A late posting

I am ashamed! It has been brought to my attention (thank you Sharron) that Pink and Fluffy has not been updated for some time. In fact I haven't updated my page since October. Outrageous!!!!. No excuse really as lots has been going on.

Where to start?

The London Boat Show in January was fun. Clive found yet more gadgets to go onboard and I ordered the plates, cutlery and oven pans which was so much more interesting. I managed to guilt trip Clive into replacing the cooker on board as everything else seems to be new so why should I not get the same treatment in the galley? (The fact that I can't cook is irrelevant as I also purchased a couple of boaty cook books.)

Sephina's been out of the water for the last few months over in Beaumaris so we've had a longer drive at the weekend for all the little odd jobs that have cropped up but I'm sure that they've all been vital and the extra journey will seem worth it when we're out in the Caribbean in the near future and I have the option of using the new posh electric toilet.  Unfortunately, I've gone from being in charge of bilge cleaning duties to merely handing Clive the appropriate spanner, screw driver or such implement. I've even started recognising what he's asking for now and getting it right first time, but I do feel  a bit useless as far as helping out goes.  I've done plenty of hoovering as he's been drilling which is not very exciting so I feel I've been demoted.

We had some horrendous weather which was a pain (literally) when we had to work outside on the deck. Trying to hold tension with a spanner when your fingers are blue/white is not easy.

On the plus side, there's a very nice chandlery there that he keeps sending me to for bits and spares. They're ever so nice at ABC Marine and I'll miss popping in to see them when we leave Beaumaris. I've just had to buy several essential wateproof bags that I'll need for our voyage and as they have a good selection of Roxy it would be rude not to buy anything from that range. Having an account with them makes it all too easy.

Apart from progress with the boat I've had plenty of other preparations to keep me busy. Vaccinations have left me feeling like a pin cushion but I've just got one final rabies jab left and one for Yellow Fever. As Clive hasn't even started his I feel very smug. Even the cats have had their rabies vaccinations and are well on the way to getting their pet passports. Apparently you can put their photos on pet passports which I'm very excited about and may have them taken in their lifejackets.

We've also organised a storage unit in Chester and are busy packing our lives away into boxes for when we go. It's amazing how much rubbish you keep or put in the loft while thinking about what to do with it. My youngest daughter flew back to France yesterday after visiting for a week and her bedroom is completely empty which made me feel quite gloomy for most of the day. Empty nest syndrome to extreme.

Clive has now officially retired and I've got another 3 weeks to go but I'm sure the days will fly as it's all a bit surreal at the moment. I keep wanting someone to pinch me!