Monday, June 15, 2015

And soon we travel!

It's been a strange time, this past couple of weeks. Having only been back at the boat for a week or so, we paid a flying visit back to the house last Thursday evening, to oversee the erection of a fence at the bottom of the garden on Friday. Naomi had work to do, and couldn't be there. As soon as the job was completed - and they made a very good job of it - we got back into the car and drove back here. And once back, we got back down to doing a number of smallish jobs in preparation for our first cruise of the year. Mid-June, and we're only just going out! The price we pay for getting the paintwork done. On top of the one with a £ in front of it!

Last week, we saw "San Andreas" at the cinema. 3D, and very effective for it. It's a good film. Not much of a story, and what story there is is rather hackneyed - divorced hero risks life and limb to save endangered daughter, rescues ex-wife along the way, and is reconciled with her after their joint effort to find said daughter. But the casting is good, and the acting very much better than it might have been in a film which relies extremely heavily upon CGI. The special effects are indeed very special, with quake-struck cities shaking, toppling, crumbling and flooding. Action-packed, and very gripping. We loved it.
A seemingly ideal day turns disastrous when California's notorious San Andreas fault triggers a devastating, magnitude 9 earthquake, the largest in recorded history. As the Earth cracks open and buildings start to crumble, Ray Gaines (Dwayne Johnson), an LAFD search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, must navigate the destruction from Los Angeles to San Francisco to bring his estranged wife (Carla Gugino) and their only daughter (Alexandra Daddario) to safety.

But most importantly, we're off cruising on Wednesday. Meeting Michelle at Stoke Bruerne on Saturday and heading off south and back for a week. Fingers crossed for decent weather. It's far from settled down to accepting that it really is summer now. Before Wednesday, car MOT, stocking up with food for three, cleaning and tidying up. And Simon's coming to look at Kantara's various electrical eccentricities. Then GU South, here we come!

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