A Grandchild & A Reunion
something completely different.
last we wrote, Signe and I were living in a cozy rented house in chilly Auckland
while Raven was receiving some TLC at Salthouse Boatbuilders. Since then,
we have: 1) relaunched Raven; 2) moved her to Gulf Harbour marina and had
her hauled out again and laid up; 3) flew back the the US for the the birth of
our first grandchild; 4) made two more visits to our grandchild and her
parents; and 5) had a reunion at home with a bunch of our cruising
friends. So we're not cruising, but we're still having a great time in our
Ava Rose Twardowski
terrific son and wonderful daughter-in-law have done their duty and
produced the best possible gift for all of us. Ava is a very considerate
little girl, deciding to be born at noon on a Sunday in late June when the
hospital was nearly empty. Everything we've been told about the joys of
grandparenthood are turning out to be true. We've already flown down to
California three times to dote on Ava and her parents, and she's only two
months old! Can't wait to spoil her some more.
arrival has, in the most wonderful way, completely wrecked our
cruising plans for 2003. Many of our friends are now cruising Fiji and
loving it, but we have lots of consolations here at home.
invited a bunch of cruising friends we met in Mexico to come to our home
for a reunion, and most were able to accept. Turns out that we're not the
only ones back home for the northern hemisphere summer, as our friends
from North Road, Lil Gem, Avventura, By Chance, and Katie Lee
were all able to make it. And the Starforms have been cruising the
western Caribbean, so they're back home now to dodge the hurricane season.
pretty much wasted the whole weekend on things like bocce ball and Mexican
train, aerobics classes, walks on the waterfront, and preparing meals. Oh,
and having a million laughs. At our age, we're easily amused. Mostly we
just enjoy being together with such good friends.
Remember the old cruiser adage we told you about
years ago? The one about "we have no plans and we're sticking to them"?
Well, at the moment all we can say is that we will be doing more
cruising in the future, but where and when is hard to say. We'll fly back
to Auckland in early January to spend part of the downunder summer getting
Raven back in shape and doing some local NZ cruising. Then maybe later in
the year we'll get a chance to cruise Raven in Fiji, the last great
Pacific cruising ground on our list. But I have it from a reliable source
that Signe, having sailed with me from Glacier Bay to Auckland, has done her last
bluewater passage. This means I'll be delivering Raven with crew, while
Signe relies on the "Boeing method."
Thanks for all your interest and support. We'll write
again after New Years.
Cheers . . . Jan
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