Sunday, June 28, 2015

Back in Darwin for the Fannie Bay 2015 Swim Classic

Fannie Bay Swim Classic
After returning from Bali to Darwin Susan has had swim training daily at the Parap Swim Pool in preparation for the 2015 Darwin Fannie Bay Swim Classic sponsored by the Darwin Surf Life Saving Club.

Today was the big day and at precisely 13:00 local time she hit the water swimming in the 1.2 kilometer division.

The 2015 Fannie Bay Swim Classic 1.2K Begins
Susan has never competed in an open water swim meet and she was not sure how the open sea would feel.  Well, it was a picture perfect winter day in Darwin with blue skies and air temperature of about 29C (about 85F) and the water was closer to 25C, warmer than the Parap Pool where she had been training.   All in, the competition had well over 100 participants of ages over 15.  She finished ahead of her goal at 13:40 coming across the finish line at the Darwin Trailer Boat Club.

Did you say Gin and Tonic?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Our stay in Bali was exciting!

We made a big decision.  We bought a beautiful plot of land in north Bali and have begun to design a house.

It is up the hill from Lovina in the village of Kayuputih (white wood) about 100 meters above sea level and about 15 minutes by motorbike from Lovina.

We return to Bali in July to complete the work on the design and initiate construction.  We are lucky to be working with a great team from Tropis Living and have daily contact with Roland Leijten, a hardworking Dutchman.

This panoramic photo shows the small house which is coming down and a view to the sea.  Our neighbor's house is seen on the right.

New way to blog the travels of the crew of Villa G

​Thanks to Ley on SV Crystal Blues, we have learned that Blogger can be combined with our own website.  So from now I will be putting notes about our travels and where we are using this blog.  It can be reached directly via or found on our Villa G home page: