For the last five days we have been on the Indian Ocean sailing away from Madagascar and heading to Durban.

I have decided that sailing for me is a fabulous time of forced relaxation – all that rocking and rolling around (as long as it’s not the kind to keep you awake) and I sleep like a baby, regularly! It’s such tiring work, trying to keep upright and walk in a straight line while the ship is constantly moving you in a completely different direction.

On beautiful, clear days, the bow (front of the ship) is opened and we get to sit out there and hopefully see some wildlife. On previous sails there have been whales, dolphins, flying fish and plenty of sea birds. This trip however, we saw one solitary bird.

Over the weekend we experienced blue skies and calm waters. The bow was open and it was great to spend time out there enjoying the fresh air and sunshine.

Next stop Durban, South Africa, where the ship will go into shipyard and dry dock. All once unfamiliar terms to me and now just another part of my life!! Take a look at this fabulous video of the ship being lifted out of the water for dry dock a couple of years back if you want to know what I am talking about – it’s a pretty amazing video.

We will leave the ship in South Africa for a month and head home to Australia. Which will be a great time to visit family and friends, renew passports and visas, do our taxes and sort out some other things that can’t be done from here.

It is shaping up to be a busy month and I am sure I will tell you all about it in my next blog 🙂


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9 Responses to Blog: Time to Sail

  1. Ruth Bell says:

    You have had a real adventure and making great memories. I watched the video. My husband’s father was in the British Navy. During the second World War, his ship went to Durban to dry dock.
    Because of that, after the war, he and his family immigrated to South Africa. Your blogs are close to home.

  2. Lindie says:

    This is a wonderful little video. I grew up on houseboats in NY. Every spring and fall we would have to work on the hull, scraping, painting, putting on new water level lines, tote that bail, empty the bilge, etc. etc. It was hard work, and I didn’t enjoy it at the time, but now I miss the ability to go to the boat and play. I so enjoy your blogs and am a bit jealous of you and your family. Blessings.

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  4. Sandy Norman says:

    I have really enjoyed “traveling” on this journey with your family through the pages, photos and stories you have shared with us. I hope your time at home is restful and relaxing.

  5. Deanna Emmert says:

    No video to be seen on my end of things, but that’s OK. I can imagine it. 🙂 I hope you have a great month in Australia and I pray that amidst all of the busyness and necessary things to get done you will have some time to rest with family too! Praying for safe travels for all of you!

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