Arwen's meanderings

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog. My name is Steve and i am the lucky owner of a John Welsford designed 'navigator' named Arwen. I built her over three years with the help of my father, father-in-law and two children. She was launched in August 2007 at Queen Anne's battery marina in the barbican area of Plymouth. This blog is a record of our voyages together around SW England.
Arwen has a YouTube channel of her own. Search "plymouthwelshboy".

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year

Well, New Year's Eve and we sit here planning our travelling for 2018. Atlases, maps and newspaper and magazine articles are strewn across the floor; some intense negotiation is ensuing.  Do we do separate trips or get a round the world ticket and do the far east first - Singapore, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, China, Japan, New Zealand and Australia? Or do we head west and do western USA, Mexico, Belize, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Chile and Argentina?
And what about Iceland? Botswana and Zimbabwe? and what about doing VSO and volunteering for a teaching charity or two abroad for a spell?
Then we need to tour the UK and soooo many places to visit throughout Europe?

Big topic of discussion - have we retired early or are we taking a two year 'gap year' and then going back and getting part-time pay off the travelling mortgage??
Perhaps I ought to do some supply teaching first and build up a pot of travel money, not that this option seems to have been forthcoming thus far, sadly.

So many friends to catch up with - walking, caravanning as well.
In the meantime I have this urge to walk the Dolomites or Pyrenees; no idea why....but why not! Life is short and as far as I know thus far, we only get one time on this planet.  One last hurrah at altitude!

Charity work is important and in 2018 I want to give something back since I was never able to whilst teaching; volunteering for some sailing youth charities and for Age Concern. I may even explore an Open university Course

In the meantime, maintenance on Arwen, which is what the purpose of this blog today was about, continues. The mast rigging has been reassembled; the boomkin cleaned up and boomkin block cleaned. Frayed rope ends have been whipped and secured.

Apart from making sleeping platforms and sorting out anchor buckets, all that remains now is the difficult job......finding a period of time when I can sand interior and exterior of Arwen and repaint her.

So, as the evening progresses, it only remains to say thank you to you all. Thank you for following the blog; for dropping the odd message or comment; the constructive advice and tips. Thank you for supporting my YouTube channel and putting up with the bad as well as the good. Thank you for answering all the dumb questions.

To my Facebook friends, thanks for friending me; thanks for checking in on me as I start retirement; I miss you all and have appreciated all your support and insights in to your wonderful lives.

I wish all of you and your family and friends a really happy new year. May 2018 bring you joy, happiness, success and adventure; may it bring you a sensible work life balance and achievement of your dreams, aspirations and goals in life.

Have a wonderful evening. If you are in the far east - I hope last night was great fun and welcome to 2018.



Steve-the-Wargamer said...

Happy New Year and fair winds for the coming season..!

steve said...

same to you as well steve

Bursledon Blogger said...

Hapy New Year - look forward to reading the 2018 travelogue

steve said...

Hi Max, sorry for the tardy reply. have been rushing around everywhere over Christmas. happy New year and I hope your Christmas break and festivities went well and that family are all well as well.

Anonymous said...

Belated happy new year. someone with arthritis coming on fast at 54 (the joys of Ehlers Danlos syndrome are never ending) I say get out there and do the walking while you can.
I’m dreaming of a knee replacement (maybe March but who know now the shitty govt have stuffed the nhs) and then - if my body allows - buying a Drascombe Scaffie or building a CLC Skerry to sit on a mooring on the Dart at Stoke Gabriel. I’d love to build a Skerry but would rather be out sailing than looking at a boat I can’t finish.
All the best for the new year.

Graham A

steve said...

Graham, belated happy new year back. get the knee done, buy the boat and then get sailing on the is too short and all that. Sounds like the new year resolutions for 2018 are already made my friend.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for that!
Moving in two weeks within a mile of the Dart; downsizing so we have some cash at last - my wife’s agreed to the boat. Daughters keen to start sailing so all systems go after knee op.
Scaffie is first choice but plenty of similar boats to consider if price is right.

All the best.

steve said...

knew someone who ha a scaffie. he loved it but upgraded to something slightly bigger s I recall.