Monthly Archives: April 2019

Collage

I give Kiyuna san a bottle of Islay Mist in thanks for his work on the boat. He blesses the boat by splashing whisky around and muttering stuff. The next day I find a package in the cabin. The package … Continue reading

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Tou Cafe and Gallery

I realize that this blog has become light on the joys of living in Okinawa and heavy on boat stuff. Let’s remedy this. Tou Cafe and Gallery is, as the name suggests a cafe and gallery. It is run by … Continue reading

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Alcohol

The boat has a fine cooker than burns what the Americans call denatured alcohol, whereas in Britain it is known as methylated spirits. Actually it is usually affectionally referred to as meths. Most of us grew up drinking it. I … Continue reading

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A New Start

It is 7 years since the Norfolk Gypsy’s bottom was caressed by sea water. For 10 years before that she lay rotting at a mooring. Today was a new start for her. After over a year of restoration, we launched … Continue reading

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De Quervain

Some will remember that I have been plagued by a sore wrist and not being able to use my thumb. Pain is the result if I try. I go to the Onna clinic and they give me painkillers but say … Continue reading

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So Close

Essentially the boat is finished. I do a few final jobs. There are only two small jobs, make lid for sea water hole thing and weld nut onto center plate winch so I can use a ratchet to raise and … Continue reading

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Just Nice Stuff about Japan

Regular readers will remember that my much beloved bird lens, a manual focus Tokina AT-X 300, broke when I was in New Mexico. I tried to get it fixed in San Francisco but everyone said the lens was too old … Continue reading

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