Hot, Creative and our Secret Surprise


Hi Amazing Peeps,

Well this week has been a week of surprise,miracles, creativeness, excitement and HOT SHOWERS OHHHHH YEH!

Firstly, 2 of the younger kids started swimming on their own with no boogie boards – this one is awesome and cool.

Second, I was made aware that I am married to a supermodel – WOW!20171012_184028

Third, I had a miracle of a love heart sun on the water.20171012_175352

Fourth, the kids were in creative moods. Nakita made a coffee cosy for our coffee plunger. She had made of for the teapot that we used to use as a coffee brewer but it got wrecked. We brought a new seriously insulated plunger about 2 months ago yet 3 nights ago, Nakita made a cosy.20171012_215228

We are so impressed with her creation that now our coffees are SUPER hot.

Alec then decided to make a bib for the upcoming baby and then made one for Zeinobiyah. It was really cool that he thought of that.20171013_155712

Zeinobiyah is not having a bar of it. That doesn’t matter because it was the thought that counts.

Ryan made bottle covers for both Steve’s and my drinking water bottles. He made them out of old, ripped pants that we were going to throw out.


He is either o impressed with his invention that he can’t even look at it, or the smell is too much HAHAHA!

Ryan said that they were to keep our bottles cold while they were in our backpacks.

He put mine on and I took a drink of water. All that I could smell was urine. I took it off and asked him to wash it first.

I was laughing so hard. I was given a urine smelling water bottle – YAY! The design was great and after a wash, it will work perfectly, I am sure.

Amlayah showed off her skills at making Leggo boats. Being only six, her details are really good.


It has a cockpit, davits and the dinghy sits on top of the davits. It even has a plank out the back for “the kids” to walk.

Fifth – comes the excitement. We picked up…..I’m not telling. I am keeping hush-hush on this one. It is too exciting to give away the ending. Stay tuned for further info or in the words of you peeps – Watch This Space! OOPS! I nearly posted a picture.

Sixth – I HAD A HOT SHOWER THIS MORNING! It was magical!

There was this amazing heated water that come from a faucet in the wall. There was this device underneath that if I turned it one way, it got hotter and the other, colder.

I stood underneath it and felt that all of life is perfect at that moment. Nothing is wrong in the world while engulfed in hot water and stream as it regenerates my body. It was too wonderful to describe how it actually felt – like a religious experience. I came out feeling lighter and newer than I had in months.

Seventh – Bubby (the one in my belly) is now kicking a lot and nice and strong. It is fun to feel it bouncing around in there.

And Right now:

I am sitting under my duvet on the saloon couch with a hot water bottle, surrounded by used tissues (actually they are in a bag), talking with a blocked nose which is always funny, eating hot soup.

A perfect end to a wonderful week. I say that truthfully as I am sure my body is screaming at me for further sleep. Time to heed its calling.

Love you guys.


Zanny Harbars

Beccie is a Best Selling Author, a World Travelling Sailor, an Awesome Wife and the Best Mum to the 10 most Amazing Children on the Planet, a Millionaire, a Polyglot and an Oracle 


One Heck of a Weekend

Hi Amazing Peeps,

I have needed a few days to rest after a huge week.

Let me begin………now:

Wednesday we did a few extra runs with the hire car before we returned it to the hire place. Once that was done, a few more things were picked up on the way back before we raised anchor and headed off for Blackwattle bay.

Thursday, we had our day out with Sean, Mel and their Elegant Flower which I was bouncing about in my last post.  

When we got back, we were exhausted but there was little rest.

We were meeting up with Nick and Barbara from SV VAL the next day.  They are really cruisey so there was no rush but being us, we needed to wash more nappies and clothes, get breakfast for the next day made after dinner, organize what we are taking and all the little stuff that goes on with organizing our tribe.

Come Friday, we were able to rest in a little while before totally madness started.

We needed some stuff for the BBQ but Steve didn’t get out till 10:30 – we were meant to meet them at 11am.

At just after 11, I dinghied over to have a cuppa before I had to pick up Steve.  As kids were boarding VAL, my phone dinged to tell me that they were back.  Nick and Barbara were so awesome to look after the kids while I picked up Steve, we sorted some homemade chicken schnitzels for them and then went over.

VAL IS AMAZING! She is bare bones meaning that there is no insulation in her yet she is so roomy.  Nick and Barbara are so cool.  They showed us around, taught the kids lots of stuff, we had a cuppa then went ashore for our lunch.

