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Little Green Boat
Spruce left New Zealand at the end of May 2014. We had a wonderful time in NZ. We are now in Fiji and enjoying meeting the people of this friendly, welcoming country. In September we shall move west to Vanu-Atu, New Caledonia and on to Australia.
Early Walk and Fuel Systems
Andy & Sue
08/Jul/2012, Santa Marta

Today we arose at 6am and were off for a walk as the sun came up half an hour later. Already people were on the beach playing and splashing this sunny Sunday morning. A culture where hiding from the mid day sun is an art, no signs of the locals roasting themselves like tourists often seem to do. The city is completely different without so many street traders or stalls in operation, the churches and cathedrals were bursting with litanies and sermons bubbling onto the streets through wide open doorways. A stop at one of the small cafes frequented by the locals gave a substantial standard menu breakfast: meat soup followed by scrambled eggs with plantains and washed down with sweet milky coffee...

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08/Jul/2012

..one of the early morning street traders ready for the rush on buying reed baskets and sombreros ...

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08/Jul/2012

... the fuel polishing was completed yesterday. This morning the earlier blockage suffered in the fuel line from the keel tank was sorted out and cleaned through. One issue spotted when checking the re-assembly work done by the fuel polishing contractor was that had failed to re-connect the fuel bleed back line from the fuel injectors; had we not spotted the error then running the engine would have resulted in pumping fuel straight into the bilge...

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08/Jul/2012

... Pedro (Moana) cutting up some stinking squid to use for bait to catch a Barrucuda. Sophie looks on, pretending she doesn't mind the smell....oh, and we didn't catch any Barracuda, the local fishermen told us it was the wrong bait for this part of Colombia.

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Into the Marina
Andy & Sue
07/Jul/2012, Santa Marta - Colombia

Off to the flesh pots of marina life. The holiday atmosphere and acoustics of Taganga has proved too much with one end of the town considering itself an embryonic Ibiza at the weekends. Some trips into the hinterland are being scheduled: the Sierra Nevada, Tayrona Park by land and maybe the 6 day hike to Ciudad Perdida (the Lost City).

Photo shows a monument to the memory of Simon Bolivar, the gentleman who became involved in gaining independence from Spain for several South American countries, including ,of course, Bolivia.

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07/Jul/2012

...while we plan those trips time to get some more jobs done. This one is showing Eugenio & Antonio gaining access to our fuel tank in the keel in preparation to clean any muck from the bottom and to "polish"the fuel... that is,to run it through multiple filtration stages. An essential precaution before the Pacific crossing next year to avoid fuel problems in remote areas. We'll need to be very careful now about what fuel we embark, possibly only pour from cans and filter everything that goes into the tanks.

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