The last month or so has been filled with exciting times, from cooking our first meal on Melody, which was shared with Janneman and Robyn, and the happiness of our first coffee on board! Bachelor parties, the arrival of my brother, Philip and his wife Julie, home from Madrid for Christmas. Two wonderful weddings, one being Wilhelm’s sister, Lizanne to Dawid in the little Karoo town of Matjiesfontein. The long and anticipated return of Kate and Rufus from Zambia! Rufus, Wilhlem and Melody’s Birthdays and Christmas. All these celebrations have left little time for work on Melody. The good break and time spent with friends and family will inevitably give us the motivation needed for the last phase of refitting the old lady for our journey.