The BBQ was just up from the pontoon and we found a water tap that we could use too.  We all had some great food and fun.  Nick told us about some of their adventures and Ireland’s history which was captivating  20171006_161843while Barbara fascinated the kids with languages or maybe it was the other way around.20171006_161832
We spent a good few hours enjoying the sun and each others company.  It was wonderful.

At the end of the day as we were preparing to head back to the boats, Nick joked about the kids carrying him back.  Well they were all for the idea and he was happy to let them try.  He laied down on the grass and the kids crowded around and lifted him off the ground.


Kids lifting Nick

 They did well to carry him about 5 metres before it was too much.  It was such a laugh.

Then they yelled “Mrs. Barbara! Mrs. Barbara! Your turn”.  Barbara was a great sport and layed down ready to be carried.


Kids carrying Ms. Barbara

 I think in carrying Nick they had worked out the best method to use because they managed to carry Barbara about 50 metres to the nearest seat.  Barbara was so impressed with how gently they put her on the seat and how well they worked as a team. We were laughing so hard but the kids were determined and did great.

We then went back to Sumbawa yelling “BYE” to Nick and Barbara the whole time.

We don’t know when we will see VAL and her amazing captains (yes they are both certified captains) again.  We just know that we love spending time with them, have all learned so much and we are better sailors because of our meeting with them.

The day we had with them was so much fun. We have found that every sailor that we meet, teaches us more, love sharing their stories and although they are all very different in their sailing style, they all have valuable information to share. Sailors are really a unique bunch of people.

We had a big day on Saturday also, so we left Blackwattle at 8:30am the next morning.  Nick and Barbara had come topside to wave us off which was wonderful. We are looking forward to meeting them somewhere again. Maybe in the Mediterranean Sea – who knows.

We motored out till just before the Bridge, then we raised our headsail and mainsail.  We then took off.

Just a note – Sumbawa is not a fast boat so when I saw we were flying, to us it is.  We were going about 6 knots.  That is almost like flying to us and it was fun.  We were wing on wing and enjoying every minute.  

We got to the Spit Bridge in an hour and a half just as we saw the 10am opening bridge close.  We were still dropping sail so we wouldn’t have made it.  We picked up a mooring that is just outside of the bridge and waited for the 11:30am opening.  Although the kids were counting down the time, it did seem to go fast.

Once we saw it start to open, we dropped the mooring and headed forward.20171007_113602  The outgoing boats have right of way so we just idled there.  Then it was our turn. 20171007_113458 We motored through and as we did, the kids yelled to the guy up on the platform “Thank you for opening the Bridge for us.”  He replied with “That’s OK. Anytime!” I might hold him to that. We then headed for Northbridge.

We looked around for any public moorings or a good place to anchor but there was none in Sailors Bay or we headed up to Sugarloaf Bay.  There were 4 public moorings here but being a weekend they were all taken.  This bay was beautiful 20171010_120513so we dropped anchor on the south west side of the bay near the old cottage.  It was amazing but we had little time to enjoy it as we were going to the Kairos Farewell Party at the Northbridge Baths.  

We got down our new inflatable and used our tinny to tow the inflatable with half the kids in it around to the baths.  It was a long dinghy ride but the kids didn’t mind. They were just loving the journey.  There is a lot to learn from them.

Once we arrived, we could here music playing but not normal music, this was Brazilian music.  We walked in just as Viktor was getting off their boat to come ashore. His Capoeira Master had come to the party with all the instruments and as a farewell to Viktor and Illa, would put on a show with Viktor involved.  

It was an amazing site to watch the Capoeira dance in person.


Viktor and Evelyn ready

 We watched Viktor dance with a girl named Evelyn and then with the Master. 20171007_143352 Illa came up to us to explain some of what was happening.  Apparently it is a great honour for the Master to put on this display and both Viktor and Illa felt that honour.  Illa explained the history of the Capoeira dance and how the African slaves created it to train for fighting but disguised it as a dance.  It was their only means of defending themselves or escaping. If was amazing to watch it with a greater understanding of what was happening.20171007_143411
It is such a graceful dance and I can see how it fooled the slaves captors.  It requires such strength yet because it is done slowly, the strength and grace is carried through the whole movement to the next.  We watched as partners switched and their styles changed but the Capoeira as a whole remained the same.  It went on for about an hour.

Then there was a lot of introductions.  We felt like the only non-Brazilian family there. Regardless of that, we were brought into their extended family like we had always been apart of it.20171007_171529  The kindness and love generated from everyone was marvelous.


