I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S BEEN A YEAR!

Hi Amazing Peeps,

Yep! You read it right, we have been on the boat as a family for a year. What a year it has been!

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This picture was taken 6 days after moving aboard Sumbawa

We left Tassie on the 3rd December last year, took a day sailing to Melbourne where Steve had caught 2 buses and a train to meet up with us.

After tears of joy, laughter and delight, we had F&C’s (fish and chips) for dinner then headed straight off. We wanted to see how far back to Eden we could get before stopping.

We drove through to Trafalgar where we stopped at McDonalds for a snack. The staff was so impressed with the kids, one of the members paid for all the kids ice creams and another paid for Steve’s and mine.

It was a wonderful start to our new adventure.

We ended up making it just past Caan River before we needed to sleep. This was about 2am.

We awoke at around 4.30 and continued onto Eden.

So on the 4th of December, we officially moved onboard.

We moved aboard with only the smallest of lessons under our belt. We were newbies for sure.

So a whole year has passed and look at us now.received_10155026571188176

We not only learned to sail and repair sails in Eden but how to handle the boat.

We have sailed all the way from Eden to Sydney and have enjoyed all the fantastic towns and beautiful people along the way.

We discovered Ulladulla and what it was to be tied to a dock for a week.ld-log_map_2017-07-19_17-38-21

We saw the beauty of Jervis Bay along with its ferocious wind tunnel entrance.20170721_135905

We experienced wonderful Cronulla and met amazing friends.

We saw our first whales up close and have experienced dolphins jumping around the boat while underway.

The kids discovered the wonderment of public transport and still love going on all the trains, buses and trams.

Then we all experienced the excitement, the majesty and the awe of Sydney.

We discovered that Sydney from the water is truly majestic. The Harbour Bridge and the Opera House have an amazing aire about them. That sailing past them gives us a WOW feeling everytime.

We also discovered the people.

People everywhere are Amazing!

So our celebrations on our first year aboard were simple. I was gifted with a HUGE Toblerone,20171204_175525 we had cake with ice cream8908 and we gifted Sumbawa with her upgraded alternator….finally. 20170819_201228

There was a man we met here in Blackwattle Bay a few weeks ago and he came back this week.

His name is Sam and he offered to buy the kids a box of chocolates. We said that was fine and this is what he came back with.

10 Boxes of chocolate, 1 for each child and a HUGE fruit bread for Steve and I.

He has invited us aboard his boat. It is a 92 foot power cruiser. He wants to show us around it and spend some time with the kids as we head north.

This was a spectacular end to our 1 year birthday aboard Sumbawa.

We have learned so much about the world around us living like this. We have removed all tv and the like. We rediscovered the beauty and kindness of people. We have found gorgeous places and seen spectacular wildlife. This year has shown us just how wonderful this planet of ours is.

We look forward to finding more of its hidden gems throughout the next year.

Happy First Birthday for all of us.

Love

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

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All Inside-Out

20171203_195620Hi Amazing Peeps,

Today is a full moon.  On a full moon, people are meant to feel amazing, crazy and wonderful.

Today I feel energetically heavy. It is all upside down.

The last few days, I have felt incredible. I am sleeping fantastic, waking up around 2 or 3am, painting for a couple of hours then going back to bed. When I awake again, I still feel amazing.

Today was different. I woke up feeling weird and it has just got weirder throughout the day. I was ready to curl up in bed at 6pm.

No, it’s not me being up in the night. I am so energized when doing this painting because it is my first original, fantastic, awesome, superb, magnificently awesome masterpiece. I love every moment that I am painting it. And I get more done in that couple of hours than in a day of painting trying to dodge knocks and stopping for kids. It is SO worth it.

Even with this magnificent life on the water, there are days that I want to hide away from the world, days that I want to disappear and re-emerge tomorrow.

Thankfully these days don’t last long.

I am looking forward to my bubbly self tomorrow.

I feel your love gravitating towards me. Thank you for that.

I love you all.

Cheers

Beccie

(Zanny Harbars are great)


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 

 

Sumbawa on TV

Hi Amazing Peeps,

On our trip to Quarantine Bay, there was a huge film crew there. It turned out that they were filming the season premiere of a show called Bite Club.

It is about shark attacks – yes another one.

It was really quite cool to see.

We saw a girl nearly drown or get eaten or whatever. She had to drown or get eaten three times.20171128_161441

When they cut, she would lay on the surface, surrounded by divers who were there for her safety.

