Thursday, December 5th. St. Nicholas Eve

Written by Jack van Ommen on December 5th, 2013

Last year we celebrated Sinterklaas at my sister’s home. Lisa , my oldest daughter was visiting Amsterdam and her daughter Corrine.  It is hard for me to get in the spirit because it is an absolute perfect summer day here. I have the sliding doors wide opened to the sea. The surf rolls gently in. The one small boat that had not been moved out of the buoy anchorage last weekend washed up on the beach in last weekend’s storm. Today the one sailboat came back, and several more of the knock about fishing boats are back on their anchors.  Yesterday’s weather was the same. I went into Santa Eueleria with Beatrice. I had the rear tire of the bike fixed. I tried to repair it with a repair kit and pump I had bought but it turned out to need a new valve. I also bought an exterior back up drive for the laptop, a charger for the camera and a new SD-Card, that I have lost.  By the way, the keyboard and mouse on the laptop came back to life, so, I do not need to drag the keyboard and mouse along any more. Another good bit of news I wanted to share is that my right eye’s vision seems to have improved again. The scars left by the bouts of Herpes infections seem to have cleared up somewhat. It has possibly something to do with the staring in the far distances from my favorite position in the cockpit. My distant vision gradually improved in 2005 from the time I started the long crossings. I ended up no longer needing glasses for the distant vision. I left my 1.5 reading glasses in the church pew last Sunday and I miss them dearly.On the way back Beatriceand I stopped at the “Peit Marche”, near San Carlos”, much of the same  international group, I had a picture of in a previous blog,was there.  Many of them have stuck to their habits from the sixties when this was the hippy stop on the caravan route to Katmandu, the Bagwan disciples, the grass is still passed around. I talked to Joakim on the phone yesterday and I am planning to move to Palma on or around December 15th and then leave there around the 8th of January for Amsterdam. I hope that I can finish the Dutch version of my sailing adventure between then and early March.

Here is a challenge for you : The title of the book. It has to be short. Right now I am playing with: “Sailing Solo in Company”. “Zeilen zonder Zorgen., This subject is perfect reading in Kindle/Electronic format because it becomes very costly to add color photos to a print version. I am considering  sticking a CD with a photo album, of my best shots, in the book.

Beginning of another gorgeous day in Paradise

 

2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Joep Homan says:

    Hi Jack,
    I am sorry to see that your sailing is over for the moment. You had all the luck landing without wet feet. A titel for your book maybe:
    Just Sailing or
    Follow my dream

    Joep Homan

  2. jackvanommen says:

    Thanks Joep. Around 4.30 a.m. this morning a few more came up. I’ll be posting them for comments. Je bent dud niet in de zak gewaaiid. Hier is het prachtig fietsweer. Te weinig voor zeiklen….

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