La Rochelle Challenge

Every time I turn on the telly I am confronted by the suffering of children. It’s not only those fleeing the violence in Syria, but kids are being displaced everywhere, and often becoming lost or orphaned in the process.

That’s why we have decided to turn our summer sailing trip from Arzal to La Rochelle (a round trip of approx. 300 miles) into a sponsored challenge. We’re starting on July 24th. and returning to Arzal by September 1st. so you can donate right now and throughout August if you feel so inclined. here’s the link:¬† Any money you donate goes straight to Save the Children, an organisation uniquely equipped to make things better for these kids, many of whom will be severely traumatised for a long, long time, and desperately need our support.

We’ll be posting updates whenever I can get a wifi connection on the boat, on this page, Facebook, Twitter and my JustGiving page, to let everyone know how we are getting on.

According to JustGiving, donating through them is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

Thanks for listening…


Just about all children are intrinsically intelligent

I haven’t posted for while because I’ve been busy – really busy – playing host to my four-year-old granddaughter and my daughter-in-law who paid me a surprise visit from Tokyo where they live.

My goodness, that kid is as bright as a button! And what a breath of fresh air! Although being asked searching questions first thing in the morning over breakfast before I’ve had my daily caffeine infusion is not my strong point, I am everlastingly grateful to little Nina for blotting out all the Brexit doom, gloom and speculation, which is already becoming excruciatingly boring, and putting a joyous¬†spin on life.

Actually she was a sheer delight and it was clear from her facial expressions that everything she experienced while she was with us was perceived as truly wondrous. Given that just about all children are intrinsically intelligent, it just goes to show what positive parenting and a decent education can do to significantly enhance that. She’s only four, born and brought up in Japan, yet she speaks English better than many English or British kids of her age I have known.

Bi-lingual at four – truly remarkable. I was blown away, and so happy to be able to communicate.