|Happier times in Thailand, November 2007|
We have been cruising now for 7 1/2 years and one of the best things about this life is the people we meet. One such couple are Val and Graham.
We had heard of Val and Graham onboard the Australian yacht Silver Heels II during our first year out from New Zealand. Cruiser friends were talking of sailing to the Louisiades, we confessed we hadn't heard of it so they gave us a DVD to watch. It had been filmed by a couple on a recent cruise to the area.. It was a great sampler of what was on offer in this Papua New Guinean archipelago, and it convinced us to go. It had been produced by Val and Graham on Silver Heels II. They had done an excellent job .
In 2007 we finally met Silver Heels II. We were on the same dock at Rebak Marina in Langkawi, Malaysia during the Southwest monsoon season and we got to know them well. Val had dreams of sailing to the Med, Graham ... well he wasn't quite so sure (we think he just didn't want to give up his daily table tennis tournaments, which he always won!!) We left together at the end of the monsoon season and sailed north to Thailand, stopping in some lovely spots enroute - enjoying shacky bars and cheap restaurants in bays with soft white sand, but definitely not enjoying surf on the beach and keeping dry for dinner while trying to land the dinghy!!!!
|Another great night out for Marks 50th in Phuket 2007|
Val has been buried in Izmir, Turkey. Her two daughters, who flew to Turkey, have returned to Australia. Graham has just arrived with Silver Heels II in Marmaris as he continues to come to terms with life without his soulmate. Our thoughts are with them all, especially our friend Graham.
Rest peacefully Val, you will be sadly missed.