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Blog & Photos - December 2013

1 - 23 December - Nelson Marina. Working on boat, making new friends - many of whom have done plenty of sailing in the higher latitudes and are now settled in Nelson. Amongst them are Kate and Maurice who spent 15 years up in the Arctic - sailing and teaching the Inuits - before circumnavigating 3 times - now in their 70's they have settled in Nelson and are slowly walking from the top to the bottom of south island - quite an inspiration! Both are very talented artists - learning various techniques on their travels. Whilst in the Arctic, Maurice did many wood block paintings - really beautiful scenes which he created from several wood blocks - each colour being done by a different block. We couldn't resist treating ourselves to a couple of his prints for Christmas.

Feeling quite unfit from living on the boat I decided whilst we were 'on land' I would get fit. Unfortunately it was short lived as I pulled a muscle on my 4th day out running so was unable to do much at all for 3 weeks! Our friends Linda and Phil lent us their car and we did have a couple of forays into the Abel Tasman Park - fantastic scenery with mountains and white sandy beaches.

23rd December - Helen and Nick arrived - great to see Helen and to finally meet Nick.

24th December - Sailed across the Tasman bay to Adel Island where we spent a very sunny Christmas Day - once again full Christmas dinner with turkey and all the trimmings! Santa was good to us all.

26th December - Sailed back across the bay towards Marlborough Sounds. Spent a couple of days around Croisilles Harbour and Waikawa Bay before heading through French Pass into the sounds. Not much wind about for a lot of the time so did plenty of fishing. Helen and Nick made good use of the kayaks.

28th - 31st December - visited a different bay every day - Matt and I did some walking but Helen and Nick did a couple of 'proper' walks as well - they tramped part of the Nydia track whilst we sailed round to meet them in Nydia Bay. Huge variety of vegetation - tree ferns being one of my favourites. The weather on the whole was good but we did have a couple of rainy days. We headed out to Portage Bay in the Kenepuru Sound for New Years Eve as there is a hotel there. However when we went ashore earlier in the day for a walk on part of the Queen Charlotte Track, there was not much atmosphere in the hotel so we stayed on board to enjoy our own New Years' Celebration.

So into a new year - may we take this opportunity to wish all our family and friends a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014.

Position as at 31 December S41.08.60 E173.51.274