I don’t normally bestow titles on my fruit but today was different. It was The Day of the Last Apple. Slightly browned and bruised after a couple of weeks boshing about in the sweaty front cabin, but nonetheless a very tasty munch for tea this evening and the tastiest ever because there will be no more until Canada. Believe me, when you know you are down to the Last One of Something Until Canada, it tastes all the better.
And now I give you the Happiest Orange Ever – look at that smile!
Drawing smiley faces on citrus fruits (and, where available, eggs) to leave in surprise places for friends gives me many moments of fun on dry land. The power of a smiley face is huge – try it for yourself – either smiling up an orange for your own entertainment or to leave on the desk or in the bag of an unsuspecting compadre.
Today has been a cabin day – the wind has been steadily cracking from the east all day long. Happily, our friend the Kuroshio is now (finally) pulling us Eastward too. Later tomorrow we are due a blow from the SSE – with winds of 30-35knots gusting 40knots. What makes it interesting is that it will be blowing directly against the current, which will make for quite a bounce with steep, sharp waves. Lee has even suggested I consider rowing out of the current to avoid it. At the moment I am leaning towards staying – after all, Happy Socks has proved herself in similar conditions already and, while it won’t be comfortable in there, I reckon we will be OK.
Meanwhile, I am filling my hours in the cabin with snoozing, the odd biscuit and a very fab book on Winnie the Pooh.
Enjoy your apples folks,
Sarah and Happy Socks x
PS. In other orangey news, we have about six left I think. Still lots of lemons and limes.
It still brings me so much joy remembering how you drew all over the round objects around my house only about 2 months ago. I felt almost sorry to use the eggs or eating the oranges. Now I am holding on to my vitamin bottle, because it is my last smiley object. Row quicker to Canada, will you, and come back to Japan and draw smileys all over my fridge again. Really no fun doing it myself. Haha!
Orange is such a happy color all by itself! Enjoy your citrus, Sarah!
You and Happy Socks take care of each other out there!!
~Gigi in Va. Beach
Hi Sarah you just enjoy all your fruit, yes as you say the last is always the best. First time I met you you were eating fruit then (as a toddler). Hope the winds behave and are where you would like them to be to help with the miles, you have done so well so far.
Take great care and hope the next lot of winds ++ aren’t as bad as you expect.
C & K
Hiya Sarah, Rachel from Bardsey Island here! Your blog made me smile 🙂 Especially as I love apples, and when we run out in the winter, I love to savour the last one!
Glad you were able to have a bit of a rest today…I hope you have some good rowing weather soon.
Oh, and I was very happy to see that you are reading Winnie-the-Pooh, as I am too! Just started ‘The world of Pooh’…utterly wonderful book!
‘When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,’ said Piglet, ‘what’s the first thing you say to yourself?’
‘What’s for breakfast?’ said Pooh. ‘What do you say, Piglet?’
‘I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?’ said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
‘It’s the same thing,’ he said.
What a nice idea, drawing the smiley faces on stuff. I will try it myself and know already it can’t do any harm, that’s for sure.
As a C2 rower, I can’t imagine how you do all those miles, doing 5 km’s is enough to leave me knowing I’ve had a work out.
Good luck with the weather
You sound so upbeat, Sarah. Your next apple will be extra special and taste fantastic. Good luck, Happy Socks with the current and wind.
How I relate to that story:) having spent 2 years in a African village with nothing, it became a obsession. (Sad part was we almost had to have counselling to get the taste of chocolate back, but happy to report that I am now a fully fledged chocoholic)
I sit reading your posts in our comfortable little apartment in a very comfortable little town in rural England and whilst not knowing you at all I’m feeling so pleased that you are Living Your Dream. However you are so far removed from my world that it is almost unimaginable, but I love reading your quite relaxed day to day comments written in the midst of a wonderful watery world I do not understand. Sarah may wind and tide be kind to you and Happy Socks and trusting it will always be smiley faces you feel like drawing on this amazing voyage.
If all your apples and oranges had a voice (and who says they do not) I could hear them all speak as the indomitable Pooh, “Let’s go together.” Wherever you go, there you are. And with God’s speed you have it all.
Your Apples and Oranges seem to be in a very happy place. You, Happy Socks and your fruit make quite a team! Thanks for all the fantastic updates. Jenny
You raised a welcome smile this morning on your fruit and it is a super idea. One that I am going to try and thanks for the idea. Really enjoy reading your reports and wish you god speed as you and Happy Socks enjoy your watery wrold . Just off to see your mum at K and Natter.
Another record for you: from your track, you appear to have just finished drawing the world’s largest ever swan.
Thanks for the idea of smiley faces on citrus. Will try that this weekend while staying at a cousin’s place.
Lots of fruit in C A N A D A !!!! I’m looking forward to your report that you are only days away.
Hope to meet and greet in Ontario. I’ll have a smiley Ontario apple for you !
The orange looks like ‘Wilson’, from the movie Cast Away (w. Tom Hanks)
Do you talk to your fruit too?
Heck, talking? ..How about a song, recorded while rowing across the Pacific. Might sell a million!
Keep on, keepin’ on, Sarah.
Many of us are rowing with you.
Brilliant attitude Sarah … have you ever packed any dried fruit ?
I will try and send you “my unpeeled tangerine, picking itself up and getting on with it” email. it’s a clever one.
Ohayo gozaimas Sarah, Genke desu ka? I hope the winds settle down soon for you…a question on the name of the current. Is there a translation for Kuroshio? I think kuro is black. Cheers, Steve
Kuroshio translates as Black Stream. Although, not very stream-like at the moment unfortunately. Thanks for the message.