We live on a yacht in a tree. So, is it a yacht, or a tree house or is it a tree-tent?
I reside together with my family aboard our yacht-a-building, as it rests on stilts upon the hard earth in the boatyard overlooking the spectacular Zululand Yacht club marina. We live nestled in the dappled shade cast by a whispering row of Casuarina Trees holding up a translucent green awning suspended high over our heads. Whilst it may be more truthful to say that we exist mired in coal dust and mud beneath a pair of bare catamaran hulls suspended between bare wooden beams all balanced precariously upon some worn-out forklift tyres and that the whole affair sits astride a small tent and that everything is hidden from view beneath a ragged shade net billowing from the branches of a weather beaten trio of needle-shedding pine trees then I shall not deny it. Admittedly our view over the moored vessels in the yacht basin is spectacular. The yachties call this living “on the hard” – (as opposed to living “on the water”)- and they are right. It is hard and very different to residing in a house or a floating yacht. Our living arrangements are a far cry indeed from our previous home a luxurious eight bedroomed home with a pool, tennis court, stables and manicured garden, you (and some of our friends and family) might say that we are crazy and I agree. Thank heavens I have multiple personalities.
Perhaps some of the motivations that led to our family making a unanimous decision to embark on this adventure, especially after being shipwrecked in a remote part of Madagascar twenty years ago may become apparent or perhaps irrelevant as I share some of our experiences with you. What I hope will be as interesting to you as is to me is how the attitudes, values, lifestyle, circumstances, motivations, history, adventures, sayings, doings (and screwings) and characters of the incredible people who populate our journey, differ from those who have opted to remain moored or mired in an orthodox suburban or terrestrial life.
If it is and you would like to follow or adventures as we journey onward- I know not where, follow us and drop me a line, telling me what interests you and what does not.