Thursday, 15 March 2012

Wintering in Alanya

Once again much time has passed since our last entry to our blog.

Our son Lars and partner Sharon are indeed the proud owners of a house in greater Victoria, BC, Canada. The plans to raise the house need to be submitted by March 16 in order to have all the permits to start this hair-raising project by May 1!!

Klara Alexia is the sunshine of our life, she looks at us from the kingpost in our saloon and she manages nearly effortlessly to lift our spirits.

Kim and Sebas life is slowly coming together. They will soon get ready to take Klara on her first trip to Europe to visit great grandparents. Klara will be royally spoiled and K & S will have to pay the price once they are back in Ottawa!! Such is life…..

We will leave Alanya Turkey in 1 week, Gerry flying straight to Holland, B stopping off in Switzerland. However we will all be present and accounted for on April 5 to celebrate Gerry’s dad’s 95th birthday!

Work on SY Octopus has been coming along slowly due to a rather cold and rainy winter here. As usual, it has been the worst winter on record, but we have heard this comment since we started wintering back in 2004! To be honest it really has not been the best of winters, we have been hit by so many heavy thunderstorms, we lost count. The shoes we are wearing most often are our wellies (read rubber boots). The mood in the marina is low; most of us are really looking forward to some warmer dryer weather in order to get our boats ready for the coming season. Where will it take us, we do not yet know for sure, nothing too strenuous in any case.
We have bit the bullet and we have acquired a 1 year residency permit for Turkey, we just got tired of living with this constant change of law interpretation, it has been getting us down and we decided that this would make our lives easier for the time being. Next year we will deal with when the time comes. The options for us sailors are a bit limited, Greece being Greece, broke and full of unsatisfied people seeing us yachties as an easy source of CASH….Italy keeping on changing their laws with respect to yachties, the Eastern Med being a bit politically unstable, Spain also being in need of easy cash…..we will see.

In any case, first things first, our trip to Europe where we will be under one roof as a real family for the first time in a very long time, should be interesting. I for one am really looking forward to having everyone around.