Author Archives: svmaryblair

Don’t leave port on a Friday

Maybe it was the bananas, hanging so innocently in the cockpit, or perhaps we shouldn’t have left on a Friday. More likely, it’s time I accepted the adage that cruising is simply an exercise in fixing your boat at exotic … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Wedding Crashers

Evelyn’s home-stay, just south of Kota Kinabalu, was a rambling house, surrounded by overgrown bush and coconut trees, dogs and chickens getting underfoot and oddly, tanks of small terrified looking frogs scattered around the garden.  We’d stopped by on our … Continue reading

Posted in Borneo, Cruising, Mary Blair | Tagged , , , | 2 Comments

Peace and Quiet

Finally some peace!  We ‘d stopped for the night on the west of Masbate Island.  It was the first time since we’ve arrived that we were far from human inhabitation.  We were anchored in a wide bay and the sun … Continue reading

Posted in Cruising, Mary Blair, Philippines | Leave a comment

Castaways

Yesterday a piece of polystyrene floated by, with 2 castaway crabs onboard.  I still feel terrible we didn’t manage to rescue them.   How long had they been bobbing on their flotsam craft? Will their ocean going adventure end happily, or … Continue reading

Posted in Cruising, Mary Blair, Philippines | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Financial Planning

Until now, my financial planning has been largely based on serendipitous optimism.  Retirement fund to be populated by a lottery win, some million dollar bright business idea to finance the family home.  Not so anymore,we now have a far more … Continue reading

Posted in Cruising, Mary Blair, Philippines, Uncategorized | Tagged | 1 Comment

Singstar superstar

The Philippines is a staunchly catholic nation, but as a traveler, it’s not so much a firm belief in God that you need, rather a strong faith in your immune system.  With our sturdy constitutions we munched our way around … Continue reading

Posted in Cruising, Mary Blair, Philippines | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Sodden

Like a glimpse of blue sky, the sight of seabirds always reassures me. The boat can be barrelling down a wall of water and the wind whipping up the seas, but the birds swooping and diving over the waves add … Continue reading

Posted in Cruising, Mary Blair, Solomon Islands | Tagged | 3 Comments