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Review: The Wonderbag

The following comments have stumbled from friends’ mouths when entering our kitchen/ galley and spying our slow cooker: ‘Is that a sleeping bag?’ they ask. Or, ‘Is that the lagging for your boiler?’ Even, ‘Is it [...]

We did it! The story of our Atlantic Crossing

3000+NM and 26 days at sea and the crew of Jade has crossed the Atlantic Ocean and made it safely to St Lucia. Here’s a little round-up of our adventure… Day 1: We left Las Palmas [...]


When on the beach you need to make sure that your beachwear is the business. The white sand and palm-fringed beaches of your Winter Sun destination deserve only the best. If you’re looking for a collection [...]

Having a lark with the ARC

I’m writing this while babysitting for a fellow ARC couple with two very young kids and the need to have a good night out. Friends (big and small) have been made in good old Las Palmas, [...]

Viva Las Palmas!

The crew has been in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria now for 3 weeks already. The time really is whizzing by at a lightening speed.   With the rally now just 21 days away there’s tons to [...]

At the starting line!

So, as you know from my last post (what do you mean, you didn’t read it?) we were already in The Canaries and very close to Gran Canaria and the starting point of the ARC… On [...]

Back on board!

We’re back on board and back on the high seas. Yes, me hearties the crew of Jade is reunited and within a cat fish’s whisker of Gran Canaria for the start of the ARC (Atlantic Rally [...]

Review: Pretend & Play Post Office

The kids are big fans of Postman Pat so I knew that the Learning Resources Post Office would be lots of fun. What I hadn’t considered, however, were the ‘learning opportunities’ it would provide…   The [...]

It’s a Cover-Up!

Disguiser of one too many tubs of feta and sagging swimwear, not forgetting being kind to skin and stylishness the beach cover-up has become my best bud. If you haven’t had your sunny holidays yet or [...]

A site with a silver lining

The first has fallen. A friend has turned 40. Although mid-life isn’t what it was (apparently we have to wait until we’re 60) it still deserves to be marked. Enter J A Campbell, the London-based Silversmiths [...]

In search of Lulu (weeks 13+)

One of the lovely things about spending months sailing around beautiful Greek islands is that you’re never short of guests. The next to arrive on Jade were my parents, who landed in sunny Corfu. I hadn’t [...]

Week 9,10,11 and 12 – Yamas time!

I’ve been a bit slack of late updating the sailing part of the blog. This is down to a few reasons, the first being time, the second the availability of WiFi and third the ability to [...]

Make a splash with swimming

I was asked if I’d like to feature this ‘infographic’ about swimming. Seeing as we’re currently spending a lot of time either in or out of the water it sang out to me. If you’re heading [...]

Review: Nikki Cooke swimwear

Nikki Cooke’s swimwear promises elegant designs for ‘real women.’ Being one such woman I was keen to try out Eliza, a beautiful, Fifties inspired swimsuit… If you want to do some serious swimwear drooling head over [...]

A chat with author Amanda Egan

Writer and blogger Amanda Egan has released her fifth chick lit novel ‘Lottie’s Luck’. Amanda’s writing career took off when her son suffered with School Phobia. Wanting to be close at hand, Amanda camped out in the school car park, [...]