Thursday, 16 January 2014

Endings and beginnings.


"It is not length of Life, but depth of life."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

 
It’s nearly the end of the chapter. One last journey will take us back to England. There’s just the minor detail that this involves a particularly notorious piece of water, the Chenal du Four. And a channel crossing. Across the shipping lanes. And it’s now winter. Did anyone mention the storms? Hmmm.
 
Crossing Biscay summer 2013
 
We love what we are doing but we are also quite excited about the opportunities waiting for us when we get back to the UK. There are many things we are looking forward to doing and seeing. Plymouth will be our first stop when we return to England. We love Somerset but we have to consider practicalities – where do we park the boat for a start. At the moment we are thinking about settling somewhere around West Devon or East Cornwall. Well, for a while at least.

It will be strange adjusting to a new life. There are certain skills which we will need to brush up on. Recently we discovered that the youngest deckhand, who can independently put on his lifejacket and lifeline, needed help with a car seatbelt…
 

Spain to the left, France to the right at Hendaye.

While we’ve been away we have also been planning. CV writing, scribbling ideas, testing things out and researching. One evening we sat and read through 32 pages of legal contract! There is also an ever growing ‘wish list’ of other adventures, long and short, far and near.
 
This is an opportunity for us all to take on new challenges and we fully intend to. New adventures and new chapters in our families story are waiting for us.
 

Sunset.


 
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