We watched as she waited in the water while her rescuer had his hair done, his makeup touched up and get ready for his part. They would yell action and he would jump in the water, swim to her, grab her violently and then they would yell “cut.”

He would get out, dry off, get changed into a dry set of exactly the same clothes, have his hair dried, sprayed and makeup redone and in he would go again.

When ever there were actors in the water, they were surrounded by divers. This was to make sure they were ok, I suppose. At one scene they even had a floating drink dispenser for when they got thirsty.

We watched bags of fake blood be bought to the shallows, the actress in wet clothes go to chest high in the water, duck under the water and be eaten by an imaginary shark over and over again. I’m pretty sure by the end of the takes that they would be force feeding her to the shark. It surely wasn’t hungry anymore.

I know, it’s a movie.

We watched a scene where the lead actor would run to the end of the pier as fast has he could, just as a boat took off. He would then stand at the end and contemplate jumping in after it.

The first time he sprinted off, the second time he ran. The third time he ran with a limp, the fourth time it was more like a jog and instead of contemplating jumping off, he just bent over, hand on his knees trying to catch his breath.

Steve yelled out “Stop hesitating, the water’s great!” We all then laughed.

I joked that the next time he could just walk it and they just speed up the footage. He was exhausted.

The crew was great with the kids. As we would walk past, the crew would talk to the kids and ask them about our adventures. It was awesome.

Anyway, they filmed right near Sumbawa. I know that they will do a bunch of editing and deleting but I am curious on whether Sumbawa got in the movie.

We have no tv on board – we don’t want one and this is not something that we would watch anyway. But if anyone sees Sumbawa on the season premiere, please let us know.

A tinny background shot in a movie is pretty cool.

Time to go and swim in the clear, shallow water that they are filming in.

Thanks guys

Cheers

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 

 

We were in Quarantine

Hi Amazing Peeps,

Today we went to Quarantine Bay with Andrew and Nicola from S/V Day Dream. We went for a look around Sydney Quarantine Station.

We had a cool day of exploring all the buildings. Seeing everything from the decontamination sheds20171128_123344 and showers

, to where they steamed their luggage from the Spanish flu.20171128_123516

The carvings in the sandstone walls were amazing. Such detail in them. Well as Mr. Andrew said ‘they had plenty of time.’

We saw a possum in the bush which alerted a tour guide. She said that she would monitor it and then Steve, Andrew, Tash and I spoke to her for a while, not realizing that Nicola had all the other kids up ahead.

We finally caught up again, we then went through the area with bunks and the medicine that was used during the late 1800’s to around 1920. It made me feel so blessed to be living now and not then. We have learned so much in 100 years.

We took a walk up a large staircase to the accommodation which is used as a motel now.20171128_130843

Andrew pointed out where an old kitchen was. There was a small area that looked like a stage that the kids “flew” off.

We then headed to the kitchen.

It was a HUGE old kitchen. It was great to see the old woodfire oven and the huge fridge.

It had some comfortable chairs and tables so we sat and had lunch here.20171128_133255

Blade amazed Andrew and Nicola as he worked out how to operate the oven and perfectly balance the old scales.

Then the kids made us all an imaginary meal of offal porridge, shepherds pie with baked potatoes, homemade ice cream with frozen strawberries and strawberry custard. I don’t remember all of these but Blade is adamant that is what we had. Mrs. Nicola even got a whisk to eat with.

After a good sit and a great chat and play, we were off to find the old hospital.20171128_140040 It was a bit of a walk and poor Azanyah was feeling the heat.

We looked around the old dining room and through the windows of some of the hospital rooms. It was really interesting but by now Azanyah was very red in the face and quite slow so Andrew picked him up and put Azanyah on his shoulders while we headed back to the beach.20171128_131431

Once we arrived back at the dinghy, the kids raced into the water. It was soon followed by myself and Andrew while Steve and Nicola took their own time to get wet. Once in though, it was hard to get Steve out.

Nicola sat on the beach and played with Zeinobiyah.  Surprising us all, Zeinobiyah not only played with Nicola but was getting her ankles wet and she was talking to Nicola as well. I was really amazed and delighted. Zeinobiyah is usually very quiet around people. It was fantastic to see her interacting with other people.

After a couple of hours frolicking in the water, I was getting tired and was ready to head back. So we left the beach and headed home.

Once aboard the stories of the different conversations ensued.

We heard how Mrs. Nicola said this and Mr. Andrew said that and “Guess what Mum” this and “Did you know” that. This went on until dinner time.

Craziness always happens about this time and it took till 9pm to get everyone in bed.

