Monthly Archives: June 2017

When in Italy

As I am sure you have been able to tell from the website, we are rather keen on Italy and Puglia in particular.  However we are not the types to try and turn a small part of Italy into little England.  To that end for the last few years we have been trying to learn […]
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Clothes Washing

Mariadz, when we first got her, had a SOBA washing machine which is small and apparently designed for the yachting life.  However, Maria wanted to see if there was a portable solution that would work on the boat, in the motorhome or in Italy before the main house was finished. In the end, she decided […]
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Fixing the engine – Part 4

We have done a fair bit of work on the engine over the last year and one of the last of the jobs we had identified was replacing all of the cooling hoses on the engine with new ones.  The old ones had been heat and age damaged and we thought we would take the […]
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Servicing the wenches (oops I mean winches)

We recognise as we go round the world that every six months or so that we will be servicing the winches.  This regime hasn’t started yet and at the beginning of the week I was still very much a wench winch virgin. We are fortunate to count as one of our friends Mat Jerram, who […]
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Taking a week fixing what broke in a weekend

We had an eventful weekend in the Stour and the broken list was extensive. Initially the large domestic alternator had broken down and I had disconnected this to try and prevent any further damage. The davits had stopped working and this seemed to be electrical in nature too. We still had a problem with water […]
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Problematic East coast weekend

We have spent the last two weekends away, firstly in Lymington, attending a seminar about blue water cruising and then to Italy to pay taxes, speak to builders and check out the house.  We therefore decided that we would have a weekend away somewhere quiet and decided that a few nights in the River Stour […]
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Limoncello and the Cherry equivalent

When we started this blog, Maria did promise to write some recipes as part of the blog.  Eighteen months later and not a sausage, so to speak! It is somewhat fitting that the first recipe to go up on the site is for an alcoholic beverage, our homemade limoncello. In the UK, 95% alcohol is […]
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