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The Zeno Project
I attach a copy of the most recent communication from Laura Zola who, as
gathered, is holed up in Gibraltar with her very sick dog,
Stella. Being an animal
lover myself, I can imagine her distress at the illness of her
four-legged friend of 15
years which makes Stella a very old dog indeed.
I had rather hoped that Laura would have been able to spend some time in
looking at some of the Templar buildings there but, as she seems to be
keen to make
up for lost time, we will have to await her arrival in La Rochelle which
was one of the
main Templar ports in France.
I have told Laura that we are all watching her progress with great
Roses, Gibraltar, 2000-04-23
Jack and I, we wish you and all your family a serene and happy Easter
As you can see from date and place we are still in Gibraltar.
Since the last message the weather has been nothing more then
continuously strong westerly gales. Our progress have been as good as 10
miles a day for nearly two weeks, and some time of 20 miles hard west
going, to be again push back from where we start. Nothing exceptional,
these things at sea are quite common, less common, such a persistent
heavy weather system in the Mediterranean areas.
To make my morale slip under my shoes, it is a very ill Stella.
During five days she have been sick, not been eating and going very weak.
The vet in Gibraltar gives her few injections to help the liver that seem
to be damage by some sort of food poison. At the veterinary clinic
they canít do any analysis until next Tuesday 25th. It is only one
Veterinary here, and with the Easter Holiday, life seem to be stop since
Thursday afternoon. I am feeling very distress and anxious for my four
legged friend. For more than ten years She have been my every day
companion in the hard and in the easy time. She is a strong dog for her
age and I really hope she will be able to recover in the better possible
way. Today I felt a little bit more optimistic, her eyes are brighter and
She shows more interest in what is around her.
With our voyage we have now, more than two weeks delay, but we will
catch some of the time up, as soon as Stella will feel better. Most of
the port of call in Portugal and Spain can be avoid, but we can not by
pass La Rochelle where we have got some meeting with the historical
I hope you will understand the circumstance and excuse the long
P.S. I donít know if you wish this letter to go on the Sinclair
list address, so I let you decide.