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North America » United States » Virginia » Deltaville October 19th 2012

Hi y'all Wow, what a week, last week we got a quote for 16 000 to repaint the boat, yup 16 000. This included sanding down the entire boat filling all the holes sanding again, cleaning again, priming the boat, masquing the boat etc etc etc. Anyways when all was said and done it was 8 days of work for at least 2 guys at 70$ an hour including the paint. We could not do this, its way too much. So we looked at different paints and decided to go cheap, the cheap paint would cost about $ 700 to do the whole boat including primers etc etc. I was not comfortable with the fact that this paint would only be good for 3-4 years and we would have to start the whole process again, I ... read more
new windows in the old dodger
boat shot
sanded boat

I made a side trip to Harpers Ferry, the famous historical town on the confluence of the Shenadoah and Potomac rivers. Its a fantastic place to visit and really is like a trip into the past. I then drove down through the Shenadoah Valley and did some hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Also visited some places I have to admit I'd never heard of before such as Harrisonburg and Winchester. I was heavily reliant on the old GPS! Some chat on Harper's Ferry below (sorry I have run out of time!). Next stop Buenos Aires. ... read more
View of the Potomac
Downtown Harper's Ferry
Harpers Ferry

North America » United States » Virginia » Deltaville October 16th 2012

We are going into our third week here in Chesapeake Boat Works yard. We spent this past weekend in the sling so we could finish painting the underside of the keel and the spots where the pads hold up the boat. Now we are focusing on preparing the topsides for painting- we have removed the decals and sanded off the painted boot stripe and cove stripe. We have also dremeled out the cracks which we presume were caused by a less than perfect dark blue gelcoat application.... the cracks were primarily on the transom which even in its current faded state is stupidly hot to the touch on a semi-sunny day. We hope by filling them in and strenghthening them they will not reappear when we paint the boat back to its original white. It is ... read more
sunrise in the bay
Simba relaxing
Thanksgiving dinner

North America » United States » Virginia » Roanoke October 16th 2012

Well what can I say about Roanoke, errrrmmmmmm!!!!!! Not a lot really, the journey here was lovely about two and a half hours from Charlottesville, the trees are lovely at the moment,vibrant yellows, oranges, greens and deep reds. We passed by well manicured lawns with ornamental ponds, with a backdrop of rolling hills covered in autumn colours and behind that the blue ridge mountains. Paddocks with either horses or cows, neither of which I fancied riding thank you Mrs Player? ha ha can you see me on a horse!!! Wouldn't know which shoes to wear for that!!! People seem to use their front porches quite a lot here maybe we should adopt them in the UK then perhaps neighbours would actually speak to each other. The one good thing that they had in Roanoke at the ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Alexandria October 16th 2012

When we travel it seems there is always so much to do, so much to remember and so many things that can go wrong especially for a sometimes absent minded person. Tuesday afternoon I sat down at last to organize my passport and travel paperwork. What a shock when I reached in my small pouch I use to carry my passport. There was NO PASSPORT! The flight was less than 48 hours. Of course, immediately the mind starts running in circles—Where?? When?? What?? The first idea that popped in head was that I’d photocopied my Bolivia visa in the morning at Kinkos hours ago. I phoned them, but the man I spoke with was out and would return shortly. I jumped in the car and drove to Kinkos. No one had seen a passport. They looked ... read more


North America » United States » Virginia » Charlottesville October 13th 2012

Arrived in Charlottesville the same day as the Dali Lama, I always keep good company, ha ha, there is stone block in the pedestrian area where you write messages about also almost anything. when I arrived there were greetings for the Dali Lama written, haven't seen much graffiti so I suppose it works!!! The area has quite a few vineyards and ranches with white painted fences and horses in the paddocks. The only downside is that once you are here getting around outside of the town without a car is hopeless, however this hasn't stopped me enjoying myself. Have found a lovely place to eat called Baggbys they do GREAT soup I have tried the cheesy potato and the clam chowder. YUM YUM!! Have walked along the river, been to the cinema and sat in the ... read more
Messages for the Dali Lama
Autumn leaves
Riverside Walk

North America » United States » Virginia » Harrisonburg October 13th 2012

The college class reunion. We met for lunch in North Lawn. Then we gathered around Jim's car. He always has the license plate with our class year on it. Time to reconnect with friends from many years ago.... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Afton October 13th 2012

A tour of Shenandoah Valley wineries to celebrate Atieno's fortieth birthday. People loaded into the big white van to tour the wineries and toast to 40 years ago when Atieno was born in Pittsburgh. read more
Cross Keys Vineyard
Cross Keys Vineyard
Sugar Maple

North America » United States » Virginia » Charlottesville October 12th 2012

Left Washington DC and arrived in Charlottesville the same day as the Dali Lama. He was giving a talk in the town, unfortunately our bus was delayed and we didn't arrive until the speech was half way through. couldn't get a ticket but did listen to some of it from a bridge above the site however there was traffic going over the bridge so it was difficult to hear it. Charlottesville is a delightful little town, it has a very cosmopolitan feel, laid back and relaxed. have already found a great restaurant, the theatre and a concert hall. There was a country band playing in the street when I arrived and coupled with a beautiful day it was very enjoyable. Tha lady I am staying with is very musical and she plays several instruments, cello, violin, ... read more

North America » United States » Virginia » Alexandria October 11th 2012

Dinner to say goodbye and give my travel schedule to Margaret and Susannah. Enjoyed Qaubili Palau and the sparkling new curtains.... read more

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