Follow your nose…

When something doesn’t seem right, or feels a little different, what do you do? we have talked about it before and the answer is : Take action immediately or else…. It simply might come back and bite you with a revenge. And today, the example we have to illustrate this, is rather self explanatory. Over the winter once; the family had mentioned propane smell while boarding, but then nothing ever… As we came on the boat last night everyone exclaimed : “Oh, I smell gas!”

Well! I have assimilated the previous motto by now, and immediately I  investigated. Or perhaps should have done so three months ago! ouch… some people learn quickly they just need to be explained a little longer. Evidently, once I opened the propane locker the smell was unmistakable. A few seconds fiddling around I found the problem: the hose is pierced and lets a rather large amount of propane leak! While observing the whole process, I realized that if the tank is not put back properly the hose gets bent and the metal rubs against it, while chaffing it. As predicated,  the local hardware store or chandlery didn’t have that exact part but every other ones you might need… So a bit of self fusing tape will do the trick for the three days week-end, and will be changed before our vacation not to worry.

Another fairly good lesson :  follow up when you discover something is wrong, before it goes BOOM!

Some of us get chills just thinking of going swimming in 13-15 degrees water! But as you can tell by this photo not our entire family!

*B* is like a fish, and spends his days jumping and swimming! 

Today he even cleaned the waterline and the barnacles on our prop. Next time we share anchorage you know who to ask. Not free but reasonable price service.

And you wonder why we don’t post that much, a picture is worth a 1000 words…..

On a different note, I never introduced you to my “solar mistress” did I? She keeps us all floating at 14.6Volt while taking care of all our electric needs. Great twin sister, we love you.

Island 166th and 167Th will be Faroe Island are an island group situated between the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately halfway between the United Kingdom and Iceland. The Faroe Islands are a self-governing territory within the Kingdom of Denmark, along with Denmark proper and Greenland. The total area is approximately 1,400 square kilometers with a 2010 population of almost 50,000.

The Faroe Islands have been a self-governing dependency of the Kingdom of Denmark since 1948. Over the years, the Faroese have been granted control of some matters. Areas which remain the responsibility of Denmark include military defence, police, justice, currency and foreign affairs.

The Faroe Islands were politically associated with Norway in 1380, when Norway entered the Kalmar Union with Denmark and Sweden, which gradually evolved into Danish control of the islands. This association ceased in 1814, when Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden while Denmark retained control of Norwegian colonies including the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland. The Faroe Islands have two representatives on the Nordic Council as members of the Danish delegation.

These settlers are not thought to have come directly from Scandinavia, but rather from Norse communities surrounding the Irish Sea, Northern Isles and Western Isles of Scotland, such as Shetland and Orkney, and Norse-Gaels. The old Gaelic name for the Faroe Islands, Na Scigirí, means the Skeggjar and probably refers to the Eyja-Skeggjar (Island-Beards), a nickname given to the island dwellers. The aforementioned theories are speculative and are not supported by archeological evidence. However, the immigration of Norwegian Vikings is well documented. Thus, according to the Faroe Islands Government, the Nordic language and culture are derived from the Norwegians, or Norsemen, who settled in the Faroe Islands.

According to Færeyinga Saga, emigrants who left Norway to escape the tyranny of Harald I of Norway settled on the islands around the end of the 9th century. Early in the 11th century, Sigmundur Brestirson – whose clan had flourished in the southern islands but had been almost exterminated by invaders from the northern islands – escaped to Norway. He was sent back to take possession of the islands for Olaf Tryggvason, King of Norway. Sigmundur introduced Christianity and, though he was subsequently murdered, Norwegian supremacy was upheld. Norwegian control of the islands continued until 1380, when Norway entered the Kalmar Union with Denmark, which gradually resulted in Danish control of the islands. The Reformation reached the Faroes in 1538. When the union between Denmark and Norway was dissolved as a result of the Treaty of Kiel in 1814, Denmark retained possession of the Faroe Islands.

The trade monopoly in the Faroe Islands was abolished in 1856, after which the area developed as a modern fishing nation with its own fleet. The national awakening since 1888 was initially based on a struggle to maintain the Faroese language and was thus culturally oriented, but after 1906 it became politically oriented, with the foundation of political parties of the Faroe Islands.

On 12 April 1940, the Faroes were occupied by British troops. The move followed the invasion of Denmark by Nazi Germany and had the objective of strengthening British control of the North Atlantic (see Battle of the Atlantic). In 1942–1943 the British Royal Engineers built the only airport in the Faroes, Vágar Airport. Control of the islands reverted to Denmark following the war, but in 1948 home-rule was introduced, with a high degree of local autonomy. In 1973 the Faroe Islands declined to join Denmark in entering the European Community (now European Union). The islands experienced considerable economic difficulties following the collapse of the fishing industry in the early 1990s, but have since made efforts to diversify the economy. Support for independence has grown and is the objective of the Republican Party.