A good day to have a BBQ in the Mountains


After a great weekend in Elba and dinner at the old train station Monday rolled around pretty quickly. Millie and I went up to my favorite little vege shop on the corner and got a few goodies to make some breakfast and to have for lunch. We took a one use only BBQ along with some vegetable to Grill and some Lamb cutlets and pork fillet. A bottle of red wine was also added into the bag with some yummy strawberry’s too. Dave, Millie and I jumped in the car and headed for the hills. It was another beautiful, hot, sunny day!

We were sure to take all rubbish back down the mountain with us, being the ‘tidy kiwi’s’ that we are!



Have you heard of the Azores?

While crossing the Atlantic from the Caribbean back to Italy our half way stop was the Azores.

After close to nine days at sea we arrived into the port of Horta on the Island of Faial.

The Dock of Horta is covered in paintings by boats that stop here as their half way point.

On the one full day off that we had while in Horta, we hired a car and drove around the island. There was certainly not a lot of life to the island, aside from the town of Horta we manged to drive around the island without seeing a single soul. Restaurants… Nope Cafes… Not that we could see. But nice scenery and a really interesting Museum on the whale industry that once existed here and thankfully no longer does.

All in all a quaint place to visit, if you get the chance while crossing the Atlantic!

A walk through my hood

Some days I love nothing more than to go for a walk around the neighbourhood (when home in New Zealand) that neighbourhood being Westmere in Auckland. There are lots of little streets to wind my way through along with the park where you will meet plenty of locals walking their beloved four-legged friends on any given day of the week. Also within walking distance of home is (in my opinion) Auckland’s best Butcher the Westmere Butchery and loads of great little café’s that one can stumble into if a wee break is needed such as the Little Grocer which is literally only two blocks away and perfect place to get the morning news paper and a great coffee.

Simply a few photos from a one hour walk around home, there is always something interesting to catch the eye.


I was looking though iPhoto today and realised I have loads of photos from places that we visited before I started this blog. So in-between current posts I will also do some posts on earlier travels. Which takes us to Moorea in French Polynesia, while Dave was doing some relief work on a boat that was based in Tahiti I jumped on a plane and went to visit him for a long weekend. Soon after arriving we were on a Ferry making our way for the beautiful Island of Moorea.

Back to Tahiti for one last night, and a BBQ with a twist.

Crossing the Atlantic Day Five

We are getting close to Tenerife now, I think we are due to arrive there late tonight or maybe early morning. I need an update on our ETA but I shall keep you posted on that one. I missed the sunrise this morning due to sleeping in a little after my 2am finish on watch last night. But when I finally did arise this is what greeted me.

With any luck we will be able to get off the boat tomorrow and explore the island.

The first ship of the day. A LNG Tanker (GAS) all vessels must stay 2 miles clear of these bad boys. The five domes that you can see are the tops of the gas storage cylinders. This one was heading for Rotterdam.

Then moments later the boys caught another fish!

Which meant I got to use my new knife yet again and today I decided to use gloves for the procedure of filleting this fish. Due to having to wash my hands with toothpaste over five times yesterday before getting my hands back to normal.

The fish in questions is an Albacore which is also a type of tuna, in comparison to the skip fish that we caught yesterday the flesh of this fish was much lighter in colour. can’t wait to have it for dinner! The fish are getting bigger by the day.