Christian would love this... [I wrote this blog in 2007 - the message behind it still holds true.]
My Mum and Dad were once young things (in their early 20s) sailing across the oceans to the West Indies on a yacht called ‘Clover’. Their 2-month epic journey, in the late ’60s, was recorded on cine film (which we have yet to transfer to DVD – their Christmas present this year, I think), in photographs and in diaries. Dad’s diary is full of nautical terms and Mum’s is mainly concerned with the meals she prepared in the cramped galley (she was the chef on board). They did this trip just before they got engaged, before my brother and I were even thought about. They were care-free, tanned, smokers and drinkers; I was just the same at their age!
Could I please share with you some of my mother’s tips and other interesting bits of information about life on the ocean wave (Southampton to Antigua, via Gibraltar and Tenerife)?
Messing About in Boats
Food and Drink:
Personal hygiene (!):
Thank Goodness these diaries were kept. Without them, I would have no written record of my parents before they got married. As you can see my Mother can string a sentence together, but she has questioned where my brother** and I get our writing bug from…then it is revealed that my great grandfather wrote many books about East Africa (another time, perhaps) and my great uncle wrote, and had published, plenty of (environmental) research.
Anyway, the point I’m trying to make it that diaries, logs and blogs need to be treasured – they are a link to our personal histories. It may be time for all bloggers to safely save their postings for posterity, or risk their lives disappearing into the ether.
**Christian is lost in Africa - for over 4 years now; he was following in the footsteps of the Scottish explorer Mungo Park, but disappeared without a trace in Mali. After writing this post, I’m going to do my best to find all his writings (both virtual and hard copy) – sailing logs around the Caribbean, travels to Australia, and the mundane recordings in his diaries (he and I have kept diaries since our early teens). Hopefully, I can piece together his life.
[NB: Update 2017: Christian is still missing - now for 14 years. I believe he is in Nairobi, Kenya, having travelled from Mali, via Ghana, to Kenya over the years. And I did gather all his writings together after I posted this blog in 2007].
Nurtured by Nature: Connect / Explore / Flourish / Disperse.