Venilia Sails http://venilia.com.au Living a Deliberate Life Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:20:47 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 117573590 Book Review – The Silver Spider by Nadine Slavinski http://venilia.com.au/book-review-the-silver-spider-by-nadine-slavinski/ http://venilia.com.au/book-review-the-silver-spider-by-nadine-slavinski/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 14:20:47 +0000 http://venilia.com.au/?p=562 I am not really a book worm, more like a book shai-hulud of Arrakis I’ll be honest. When a post from a fellow cruiser popped up in my Facebook news feed suggesting that I give their new book a try, it was out of solidarity that I considered it. I thought I may never get around […]

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Interview – Video http://venilia.com.au/interview-video/ http://venilia.com.au/interview-video/#comments Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:23:40 +0000 http://venilia.com.au/?p=548 We were recently contacted by a local journalist from Everything Mandurah who asked to interview us about our unusual life and this video is the result. We hope you enjoy it!   This Mandurah family is living on a boat and it’s amazing. And they plan to sail the world. We had the privilege recently of […]

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Carpe Vitem http://venilia.com.au/carpe-vitem/ http://venilia.com.au/carpe-vitem/#respond Thu, 15 Jun 2017 13:35:43 +0000 http://venilia.com.au/?p=522 swashbuckle /ˈswɒʃbʌk(ə)l/ verb gerund or present participle: swashbuckling engage in daring and romantic adventures with bravado or flamboyance. In a half successful attempt to add a little greenery to the boat, we recently hung two pot plants above our galley bench-top. Both are on the same schedule of bi-weekly watering and monthly fertilising, however, one […]

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For the Love of Hot Bread http://venilia.com.au/for-the-love-of-hot-bread/ http://venilia.com.au/for-the-love-of-hot-bread/#respond Sat, 03 Jun 2017 05:56:33 +0000 http://venilia.com.au/?p=486 As I write this in the cockpit wrapped in a blanket, I must say I’m feeling pretty good with myself. The Saturday morning air is brisk and the late autumn sun is sparkling off the glassy water as it rises. It is still early, so the water is only disturbed by a dolphin busy hunting […]

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Boat Projects – Past and Future http://venilia.com.au/this-years-boat-projects/ http://venilia.com.au/this-years-boat-projects/#comments Thu, 11 May 2017 13:03:21 +0000 http://venilia.com.au/?p=456 This morning at five thirty when my alarm clock went off, I found it very difficult to get myself out from under the blankets. Admittedly I did stay up too late last night binge watching some Netflix, but that is not the reason why. Sheree was also working night shift, so there was no hope […]

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Addressing Fears http://venilia.com.au/addressing-fears/ http://venilia.com.au/addressing-fears/#comments Thu, 04 May 2017 11:59:27 +0000 http://venilia.com.au/?p=424 Fear of the unknown is natural. Whether you are from the “survival of the fittest” camp or the “intelligent design” camp, all must agree that being cautious of things we have no experience with is a wise idea. So how is it that some people are able to give up the precious security of a […]

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One Year Aboard Retrospective – The Good, the Bad & the Ugly http://venilia.com.au/one-year-aboard-retrospective/ http://venilia.com.au/one-year-aboard-retrospective/#comments Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:02:35 +0000 http://venilia.com.au/?p=388 As our one year anniversary of moving aboard is just around the corner, I wanted to step back a little and take an honest look at this new life and in which ways it has changed us, in which ways it has stood up to our hopes and in which ways it has let us […]

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Supervising the Iron Jib http://venilia.com.au/supervising-the-iron-jib/ http://venilia.com.au/supervising-the-iron-jib/#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 15:04:28 +0000 http://venilia.com.au/?p=293 Time for a technical post about some swish new gear I have just finished installing on Venilia. But first, some background. Background A couple months ago, we took our home, comforts and all, over to Penguin Island… I'll just pause for a moment to let the landlubbers in the audience reflect on that. The day […]

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How we got here http://venilia.com.au/how-we-got-here/ http://venilia.com.au/how-we-got-here/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 12:48:24 +0000 http://venilia.com.au/?p=332 So, I guess you may be wondering what could have gone so wrong in these people’s lives that they gave it all up to go live in a tiny space (with kids nonetheless)? Ever since Sheree and I met, we have always spoken dreamily of buying a boat and sailing away. Actually, that’s not entirely true. […]

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Cruising with Kids – Safety Aboard http://venilia.com.au/kids-safety-aboard/ http://venilia.com.au/kids-safety-aboard/#comments Sun, 11 Dec 2016 08:12:21 +0000 http://venilia.com.au/?p=235 I receive a lot of enquiries both from strangers and friends about our unusual home and choices, many of these from parents who are flirting with the idea of doing something like this themselves. A very common question I receive is about how I can be comfortable with such young children constantly around water. I’m a mother, […]

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