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Year 5 Day 15 A Bun Is In The Oven!!!!
Dave/Sunny And Hot!
02/15/2012, Bundaberg Port Marina, AU

We have some really great news to share. Our daughter, Christina and son-in-law, Michael are pregnant! Yea!!!!! The due date is around August 17. This will be our first grandchild so we are so very excited. Both Christina and Michael come from warm, loving families and each family has a long streak of loving adventure, so we know that Baby Boyless has some great genes working for it. We will be in the middle of Indonesia when the birth comes and there just are not any good places there where we can stop and leave Leu Cat for an extended stay. Thus, we will be sailing on the Malaysia and hope to fly to the US to meet the little arrival in November. In the meantime, Christina will have the loving hands of support of Michael's family, who live just a few miles away, and our daughter Heather, who will be flying in from San Francisco to help just before and shortly after the birth.

I have posted Baby Boyless' first picture. Its face is facing you so if you look closely, you can see its nose and eyes. You need to look closely in the dark portion of the head. You can the nose, the bridge of the nose and the two eyes (the dark portions on both sides of the bridge of the nose). The nose certainly looks like a Leu to me, and you know that I am not bias in the least bit. If you ask me, it also has my tummy, but I am told that all little ones look like this at this stage...
Today, we had a great day. I was able to start and finish making the repairs to our main sail. Each of the 4 holes made by the broken battens was less than the size of a quarter and each was easily repaired. I am still amazed that the local sail loft fellow quoted me $1,200 AU to fix the sail. I am thrilled that I was able to do it as I saved all that money, plus my repairs will last longer than if the sail guy did the work. My trick of using 5200 and sail tape will last the life time of the sail, while the thread used by sail lofts will eventually rot due to sun exposure. I will post before and after pictures so you can see what I did.

While I was sweating away in the hot sun repairing the sail, Mary Margaret was sweating away doing more laundry and then cleaning the inside of the boat. As you can see, following your dream and sailing around the world is not all glamour....

One more thing that made this a great day was that the Cuban cigars I ordered from Hong Kong 4 days ago arrived! They passed through Customs without a hitch, which delights me to no end. I was not sure if they would get hung up in the Customs and then they would assess a very steep duty and Value Added Tax to the cigars. These same cigars cost $410 AU in Brisbane but I only paid $117 US and that included shipping. I plan on order a new box each time a shipment arrives until I am stocked up for this cruising year!

Year 5 Day 14 Happy Valentine’s Day
Dave/Sunny And HOT And STICKY!
02/14/2012, Bundaberg Port Marina, AU

Yesterday, John and I were hoping that the girls would not notice that today was going to be Valentine's Day. Boy, how stupid were we!!!!! I think every female has a built in gene that is called the Valentine's gene. As Valentine's Day gets near, that gene starts to vibrate and soon she is vocalizing the question of what are we guys are going be doing special for her on Valentine's Day. John and I tried to be quick when this subject popped up by saying that he and I had talked about it and that we had decided that we would take them out for dinner that night in Bargara as an early Valentine's Day celebration. However, the girl's saw right through that and our great idea fell flat on its face. As it turned out, we ended up not going out for dinner yesterday anyway so the failure of this great idea was not a big deal.

Instead, the girls insisted on champagne. We were in a liquor warehouse store at the time so John and I ended up getting a couple of nice bottles of champagne for a pretty reasonable price. For my treat from the Mary Margaret, she promised to make a nice Key Lime pie for dessert. It has been years since I have had a good Key Lime pie, so I ended up being very thankful for Valentine's Day!

We hope you all have a great Valentine's Day and remember to be sweet on your sweetie as she (he) deserves it!

Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

This is the new nest where we deposited the 138 eggs that the female turtle had originally laid.

Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

There were about 10 who stayed up late this night to help move the eggs into their new nest. It was a very special experience to carry the eggs from their original nest to their new nest up the beach slope.

Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

Here are a number of the eggs that the volunteers assisting the researcher scientists removed from the nest. Since the nest was not far enough up the beach slope to be protected from the surf as the tides rose, the scientists decided that the eggs would have to be dug up and moved up the beach slope and put into a hole that they made. The eggs will be kept in their new nest for around 8 weeks before the hatchlings emerge and make their way to the sea. By moving a nest like this up the beach slope and away from the destructive surf, the researchers are now achieving an 80% hatching rate.

Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

Here is the female turtle in the process of completing her work of covering up the hole in the beach, where she deposited her 138 eggs. She was exhausted and she worked so hard in covering up the nest and making it blend into the beach. She used her front and rear flippers to throw the sand around. We were so close that sometimes we would get sand thrown up on our legs.

We were told from the researchers that she does not mind having people around her when she is laying her eggs and then burying her nest. However, if she sees people while she is approaching the beach or crawling up the beach to dig her nest, she will retreat back to the sea and look for another spot.

Endangered Loggerhead Turtles

Here is a female that we watched as she laid her eggs. When we moved them from this nest up to the more protected area of the beach, we could feel how fragile and delicate the eggs are. If they are to be moved, they need to be moved within 2 hours of being laid because the yolk starts to attach to the shell after that.

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