire! Man must cook meat.

Fire! Man must cook meat!

Despite some sore heads, I t was up early the next morning to go and pick up Hugo, a young Dutch boy from S&D’s anchorage, who we had promised to take with us to the Kennedy Space Centre.

KSC without kids would be like Xmas without them! Our very enthusiastic companion, Hugo.

KSC without kids would be like
Xmas without them!
Our very enthusiastic companion, Hugo.

The KSC ( not to be confused with KFC ) is located on the island where all the space launches take place and we took a bus tour of the site.

The 'Crawler ' that takes the rockets Out to the launch pads at 2 miles and hour.

The ‘Crawler ‘ that takes the rockets
out to the launch pads at 2 miles and hour.

Alligator moving at 0mph!

Alligator moving at 0m

Scorched heat shield.

Scorched heat shield.

Once back at the centre we spent the whole day looking at the Saturn and Apollo exhibitions. The following photosare especially for Paul who it turns out is a bit of a space-aholic!

Saturn control centre.

Saturn control centre.

Saturn V rocket on its side.

Saturn V rocket on its side

All that rocket just to get the Capsule in the nose up to the moon and back.

All that rocket just to get the
Capsule in the nose up to the moon and back.

Apollo space capsule back safely from the moon. Awe inspiring.

Apollo space capsule back safely
from the moon. Awe inspiring

The loading bay that took all the materials up to build the International Space Station.

The loading bay that took all
the materials up to build the
International Space Station.

In the Atlantis centre. The Shuttle is much bigger In real life!

In the Atlantis centre.
The Shuttle is much bigger
In real life!

Pre flight checks!

Pre flight checks

Proud Brits. All the flags of the nations involved in the Space Station are on display.

Proud Brits.
All the flags of the nations
involved in the Space Station
are on display.

This was an inspiring and educational day and well worth the entry fee. We didn’t feel as though we were cash cows being herded through their honey trap…… Sorry for the mixed metaphors!

We returned to ‘Gaia’ for another happy evening with friends.

After all that excitement, things have returned to a much slower pace. I am coping with being on my own and apart from a rather scary thunder storm the other evening and having to deal with the bank over the cloning of my card, all is well.

With Marcus away I have uninterrupted space to get on with some sewing projects; making covers for the outboards, the fuel and water containers, making new bike bags and a spare Hydrovane blade cover, so I won’t have time to get bored, although I am missing him!

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