A year in the life of a Marbelli (Week 27)

I’m really excited this week because Natasha is coming home for my birthday. I haven’t been able to see her much since she started her new job in London and I can’t wait for her to come home.

Preparing for Natasha to arrive is quite an event, the naughty foods (ice-creams, bread, chocolate) get hidden away; the exercise machines are quickly dusted and out come the avocados and coconut again!

Oh- and we have to pretend that Nahla has not been in her bedroom as Tash isn’t the most patient with dogs and puppy chewing! Talking of which, I had to make a rush visit to the vets with Nahla as she decided to eat a pair of Hiltons socks. Hilton however was upset with me for throwing the socks away, after the vet managed to retrieve them from her stomach – according to Hilton they were his favourite pair!

I have been busy thinking of activities to entertain Hilton. There are so many things for the children to do around the coast, so each week I try and pick a fun activity for him to do. This week I chose a sailing course in Estepona Port. Savannah opted to work with Chris for the week, something that as a family we dread doing (I’m sure even Hitler was a nicer boss), so I dropped her down to work said a few “Hail Marys” and set off to Estepona.

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There are different courses available but as Hilton is a complete novice, I chose the elementary five-day morning course between ten and twelve. The children get to learn the basics of sailing as well as the chance to sail small sailing dinghies and lasers, plus I get a bit of peace and quiet for a few hours!

So far Hilton absolutely loves it! Apparently the first day was taken up with a 30-minute lesson on knots and safety procedures, then they were straight out on the water with a sailing instructor to practise elementary sailing drills. When the bigger sailboat is used, the safety boat ferries the children back and forth to make it easier.

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The course is very reasonably priced; the basic program is 105 euros for the week including insurance with all the necessary equipment and boats provided by the school.

Anyway, bye for now and see you next week when I will be another year older!

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