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Sy-sissi.de was not available for the last two days. Hopefully that's over now.

My web host made an update and the server had to be switched off. Unfortunately, it did not start automatically after the maintenance work was completed. After a manual restart everything works again. Until the next maintenance.

In the years to come I will often have no internet and will not be able to check whether the server is running or not. So if it should be offline again, I ask you not to despair - as soon as I find the Internet again, I will restart it.

Cats !!!

The internet belongs to cats. Now also with moving pictures. I found a few darlings on the video camera - such as the afternoon fun of Milka and Lieschen (both are somehow related to Sissi).

Lieschen and the Mäuschen

Only the involuntary leading actress had little fun.

It has to be fun too - the video camera was still in the corner

Sorting out is currently part of my daily work. Actually, I thought I didn't have that many things. But a lot has accumulated over the years. Part of it will come on the ship, part will be stored and part disposed of. But what belongs in which pile?

I can't just fill boxes with things and sort things. It works for me for a few hours, then the pleasure suddenly stops. Today I found my video camera when I was packing a pile of DVDs. Of course the battery was discharged but the memory card still works.

So the task of the evening was to create a video from the camera to YouTube. It has been possible!

The Jacobite Express runs over the Glenfinnan Viaduct in 2014.

In 2012 I was in Scotland by motorcycle, in 2014 we chartered a ship. Before that, we took a tour by car, which is how this video was made. It's uncut, shaky, and every smartphone makes better videos these days.

It was fun anyway.

Vaccinate

The world is unhealthy. Today I went to the doctor for a travel doctor consultation. There are diseases everywhere that can ruin your sailing fun. Terrible names and terrible effects.

Here I have to say that I failed a little in the planning. A few weeks earlier would have been better.

Still - somehow we will manage it. We are not leaving Europe immediately and elsewhere they can poke us with the syringes.

The Postman Always Rings Twice

I still live in Frankfurt am Main. I love this city. When I need something, I just sit on the subway, drive to the appropriate store and buy it there. Then I have the desired item in my hands after an hour at the latest.

Unfortunately, the Main is not particularly navigable for larger sailing boats. Therefore the number of shops with sailing accessories is very limited (I know exactly one shop). So I have to order a good part of the marine equipment on the internet.

At first the ordering process annoys me. There are several dozen stores on the internet for your sailing needs - which ones are reputable? Reliable? You have to research that, you have to enter a bunch of data in forms and wonder whether the data is really safe there.

Then you order and pay, until then it always works fine. In the best case, an email from DHL, UPS or whoever arrives the next day that the goods are on their way. Then the drama begins with the courier:

Yesterday, for example, there was one again Ninja on the way for DHL. I should have heard the doorbell because I was home all the time. How did the note get into my mailbox?

Or could I not hear the doorbell ringing when I did yesterday have showered?

The card says that I can pick up the package from 7 a.m. at the branch. During my first walk to the branch today, I learned that the parcels only find their way to this branch around noon.

When shopping in a store, I have the goods in my hand after an hour at the latest. If an item is out of stock, it will be ordered and await my next visit. In such a case it is two hours that I have to invest.

When I think about the words “two hours” I remember yesterday when I spent two hours shredding shipping boxes and stuffing them into the waste paper bin. When ordering online, there is a lot of packaging.

Advice in a specialist shop is also unbeatable. We have fished sailing many times but never pulled anything out. That should change in the future. I have the parting present from my former work colleagues (was a bunch of “universal vouchers”, also called money) in the Angel Bear and probably got some suitable fishing equipment. With so little experience in fishing, I wouldn't have known what to order.

Lastly, I think about the price. Things are usually cheaper on the Internet. I don't want to save up on the 10% through 20% because I appreciate going to the store to do some shopping. I am happy to pay the money for the service.

Demolition celebrations

It was a particular pleasure for me to invite you to the demolition party in my apartment. With the crane appointment, the other appointments merge. If nothing goes wrong now, we can go ahead with our plan and start in May. A great feeling.

Youtube can be really educational

spinnaker

I've never had a thing like this. No charter boat has a spinnaker on board, which is subject to a surcharge (at least in Croatia). We always saved the money and we couldn't handle this light cloth anyway.

The situation arose several times last summer that we ran out of wind to sail or the little wind came directly from behind.

Jens did some research on the Internet and found instructions on how to use the spinnaker. It didn't take long and the sail was beautiful. The speed doubled from an unspeakable 2.5 kn to 5 kn. Dreamlike.

Sissi and Lieschen

The internet belongs to cats. At least part of the internet, the good part. I miss the cats. Until a few weeks ago, about nine cats lived with us on the property. The neighbor moved out with the cats and now I am no longer greeted by a fat cat who wants to be petted.

Sissi and Lieschen are watching in the garden

At the latest I would have been on board without the cats. I will now adhere to the old seaman's rule: a new cat in every port!

Locks in Inverness

I just played with the blog again and feel compelled to post a small contribution. For this I also picked out a picture from last summer, the locks in Inverness together with the associated swing bridge in the foreground.

Lock stairs in Inverness

If everything goes according to plan, I can come in here again at the end of next month. I'm glad.