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Thursday, 5 January 2017

People, Events and incredible Spaces

Kim with her Christmas 'Trifle'
Our time here feels very limited as we continue to meet new and re-meet good old friends here. We know we must move on very soon. The Captain has important boat repairs and parts to order before we again face the stormy Southern Ocean. We’re hoping to avoid being ‘knocked down’ as we were in our crossing to Chile in 2008 so we’ll leave in early February this time rather than in blustery March. Our piano is surprised at all the music it’s being asked for these days. I’m meeting many   interesting pianos and am asked to play so I have to practice a great deal at home. Fellow marina dwellers who have stopped by are Robert and Jen (of ‘Kapella’), Dick and Pat (of ‘Irene’), and also Kim and Alister who reciprocated at their home and gave us a tour of the steel/wooden yacht which Alister has built from the ‘ground up’ – a masterpiece of interesting design and well thought-out detail.
Jen Urquhart's Cobb Cottage

 Assorted Canadian guests - Ann and Glenn (formerly of NWP yacht ‘Gjoa’) came by for dinner and the Robertsons of Nova Scotia (see photo) came by to listen and to look at Traversay III.
with Juday & Marine Robertson
Sunstone


Cobb Cootage detail
Jen's dining room
Jen Urquhart invited us to see her gem of a home – it’s a ‘Cobb Cottage’ – built by the pioneers 160 years ago … while there I played her piano and was given two boxes of ‘vintage’ music to sort through. Great FUN for me! While there we met Wai and were invited for a fabulous Chinese meal and I ended up playing one of the most beautiful-looking old instruments I’ve ever seen. We went off for a potluck lunch and got through our Northwest Passage presentation for Tom and Vicky (of ‘Sunstone’) at their beautiful sea-fronted home.
Irene
Larry & Jen  - patio scene 
But the highlight of this stop in Nelson was Christmas dinner at Maurice and Katie’s. ‘Winter Quarters’ shows the love and care which people who have lived aboard a boat for many years can bring to a dearly beloved and cared for First Home and Garden. It is filled with books and precious mementoes from their many travels. A Good Time was had by all - as you can see by these photos of glee and over-indulgence!

Maurice, Kim, Katie. M.A., Alister, Pat and Dick



Katie and Mo with the amazing 'spread'



'Winter Quarters' garden with Maurice's mosaics of Kiwi endemic bird species

2 comments:

  1. Hello Mary Ann
    I'm not sure if you will remember me from your time with Frida in the Bishopsgate Spanish class. Frida reminded me about your blog and so I caught up with your amazing travels. As an ex Sydneysider I enjoyed reading your time in my home city. I remember us talking about trying to play some music together (I am a recorder player) -I was sorry we didn't manage it while you were here in London.
    I look forward to following the rest of your journey. Will you be back in London any time?
    Happy sailing.
    Alison Palmer (anpalmrr11@gmail.com)

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  2. Hello Mary Ann
    I'm not sure if you will remember me from your time with Frida in the Bishopsgate Spanish class. Frida reminded me about your blog and so I caught up with your amazing travels. As an ex Sydneysider I enjoyed reading your time in my home city. I remember us talking about trying to play some music together (I am a recorder player) -I was sorry we didn't manage it while you were here in London.
    I look forward to following the rest of your journey. Will you be back in London any time?
    Happy sailing.
    Alison Palmer (anpalmrr11@gmail.com)

    ReplyDelete