Our extended Brazilian family

We ate, drank and partied until 6:30 before we said our goodbyes.  


Cuddles for Mrs. Illa

20171007_173913There were tears from all of us yet we knew that we would see each other again, possibly in some South Pacific Island.

As we hopped into our dinghy, many of the people came to see us off.  We have never had such an audience before.  We started the outboard and headed off to waves and kisses from our now extended Brazilian family.

We got back to Sumbawa just as it was getting dark.  It had been a great day full of wonderment, love and emotions.  We found out later that the party went until 10pm. Kairos took the first Spit Bridge out to Manly, topped up supplies then left.  They were in Cronulla by the afternoon.  

Here is a link to their YouTube channel.

We spent the next day swinging in the hammock, drinking coffee and eating yummy stuff.  Everyone just rested.  It wasn’t hard to do in Sugarloaf Bay as it was so peaceful.

We have just got back to Lane Cove River.  We gave Nigel back his outboard and picked up the box of books we received from Mr. John from Brisbane.


Mr. John’s box of books

The kids are just sorting out their favourites before they call him and let him know.  He said he was looking forward to the book reviews.

It was been a great few days of friends, parties then rest – all were needed greatly.

Time for some cleaning.

Love you guys


Zanny Harbars

Beccie is a Best Selling Author, a World Travelling Sailor, an Awesome Wife and the Best Mum to the 10 most Amazing Children on the Planet, a Millionaire, a Polyglot and an Oracle

They Moved Our Hearts


Hi Amazing Peeps,

Yesterday was INCREDIBLE! I mean seriously Amazing.

We were going out with the Balhatchet’s, a fantastic family that we met in Cronulla. We had such a fun time with them the last time we got together, we knew we wanted to meet up again.

Yet with us and our business and weather restraints and their own busy schedule, we kept missing each other.

Finally yesterday we managed to catch up and WOW! What a day!

We met up at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour. It was a fun walk from Blackwattle Bay to the park as the kids saw some really cool stuff on the way.

They had a truck driver who honked and waved madly at them; they saw a lift on the outside of a construction building and they also got to see the red man turn to the green man when we were allowed to walk across the road.

We then got to the Park! It is a cool park!

There was a large grass area, a huge playground and then the water park.20171005_113117 Just up a bit was the Chinese Garden of Friendship.

We met the Balhatchet’s in the Oval. It was great to see them again. The kids acted like they had met last week, picking up where they left off. I am always a little nervous and it takes me a bit to settle in.

I see myself as a bit rough around the edges, yet really soft in the middle – like fudge. The Sean and Mel are so gentle and wonderful, I fear that I am too aggressive, too loud and over the top. Sean and Mel are so nice and always a joy to be around that I wonder why I was nervous in the first place.

The kids took off into the playground, swinging on the flying fox,20171005_113252 climbing of the rope pyramid and going down the slide. 20171005_113307They were having so much fun.

Steve did a toilet run with some kids and then got hot chocolate and coffees for everyone while I caught up with Sean and Mel. There was a lot to catch up on.

After a while, we moved to the grass for a picnic lunch.

I am pretty sure we talked for about an hour while Yahsha chased seagulls, the older ones climbed a massive fig tree and the littles played peek-a-boo through the bars.

After lunch, we went to the Chinese Garden. This place was a magical place.

One of the first things that we saw was a water dragon. It was trying to blend in rather unsuccessfully but I loved the effort it put in.20171005_144555

The kids job was to find all animals from the Chinese calendar. They did a great job at finding them. It became a bit of a competition.

I was just taken by the beauty of the place.20171005_150501 We were massive coy – Azanyah said he didn’t like them. They scared him.20171005_145502 There was amazing waterfalls,20171005_142611 20171005_150427beautiful lotus flowers20171005_141835 and even turtles.20171005_144634

The wood carvings in some of the buildings were stunning.20171005_14414220171005_14421320171005_144242 The detail in them was sensational. I could have studied them all day.20171005_150941

The rocks in the pond also looked like certain animals when looked at the right way.20171005_150633

It is a perfect place to bring a good book and stay there all day, reading while taking in sights, smells, sounds and serenity of it all. With the shhhh of the waterfalls, the bubbling of the streams, the calling of the birds, the fish, the turtles sunning themselves and get lost in the tranquillity. It really is a secret garden.

