It is late in May and while Antiope was still on dry land we take a couple of weeks away to England. It was a mix of social visits and attending the funeral of an old sailing crew mate. That occasion was a celebration of a life well lived and a reminder to all of us not to waste our own.
|Gloucester docks, a stormy day and a tall ships festival|
|Vilma, the topsail schooner restored by Scott Metcalfe|
|The sail training ship Royalist alongside the converted dock warehouses.|
Back in France once more we find John and Rosemary have arrived at Simon Evans yard for their 7 year out of water survey and a bit of maintenance, and another excuse for a bit of socialising. We really should get going so after a good hull polish we are finally ready to launch Antiope.
Simon can we go boating please? we ask politely
|After we fix the crane!!|
|Always a nervous moment, will she lift?|
|The offending prop|
|Job done, and singing cured. Thanks Simon|
As I write we are on our way to Auxerre, amid sunshine and showers. We need the rain, the reservoirs are low across France.