finally, Mark goes up the mast!!
14 October 2010 | the mast
OK, so it was only because I had gone up the mast that morning - picking the 1 hour of sun we had between several hours of thunder and lightening - but a combination of me being a lefty and generally being quite lacking in the biceps department, I couldn't do the task at hand, so I had no choice but to winch Mark up the big pole. So to the mantra of "I must, I must, I must improve my bust" I winched him up and Mark managed to finish off my poor job. Aching all over now (from the winching, not from the beating I received from Mark from not doing the job in the first place!)
Mia Lochy and I did some good drilling - that counted as school work - them with their protective googles drilling away quite happily, then after with their ear defenders using the rivet gun - "oh look mummy, smoke came out then!!" We now have our carving and marking notice on the hull of our boat, courtesey of Mia and Lochy. Mia also helped me change the two compasses over so the good one is on the helm and the not so good one is on the other side - she's getting the hang of the rachet screwdriver now. Lochy loves washing the boat down with the hosepipe " I'm pretending I am shooting all the baddies"- you'd think with all the rain we'd had that it wouldn't need it, but the rain has been dirty red from some desert somewhere and is horrible and stainy - on my nice clean boat too.
Have I told you it has rained alot recently? It doesn't just rain here though. At least we get a nice show of lightening and thunder at the same time. As quickly as the rain comes, it goes and then it's 24 degrees again.
Things I am missing right now?? My mates - I am positively a youngster amongst the cruising population here - my dishwasher, though I'll get over that - the choice you have in a Jersey supermarket - and that is saying something!! The sun that was here when I arrived - getting a little bit of cabin fever when it is stormy, although I am halfway through the 5th Harry Potter book having read all the others in quick succession. Night all, Catherine xxx