Paul & Judy Rodenhuis' Home Page 2016
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Meridian has been sold. We now move on to our next stage - we have bought a house in Kelso (east Bathurst). We moved in early November, and are gradually getting things in order. Priority at the moment is a yard for some chooks.
We moved to Bathurst to be near our son Ian and his family of Kellie, Tom and Mia. We are really enjoying life in Bathurst and find that it is a good-sized town with all facilities needed. And if more is needed, Sydney is only about 3 hours away. We have made some connections with the community - gym, lawn bowls, SES, woodcraft and gardening clubs.
We used to live in St Ives in the northern suburbs of Sydney. In 2000 we sold the house, car, racing Zephyr and 'Festivity' (our 25' Top Hat yacht) and bought 'Meridian of Sydney', a 45' Roberts Mauritius steel yacht. Since then we have cruised the Queensland coast, Tasmania, PNG, South Pacific and SE Asia, Philippines and Japan for the past 15 years or so. We have covered about 40,000 nautical miles.
In 2009 we joined the sail Indonesia Rally, left from Darwin and proceeded through Indonesia to Malaysia. We spent some time in Thailand before heading off to Borneo in 2010. We returned to Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand in 2011.
We left Borneo Malaysia in October 2012 and headed for the Philippines. Christmas was spent in Sydney before returning to Meridian in Puerto Galera. From there we headed to Cebu for refurbishing Meridian. After leaving the Philippines in 2014 we headed north to Taiwan and Japan. We really enjoyed Taiwan, the people were very friendly.
Japan was a different experience altogether. I had been there many times and speak a bit of Japanese so I enjoyed the experience. However, five typhoons including a Cat 5 weren't so enjoyable.
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