I came out of there feeling wonderment.20171005_14411920171005_152304

We then headed back for the last-minute play in the water fountains.20171005_154232 20171005_15423820171005_154207It was still warm and the kids did not hesitate to get wet. 20171005_154604It was their first fresh water shower in a long time and with the amount of chlorine, they got a sterilizing too.

The sun was getting low in the sky and it was time to say our goodbyes. Just before we did, the Balhatchet’s surprised us with a gift. It was the most wonderful box full of goodies and games.20171006_174443

There was a pirate game called Loot which Steve and I played tonight. It was fun! Then there was card Scrabble. That was fun too, a little more panic to get the word down first but a great laugh. There is also a game called Traffic Jam. We haven’t played that one yet but I’m sure it will be a hoot. They are all small and easy to store but the big plus – WE LOVE GAMES!20171006_17404220171006_17401520171006_173924

Then there were Captain Chocolate – we had a good laugh at that. It was salted caramel milk chocolate nibbles. OHHHHHH THEY ARE GOOD! Not for kiddy fingers at all. YUM!20171006_174127

The really funny one was the last bit. In my post Vomits & Psychology: What a Mix, I mentioned how I was sitting at home alone drinking fake hot chocolate because we had no marshmallows. Well the Balhatchet’s had packed Hot Chocolate and Marshmallows! It was HILARIOUS!  And the thought was incredible.20171006_174157

We are cherishing every bit. It is such a beautiful thing. The thought that went into the gift was what astounded us the most. We are deeply moved. The day was amazing, the people were incredible and we came away feeling lighter than we had arrived.

Thank you Balhatchet’s! You have touched our hearts and our appreciation is unspeakable. 

Love really abounds everywhere.

Bless all of you.


Zanny Harbars

Beccie is a Best Selling Author, a World Travelling Sailor, an Awesome Wife and the Best Mum to the 10 most Amazing Children on the Planet, a Millionaire, a Polyglot and an Oracle


First fish, Big Fish


Hi Amazing Peeps,

Well Steve did get the dinghy from Newcastle today. He took Blade as Blade knew that this was coming up and did almost everyone else’s chore for the last 2 days. We couldn’t say no to that dedication.

They left this afternoon and travelled to Newcastle, picked up the dinghy and are on their way back.

They stopped for some McDonald’s and this was sent to me at 7:25 tonight.20171003_190613

This is 2 burgers, 2 chips and 2 drinks for both Dad and Blade.

This was sent at 7:30 tonight.20171003_192449

It is unbelievable how much my oldest men eat. Blade at only 12 out eats Dad all the time. What will happen in a few years – AAAHHHHH!

While that has been happening, our little man here was trying to fish all by himself. He suddenly screamed for help and one of the others helped him reel up his first fish.20171003_171913


Then everyone wanted to fish.

We took some off sausages outside, so they were using that. Then there was a commotion outside.

Alec was grunting and complaining. Then pulls up the biggest fish ever caught on Sumbawa so far.20171003_173310


He wanted to call Dad, send a picture to Mr. Roger and Mrs. Julie from Marauder and everyone we have ever met. He wanted to tell the world. And that he did it ALL BY HIMSELF.

They both cooked them up and had fish and chips with a side of sausage rice – every boy in this family eats a tonne.

Everyone had dinner (not mum yet) and then we proceeded to talk about how babies are born. How we got onto this subject is beyond me. I hold little back and they ask more and more.

I finally said it was time to change to another topic because we are now going round in circles.

The kids then tried to fish some more but with no success. Maybe tomorrow.

Steve and Blade returned with our new dinghy. 20171003_235310It looks great!

Tomorrow we go for our outboard hunt and grocery top up before we return the ute and head to Blackwattle for a couple of days to meet with Seal, Mel & their Elegant Flower as well as Val.

We also have a package of books coming from Mr. John whom we met in Cronulla. He lives in Brisbane and is sending down a box of his much-loved sailing books. He knows that they will be loved and read till they fall apart here and they will be with great pleasure. We are super grateful.

So we have to return to Lane Cove to pick them up before heading to Northbridge.  Our motor is going to get a good workout and our batteries a good topping up.

Well enough from me. Kids are asleep as I should be. I am only having dinner now as we had a bunch on this evening. I don’t know how I made it this long without decent food.

Well time for a midnight snack and bed.

Love you all.


Zanny Harbars

Beccie is a Best Selling Author, a World Travelling Sailor, an Awesome Wife and the Best Mum to the 10 most Amazing Children on the Planet, a Millionaire, a Polyglot and an Oracle


BBQ Spanish Sleep




Hi Amazing Peeps,

Today was a simple day.

