Yet again its been ages since I last posted on here, but we have been so so busy, especially back home in the UK. We did know we were looking at a hectic Christmas and Spring and it has certainly turned out that way. Its for that reason we took out an extended contract at Lagos marina which saw us having a safe and convenient home for jetting back and forth to the UK. What have we been up to, well first thing was we have been selling our home back in the UK…I say selling as it is still not finalised just yet, but almost finished….for one thing it’s certainly empty. We had a hectic few weeks after Xmas when we started selling off all our worldly goods and it was a mixture of emotions seeing all your possessions being taken away. Obviously we kept all our dearest items, pictures and memento’s. At the same time as we were doing this we were also helping our Son and his lovely wife Hannah move in to their new home back in Pershore and also helping our daughter Simone and hubby Ollie with a few jobs there too…so yes very very hectic..
We eventually managed to get back to Lagos and left the house behind…we had done pretty much all we could do so left everything with the agents and solicitors….I had forgotten just how long and laborious all the legal rubbish is !! Once back it was just a case of getting all the long list of “Boaty” jobs done, oh and also welcoming Lesley & Dean over for another weeks stay… unlike last time they came this time the weather was much more agreeable…in fact it was very hot and we made the most of it doing all those holiday maker sort of things….a day at the water park and a day lounging at Praia de Luz beach, we even managed to get Dean on the biggest water ride even though he said he wouldn’t do it, and couldn’t keep Lesley off them…so much so we left her to it and went off for a drink and relax whilst she carried on !! Whilst they were with us it was also Junes birthday and we had yet another fantastic meal up at our favourite Chinese restaurant at the top of Lagos to celebrate, as usual another large group walked up from the Marina for a typically brilliant meal…they even threw in a couple of free bottles of Champagne to boot… The week flew by and before you knew it we were waving them off back to the UK and back to work.. We then had only a week to sort everything else out.
We went around the coast to our favourite spot Alvor to beach the boat on the sand, so I could clean the bottom and touch up the Antifoul…its one of the great benefits of a Catamaran being able to do this, plus it saves a fortune. After this was done it was just a case of going back to Lagos for one more time, just for a couple of nights to say goodbye to everyone. We had another two nights out in Company and great nights they were too. The 15th of June arrived and it was time to say our farewells to Lagos and some of the great friends we have met who are staying here. So its so long and farewell to Vic & Marge, Liz & David, Wayne & Sand, Andrew & Sue, Allan & Bev, Les & Marie, sorry if I’ve missed anyone…… Oh and a quick goodbye to the locals too from Spinnakers bar. Now you might be thinking that list is quite short…and indeed it is…the reason being all the others I have not mentioned are also planning to join us and spend the winter enjoying the delights of Cartagena in Southern Spain….so one thing is for certain it should be a lively winter !! The hour arrived and it was strange going to the Marina office to hand in our security gate passes.
We left in company with Liz & Dave on board Kjempekjekk bound for our first stop in the lovely anchorage at the end of Faro airport runway, as always an added bonus was being visited by two pods of Dolphins on the way down, its moments like this that make this way of life so magical, and remind us both just how lucky we are … Liz and Dave went to the equally nice Culatra, however we prefer it here as we like the ease which you can nip across to the town centre marina and have every facility on your doorstep. The winds are not that favourable for the next few days so we will probably be here for a week… there are much worse places to be !!
Next major stop will be La Linea (Gibraltar) on the Spanish side of the runway…we will probably spend a week or two here and do a few touristy things that we didn’t get to do last visit last summer…possibly a weekend in Seville too. We will have a couple of short stops on the way probably in Ayamonte and Cadiz…. if I don’t update this site then, the next time we will actually be in the Mediterranean sea and on our way up the Southern Spanish coast….
Thank you Lagos…its been a brilliant two years !!