Sailing Diary

Kerry sitting on a sailing boat at anchor
Kerry, sitting on Barberry at anchor

Barberry Tales

This is where I’ll share our sailing adventures as Fraser and I set off in our small sailboat to sail from Bangor in Northern Ireland all the way to Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean. You can follow our journey as we tack and gybe our way southwards, then east, then south again in a wiggly line, then east, south, east, south, east. 

Where was I?

Hot and Hungry

The weather has picked up. Not sure how many times we have complained about being too hot recently, when a few weeks ago we were worried that we would never warm up again! The thermal underwear has been stuffed in a locker and the summer skimpy gear has now been donned. It’s hot, damn hot…

Brie in Brie and champagne in Champagne

The week in Paris was absolute heaven. Fraser and I hardly ever do the “tourist thing”, so this was a real treat for us. The last time I was in Paris was for my 16th birthday, so that’s a good 5 years ago. Funny how it feels far longer than that. My birthday dinner was…

Above and Below Paris

There is quite a lot to see and do in Paris. It’s a busy place with lots of traffic, bikes everywhere and police/ambulance sirens going almost permanently- a bit of a shock after the tranquility of the river. Crossing the road is an art form here. We took a while to master the technique once…

Wind in the Willows (Tales from the Riverbank)

Fraser talked last time about how we reached Rouen and removed our mast so we could fit beneath the many bridges we’d encounter on our long journey south to the Mediterranean. In this episode, I will bring you with us along the last stretch of the tidal Seine and onwards through France to Paris. When…


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