Saturday, August 28, 2010

All’s Well in Well House

The blog has been quiet over the last two months because we have been way too stretched.

The Rodriguez family sailed into Southampton, England at 6.30am on June 14th. The two months since we arrived have been a time of stress and change.  Re-entry is a transitional experience, and it is a shake up.

John has set up his yacht brokerage John Rodriguez Yachts. He is specializing in Blue water yachts. Within the first weeks he sold a Hallberg Rassy 46 as well as listing some other ocean capable yachts and has been assured work at the Southampton Boat Show.

We initially stayed at a friends house and then with my mother whom we call Shore support (Sure Support). Just before we arrived home my mother had a hip operation, and just after we returned her cat needed an operation. Two patients in the house, I was glad the boys ran off their energies in Granny’s large garden.

The boys have met new friends from their new school, Salisbury Cathedral School and enjoyed numerous play dates with old pals. I was surprised how emotional I found buying the boys school uniform. It has been time of emotional swings as we adapt to life ashore.

In addition to all this we found and bought a house. The final negotiations for our 17th Century thatched cottage took place as we stood on the deck of the ship delivering Seraphim, our home away from home. Seraphim is now safe in Ocean Village Marina, Southampton.

We intend growing roses around Well House in Downton near Salisbury, Wiltshire in the south of England. We love this enchanting “dollshouse” where we shall take a few years out of the cruising life.

The next update will be full of pictures of our crossing on the Queen Mary II, Seraphims arrival and a few tales on Local Motion.


  1. Greta looking house. We hope you are very happy there. Thanks for the photos. We have been doing our own move and still many boxes to be gone through, Hope your mother is making a fine recovery. Love to the Rodriguez family. Hope the boys love the Cathedral School. Preston , Elaine et al. Eleanor back in USA from LSE. Now where???

  2. What a beautiful cottage! It's nice to catch up with you both via the blog. Ocean Village? I wonder if you know Claire and James Mason, they have a boat there. The boat's called Neraida(sp?) They are friends of mine.
    Well, good to have found this blog again.
    Best wishes