It’s not only in comedy that timing is everything. I said I would arrive last Sunday at 17:30 and that’s when I arrived and was met by a cacophony of horns and cheers from family and friends at Starcross Yacht Club on the Exe.
First though I was met by our Cruiser Secretary and crew on board Kinfolk which was ‘dressed overall’. (This is a traditional sign of celebration with a continuous string of international maritime signal flags). They escorted me up the Exe estuary.
What a welcome! I am so grateful for the reception and grateful too to so many of you who have followed my blog, posted encouraging comments, and made such generous donations to Rainbow Living. Thank you once again! Together with gift aid we have raised well over £4,000. And thank you Ruth …. for letting me go off on my own for three months to realise this dream!
When I started this challenge I quoted Shakespeare’s Brutus: “There is a tide in the affairs of men which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune … “
I am so glad that at 70 years old I seized this opportunity to realise a dream. If I hadn’t I might have regretted it for the rest of my life!
Back on terra firma I now have much to reflect on, photos and videos to review, and many wonderful memories of places, people and experiences that will stay with me for years to come. It has been an amazing journey and I am so lucky to have completed it and enjoyed it. I think my face says it all!
A Shakespearen “comedy” is a play that has a happy ending. I’m relieved that this adventure had a successful and happy ending and was neither a “Comedy of Errors” nor a “tragedy”!