Dolphin Watching

While our boat is out of the water, prepping for leaving New Zealand shortly, we're heading south to visit some friends. First stop is Auckland and the lovely folks from s/v Dolphin of Leith, who we first met in the San Blas islands of Panama more...

You can take the girl off the boat…

...but you can't take the boat out of the girl. It may come as a surprise to learn that that are long stretches of time when we are not sailing. World cruising comes with what I refer to as ‘go times and slow times’, which are largely [...]

They say you can never go home again…

...and they're probably right. For us a 'quick' trip back to renovate our London flat while living in it with our two teeny ones has turned into a somewhat epic battle of [...]

Alright me old mucker…

With various parts of our boat strewn across Whangarei and a new arrival in the family we thought that it was time to check in with the folks back in England. Flying for over 30 hours with a 2 year old and 6 week old infant in tow is no easy move,...

Haul or nothing: boat in bits

The New Zealand winter and having a new baby crew member meant that we weren't going to be sailing on the boat for a little while. This makes for a perfect time to haul out and do some routine maintenance as well as address any [...]

Putting faces to the names

While in Wellington on our recent travels we were able to pop into the Phil & Ted offices and finally meet our supporters there face to face. They provided us with both a highchair and playpen to experiment with on our journey as a sailing family....

4,000 miles later…

10 weeks. Our 'little' roadtrip all over NZ became an epic 10 week exploration - and we didn't even see much of the North Island! We had our first autumn for 4 years, had snow down in Fiordland, slept in the [...]

The best bit of travelling

While on the road I had an article published in 'The Natural Parent' Magazine. One of the other contributors to this magazine was lovely enough to reach out and get in touch with us, offering us any help she could as we are new to New Zealand. We...

A warm welcome to Wishbone

James, Rocket and I had the great pleasure of meeting Jenny and Rich of Wishbone Design Studio during our recent visit to Wellington. These like-mided designers have let their parenting experiences and ethos lead their product development resulting...

Bump in the road…

So why a roadtrip? And why now? You may well ask. Well, it's important to us to see as much as possible of New Zealand in honour of our second boat baby being born here. Plus, it's lovely to spend some quality family time together, just the three of...

Life on the open road

There are go times and there are slow times. This time last year we were prepping for crossing the South Pacific ocean, which dominated our 2014. Having safely reached New Zealand in late November we decided that to do justice to this beautiful...

Farewell skyline

Adios London, until we meet again [...]

Pillar to post

Apologies for lack of news. Our 7 week jaunt back to the UK has very much taken it out of us. Thank you to all the hospitality we were shown by friends and family. We travelled to North London, South London, Bristol, Cornwall, Oxford, Wales, Farnham,...

The beauty of Blighty

A few shots of the atmospheric surroundings of our trip home to the UK [...]

You can’t go home again…

...except for the holidays. We've decided that, as we've been away from merry old England for over two years now, it was time for family and friends to see our tanned, smiling faces and meet our baby girl. All the more important as [...]

Here, there and everywhere

When our little daughter, Rocket, was only four weeks old we had to unexpectedly fly to Mexico City and I found myself in the rather bizarre position of breastfeeding her whilst walking to join James in a queue at the airport. Yes, we have a baby on...

The art of letting go

If you read the post with our statistics of our first year on board you would have seen that we spent a total of 4 nights away from the boat. This year it’s a different story. In total we will have been off the boat for a whopping 11 weeks, this...

Mexican / Mexican’t

Whilst we happily wax lyrical about all things Mexican, (see previous post) we’re aware that our views are not shared by everyone. When mentioning that his future granddaughter would be born in Mexico, James’s father was met with reactions of...

Beggars can be choosers

Since leaving the UK in October 2011 we’ve spent very few nights away from the boat. In fact, in 18 months, we’d only had 5 nights that we didn’t spend on board. Our plan to sail up the Pacific coast of Central America was very much influenced...

Sun, sand and Santa – a month in San Blás

The San Blás islands, also known as the Kuna Yala, is home to the Kuna Indians who are in charge of the entire archipelago of over 350 islands and retain autonomy without interference from the national Panamanian government. The archipelago is...