Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas in Nai Harn

We've spent Christmas off Nai Narn beach, on the South of Phuket, with lots of cruising friends. On Christmas Eve Santa found the kids on the beach and gave out gifts - we lit lanterns when the sun went down and watched them fly away. Christmas Day was spent on the beach and eating a long lunch in a restaurant with 7 other families before swimming the afternoon away.

Since then, there have been rounds of parties and lots of time under the beach umbrellas. We've all had massages - lovely. Seth got a remote control helicopter for Christmas and has been

perfecting his flight skills in the cockpit before launching it on land. Finn spends his days bobbing around in the small surf off the beach and only comes out when we insist that it's time to go home.

We'll be spending the next couple of weeks up the West coast of Thailand exploring the islands and beaches. New Year off Patong sounds like the thing to do. Will post more pictures in the coming days. Hoping that you all had a happy, safe holiday surrounded with the people that you love!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Christmas message

Normally at this time of year we (though let's face it, Seth and I do the actual creating) would be happily making Christmas cards and mailing them out to those that we love. This year we are far from home and not particularly trusting of the postal service so will not be doing a mail out. Instead, our friends will have to manage with the festive wishes and love sent through this blog. A poor imitation of a Christmas card, but well meant. I decided to compile a list of those who would normally receive our cards – see if you can spot your name! Of course, Scott thought this was a very risky undertaking as I'm bound to forget someone, but I know you would forgive me.

So, from all on Anui, we wish you a very happy Christmas and a safe and healthy 2011, with a bit of excitement and challenge thrown in. We will let you know how our festivities go – shared with new friends. Will be thinking of each of you,


June & John; Jo & Guy, Eddie and Mikey; Ev & Ralph; Gay & Norbie; Kev & Paddy; Bev; Kim & Ross, Sabrina, Shane and Dylan; Colleen & Les; Paul & Kerrie, Luke, Todd and Georgia; Gladys, Michael, Rachel, Val and Richard; Rikki & Dodzi, Elliot and Chantal; Susan & Malcom; Miriam; Gina & Clifford; Sarah & Richard, Tia and Libby; Gaby; Aunties Golda and Millie; Anto; Lin and Josh; Mary & Craig, Jeremy, Annabel, Adam and Tobie; Tracy & Bun, Kyra and Soraya; Chris & Zena, Ben and Jenna; Ross & Narelle, Ryan and Adam; Drew & Louise, Blake and Monica; Kate & Steve, Mollie and Grace; Jules; Sue & Pete and Matthew; Lynette & Rudy; Tim & Michelle, Tom, Ella and Dan; Ann & Maria; Emma & Coby, Cooper and Bailey; Rebecca & Caroline; Elaine; Janet; Lynne & Geoff; Petrina & Michael; Crowy & Maria, Marnie and Liam; Leisa & Scott, Matt and Jack; Tracey & Shane, Grace and Preston; Sue & Gary, Tyler and Rhys; John & Jenny; Rob & Syl; Jade and Victor; Claire & Simon; Fifi & Michael and Jaimie; Shaz & Col and Deegan; Ross & Lorraine; Yamba Public School; Jack L and Dylan C and Sebastien K; Yamba Community Preschool; Cathy, Brielle and Shane; Sally & Mark, Bella, Max, Gus and Sienna; Liz & Bo, Summah and Alleah; Bruce & Toni and Remi; Pete & Di; Philippa & Tony, Samantha and Nathan; Lisa & Bill, Aurora and Lennox; Joyce and Sonya; Pucko; Michael and Drew; Ellie & Russ and Sonny; David & Pam; Lexie; Craig & Nel and Wil; Carrie, Joel and Darcy; Dale & Karessa, Jack and Rose; the lovely ladies of the Yamba Book Club; Mira & Ched, Bianca and Oscar; Pete & Carey, Jed & Ricki; Kim & Eric, Rochelle, Carl and Jewel; Gary & Alison, Daniel and Hannah; Jim & Robyn; our lovely yachting friends on Suspense, Red Boomer 2, Imagine, Pegasus, Orono 1, Esprit, Rasa Manis, Spirit of Sobrohan; Tin Soldier and many more.....

With much love from Sarah, Scott, Seth and Finn xxxx

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Leaving Malaysia

A month since our last blog. I have to confess that I've been waiting until we found something in Malaysia that would make the words flow... Probably sailing the Melaka Straits has not allowed us to see the finest sights that Malaysia has to offer. Mostly we've seen towns, concrete, dirty water and have craved quiet anchorages and somewhere to swim.

From the match-stick marina at Melaka, we visited a half-built marina at Port Klang and then motored up to Pangkor (another half-built marina!) where we stayed for a few days. Scott and the boys rode a motorbike around Pangkor Island, where I am sure that full workcover safety practices were followed.

From there we headed North to Penang. Penang's main town, Georgetown, is a fine mix of old and new, with many small Chinese shops selling everything imagineable. We bought a beautiful deep blue tea-set painted with golden dragons (clearly Scott's choice) and visited the Standing Buddha and the equally huge Reclining Buddha. Scott spent a considerable time with the chiropractor as both standing and reclining were proving difficult after months of carrying fuel cans and other unwieldy items.

After Penang we eventually arrived at the islands South of Langkawi, where there is no concrete and the steep limestone cliffs arc up from the dark bays - beautiful. We were finally able to put the kayak into the water and paddled through caves and tunnels (not much freeboard on the kayak with all 4 of us in it!). There was a freshwater lake called The Lake of the Pregnant Maiden which we swam in a few times. The lake is enclosed by high rock walls and separated from the sea by only a few meters of rock. The legend of the pregnant maiden is actually a sad little tale about an elf king and queen which may not have been known by the many couples who came to the lake each day in tourist boats looking hopeful. I managed to be mugged by a monkey whilst out for an early morning run - the cheeky thing stole the dinghy key whilst I was stretching and only returned it after a stern talking to!

So we're about to check out of Malaysia and enter into Thailand. I'm sure Malaysia has many beautiful places that we've missed and we haven't done it justice at all. The islands South of Phuket look wonderful and we're getting ready for Christmas. The duty free shopping here in Langkawi has been incredible. Cases of beer $11!! We made Scott a beer throne......... and above you can see him hugging the beer mountain at the warehouse.

More soon, from our fourth country.
Before Christmas, we promise!