Lovely Lovina – loving life with life long friends

Weaving our way through numerous fish attracting devices (FADs) of all shapes and sizes and scores of colourful “spider” boats returning from a night’s fishing, we sailed away from Amed Bay just after sunrise.

 

An FAD
 
The early start was mostly to get away from the ghastly swell but we were also anxious to get to Lovina Beach as soon as possible to meet my friend of 50+ years (how is that even possible?) Jackie and her husband Dick.

 

Another FAD!
 
Funny thing about old friends – you might not see them very often but when you do, you just pick up where you left off and it is all very easy. And so it was with Jackie. Although we have only met Dick once, 23 years ago, it was also very easy with him too and we had a brilliant couple of days together.

 

Beautiful Bali
 
They spent the first night at a hotel (Villa Agung, Lovina Beach) belonging to a friend of theirs, Gus, who turned out to be extremely hospitable and helpful. Jackie and Dick were his first guests and on that occasion – around 15 years ago – managed to break their bed the moment they arrived! (They assured us that this was not due to any untoward activities!) 

They’ve named a beer after our boat! having a Bali Hai on Bali Hai in Bali! Hi!
Villa Agung

After meeting up for a drink at the Bingtang Bar we had a delicious dinner at Villa Agung and then met up again the next day and had a ball catching up on Bali Hai.

 

Jackie, Jonathan and I at Villa Agung
  
 
Dog at Villa Agung – reminded me of our Patch!
 
 Jackie and Dick very graciously took us around in their car to find a much needed Honda generator which will allow us to charge our batteries without putting the engine on and will also allow us to run power tools and other devices that require 220 volts e.g. Hair dryers etc! 

 

Catching up with Jackie on Bali Hai
 
Anyone thinking of cruising take note – the Chinese equivalents run on “dirty” power and don’t do the job as they are not compatible with the boat’s system.
Gus very lindly took Jonathan to pick it up a few days later which was an amazing help and so good of him

 

Jackie and Dick
 
  
After a great night and recovery day on the boat and before Jackie and Dick left for the three and a half hour drive home we had a late lunch/early dinner in a lovely beachside restaurant. 

 

Lovely sunset meal with Jackie and Dick and Jan and Jack from Anthem
 
   
Rally boats st Sunset
 The day ended with a music and dance performance which also marked the end of the Lovina Festival. 

 

Balinese dancers
 
  
Earlier in the day we had watched one of the festival events – a spinning top competition where two teams of young men “launched” their tops at high speed with aim of knocking their opponent’s top to slow it down and at the same time achieve the maximum thrust for their top. 

 

Spinning tops
 
 
The court with game in progress
 
 
One of the teams
 
The festival was wrapped up with a beautiful firework display – a lovely end to a great few days

Fireworks!

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Salty tales from Bali Hai

In 2015, after a break from cruising of almost 30 years, my husband and I sailed off into the sunset - this time to the wonderful Islands of Indonesia and beyond. Three years passed and we swapped sails for wheels driving through Scandinavia and Europe in a motor home. Now we are on the brink of another adventure - buying a Lagoon 420 Catamaran in Athens. This is our story.

5 thoughts on “Lovely Lovina – loving life with life long friends”

  1. How lovely to meet up with Jackie and Dick! It must have been a real pleasure for you all as well as resulting in some practical help. The dancing and spinning top contest look spectacular. And as for finding a beer brand to match your boat – amazing!

    The weather looks perfect, too – unlike here where it’s getting distinctly autumnal and chilly.

    Lots of love from us both, Sarah and Martin xx

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  2. Sitting here with another Jack, looking out at the grey sky in chilly UK, I couldn’t help but say WOW out loud when I read this post! What an amazing and almost unbelievable meeting!! Having heard about the possibility of it happening, I’m just so delighted for you all that it did. Wonderful.

    Love Sally xx

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