Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Bon Voyage, Sue and Andy

On July 4th, Phill's parents left for their great adventure, a round the world sailing "holiday". This is their retirement and something that has been planned for a long long time. I'm so excited for them that they are living out their dream. Phill wishes he were going to. And he will be joining them for their Atlantic crossing next winter. Both scary and exciting all at once!

There was, of course, a fabulous party to see them off with friends and family coming from all over the country, including friends from Ulverston that were not expected.

Alice cleaning the deck

The boat was dressed with flags (in the right order!) and the food was fabulous and included Nanny Scales' yummy cakes and jam tarts.

Cake made my Phill's Nanny

At around 7, they boarded the boat and sailed off in to the sunset. And we followed them! Phill, his two brother, Liz and the kids and I were very generously offered a ride in a fellow marina resident's cruiser. We went with them through the bridge and waved them off as they anchored up for the evening in Studland Bay (avoiding both seahorses and nudists).

Alice ready for her trip on the boat

Waiting for the bridge to open

Poole coat of arms

Andromeda on the open waves

My Mum and Dad waving us all off

They make Sun Seekers in Poole. This one must be destined for a rapper or drug dealer or something. Nina has 3 floors and those port holes down the black bit are the windows of a BALLROOM!

Beards across the generations

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