If we were on the boat this year, we would have headed back to Debdale in the last week or so and be packing up, cleaning up and winterising before heading home to NZ. If I remember correctly, we had been booked to fly home very early in October.
We have missed it, being on the boat. I have been reading boating blogs all winter here in NZ, and have often felt quite jealous when I see the lovely photos of familiar places and read of ascending and descending locks and mooring out in the countryside.
This morning I have read Irene and Ian Jameison's post on the Free Spirit blog (Irene's, really...), and they are heading back to base. They will have cruised past Lyndon and Karen on nb Post Box, and Liz and Nigel whose boat name I don't know! I have read Lisa's (and David's) What a Lark latest post, as well as Tony and Helen's nb Holderness latest post.
All of them have made me feel quite nostalgic.
That is not to say being here in Waikanae has been a struggle; nor was it a struggle being in Hokitika or Nelson, or up in Taranaki, the Hawke's Bay or points in between - in fact it has been wonderful to be here.
All the same, we have missed being on the boat.