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Day 53 and counting down!

After almost 8 weeks of lockdown, the French government has now announced relaxations to the lockdown! Hurray! Whilst all of us here have coped very well, the limitations on seeing … Continue reading

May 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

Day 20 of Lockdown

The restrictions seem to get slowly tightened around the Caribbean, with some islands being more draconian than others. Thankfully the Martinique Prefecture has been pretty practical so far, and our … Continue reading

April 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

14 Days into Sunny Lockdown

Usually we can use a launderette or local laundry service. The little washing machine we brought with us got chucked out last year because it used too much water and … Continue reading

March 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

One Week on…

Our strange situation has become the same for many people in many countries now. Both the UK and South Africa have been put into lockdown, as have many other countries. … Continue reading

March 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

A New Way of Life

After facing up to the options, the decision was to head to Martinique, firstly because of access to health facilities if it came to a serious problem, secondly for security … Continue reading

March 20, 2020 · 1 Comment

Les Chutes de Carbet

Much is made of these waterfalls, some of the highest around. Coming in a set of 3, the 2nd is the most popular attraction (110m drop) with its bathing pools, … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 3 Comments

A Girl’s Best Friend

Namibia is famous for its diamonds. In fact a large part of the country is ‘off-limits’ without a guide and a permit for fear that you might go off-piste and … Continue reading

April 26, 2017 · 1 Comment

A Profitable Death

Funerals in Ghana carry a different slant. If you are ‘someone’ this can involve taking out full page colour ads in the local paper, listing all the principal mourners and setting … Continue reading

November 6, 2016 · Leave a comment

Homelessness

It is winter here in Johannesburg, and as I write the wind and rain is lashing the windows, we had hail earlier, there are snow warnings in the mountains, and … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Nature at its best…

There are dolphins,   and there are dolphins! At dusk off St Vincent, we were treated to a huge pod of these wonderful mammals, spread out over around half a mile. … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Beggars

I know we have mentioned this before but… Johannesburg has a growing challenge with all sorts of begging at the robots (traffic lights). The presentation of their visual pleas ranges … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Beauty and the Beast

Whilst South Africa ran away on holiday for two weeks, thanks to three public holidays in 10 days, some people were stuck with having to work through with just Good … Continue reading

March 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

Unusual Luggage, escaping dinghy, and best laid plans…

One of the perpetual challenges for cruisers is electrical power. We all get a bit paranoid about leaving the lights on, even if they are all LEDs now. Then there … Continue reading

December 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Where next – Marie Galante and beyond

Getting back on board seemed a bit strange for once. We were surprised by the number of things that had decided to stop working whilst we were absent, so it … Continue reading

December 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Hijackers!

We were invited to a supper evening by friends from church. As it was not far away, no need for the satnav said Annemarie. The street was easy enough to … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Monserrat

Finding suitable words to describe this schizophrenic island is difficult. The eruption of the volcano in the late 1990s buried the capital under rivers of ash, burning everything combustible. The … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Visiting St Kitts

Only a few miles from Nevis, this island is part of the same former colony. The welcome could hardly have been better. Obliged to go into the tiny marina for … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Nevis

We could not wait to escape St Lucia after having spent so much time in Rodney Bay last year. So almost as soon as Freebooter was lowered back into the … Continue reading

May 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

The Murky World (or how to drop out)

What difference a few letters can make! If instead of typing http://www.freebooter.me to be bored rigid, try inserting http://www.freebooter.com instead. There you will be taken into an alternative world where … Continue reading

May 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Steynshoop

After what seems like a very intense few months, our last weekend before heading back to Freebooter called for a local break. South Africa has many public holidays, almost always … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Xenophobia here in South Africa

A few words on the topic that has made world headlines. As ever, trying to find out the reality from the rumour and news headlines is not easy. What reportedly started … Continue reading

April 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

While the Man’s Away ……

……. (Girls and Horses!) South Africa is a long way to come to receive an invitation to Twickenham, particularly during the Six Nations…., but so it happened! Meetings were hastily arranged … Continue reading

March 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

Diamonds are Forever…….

After a quick internet search for somewhere to go on a Sunday, a visit to Cullinan seemed like a good idea. The small town is situated around 25 kms East of … Continue reading

March 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Unfinished Business – Magliesberg Meander

Living in a city is an alien concept to us Westwoods, so we try to escape to the sticks when we can. On one such jaunt, we took the hire … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Underwater Art

, After a slow start, (thanks to the excellent hospitality on board Ocean Rainbow the night before), we took off in the dinghy with Claire and James to snorkel in … Continue reading

June 27, 2014 · Leave a comment