It was a great day, with great people enjoying the wonderful weather.

I am full of Gratitude for the life that we live and the AMAZING people that we meet. We are all growing and expanding in this wonderful existence that we have created.

I am so Grateful to be able to share these experiences with you all as well. Spreading joy and happiness is so important to me.

Thank you for sharing these things with us.

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

AWESOME KIDS!

Hi Amazing Peeps,

This is just a quick ‘My Kids are so Awesome’ post.

They have been so creative lately, it has really surprised me. Well that is a small lie. My creative side has really come out, why not theirs too. It is just what they come up with blows my mind sometimes.

They have taken to the painting, just like their mum.

Then there is the blue tack figures. They did this for days.

The Lego figures and models that they make are incredible.

And then they dress their teddies up as scuba divers. It is the accuracy that blows my mind. They seem to think of everything.

Even the 1 year old. She had a nap too late and we were still trying to get her to sleep at 11pm. Even she wanted to play anchors with a rope and a bottle tied to it.

They are so creative! IT’S REALLY COOL!

That’s it for now.

Have a great evening.

Cheers

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  

Sumbawa Secrets – Round 2

Hi Amazing Peeps,

Ok round two of Sumbawa secrets revealed.

This one has been in the works for weeks and I really wanted to share earlier but I really wanted to see how it went.

It is this!20171120_131336

Yes we got a parachute sail!

Actually we got 2. This picture is of the smaller, 24ft one but we also have this one.20171014_081003

It’s 28ft.

We haven’t put this one up yet but I am looking forward it.

When we did this trial, we were going up to Bantry Bay, there was a SSE wind or it was supposed to be.  There was actually no wind but we thought that we would give it a try.

At just wisps of wind, it filled up. When let out, we would go from 0.5knots to 2.3knots.20171120_131142

It was seriously cool!

We did find a few flaws though. Our idea was to bring it down, we would release the bottom line and then haul it in. Well this didn’t work.20171120_131115

When we let out the bottom line, she just filled up more. Then we had the halyard through the spinnaker loop at the to of the mast but nothing attached to bring it to the deck – also a problem.

Then when Steve grabbed the bottom line to pull it in while the halyard was released, the chute filled again and made it really hard to pull. She ended up just touching the water but we want to avoid any of the chute or lines in the water.

We did find that having a slightly higher wind is preferable and because we were in amongst hills, sometimes we would get a slight East wind, which would pull the chute around and pretty much bring us to a standstill.

This was a great first run and I think great conditionsto try it in because finding a few ‘need to fix’ items, it was easy to deal with. In even 7 knots of wind, this would have been more of a pain to sort out.

We have added a pull-down line already to make dropping easier which works in with the halyard and the bottom line runs back to a winch in the cockpit, which will make winding in faster too.

We will put it up properly on our run up to Pittwater, so I will update you on that one.

That’s all for now. More secrets to come along with further kids / sailing stories.

Cheers to all your awesomeness.

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

Quick Beccie, bubs and budding sailors update

Hi Amazing Peeps,

We all are doing great. 20171118_124744My belly is now big and bubby should be arriving sometime in the next 2 months. I am more stable on my feet than I was on land, I feel still capable enough to sail and I love swimming when I get the chance. I do get tired quickly though especially after a sail.

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A totally exhausted me after a swim, shop and a sail.

As for the kids, we only have 3 out of the 10 in life jackets while swimming around the boat now. We have 4 that can swim just on their own and 3 that swim with boogie boards. The 3 youngest are the ones that are still in their jackets.

They are in the water at every opportunity, getting them out seems to be more of an issue. They love swimming with the moon jellyfish.71042550_XS They are not stinging ones and they are beautiful to look at but a bit weird to touch.

You know that your kids have become boat kids when you hear them yelling at each other “PUT THE JELLYFISH BACK IN THE WATER!”

We are up in Sugarloaf Bay which is up past Spit Bridge. Here we do our actual last-minute preparations for going to Pittwater. We will actually do them. I’ll let you know how that goes.

I better go. It’s time to break up water fights – well maybe just settle the fighting bit.

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 

Yes we did that!

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Hi Amazing Peeps,

As we have started moving around again, I am slowly revealing things that we have done inside our boat.

Today’s revelation is in regards to this.

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A Hard Hat

Steve bought one a little while ago, handed it to me and asked me what it is for.

Now think with me for a second:

For climbing the mast? No! If you fall it wont do much good and it is probably in the way.

