Just as I predicted at the end of yesterday’s blog, we had a party last night. Bottle of Fizz #2 was enjoyed out on the sundeck while the sun got ready for bed and the skies displayed their finest palette of pastel blues, pinks and peaches. Both fizz and sunset were beautiful. I then had my ‘more-than-halfway-there’ Feast. Cous cous, with chick peas and vegetables, and a dollop of green pesto. Delicious is an understatement. As for the pesto, that is the first cheese, besides my smelly socks, in over two months. Sublime overloading of the tastebuds.
There was something very satisfying about concocting it myself, too, even if it is the simplest meal ever invented. Usually it’s just a case of boil water, pour in, stir and leave to stand whille I prime myself to the effort of eating the mush. But for the Feast there were pre-meditated stages : boil water, add oil and salt, throw in cous cous, stir, open can of chickpeas, eat some, throw some in, open veggies, add them to the pot, stir again, leave to stand while I dream of crispy bacon, and finally add the delicious pesto. Yum with a capital Y.
In pedigree and enjoyment factor it was up there with the Birthday Feast of Day 56 and rounded off a lovely warm day, which all happened in the right direction, too. Bonus.
It’s 0430 Day 65 and there is a beautiful yellow moon outside my cabin now and a starry tent overhead. Happy days.
S & D x
Gareth Playfair – So excited – both re bag of buns & baby boy. Look forward to teaching him to row and say ‘Oxford’. Ashamed to say my rash vest is actually a Tabby mint green. Eugh!
-Charly Sissons – World Champs?! Nicely done, lady! HRH Princess Royal was right, then?
-Chris & Kathleen – I have a boat you can borrow if you like?!
-Spike – Google Carl Safina’s piece of prose on albies, ’tis very good.
-Chippy & Nay : Babies everywhere! Congrats.
-Mark Powell – Alone but never lonely out here; company in the birds & fish (I am really Dr Dolittle)! Comms is super good though, I agree.
-Amy Bryant – So chuffed for your 10k, that’s great. Indeed I remember running wasn’t your choice training mode!
-Clare – Ooh, can’t wait to see the film…
-Charlie Chase – We have LOADS of footage from planning, buildup (i.e 2 years worth) and I’m filming out here – but we need someone to commission the film. BBC thought they’d ‘done rowing’ with Ben Cracknell & James Fogle….
-Susie Calderan – Had noticed the lack of the hippy tea wake up call. Forgiven as you’re busy lifeboatin’. Loving the similar socks,welly boot, posh frock image-I’m sure you pull it off beautifully.
-Ian Brocklebank – Dippers will need to be sold to repay the money I borrowed to buy her. So if anyone wants a solo boat for an ocean -…
-Colin I’ve – I agree, it ain’t easy rowing a desk. I salute the desk rowers!
-Xtina – Make sure you plot all the wiggles n’ circles too – makes the chart prettier.