We slept in.

Mr. Rudder came over and took number 3-7 over to look at the rowing boats. Then talked to us about our sailing plans. He offered us the use of the rowing club hot showers. I was grateful but declined as he admitted that people would freak out over so many people over there at once.

Steve then walked to Lane Cove Woolies 3 kms away (no buses on a public holiday here). He picked up some extra stuff for our lunch today and once he returned, we found ourselves actually ready on time. SHOCK!

I had made our lunch BBQ for 12:30 and we got there right on time. There was another family cooking on one of the hot plates but the other was free.

We struck up a conversation and shared stuff. They used our oil, we used their foil and it did not end in one big broil.

HA HA HA I had to add the rhyme.

Robyn then arrived with her signature smile. As well as crackers, pâtè, cheese and wine, she also brought some pork sausages.

We, well I should say Tash, had made some chicken schnitzels which were B.E.A.UTIFUL! Mrs. Robyn had 2 and mentioned how good they were. Great work Tash!

We then sat and ate cheese, pâtè, crackers and drank wine, while the kids ran themselves silly.

Just before we left, Tash met a South American couple with their daughter. She spent about an hour talking Spanish to them. Tash was so happy to meet some Spanish speaking people, she was crying for joy. It was beautiful to see her in her element.

The family (I can’t remember their names) were full of praise for Tasha’s ability and even said her accent was amazing. Tash was over the moon. We left the park with Tash bouncing along with us telling all that she had learned.

Steve brought the dinghy around to Longueville dock and picked up the first round of kids. I was in the second round and once aboard, I was ready for bed. I seem to be saying that a lot lately.

Some of the kids were hungry again so we finished off the night with sandwiches before getting them into bed.

They swore that they were not tired yet fell asleep within minutes.


Alec “reading.” I’m sure Jonathan Livingston Seagull wont mind. 

We are sitting up for a bit, enjoying the quiet before we head to bed.

Tomorrow was meant to be a big day but we are unsure now. We NEED another dinghy. An inflatable is what we are after. There is a good one in Newcastle and Steve was/is going to hire a truck and take a trip……it is open ended right now. We will see what happens.

Regardless, we have a HUGE week ahead.

Tuesday – If Steve goes to Newcastle, he will look at an outboard up their too and not be back till later.

Wednesday – We return the truck then move back to Blackwattle Bay.

Thursday – We are meeting Sean, Mel and their Elegant Flower again. We first met them in Cronulla. We haven’t been able to catch up for ages.

Friday – we catch up with Val – super looking forward to seeing them again.

Saturday – we go to Manly to stock up (we love ALDI) then sail up through Spit Bridge to Northbridge to farewell Kairos for their trip to Tassie and beyond.

We feel like tourists with full itineraries HA HA HA!

Well better sleep now.


Zanny Harbars

Beccie is a Best Selling Author, a World Travelling Sailor, an Awesome Wife and the Best Mum to the 10 most Amazing Children on the Planet, a Millionaire, a Polyglot and an Oracle

Swinging Around Sydney


Hi Amazing Peeps,

Today being a long weekend, we decided to go for a look around.

We had heard that our sailor friends that we had met in Eden were in Blackwattle Bay. So we thought that we would go say HI.

Sailing out of Lane Cove River was nice after being there for a week. We love changing scenery.

Being a long weekend, the waterways were BUSY! Yachts that were trying to sail in less than a knot of wind, ferries, power boats with their fenders dragging in the water, charter boats and tiny fishing boats. It was a bit crazy.

We slowly made our way through the open bridge, then under the Anzac Bridge into Blackwattle Bay.


About to enter Blackwattle Bay.

The place was crowded. There are designated anchoring spots in here and they were packed full of boats.

We saw where Val were anchored and motored by. Nobody home. With little options, we decide to anchor with a tiny scope near them, dinghy over, drop a note and leave, all the while having someone at the helm and anchor, ready to up and leave if the wind changed.


Val – her owners were out enjoying this beautiful Sydney weather.

In our anchoring, we seemed to scare 2 motor boats. I large one decided to leave, the other moved to where the big one had been. This left plenty of space for us.

We did as we had planned to do. Then thought, now that we have the room, why not stay for lunch.

We kept the motor running while we let out a touch more chain. Then watched how we settled for 10 minutes more before turning off the motor.

The kids made sandwiches (peanut butter and cheese) and we had schnitzel and mashed potatoes – It was YUM!

