Happiness at the moment is….
-Putting on happy socks at the end of a day (NB Will write a whole blog in praise of happy socks soon)
-Making lemonade after finding a lemon in one of my hatches
-Finding food I thought I had eaten : two more packets of rye bread (with almond butter and raspberry jam for lunch-divine), two packets of biscuits (ginger and rich tea), a tin of pineapple, snickers bar and having the self control to calmly restow them for another day rather than guzzle them all at once. Well, all except the snickers!
-Other marvellous discoveries include a bottle of knobbly mustard and a Little Miss Chatterbox cup -now Port can be supped in a refined, elegant sort of way rather than glugged from the bottle
-Finally clearing the bag of washing which was festering in the corner of my cabin
– Starting a new tube of toothpaste
– Washing my hair (half a cup of water-that’s all you need) NB Above two made more fun by the fact I’m using goodies from the lovely Greenpeople – organic, biodegradable and designed for crazy skin as mine is apt to be.
– Lying down the length of my oars/safety rails to stretch my back (feeling triumphant at not having fallen in or causing myself serious injury). Lying on top of the cabin also works nicely and is slightly less precarious though, you understand, it’s all relative
– The 5 Day Plot – adding the latest position to the chart and joining up the dots and happily seeing we’re still bound for Mauritius
– Message from Ricardo saying weather still looks rosy
– Emails from my Joke Laureate David Hirst and messages from the website
– Waking up to see the sky brightening from behind me and the sky ahead clear – I know its going to be a beautiful day
– Making porridge as the sun comes up, while the day is still cool
– Rowing under a starry sky – saying hello to the constellations, watching satellites, perhaps the odd plane scoot by
– Being greeted by the Tweedle crowd when I stand at the edge of the boat
-Resting for a couple of hours through the hottest part of the day and then rowing in the cool of the night
-Looking up to see an albatross out over the waves
-Sprouting lentils and so eating truly fresh stuff
-Rereading letters and pressies from family and friends – I say re read as I lack self control where I know surprises await (still a child at heart) so had a letter-opening binge of the remaining 10 letters the other day. Worry ye not, the birthday bag is still in tact.
Really are happys days out here – and hot too at the moment. The deck was a toasty 35°C over lunch so I had another swim this afternoon. Bad luck google earthers – I’ve learned that wearing clothes to swim in gives the impression of cleaning them, while also protecting me from the big C!
More tales from the abyss another day,
Mikey – Yes, lets scuba together! Just need to get this ocean rowed first.
Geoffers (Holt, the first Geoff in my life!) Did the boat arrive safely and did Master Tim survive the shark feeding?
Janet -Hello Dark Energy! I’m predicting nothing yet as we’ve still got a way to run..
Geoff (My Australian Geoff!)- More about my Dad another time. You’ve met me and I carry such a lot of him and Mum in me that you practically know them. Both two of my heroes.
Jenna-Ooh, watch out… The Fun Police might get you! Loved your letter. Freedom indeed!!
Sue-Who’s your boy? Is it James and James? Apart from Andy & Guy they’re the only ones I know. Any swapsies will have to be very special if its in exchange for chocolate!Shout if they get close – would be fun to chat on the satphone. VHF only works if we are really close i.e see each other. Good luck and happy days to them.