I am still waiting patiently for the `nod` from weather router Lee to cast off the bowlines and start paddling east. Worry not, dear reader, you will be amongst the first to know – just as soon as I open that email and have gathered myself after my stomach somersaults with the news, I shall be spreading the word. Meanwhile, I am loving this land life. It is a double-edged sword really – I am hungry for the ocean and the start of this mad and massive adventure and I am loving this `extra` time with friends.
It feels a bit like I am in limbo, albeit a very happy, comfortable one staying with the lovely Kelly and Kaz and their baby son and Patch the dog. Filling my days with biking and baking, babysitting, DIY, circuit training, reading and friends, I admit that I sometimes forget why I am here. Playing with and helping look after the ever changing three month old Quinn, or cooking dinners and sinking a gin or three with friends, or losing myself in the meditation of painting decking – I have to remind myself that I am actually here to row an ocean.
The closest I get to being on the water at the moment are bike rides out along the Edogawa and bathtimes with Quinn – both eons away from how my life at sea will roll. These days on land are also offering extra time with friends and family back home – I Skype my partner daily and am even handwriting and sending more letters than I have in the past year – it all feels rather luxurious. It also means that, thanks to the dog groomer, I have had time for a decent
haircut head shave which I am hoping will mean that I don`t need to brush my hair until Canada. Although that, of course, depends on when the wind sorts itself out and lets Happy Socks and I get to it.
And with that I shall turn to today`s project – stripping and sanding the balcony paintwork.
Until next time,
P.S Thanks to everyone who has donated recently to the L2L charities CoppaFeel!, Jubilee Sailing Trust, MND Association and WaterAid. I hope to see the total rocket as we make our way across the ocean. You can help with that by clicking here and throwing your spare pennies and pounds this way.