We then sat back and admired our surroundings.


Fish markets and the City

We have been on the boat all together for 10 months now and we are just starting to relax. We know that things need to be done but we are trying to just relax and not over worry about the other stuff. It will get done sooner or later. So we just chilled.

The afternoon was great.

We saw what looked like the Australian team rowers who were racing. We enjoyed watching the myriad of people who were coming and going along the esplanade and the boats flowing in and out of the bay. It was nice.


Rowing teams

We then went looking for some essentials – water, bins, etc. We found nothing. We will have a better look next time.

Then came our big decision – do we stay overnight or head back to Lane Cove River. We are having lunch with Robyn at the park near her house. We could have stayed the night at Blackwattle Bay and go back early tomorrow morning or go back tonight and have an easier morning. We decided on the latter.

We sailed out of Blackwattle at around 5pm. It was less busy at that time so less bouncy. We were fighting the tide initially but once we rounded the corner, we gained a knot of speed.

We made it back by 6:30pm, anchored and got dinner on.

We are so grateful for our wonderful day and our wonderful life. It really is a Blessing, our life. It is full of new amazing things all the time.

Nick and Barbara from Val didn’t return to their boat by the time we left but I look forward to seeing them soon.


Val looking great.

Love Always from

Zanny Harbars

Beccie is a Best Selling Author, a World Travelling Sailor, an Awesome Wife and the Best Mum to the 10 most Amazing Children on the Planet, a Millionaire, a Polyglot and an Oracle

Up The River with Too Many Paddles


Sydney Harbour Bridge in the distance on our way back to Sumbawa

Good Morning Amazing Peeps,

Well it is morning here and it is a great one. What a couple of days we have had!

The other morning, the coach from the local rowing team dingyed over to us to talk with the kids. They had been yelling encouragement to the rowers for nearly a week, so he thought he would find out who these hugely loud and encouraging kids were.

Mr. Ken Rudder was taken with the kids and invited a couple of them and myself to come out on a training run with the rowers. We readily accepted. The next morning at 6:30 am, Mr. Rudder putted over to see if we were ready. I was sculling down my coffee as fast as I could while the oldest two were already hopping in his dinghy.

Mr. Rudder gave Tash a rowing timer. She was to click it every time the rowers oars entered the water. It would tell her the rows per minute.


Mr. Rudder giving Tash a timer

Mr. Rudder first took us to the rowing shed where he showed us all the row boats. They were so thin and light and very pretty. 20170928_07010420170928_070240He then took us upstairs to see the workout room where some of the men were hard at work. We the  went back to the training room where there is a simple rowing machine and an oar machine (I’ll explain that one in a minute).

Blade was the first to have a go at the rowing machine. Mr. Rudder said that he is a natural. His movements were fluid and in the right order. Blade then went to the oar machine.

Mr. Rudder built this machine to teach new rowers the best time to put the oar in the water. Apparently this is the hardest part of rowing – getting the timing right.

Blade hopped on and got it perfect every time. Blade was told that if he ever wanted to take up rowing, he would do really well.

Natasha hopped on the rowing machine and in her excessively competitive nature, tried to match her brother.20170928_070555

Mr. Mike from Yaraandoo II said that the girls were natural sailors. That however does not translate to rowing and she did not like this too much. She decided to protect her pride and not have a go at the oar machine.


Mr. Rudder demonstrating the oar machine

We then went back to the dinghy.


Rowers getting ready

The women’s rowing couple were waiting in their boat while the men’s couple had already taken off up the river.

We headed off in the dinghy with Mr. Rudder coaching.

It was an AWESOME experience!

As we got up to Victory bridge on the Lane Cove River, the actual training started. Every time an exercise was given, we would ask why they are doing this or that. Mr. Rudder was happy to teach us as well.

What was fascinating was I thought rowing training would be just rowing but it was so much more.


Male rowers

There was feathering techniques with the paddles, wrist techniques, stability techniques as both the front person and the back person had to have their paddles at the same height or the boat would rock too much. There was using only arms, no bending or legs, then bent over rowing – still no legs used, then half bent leg rowing then full rowing. We couldn’t believe how many things these rowers had to remember when doing their sport.

Then Mr. Rudder gave us a pop math quiz (he used to be a maths teacher as well as a rowing instructor). It was how to work out pace.

He said if the rowers were rowing 500m in 2 minutes, how many metres per second were they rowing.

My brain went into a quick spasm saying ‘OH CRAP! THINK BEC THINK!’ Thankfully my brain played along.

