What a weekend to top off the week that was. Happy days indeed. The last two phonecasts will give you all the details, but for now a few photos as we are back in the cabin today and laptopping makes me rather queasy.
The weather allowed me outside to row and clean and wash and cook and swim and celebrate my birthday, a week late.
With gentle weather it felt gorgeous to be out in the fresh air, the sun on my skin and doing useful things. And believe me, there is deep joy to be found in a (relatively) clean pair of newly washed pants at sea! It’s the small things out here. We had a pod of common dolphins on Sunday and some as yet unidentified breaching creature – at first I thought small whale or large dolphin and then I thought shark. Hard to tell – I couldn’t decide if it was a pointy-up tail or whether I heard blowing. Still, great to see them and to meet my fishy friends under the boat when I swam. And rowing – what a novelty, a real treat to be going in the right direction, for a while at least.
My body is rather sore and achy after 38 days at sea – my lower back screams regularly and my right knee has jammed up a bit. Still, bearing in mind the stuff I put it through I’d say we’re doing Ok. The cool floatyness of being in the water yesterday was a delicious tonic for muscles and mind and a massive confidence boost too – I can’t wait for the next time, even if I know that I will still spend minutes standing on the edge of the boat rocking over, over, over, until I summon up the courage to get in.
So, as you can see, after the best day of the trip so far, I am a happy rower indeed. Thanks for all the lovely comments and donations to my charities on my birthday too – a lovely haul. Keep it coming, pennies and pounds, bit by bit, we can nail the £100K target.
All salty best,
Sarah, Happy Socks , the Tweedles and the Blues and Yellows x
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James Quick – Glad to hear it James. I hope you are getting out into the sea sometimes too for a quick dip. Do drop us a line to organise a sat call into assembly or one of the classes – would be great to update you all. Your sea anchor is working a treat too J
Gigi Walentiny – Lots of happy dancing and very loud singing and ‘Whoop whooping’, yes, definitely. Might have some cabin singing later if it gets scary…
Sarah Wilson – Get well soon – broken tails sound nasty and sore. And yes, Justine is epic in all senses! One of my team should be getting in touch re an interview. Go well.
Anita Corbin – That is ace to hear. Well done indeed. Who is next?
Christine and Kathleen – I think Kris and Maren are going yes, and two other sets of my twin friends – Lucy and Katy, and Louise and Emma too, I believe are going. Make sure you get a photo of everyone!
Peter Booth – I don’t have a telescope – or binoculars in fact – onboard, but the night sky is fantastic out here. So bright and bursting with stars. When we can see the sky of course!
BPC and John – Team Kirkland, ahoy! Hope you had a fab half term. And very glad has been swimming. I used that as a reason to get in yesterday – that the bottom is closer in a lake and therefore more likely toes are to touch horrid things!
Do drop me a note to book in a call to Manor Park before term ends and I shall call you for a chat soon regardless.