Here we are safely tucked up on our mooring on Church Island, decorated for Christmas.
For Daybreak and her crew this has been a relatively quiet year after returning from our trip up north. We have had a few short cruises on the upper Thames.
Our main sailing in the summer was aboard our son’s boat Kensa, a Heard 28, which is based on the Falmouth workboat. Tom has had to do a lot of work on Kensa, including replacing the engine and redoing the cockpit, so it was very satisfying to get her sailing again.
We also had a lovely sail on our son in law’s folkboat Valmik, which they keep in Brixham.
Just in case we were in danger of having withdrawal symptoms from not going in dry dock, Kate had her barge Kleine Aukje hauled out at a yard in Chertsey and the family set to cleaning and painting the hull.
Our other project this year has been working on the floating summerhouse, which we have constructed at The Orchard. As we plan longer cruises we need somewhere to stay when we return to Staines without Daybreak. The old summerhouse we used for this purpose has flooded badly in recent years, so we decided we needed something that floats. It is securely moored up to piles at the back, so hopefully won’t go drifting off down the river when the island next floods.
We are now looking forward to next year when we will be taking Daybreak to Holland. As always there are lots of things we want to get done before we set off. We went over to stay with friends in Holland and visited the annual rally of LVBHV, the Dutch organisation of traditional boats. We plan to be there for next year’s event in Hasselt at the end of July.