I - 2021 On board Sailaway in Carloforte.
Well with Christmas and New Year over, it is time for us to focus on 2021, we do not anticipate it being significantly different to 2020 but we do hope so? Even with vaccinations one is still advised to wear masks and social distance as the vaccination does not protect you fully, just reduce the symptoms, therefore reducing the number of deaths from it! Our task now is to return to the UK for the shortest possible period, then get back to Sailaway and have her lifted out in Cagliari on the south coast of Sardinia. She is tired and in need of a lot of cosmetic work after a number of years of neglect, for a number of good reasons. We now have our Italian Residency so there is no limit as to how long we can visit Sailaway without having to return to the UK. Our biggest issue now is to research and develop the requirements needed to get to the UK and return, the need for "Covid Test Certificates", "Self Declarations" and whatever else needed, or is now required?
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II - Sailaway Logbook 2020 - Christmas on Sailaway!
Log Entry - Wednesday 6th - Epiphany, a day of celebration of many different names around the world.January 6, which is 12 days after Christmas in the Gregorian calendar, marks not only the end of the Christmas holidays but also the start of the Carnival season, which climaxes with Mardi Gras. In some European countries, such as the Czech Republic and Slovakia, children dress as the three kings and visit houses. In their roles as the kings, or wise men, they sing about the Jesus’ birth and pay homage to the “king of kings”. They are rewarded with praise and cookies.
Dia de los Reyes Magos is the Latin American celebration of Epiphany, in many Latin American countries, it is the three wise men and not Santa Claus who bring gifts for children. Children write letters to the wise men telling them how good they were and what gifts they want. In France Le Jour des Rois (the Day of Kings), sometimes called the Fête des Rois, is celebrated with parties for children and adults, the galette des rois, or “cake of kings”, highlights these celebrations. This cake is round and flat, cut in the pantry, covered with a white napkin and carried into a dining room.
Children in Spain fill their shoes with straw or grain for the three kings horses to eat and place them on balconies or by the front door on Epiphany Eve, we are used to leaving treats for Santa. The “three kings” make an entry in many cities in Spain and Spain, on Epiphany Eve, accompanied by military bands and drummers in medieval dress, we have seen the islands event in the past.
Many European families that we know have adopted both Christmas Day as well a "Epiphany" both days being of significant important to the whole family. Covid 19 has ceased all external celebrations around the would, the previously witness parades here will obviously not take place. The Island spends the day as its final day of "lock-down" our Covid status returns to "Yellow" in the morning - back to "normal" in the morning, well as normal as we can be?
Log Entry - Sunday 2nd January - Our first Log Entry of 2021 must be!
It has to be, without a doubt:
"Happy New Year & a prosperous 2021!"