I worked it out like this – 500m in 2 minutes = 250m in 60 seconds = 250 ÷ 60. I took away the zeros to make it easier. So I was left with 25 ÷ 6. I know that 6 goes into 25 4 times with 1 left over but HOW DO I PUT THE 1 INTO A DECIMAL – AHHHH! So I guessed.

Sheepishly I said “4.2m per sec.” I waited for the laugh, the tut tut tut or the look of disappointment that I used to get from my high-school maths teacher. Well it turns out that I was close enough YAY! It was 4.16m per sec. Mr. Rudder was happy with my answer. I CAN do math under pressure – who knew!

The women and men who were rowing didn’t mind having some ride-alongs with their coach, I joked that it kept him yelling his usual abuse at them. Some nodded and some just laughed.


Female rowers

The women were in their 60’s and the men, their 50’s. Their strength and coordination was incredible. I am totally in awe.

It was an amazing morning and a beautiful spot. You would never believe that you were in the middle of the city when you are up that river. Buildings disappear, noise ceases and your on the stillness of the river. It was wonderful.


Up Lane Cove River

After we returned, Mr. Rudder wanted to take everyone over to the boat shed but Steve had to go out. We said that we would do it another day.

What an experience for us to have – watching a rowing coach and his students in their learning. We took away so much from it and a huge appreciation for what rowers have to do just to row in a team. We will never look at competitive rowing the same.

Thanks Amazing Peeps.

Talk more soon


Zanny Harbars

Beccie is a Best Selling Author, a World Travelling Sailor, an Awesome Wife and the Best Mum to the 10 most Amazing Children on the Planet, a Millionaire, a Polyglot and an Oracle

Vomits and Psychology: What a Mix


Hi Amazing Peeps,

I thought that when I decided to write a blog everyday, I was not sure that I would have much to tell.

Boy was I wrong. Yesterday and Today have been interesting.

At the BBQ the other day, there was a tap that the kids were using to fill up their water bottles.

We usually filter our water but we were out. I thought it would be fine. HA HA HA I should have realized the moment I  thought ‘it should be fine’ that it wasn’t going to be.

Yesterday we had poor Tash vomiting over the side of the boat. Sorry no photos. I know in Sydney there is a no discharge rule but I don’t think they could even stop her discharging this. I felt terrible and then last night, Hunter vomited EVERYWHERE!

As I have said in a previous post, vomit inside a boat is YUK! It stinks out the place, it gets on everything and just horrid.

Thankfully most of us felt better today and no vomits YAY!

First part is over. Second part begins.

Steve studied Psychology. Why you ask? From our past history, he wants to understand why people do the things that they do. He is also a great listener. Sometimes people find themselves downloading their life story with current problems to him but not knowing why the did it. He just sits and listens. Yesterday he had someone do this and he sat with them for 3 hours, just listening to them.

We call him the Happy Psychologist as he tries to get people to see the positives in every situation. HA HA HA No he is not paid for any of it, he just loves trying to help people see the good in all things.

Tonight he is out with another guy who needs to talk and Steve offered his time. Sometimes just talking helps people.

So his off tonight being the Happy Psychologist and I am on the boat, getting the kids in bed early


Spot the difference 😂

and drinking a hot chocolate

Darn! No dark or white chocolate on board. I must rectify this.

This is our day. It never seems to be boring with this family.

Well enough talk, my hot chocolate is calling. Well it is kind of a half hot chocolate because we don’t have marshmallows either. THIS IS JUST NOT ON! 

So goodnight Amazing Peeps, may your dreams come true and may you all have hot chocolate with marshmallows.

Love you all.


Zanny Harbars

Beccie is a Best Selling Author, a World Travelling Sailor, an Awesome Wife and the Best Mum to the 10 most Amazing Children on the Planet, a Millionaire, a Polyglot and an Oracle

It Starts with a Bang!


“All the greatest things in life start with a BANG!” Zanny Harbars 

Hi Amazing Peeps,

Yesterday was another great afternoon.

We didn’t start till 3pm but it did start with a bang…..literally.

The baby Munchkin was being lifted out of the dingy by Blade. As he was putting her down, she tripped so grabbed hold of his life jacket cord to stabilize herself. It didn’t work and the life jacket inflated with a bang.2017-09-25 18.36.24

Everyone just went silent in shock then Steve broke out on roars of laughter.

