Monday, 28 January 2008

Sunday, 27 January 2008

Australia Day, January 26, 2008

The Woggan ma gule Morning Ceremony, Sydney, Photo Helen Nezdroppa

Australia's National Anthem
Australians all let us rejoice, for we are young and free,
We've golden soil and wealth for toil; Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in nature's gifts of beauty rich and rare,
In history's page, let every stage
Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Beneath our radiant Southern Cross we'll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours renowned of all the lands;
For those who've come across the seas we've boundless plains to share:
With courage let us all combine
To Advance Australia Fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing,
Advance Australia Fair.

Barbecue by Reg Mombassa, Watters Gallery Sydney

We're celebrating Australia Day 2008 in the cold of a Baltimore winter with a bottle of Aussie red, an Aussie rack of lamb (forget the date with Tom Cruise) and a stupendous sticky. The cold is to be expected. The red is wonderful - "The Winner's Tank, Eskadale" a 2006 Shiraz from Langhorne Creek, South Australia. The sticky is courtesy of our friendly bottle shop owner in Ellicott City (an appropriately eccentric Pommie who always has a story to tell), an Erich Bender Trockenbeerenauslese, appelation PFALZ, Germany, 2003. Our verdict - absolutely superb! Great with a little Stilton, as recommended. We'll make room on Bristol Rose for a few of those.

Ferry race Sydney Harbour, Photo Jon Reid.

It makes us homesick spending Aussie Day away from family and friends and thoughts of some of our famous, too-soon departed countrymen, Steve Irwin and Heath Ledger.

Tall Ships Sydney Harbour, Photo Jack Atley

"There's something stirring in my heart, bright colours fill my eyes
It's from here to the far horizon your beauty does unfold
And oh, you look so lovely, dressed in green and gold".
Shelter by Eric Bogle.

Lamb Chops on Australia Day

Getting cold, time to curl up with a good book

Australia Day today and the end of a cold week in Baltimore . I went down to the harbor to check on Bristol Rose. A thin layer of ice is on the water but none around Bristol Rose.

One place I always like to visit when at the marina is the laundry because at the Anchorage Marina fellow cruisers leave books and DVDs they want to swap. Trish calls it the Laundry Library. We get a great kick out of leaving a book we've enjoyed and then seeing that it has moved on for to who knows where. We have found some real treasures left by others.

What are you reading?
On our blog you'll see we have set up a link to our Laundry Library page where friends can share recommendations for books, music, videos and blogs. We have not yet figured out how to get an email link on our blog so we can only receive your recommendations by email to our address, z1orzother. Check it out if you are looking for some recommendations or want to include your own on The Laundry Library blog page.

Transit is an interesting wooden boat, built in England. She is one of our neighbours and it was a real treat to have a tour with owner, Jason. She is absolutely gorgeous below decks and has a wonderful history.

Sunday, 20 January 2008

Owen's 21st Birthday

Celebrating Owen's 21st Birthday

Owen was born in Sydney, Australia 21 years ago, on January 14, 1987. We celebrated his 21st at the "boaters' lounge" at The Anchorage. In Australia, tradition dictates that when you turn 21, you receive a large symbolic key to the door, signifying that even as the child becomes an adult, the door will always be open.

Friday, 4 January 2008

Bob Buys Bitchin Boat

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Latitudes and Attitudes free on the web. Click on the link to see January 2008 edition!

At the 2007 Annapolis boat show Bob Bitchin and Walt Schulz decided to build a new Shannon design, 52 ft Global for Bob and Jody. Way to go Bob!

The construction of the new boat will be featured in upcoming editions of Latitudes and Attitudes. Bob's boat will be fitted with the latest technology including a Diesel Electric drive.