Holidays ending again. I am now half way across France on my way back to Cannes after a weeks holiday. What was billed as a holiday did in fact feel nothing like it – every day was frantic with either repairing my latest acquisition (Volvo V40) or packing boxes and taking them to storage ahead of Lana’s move to Colombia and giving up the house in Hilmorton.
2017 continues to be a year crammed with chapter changes. The happier of which is I am glad to say that after a 2 month stay in hospital, Uncle Dennis is finally back at home and on the mend. The old fella had us all worried for a while there but he is a tough old bugger and will probably outlive me!
After nearly two and a half years onboard of Pink Gin, I have finally quit. The biggest problem of working on boats, I have always found, is politics, and this one finally got the better of me. That said, it now hits the record books as my longest term employed on a single vessel.
So now I have some choices to make, which way to turn, where to go. My favourite at the moment is a role based out of Seattle. That boat travels to Alaska in the summer and Costa Rica in the winter – private use only. It’s a good time to be getting paid in $ too.
I leave Pink Gin on 22nd September and will head directly down to Portugal to see what is left of my house. I haven’t seen it in three years now so this will be an interesting visit. A week or so of surfing, running and mountain biking should sort me right out. Who knows, I might even stay there for the winter and get back on with some studies.
The other closing chapter this month will be myself and Lana. After 6 years we have both decided to call it a day. She will leave for Colombia at the end of October to start her new chapter in Bogotá. I have decided not to go. It is certainly fair to say that we have both changed over the last 6 years and now clearly want different things from our lives. I am glad to say the split has been amicable and mutual and I wish her well.
I can’t help but think that one person will have a small sigh of relief at that news. Auntie Jen strangely enough. One of the very few people that knew my true feelings on many things. She always used to ask me if I was happy and how was my love life in such a sincere and inquisitive way that I could never withhold the truth. She was aware of my growing unease in my relationship. Now, I am not saying she disapproved of my choice in partner but she knew I was not happy and like any good Auntie would, she wanted to see me at the top of my game. I miss her.
Now, let me take you all back a week or so. On my mammoth road trip from Cannes to Rugby I have the music on random when an old INXS song came on. Nostalgia is a funny thing, things were good for nearly everyone when these guys were around. Anyway, I had the most random thought as I listened to the song below, wondering if Sir Bob Geldof ever listens to INXS and if he does, what does he think about it all?
This time next week, I will be back in the town where this blog began over 10 years ago!