Bad news: Long distance cruising is over for another year and it is hard to get back into land life! Good news: Our Cruise Journal is ready! It is great to look back and relive some moments, and it is also nice to share it with those wanting to live the sailing life vicariously!
The transition back to “normal” life at the end of a cruise is always difficult. Gone is the rhythm of sea and weather. In come the accumulated chores and demands of work. After many years of doing summer trips of six to eight weeks, we know the returns are painful, but it still catches us. In fact you could say it gets worse every year. Must be nearly time to not return!
Just think… You are back at work after eight weeks at sea. Your colleagues are head down, bum up. As far as they are concerned, it is time you knuckled down too! At home you have tons of laundry to clean up the salt encrusted clothes, linen and furnishings from the boat. And then there is the taming of the abandoned house and garden. It all feels… well, dreary and a bit of a let down. The only really happy member of the crew is Bengie. She has her grass, her tree, her freedom to wander in and out. She is particularly smoochy: lots of head buts, cuddles and contented purrs.
With this return, what is adding to the malaise is that our eight weeks away were strenuous and we don’t feel refreshed. We need a holiday after the holiday. We know that the transition back to land life takes a couple of weeks. I guess we should be kind to ourselves, ease back in and appreciate what we have achieved.
One way that always helps is to finalise our cruise journal. Re-reading our daily notes and sorting through our photos is a great way to remind us of the incredible experiences which punctuated our two months at sea.
So we are now ready to share our detailed Summer 2015-16 Cruise Journal. You will find it on the “Cruise Stories/On board Take It Easy” page of the website. Those interested can download a copy of the PDF. It is best viewed on screen, as the quality of the images is nowhere near as good in hard copy print.