I am sailing, I am sailing...

Yesterday we spend a whole day out on the sea. We hired a sailing boat from two russian boat builders, and they took us out for a cruise along the beach of Rizhao. 

The weather was perfect, 30-ish degree, a little breeze, no clouds, and a mist to shield us a little from the sun. It looks much mistier on the pictures than it actually was, though. We = Sam, 3 of his colleagues and me.

It was a 2 - masts 50 feet sailing boat that had been sailed all the way to China from Kiev 3 years ago. Included was a lot of fresh fruit, barbecue with russian styled potatoes and salad. Beer for the boys, and Pia had some sparkling wine with her for us two girls. 

The plan was to sail to some underwater rocks were the boys were suppose to dive, but the visibility was almost non at all and the gear had some problem with the air pressure. So, just swimming was the other option. We also became a target for the chinese tourists out on boats who all came by our boat to take pictures of us. We considered starting to charge some money for every picture taken, but decided to totally ignore them instead (hence no picture...). My god they can be annoying sometimes!!! :-)

All in all it was a perfect day, and it is something that we will be doing again!

Waiting for take of.

Sam, Tarvi and John hidden behind the mast.

Tarvi checking were we are on the gps, and Pia enjoying the horizon.

Sam kindly posing for me!

Studio update:
The Kite has gotten one more layer, and the next step is to paint the eye, beak and fill in the details of the feathers. The middle painting is an Azure-winged magpie I started a while ago, and I should be able to finish it of in just one more sitting. The third painting is a Long-tailed tit on a collage background. I have been considering adding one more bird to it, so lets see what will happen to it this week. 


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