Today I put the GoPro under the boat to photograph my downstairs neighbours – the Grannies. There were more than I had realised, but a sad omission, too. I couldn’t see a single Tweedle – my favourite Boat Fish of all time. (Read my book A Dip in the Ocean for more on The Tweedles) Still, whatever the colouring – spots or stripes – it is nice to know that I have pals below, even if the conversation is a bit one sided. Or maybe it’s not. Maybe I just can’t hear them or can’t speak the latest edition of Fishese. You just never can tell with fish.
It is a soothingly warm day, a gentle sea and sky contrasting with recent bouncy greys. The deck is strewn with drying bedding and a pile of clothes waiting for the laundry. My solar powered light is charging happily and so, too, is my battery, my soul.
I have just finished a call with Allington Primary School over my Iridium satellite phone, answering questions from youngsters as part of my work as an Ambassador with Inspire +. I smiled throughout and then grinned when they all shouted a huge GOOOOOOD LUUUUCK SAAAAAAARAAAAH! , blinking back the tears. My favourite question was, ‘ How do you feel right now? ‘ Calm. Content. Happy to be outside and on the phone to a school. A whale had harrumphed by noisily as I dialled the number. My fish friends were swarming alongside the boat and nipping out to check on bits of flotsam. The sun was shining. I almost got carried away in the moment, noticing all the good things about the moment. Another interesting question was, ‘ If you could change one thing, what would it be? ‘ I answered that it would be really helpful if the weather could be changed in my favour and held in a useful state long enough for me to make a few more hundred miles East into a more useful weather sector. I tempered it with a bit of chat about accepting the things we can’t change and trying to remain positive, remembering that everything changes in time. Being in the moment is a good goal, if not a tricky one at times.
It is funny to think that these children will finish school in a couple of weeks, have their summer holidays and return to school in September and I will hopefully still be out here, plugging away, pulling ever closer to home. I hope my fish friends are, too.
For now I leave you with the news that my home made rudder didn’t work as a rudder due to not being able to pin it in place firmly enough but it does work as a skeg, when jammed into a cleat on the side of the boat, helping Happy Socks track.
Until next time
Sarah and Happy Socks x
P.S Hopefully you all enjoyed the Australia I have drawn on the Tracker. Taking commissions now but only for one-sided long straight things pointing towards home.
P.P.S If you would like to arrange a live satellite call for your school, please email Project Manager Sara Davies via firstname.lastname@example.org