Tuesday, October 25, 2011

We have a new... life and travel blog

It's been a while so I thought I'd give you a reminder that we moved over to Wordpress with a new blog and new adventures.

Come check us out at our life daily.

We'll leave this site up as an archive of our sailing adventures down the coast and through the Bahamas. The photos are spectacular! Enjoy, then remember to head over to our life daily and subscribe.

See you over there.

Janet and Bill

Friday, December 17, 2010

missing dolphins

We promised you some dolphins pictures a while back. Here they are...finally. On the old blog. Not the new blog. I'm not happy....grudgingly, I will admit these are cute pictures.

Little dolphin off tcb at Master's Harbor

our life daily...where are you?

You are getting this little note from trio con brio 'cause our new blog "Our Life Daily" has, for some mysterious reason, totally disappeared and I can't seem to access my dashboard. When I click on the link it goes to a page saying I don't have permission...blah, blah, blah.

So. I'm not sure what I'm going to do. Right now I don't have the patience or desire to try to find out what's wrong. For now, I'll use this site to do an update for friends and family.

We are still in George Town. Two reasons...weather and Bill hurt his back. The fronts that I thought were not going to be coming through came through and we have another two coming our way...on Sat/Sun and next  Wednesday.

Reason two is Mr. Bill. Looks like he pinched a nerve in his lower back a couple of days ago and hasn't been able to move around...at all! I've had him on some medication that his doctor gave him when he hurt his back in the summer dashing around with the chainsaw. This time, he was lugging diesel cans and lifting them when we were filling up the fuel tanks (the local marina has been out of diesel for weeks.) This did a number on his back and it's only today that he felt up to coming into town.

It's a real challenge to get him to slow down. For those of you who know him I think you'd be surprized that I actually got him to do next to nothing for the past couple of days. Now the trick is to make sure he eases back into action with any dramatic gestures, for example, doing something like changing the oil. It needs changing but it can wait a few more days and, with more weather coming this way, he'll have the time to take his time.

We're in GT today for groceries and checking emails, etc. We've been on the boat for about a week so we need grub and an intake of googling.

If I feel like it later I'll try to see if "our life daily" is still around or if it's permanently gone. Christ, am I pissed. All that time with the design and the posts and the pictures...it's 10:45 am and I need a drink.

Since I'm back on the old tcb site, I may try to upload a video later. After I'm drunk. That should work real well.


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

we need you to join

Hello everyone.

Before we leave tomorrow I wanted to remind everyone that we have a new blog we're trying out. If you want to keep up with what we're up to, sign up is just a simple click or two away.

Click on this link:

our life daily

Then, look on the right side of our new blog.

You'll see a line that says, "join our life daily." Just click on "Blog Me" and you're done. Then, when we post an update, you'll get an email notification, click the link and read. It's easy peasy mac & cheesy.

It's also easy for you to post a comment or send us an email. Since we really want to stay connected, please head on over to our life daily and sign up.

Thanks much and we will miss you guys!


Monday, November 1, 2010

we've moving

Yes, we leave Wednesday for the big road trip south. But that's not what I'm referring to when I say "we're moving".

We moving our blog to WordPress. At least for a trial period. I really like how easy it is to post there and there were more options for a cleaner looking blog. So, open up your address books and get updating. The new site is:

our life daily

There will be lots of sailing stuff for you die-heart boaters and much more. We'll keep this site up as an archive but future posts will be on our new site. So, if you want to keep up with what we're getting up to, don't forget to click on the link above and then hit "blog me" to get the latest.

As I said, this is a trial period. We may be back. *wink wink*


Saturday, October 30, 2010

5 days...

We're in the final week and the push is on to get packed, get rid of stuff, clean up and eat up what's in the fridge. We'll have to get creative with our meals from now until next Wednesday. Anything left we'll drop off with Roz (like a whole roast chicken and stuff to make curry.)

Good news...a friend is going to stay in the cottage over the winter. That's a good thing as we don't have to rush around the day we leave winterizing the place. It's a bad thing as we have to give it a "better than normal" clean before we leave. However, the bonus of having someone looking after the place out weights inhaling Mr. Clean vapours and sweeping up dust bunnies.

We have a few busy days ahead...dinner tonight with Ellen, Harry and Laurie. Dinner tomorrow with Roz and Dave then Bill heads up to Fredericton on Tuesday to present the communications plan we prepared for a local non profit. He'll be gone all day...jeesh, nice way to get out of latrine duty Mr. Bill.

The weather looks good for a Wednesday departure to head to Calais and pick up some boat supplies we had delivered to Bill's cousin (so we didn't have to pay duty/taxes.) We'll hit the road and drive south until around 4pm or so and find a motel. It will be a fairly short day. Then, we'll have to see what the weather is like and decide if we can mosey along and admire the scenery or if we have to hit the gas and get down to the Carolinas for some sun and warmth.

Put it this way....Bill was just on the phone and I heard him say there may be flurries late tomorrow.

We've had a great summer but we are both antsy to get on the road. We'll take our time (once we are somewhere where we can put the top down on the car) and putter down to Florida. We think we'll take 7 or 8 days and just stop where we want. When we hit Ft. Lauderdale we'll find a place to stay for a couple of days so we can store the car and get the stuff we want Reggie's Air to ship over to George Town shipped. Then, we'll book a flight and hope to be back on tcb around the middle of November.

