October was a bleak month. And it wasn’t just the weather. On Monday 24th October 2017 we said goodbye to our darling Cilla; our constant companion for the past 18 years.
I have been putting off completing October’s newsletter because I didn’t know how I wanted to deal with this. Do I write an ode to her? Or perhaps a sonnet; put her life down on paper or create a requiem (ignoring the fact it is a religious mass, a requiem is designed for a Queen). And she was a queen – the queen of our hearts. She was also a complete princess; an outspoken, bold, sometimes belligerent but ever present friend who always made us smile. In the end I thought all these ideas too painful to deal with at the moment (perhaps later) and instead dedicated a page of October’s newsletter to photos I’d taken of her over the past year. At least when we look back we can smile and recall the previous 12 months of adventures with her.
Geographically Sengo and its crew travelled, as the cormorant flies, around 370 nautical miles around the coast from Maud’s landing just north of Coral Bay to Freemantle, Perth’s maritime suburb. Of course having ducked into Shark Bay we travelled further than this but from a tourist point of view we saw very little, the weather or its consequences forever getting in our way….Aboard Sengo October 2017 is 10.1Meg (and this month I am not apologising for its size).