He then shrugged his sholders and said we just need another cartridge. Blade was a bit upset as now he cannot wear it – he did try to get in back on with no success. It is back to an old one just till a trip to Whitworths for some extra stocks.

Robyn & Nigel spent the morning cleaning their boats. Nigel is from Coffs Harbour but keeps his boat here. Binda is an old timber girl, beautifully restored and a dream to sail.

Robyn is from here. She has a newer boat that is immaculate and a VERY EASY sail as all the winches are hydraulic. The thing pretty much tacks by itself.

Nigel uses a little 2.3hp motor yet Steve and the oldest 4 kids beat them to shore. As our outboard is still needing a fix, Nigel leant us that one for 2 weeks.

We are so grateful. It helps a lot.

We had brought our camping stove, sausages, bread and sauce with a couple of knives, forks, a whole watermelon, popcorn and wine. We are leaning from Yaraandoo II to be super prepared.

Nigel brought gourmet sausages  (chicken, parmesan cheese and rosemary & pork and something yummy), bread, tomatoes and crinkle cut chips. Robyn brought potatoes, crackers, gourmet cheeses and pâtè. They gave most of it including the blue cheese, fried tomatoes and pâtè to the kids.20170924_170940

The spread was very nice. They have one benefit though, Robyn house is 5 steps away so it’s kind of cheating HA HA HA!

Nigel had invited a friend too. His name was Mr. Spock (actually it is Spomenko but he said his nickname was Spock. The kids added the Mr.). Mr. Spock was a wealth of information for Steve and I as well as the kids. He taught them Mandarin characters as he lives in Hong Kong 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off (apparently they speak more Cantonese than Mandarin in Hong Kong). Blade is learning Mandarin on Memrise so knew a few characters and Mr. Spock was happy to teach.


Drawing Mandarin Characters in the dirt

It was great to see them learning new things from new people. They really are sponges for knowledge.

As it got dark, it was time to leave.


Group hug for Mrs. Robyn

Bubby was asleep and she was not happy having to get into her life jacket or being put in the dingy. I walked back to Longueville dock with the 4 oldest, Robyn and Nigel while Steve motored the others back.

Once at the dock, we talked for a while as the kids ran around. Blade decided to climb down onto the rocks and cut both his feet badly on the oysters. That put an ubrupt end to our conversation as there was blood everywhere.

We cleaned Blades feet, wrapped them in toilet paper, got in the dingy and headed back to Sumbawa.

After tending to Blade’s feet (iodine and superglue), everyone was in bed. I don’t remember a time where they went to sleep so fast.

It was a great day again. Today I am very exhausted and feel a bit crook so I am resting. I need to recover a bit. As my belly grows, it seems to have a reverse effect on my energy levels. Two days out in a row has drained some energy, I need a couple of days to bounce back. I’m in bed already (it’s 4pm).

Regardless of this, I am loving exploring Sydney and we are hoping to go through the Spit Bridge during the week. I’m really looking forward to that as we have heard about some great places to anchor and moor.

Well time to rest.

Love you all.



Beccie is a Best Selling Author, a World Travelling Sailor, an Awesome Wife and the Best Mum to the 10 most Amazing Children on the Planet, a Millionaire, a Polyglot and an Oracle

Friends & Frivolity


Hi Amazing Peeps,

I missed you all yesterday.

We have pulled up in Lane Cove River and met up the friends.

Steve met Robyn and Nigel when he bought the boat just over a year ago. They looked after him really well.

We wanted to sail Sumbawa back here so they could meet the whole family and say Thank You to them for their kindness.

I had never met Robyn or Nigel and I was a little apprehensive. There was no need.

We were greeted with massive hugs, cheese and crackers and a tonne of Love.

They welcomed us like family and we spent the afternoon swapping stories.

We also found out about some more great places to moor.

We celebrated Robyn’s upcoming birthday aswell.


Robyn with her Birthday tiara and her much-loved wine

Nigel and Robyn are both local sailors and both have incredible yachts. They don’t sail far but are very good at what they do. Robyn even won a racing competition with allowed her to sail Wild Oats.

The afternoon was great for everyone and we all left happy and exhausted.

We meet again today for a sausage sizzle and more fun and frivolity. I’ll be sure to take lots more photos.

Well it’s time for an iced coffee and a yummy breakfast.

Love you guys.


Zanny Harbars


Beccie is a Best Selling Author, a World Travelling Sailor, an Awesome Wife and the Best Mum to the 10 most Amazing Children on the Planet, a Millionaire, a Polyglot and an Oracle