(NB This is a couple of days later than planned as a few blogs appear to have been lost in cyber space. Grrrr!)
How’s this for service? Postponing my lunch to come and blog about one of my best experiences yet. So excited and chuffed that I had to share it. No, not seen pirouetting dolphins or a Bengal tiger on a raft with a young boy. But I have just seen perhaps the most beautiful and pure blue ever invented. It’s a hot, fairly calm day. Wanting to take a photo of Tweedledum and Tweedledee I stuck my toes over the side and really rather liked it. Not at all chilly (Not for a Brit anyway-don’t know about the Aussies!!). So, wanting to conquer my niggling coward inside I decided to don mask and snorkel and have a swim. Last time I tried this on Day 9 I stood on the sidde deck for ten minutes bigging myself upto it, then having slipped in the water, put my face in and seen a tiny wee fishy looking up at me, squealed and leapt out. This time was beautiful, however. Tweedledum and Tweedledee were soon joined by their friends and I was surrounded by inquisitive stripey black and white fish. Surveying Dippers’ hull I realised a bit of spring cleaning was in order. While the antifoul seems to be doing a great job, there were a few patches where my second coat of paint in Freo had missed, around the cradle beams and the intake hole for the Gin Machine. So, wielding my
‘gooseneck barnacle eviction device’ (75p ice scraper from Wilco!) I jumped back in and asserted my authority as landlord. Thinking about it, I should have brought some up to look at more closely-I’ve never grown my own barnacles. Still, the Tweedle crowd seemed quite pleased for the free snack.
So, another happy day at sea! Remember : do something every day that scares you. Good for the soul.
S & D x
PS I was clipped onto the boat at all times (as I always am)
PPS The chart shows some 5324m of blue beneath me
PPPS Please will someone offer my Mum a stiff drink – think this blog may have freaked her out a bit!
PPPPS Note to self : must learn to dive in near future
PPPPPS Must now do some rowing