We'll stay at Kevalli House on Stocking Island for two nights as we get the boat sorted then we're off down to Master's Harbor Marina to get tcb hauled and the bottom cleaned and see what else needs doing. After that...depending on weather we'll drop the hook somewhere in GT harbor or head off to Turks and Caicos. On the way we hope to spend a few days in the Bight of Acklins to do some fishing, swimming and relaxing before the big push to T&C then on to Puerto Rico.

We don't know how long it will take us to get to PR and we don't care. Being without a schedule is one of the best things about living on the boat but if the weather cooperates we hope to be in the Spanish Virgins around Christmas. Once there we'll stay for a week or a month or longer. We really don't know. We think we want to be around Antigua sometime in April to find a place to haul the boat for next summer but right now that's all the planning we want to do.

Our really big news is we have decided to spend next June in Italy! We had a totally unexpected influx of cash when we did our taxes this year. That, plus the income from some of Bill's planning consultations and the communications planning we just finished means we have extra cash we didn't plan on. With the interest rates at 0 point something we may as well just spend it on a trip to somewhere I've wanted to visit for years.

So, at this point, we're thinking we'll fly into Rome for a week then take the train to Tuscany, where we'll rent a car and spend three weeks touring around Florence and Sienna. We've bookmarked a ton of places and will make the final decision on where we're staying in the next couple of weeks. We'd like to get it sorted before we arrive at the boat where wi-fi is iffy at best.

We are so excited. The only real challenge once we decided to go to Italy was to decide where, exactly, in Tuscany we wanted to stay. I want somewhere fairly private. Bill wants a view...not just any view. He's very specific that he wants vineyards and olive trees and preferably on a hillside somewhere. You'd think it would be easy to find a view with privacy but it's proving a bit of a challenge. A lot of the places have the view but they are usually on an estate or a villa that's been converted into many little apartments...with pictures of kids running around the pool. However, we've found some that seem to cover all our wants and it's just a matter of a bit more research. Rome is no problem...lots of places with a balcony or terrace in the historic downtown. I can almost smell the coffee and taste the bread and olive oil. Sigh.

So...lots to do and think about. Now that we'll be on the road again for the next six month and with the new water-proof digital camera we hope to buy when we hit New Hampshire (no sales tax!) expect more blog posts and more photos.

Now as long as the snow holds off...


Wednesday, September 29, 2010

do you hear something ticking?

It's hard to believe we only have 35 days before we pack up the Mustang and head to Ft. Lauderdale. That's where we'll be leaving the car for the winter before hopping a flight over to George Town.

Where did the summer go? Seriously...it's gone, finito, hasta la vista, ciao, whatever but it's cold outside baby. Well, not today. Today it's kind of muggy but overcast and I can feel the rain just waiting to fall. We're in the middle of a two week period of typical autumn weather. My tan is totally gone.

We got a lot done this summer. Not as much as we originally planned but we're feeling pretty good about what we did get done. The last month or so both Bill and I have been working...actually office-type work. You know...lots of thinking, phone calls, emails, meetings and writing. Bill's been doing some research work for WDCL, helping the town with planning plans and volunteer work. We also agreed to put together a communications plan for a non profit organization. It's not how we originally planned to spend our last month here but it's been fun. Kind of...I could do without the meetings.

Did you know that the trunk of a Mustang is really, really small?

I think there's room for a pair of shoes and a small suitcase. Not much room to pack an outboard motor, cooler, clothes, new windows and assorted other pieces of must-haves for tcb. So, we're thinking we'll try to box up the motor and ship it to Reggie's Air in FL via UPS. If we can ever get UPS on the phone to answer some questions. We've called them twice a day (sometimes more often) every day for two weeks. No answer. I don't think they really exist. I think there's just some really rich guy out there who decided to spend his money on a bunch of tv commercials rather than leave his money to his relatives. We even drove over to Calais to the UPS depot and not a soul around. It was very Stephen King...empty cars and trucks in the parking lot, all the doors to the building locked and stray dogs staring at us from the bushes. We'll keep trying.

I guess as a last resort we could take the other vehicle. Yes, we are now proud owners of "the beast." Bill's brother-in-law called up and offered us his old SUV (I can't remember what the type/make is) for free. He wanted it out of his driveway. It's more like a big old truck with tons of room in the back and it's perfect for hauling stuff around the property. It will come in handy next summer when we're picking up lumber and supplies for the final push to refresh the camp. However, it's not really what I had in mind as a car to drive down south. It's a monster on gas and not the prettiest shade of green plus it's HUGE and I don't do huge. I guess I'm a car snob.

Bill's actually giving the beast its first proper drive today. He and his brother-in-law Richard hit the road early this morning so Richard could pick up something in Calais. They are not back yet. I hope Bill remembered...to put the new owner papers in the glove box...and take the insurance card...and look at the gas gauge 'cause it was close to empty...and take his passport. I can't wait to get back to the boat...life's so much simpler on tcb.

Before I forget, for those of you living in Halifax, Bill is trying to plan a long weekend visit so if you've got a spare bed let him know. He doesn't eat much, doesn't snore and he'll arrived with a bottle of something yummy to drink.


ps - it's Bill's birthday next Tuesday (October 5) and while he says he's not big on birthdays I know he'd love a card, or a call, or an email.