Wednesday, 27 January 2016

End of an Era


Yesterday we sold Echo - well, it's strictly Mr B's boat so he sold it, but it's felt like ours given the hours I've spent bailing her out over the years, and enjoying good times on the water.

It all happened incredibly quickly - I put an ad on a local For Sale site via Facebook and was inundated with replies. This, in January, on a morning of tempestuous winds and rain, with people desperate to come and see her. To cut a long story short, C sold her to the first guy who offered a good price, and he was so keen he took his wife down immediately to see Echo. We're just dashing off now to collect our belongings and hand the keys over.

Gulp. Still, it's for financial reasons, so needs must.

I don't like to think of life without a boat. Despite the fact that the weather was so bad last year we hardly went out, she was there if we wanted to. Now she won't be and I feel this is really the end of an era.

We will sail with Al, of course, on his Dragon, and I may race with Flushing Sailing Club, and hope to sail with Tony, but it won't be the same. There's the possibility of buying another boat but I think we may need to win the lottery - or for my book to pull in loads of money, both of which are slightly unlikely.

But you know what they say - when one door shuts, if you work at it, another one opens. It will be interesting to see what that one is.

Meanwhile, here's to our lovely Echo. With thanks for all the brilliant times afloat.

14 comments:

Sally said...

We'd love you to sail with us! 🙂

Flowerpot said...

You're on Sally! We'd love to, too! X

ADDY said...

I can imagine what a wrench it must be to part with something you have loved and enjoyed. You'll have your photos and fond memories. However, as you say, another door will open and your sailing days will not be over, I am sure.

Kim @ Him, Him Me said...

Hope you manage to get another boat soon, you'll seem a bit lost without her won't you?

Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

It's sad when you have to sell a boat - or so my husband tells me. Looking forward to discovering what your next adventures will be.

Flowerpot said...

Debs - I'm looking forward to discovering it too!

Flowerpot said...

Kim - I think we will be very lost without her!

Flowerpot said...

Addy - I certainly hope they're not over and as you say I have loads of happy memories. Sally has just asked us to sail with them which would be lovely, too!

Rena George said...

Bye bye Echo. Roll on new adventures. I can't wait to read about what you do next, Sue. xx

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Rena - I can't wait to find out what they will be, too! xx

Gingerly Rosanna said...

It's sad to say goodbye you've become so fond of, but as you say, another adventure beckons and there's always something waiting around the corner. xx

Flowerpot said...

GR - I hope so! Good to see you again XX

Colette McCormick said...

Here's to your next adventure.

Flowerpot said...

Thanks Colette. Hope life is treating you well X