For under sail as protective gear? For what! The boom falling on my head? Not much good as our boom is super heavy.

So What?

I thought over our previous conversations and it hit me – URINAL!

That’s right! We installed a urinal in our toilets. It just seemed a logical choice with 7 males on board and it being illegal to pee overboard in NSW. The question was how. A hard hat fit the bill perfectly.

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Hard Hat urinal with plumbing and silicone in the bottom. Love this thing!

Just turn it upside down, drill out the top/bottom, add plumbing and some silicone to hold it together and voila! Your own boat urinal.

This has been incredibly convenient for us. We have 2 heads (toilets) on board and a porta potty and still there would be a que. With 2 urinals now installed as well means that even if someone is already on the toilet, the urinal can still be used at the same time.

The only downfall is the little privacy we had (which isn’t much) disappears when one of the boys needs to pee.

Nudity isn’t much of an issue with so many living in such a combined space. It just seems to be a normality especially as it gets closer to Summer.

So boat urinal, a lifesaver for us and a great use of a hard hat. Please try!

There are more secrets in the works, so please stay tuned for greater revelations to come.

 

Cheers

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 

What is this!

20171110_114455Hi Amazing Peeps,

Yes we are being boring and haven’t moved from Blackwattle Bay. There is a reason for this.

We seemed to have got this……thing. It’s not a flu because there is not a lot coughing or nose running, it’s just It is an energy sucking something.

Steve had it first. He woke up, got up, went outside then went back to bed for the day. He ended up spending 2 whole days in bed. The third day, he got up wondering what he would do Today, walked around the deck and by then was completely drained. It was intense.

This was followed by Nakita getting it, then Blade and some smaller ones and now me

I woke up yesterday morning and felt like I didn’t have enough energy to get out of bed. After 2 coffees, I took 3 kids down the street to Coles for an ice run and food.

Getting back, I went to sleep on the saloon couch. This morning, I barely have enough energy to sit.

S/V Day Dream had it before us and I think that it has been going around.

I can officially say that IT’S HORRIBLE!

So before I bore you on our non-action, I will stop writing.

Thanks all you wonderful peeps for you amazingness.

Love you all like the crazy tribe that we are.

Cheers

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

The Most Fun on One Foot

Hi Amazing Peeps,

We have found the most fun way to get around Sydney!

Like this.20171101_172003

We found a scooter under the water at the Fish Markets and got it out. We then bought another one.

The one we fished out of the bay had crabs in it, a few barnacles and it didn’t move at all. We gave the job of cleaning it up to Blade. Actually he begged for it. Everything got working except for the folding at this point. We will work on that one.

It was taken to shore and tried. It works great.

Steve then went out and bought another. The newer one is bigger so perfect for the adults where the older one is definitely a kids one.

I took one out with Tash the other day. IT WAS SO COOL! I think that I laughed the entire way to Coles.20171101_172004

Coming back was just fun,  it was all downhill. Tash and I were trying to see who could roll the furthest without putting our foot down. Tash won! I was kind enough to stop for people, Tash just scooted around them.

I didn’t have a scooter as a kid so I am making up for all that laughing and squealing now.

I must look a sight – 30 weeks pregnant scooting around the city. I think I could make the Guinness World Records for the first pregnant woman on a scooter. Actually I wouldn’t be surprised if it has been done. How about the first woman who is pregnant with her 11 child on a scooter? That I might win. Yes this is probably the most unflattering picture ever but it is the one I have. I can laugh at it.20171101_172222

We also took Blade and Alec out on them while I walked (not fun at all now)20171029_125527 and also Nakita and Ryan.

Nakita fell on the way back and hurt her ankle. I ended up carrying one bag on my back, one on top of my belly at the front.

It was hard but a tiny relief for me. I had just thrown on a t-shirt sports bra that morning. When down the street, I was getting funny looks from women, it was clear disgust. I usually don’t get too fussed at these sort of things but it kept happening.

I then caught a glimpse of myself in a window on the way back. I saw that not only was the t-shirt bra doing almost nothing but it was clearly cold in the supermarket which my breasts were now advertising to the world.

So when Kita fell (she was fine), having her pack on my front, although really heavy was a comfort to me.

But this is Sydney, I am sure almost anything goes.

So for those of you who are walking everywhere, get yourself a scooter. They are small, light and unless found in a bay, can fold up to fit in a backpack. The best bit of it is that they are SO MUCH FUN!

We have no dinner which is kind of a problem. So I am off to scoot through or around the rain drops. It will still be fun.

Cheers

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