Yesterday was wet and wild but heaps of fun, too. We surfed under blue skies and lots of big waves which took to drenching me roughly every seven seconds. Another such day awaits beyond the cabin door.
A stonking 50 + nauties ticked off in the last 24 hours means we just surfed past the ‘700 miles to the Rum Punch’ sign and, in a few hours we will be swinging in the 60s. This is the final full decade, as my beach in Mauritius lies at 57°45E. If the weather carries on as predicted, giving me a few more days of brilliant surfy Red Carpet, we might get under ‘500 miles to go’ by Monday. Then it will be a hop, skip and a jump before I’m close enough for Mum to book flights. Wohooo! I am excited. But equally mindful of the miles and challenges ahead still. And each time I think of it there’s a twang of sadness that I’ll have to renounce my sea creature habits, say cheerio to my faithful Tweedles and Bluey, and wipe the mould off my land legs (currently stowed in the soggy recesses of the front cabin). I try not to think about life without Dippers. It is just too sad. But I shall find her another loving, singing and dancing fruit-loop to take her adventuring again.
And with that, the gong for breakfast has just sounded so I must up and out and surf on through to the 60s. Are the ‘Stones from that era? Or Rod Stewart? The Beach Boys? Buddy? I need some historical advice as to what I should be listening to…
Have a happy, surfy sort of day,
Outey Toot Toot x
Advance Notice: Back with my boys, Radcliffe & Maconie, on Radio 2, 28th July 8-10pm.
Perton Middle School – Yum! Cake Sale sounds delicious with a capital D. Great efforts for the charity, thank you. Maybe I can come and visit you next term and tell you all about my adventures. Thanks for your support and happy holidays.
Rob – Welcome! A bit of vocab for you…
*The Tweedles – my little crew of Pilot fish who swim along under the boat
*Bluey – An errant but loyal dorado who visits us from time to time
*The Red Carpet – Perfect surfing conditions in the Mauritius direction
*Rum Punch – synonymous with Mauritius
*The Wash – Our capsize a couple of weeks ago
*Nauties – Nothing more untoward than nautical miles
Jane Spence – Glad all Arthritis Care elves busy on rheumatoid report. Keep up the good work, my friends.
Mark Powell – It’d be my pleasure to talk at VCC, lets talk when I’m back in our favourite teeny tiny county.
Spike – Absence of flashers from last night’s show but will keep lookout. Please return my hellos to Mike and say that his sandwiches have been a bit late recently 🙂
Darryl Thysse – Please pass a hello to James & James – think of them each time I see the Southern Cross.