Now that we sold the boat we are officially CLODS (Cruisers Living on Dirt)!  It’s still in the 80s every day with just a slight chill in the morning.  Not hard to take at all.  We joined the local gym and I signed up for a watercolor painting class at the art museum.  Skip is busy fixing up his wood shop in the garage.  All he needs is a small refrigerator and sofa to make it the perfect man-cave!

Bailey playing the pool game
Bailey loves playing his ‘pool game’ – running around the pool while I’m swimming

We had our first visitors last week, friends Mike and Angie (Lady of Lorien).  It was fun showing them around Vero.  We took them to the McKee Botanical Garden.  I can’t believe we haven’t taken the time to go there yet, it’s beautiful.

Skip, Angie and Mike
Visiting McKee Botanical Garden with Mike and Angie

Single lotus

Largest single board Mahogany table 38 ft long!
38ft Mahogany table built from a single board

Watch out for the sausage tree!
Watch our for low hanging sausages

Baby pineapple



I don’t know when we’ll see Mike and Angie again.  They’re planning to bring Lady of Lorien back across the ocean on the 2014 ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) with the goal of sailing in the Bahamas in 2015.

Skip flew north last Friday to help our friends Rick and Eva (Calypso) bring their boat from Annapolis to Charleston.  They’re going cruising for the first time and plan to spend the winter in the Bahamas.  Skip, Rick and Michael left Annapolis on Sunday planning to sail overnight to Norfolk.  The weather got the best of them and they pulled into Solomon’s Island last night.  Today’s journey was much better and they made it to Fishing Bay near Deltaville.  Michael is leaving them in Portsmouth so Rick and Skip will take the boat to Charleston.  Bailey and I will drive up to meet them.  Make sure you check out Eva’s blog for the real story!

I don’t think I’ve posted a video (but everyone seems to be doing it!) This is Bailey playing his pool game

New toys are fun
Bailey’s new eye-ball (it lights up)

Koi fish 1
This is Koi Fish #1 – an exercise in my painting class to learn about color

Koi fish 2
This is the second attempt. We learned how to use masking to make the scales.  I’m having a lot of fun.  I’ve never done watercolors before, only oils and pastels over 30 years ago!