Another anchor day chalked up on the wall and goodness-knows how many hours of snoozing and reading and thinking. I spent a bit of time with the British Sign Language Dictionary too though really could do with another person to practice with – my animal crew of stuffed toys don’t quite get it.
My favourite times, as always, were spent on deck in the cool breeze looking out for life on the waves. We are not being boshed so much as bobbed at the moment; the seastate and weather today would have been perfect surfing conditions if I wanted to go back to Japan. It was tempting just to surf with it for the enjoyment factor and then the sensible voice in me reminded me just how precious logged miles are at the moment and thought better of it.
Lee’s forecast goes to the 9th with easterlies all the way, leaving me wondering if we shall ever make it past the 165th parallel. I had a similar bit of looping on the Indian Ocean, trying to get past the 90 degrees East ridge, and ended up passing the same 60 miles three times. Well, this time I am going to better that and this degree of longitude (163-4E) will be at least five times graced by Happy Socks’s fine lines.
So for now patience is progress. And tomorrow I think some boat pancakes might help with that – they normally do. Just the act of doing something different to lying down feels good and that is what counts. The simplest top goals of this leg are to row and rest as much possible – staying as happy as possible too. It’s all about making the most of opportunities and openings – when the time is right, we go with it. And if it’s not, then in time it will be.
One of the quotes outside on my safety rail is from Winnie the Pooh: ‘Rivers know there is no hurry: we shall get there some day’.
And so for now, the aim is to stay happy, nourished and sane while we wait for our good friend the Westerly to return. I am pretty zen about it all – there’s no other way to be really. Not until the food runs out and I go properly loopy – then I might not be so patient.
Until next time,
She-of-the-cabin and the good ship Happy Socks x