B. Is Your Boat the Bees Kness or Are You Batting on a Sticky Wicket?

A-Z: Our 30 day mission: to bring you a tasty boat life tidbit of the day, washed down with a shot of snarky slang. Boat.Life.Larks

We'd signed the dotted line. Our broker badgered us to send money, which we did. Now it's time to visit her! In the 6 hours we'd owned the boat, she had become filthy! Yesterday, this luxury yacht ownership seemed like the bees knees. The last time we saw the boat she was spotless and gleaming white.  Today, those buyers remorse collywobbles are setting in. The boat had been bird bombed! A flock of olive loving Starlings had had their way with her and it was a disgusting as it sounds!

For the duration of our time at the slip off Las Olas in Ft Lauderdale, the boat needed to be cleaned constantly. There's a definite downside to a catamaran - huge amounts of white deck available to be bombed by the bastard birds.  The boat brokers say bupkiss about that! These birds had it in for our docks! No CDs hanging in the rigging, vicious dog barking, or shaking the rigging would put them off. Nasty! And still, over a year later, olive pits still pop up out of the recesses!

What if we are batting on a sticky wicket? Have we gone barmy? Well, she's ours now, so Bob's your uncle and Best of British to us! 

A few short hours after the last wash!

Daily Dictionary 

  • Barmy: Crazy
  • Bat on a sticky wicket: Not going very well, bad business. From cricket. Unfortunately, I don't understand cricket. But I understand that if you are batting on a sticky wicket, that's bad! 
  • Badger: to bother someone. You might feel badgered by the broker to put a deposit down!
  • Bees Knees: the best, the greatest
  • Best of British: Best of British luck- Good luck. 
  • Bob's Your Uncle" There you have it. 
  • Collywobbles: anxiety: will be covered tomorrow! 

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  1. I'm loving the British vocab - it's bloody brilliant!

    I'm so glad we don't have a bird problem on our boat. I have enough to deal with in terms of mold, mildew and tree frog droppings :-)

    1. Thanks Ellen! We've never had a problem outside of that one slip off Las Olas. We do get ash every once in a while, which I believe is from your neck of the woods :-)

  2. I have heard "bees knees" before and it is one of my favorite expressions in English XD Especially when Southerners say it...

    @TarkabarkaHolgy from
    The Multicolored Diary

    1. Thanks! It would be really fun one of these days to research where all these sayings and phrases came from!

  3. What a scary spotty mess! (And to think we were headed to Las Olas after hurricane season. Hmmm...)

    1. Las Olas was really fun, but the driving traffic and the birds were pretty awful!

  4. Yuck! What a mess! I am so enjoying the terminology lessons!
    Have a great weekend!

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  5. Look at all that! I had no idea birds would zone in like that. Makes me never want to buy a white car...

  6. Yes, loving the vocab lessons! I am totally going to start using the word 'lark' more often, and Ellen already knows that I love using the word 'bloody'. It's just so satisfying! Thanks for stopping by our blog so I could find yours! Love your dog.

    1. Ha! I was just thinking yesterday that I forgot to use bloody in B! Thanks for stopping by.... I am really enjoying reading other people's A-Z posts! What are we all going to do in May? It's going to be so boring! - Lucy


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