As you can see from my tracker, we’re doing some more squiggling at the moment. So far the weather hasn’t been rough – it’s all just coming at us from the wrong way. We were treated to a lightning show last night and some brilliant rain thundering onto the cabin roof, and so apart from the miles lost (20) we’re doing just fine. Worryingly, I am onto the last of my books now though – I thought six would be enough (rowing, not reading, expedition after all) but with all these cabin days I’ve whizzed through them.
Here they are:
*Private Peaceful, Michael Morpurgo
*Seven Years in Tibet, Heinrich Harrer
*The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Nicholas Boyne
*The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, E. Hemingway
*Kon-Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl (My favourite)
*Down Under, Bill Bryson
So then it’ll be a case of learning poems from my ‘e.e.cummings’ book and the various ones written out for me by friends; reading ‘Ocean Sailing’ and ‘The Rule of the Road’ – the latter two technical theory and rules of navigation.
I have some 70 audiobooks on my Ipods but after the death of my headphones on Day 10, (and apparent omission of a spare set), I can only listen to them through my sundeck speakers when we have sun enough to juice the batteries. Normally I don’t mind, but cabin days can be long and s….l….o….w. I’m still yet to produce meaningful sound with my SSB radio too – any hints much appreciated. Maybe I’m just too smalo to pick anything up out here.
Happy to report this first batch of lost miles was annulled by a Sooty albie flypast yesterday and the present from myself to myself of a brand new silk sheet. Luxury.
From the cabin,
S, D & Bob x x
Susie Calderan – Indeed I listened to everything you ever said. Like ‘Lunch is reaaaady!!’ Fin was after blowhole but also very falcate, I thought. No jaws or flukes or pecs’ seen – apparently a whale with just a back. Black – no funny colours. I want to say fin whale. An enigma.
Jill & Stan: Have two couples in my mind: American and Aussie or both Scottish ? Or another clue?!
Spike: Won’t subject happy socks to washing out here; only makes things smell worse!
Jane Spence: Baskers are my favourite sharks of all. Great work finding a whole party of ’em.
Pam Stocker – Great idea, please lead the way!