Incredible India

We sadly farewelled our boat guests at Kuah Ferry Terminal where they caught a ferry back to Penang. They would catch their flight to KL from there the following day and then on to Brisbane, Australia. 
We didn’t have too much time to mope however, as we were also due to hop on a plane in a couple of days – heading to visit our daughter in India for a month. 
But first we had to prepare Bali Hai so we could leave her safely for a month. This time we decided to haul her out of the water as she needed her bottom antifouled and a few other small jobs doing. 

The haul out at Rebak Marina went very smoothly

The haul out went fine and soon we were winging our way to incredible India. 

Arriving at an extremely chilly Delhi airport!

I know this is supposed to be a sailing blog but I just cannot resist sharing just a very few of my many hundreds of photos of our month in India !

An exciting ride at a school carnival
Christmas Day at the Imperial Hotel
The Golden Temple Amritsar – out of this world
The vibrant hues of the visitors’ clothing makes the queue for the Golden Temple a sea of colour. Amongst other things, Sikhs believe in unity of all humankind, engaging in selfless service, striving for social justice for the benefit and prosperity of all.
Devout Sikhs wear/carry five things – uncut hair, a wooden comb, a cutlass or dagger, an iron bracelet and a special undergarment
An old bicycle parked outside a deserted Haveli (palace) in Bikaner
There was spectacular food and entertainment at The New Year’s Eve Party at the Laxmi Niswas Hotel in Bikaner

I have finally reached the end of 2016! Apologies for any confusion caused by my consistently behind -the-times blog. Oh well 2017 is another year – I’ll try and do better  this year and that’s a promise. 

I really started this blog to let my Mum (and other family members) know that we weren’t lost at sea or  kidnapped as white slaves but it’s become more than that. 

This year the blog has had more than 3,000 views from 67 different countries which is astonishing. 

We lost my biggest fan (my Mum) in July, just before her 95th birthday but I feel justified in carrying on with my blog – if nothing else as a way of remembering these wonderful cruising days when my memory starts to fade!

Thanks to my adventurous Mum who loved to travel so much, for inspiring me and so many other of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren to travel the world. 

And thanks to all those who have read and supported my blog this year. I have loved your feedback and comments. It has been so rewarding to hear the enthusiasm of family and friends, to reestablish links with old mates I had lost touch with and to make new friends through these pages

“Fill your life with adventures not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show.”

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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.

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