Shy Albatross

Bird Photography Challenge #52: Shy Albatross

This is our 52nd Bird Photography Challenge, a regular post we try to run every fortnight.  Two years is a milestone and we are marking the occasion by doing a post on a very special oceanic bird: the Shy Albatross, a native to Australia but one that has been declared vulnerable. The Shy Albatross is…

Back to boat work!

We returned from our cruise nearly three weeks ago and the transition back to work has been… well… hard is a polite way of describing it. We were on board Take It Easy for the weekend, not so much to go sailing – we did none of that – but to start working on the To Do…

Hooded Plover

Bird Photography Challenge #51: Hooded Plover

While we were away cruising Bass Strait, we paused our regular Bird Photography Challenge posts.  But we are back on land now.  So for our return to our fortnightly posting, we are making the Hooded Plover (Thinornis rubricollis) the star of our #51 Bird Photography Challenge. The “hoody” as we affectionately call it, inhabits sandy…

Sunshine Blogger Award!

A few weeks ago, while we were still cruising around Bass Strait, fellow yachties nominated our site for the Sunshine Blogger Award, in recognition of our “positive, creative and inspiring” posts.  Ellen & Seth at Gone Floatabout, and a few days later Viki at Astrolabe Sailing were kind enough to think of us. 

Summer 2016-17 Cruise Review

For our 24th and last post on our Summer 2016-17 Cruise, we thought we would do a recap of this very satisfying voyage right around Bass Strait. We were away for 11 weeks, the longest we have ever been on board Take It Easy. We covered about 1000 nautical miles during this circumnavigation of a…

Flat out on Bass Strait

Red sky in the morning at Killiecrankie, sailors’ warning!  Only we got a surprise, not the mean old Bass Strait we know and love, but a sedate, slightly boring, flat as a tack crossing, requiring both engines!  This was our 24th Bass Strait crossing and the most benign of all.