I spent a week in the UK visiting my Mother. Arrivng the day after the Manchester bombing and leaving the day before the London terrorist attacks! Interestingly, Heathrow did not seem to be under a big security alert but the Paris airports were. Heavily armed soldiers and security were very obvious. My Mother was glad to see me and my sister Amanda and brother Mark were both there too so we all had a family reunion. The weather was beautiful and Henley on Thames very pretty and getting ready for the Henley Regatta on next month. Mark drove me to London on the last day and we visited Shirley (our father’s wife) and caught up on news of that side of the family. Mandy spent a few days there too attending a chocolate making course where she received accolades from the tasting judge for her blend that she makes in Santa Fe. Mandy's two children and their partners were there too for a few days. I saw Georgia but missed Sam by a few hours.

Pete spent the week on the boat doing loads of paperwork and generally keeping out of trouble, I think. He met me at the airport with flowers and champagne back on board – lovely.

A week to get over the jet lag and we head off to Iceland for the World ARC reunion.