Independence Day with noting happening
30 June 2021 | 08 55.038'S:140 05.994'W, Nuku Hiva , Marquesas
28th & 29th June
08 55.038 S
140 05.994 W
Weather; rain, rain and more rain , wind N/A, waves horrible swell inside the harbour
A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUT TO MISS EVIE WHO HAS JUST TURNED ONE, WE ARE SO LUCKY TO HAVEYOU WITH US
Another couple of days when nothing has been happening. The weather has been a bit unfriendly, lots of rain and the sea swell has been wrapping around the bay and rocking the boat pretty horribly, it makes it very tiring as we have to constantly brace and avoid bumping into everything. With everything in the cockpit wet and slippery we have avoided going outside and have been hunkered down doing little more than reading our books. We went ashore to get rid of our trash and had thought we would go to the shop and do a bit of stocking up however when we got to the dock it appeared that everything was closed. The yacht services shack was open so we stopped by to ask Kevin what was happening, apparently everything was closed for Independence Day celebrations. We were a little confused as we thought that the French Polynesian islands all came under the banner of France, then we thought that maybe it was something just for Nuku Hiva but this apparently isn't the case either as all of the Polynesian Islands were closed for the day. So we are still in the dark really as to what independence they were celebrating. Anyway we got rid of the trash and the recycling (yes even here they recycle most things) and then went to the dockside cafe which was open and fairly empty of people. We had brought our kindles ashore to try and upload some more books as we are rapidly running out of stuff to keep us entertained, so the cafe being pretty empty was a good sign as we were able to get onto the internet there and download enough reading material to keep a small library afloat. Of course we stayed for lunch and made a brief visit to the artisan centre as Gerry had enough cash in his wallet to buy me a couple of sarongs which was good after my disastrous attempt on Friday when I found they didn't have the facility to take credit cards. By the time we had done this, stopped once again at the yacht services shack to ask Kevin another question, it was clouding over quite darkly and about to rain at any minute so we high tailed it back out to the boat just as it began to spit and then the heavens opened completely as we ducked down below into the dry.
The rest of the day was spent doing nothing but reading, oh but I did make a banana loaf with the last 2 "dad" bananas (our dad never managed to get a fresh piece of fruit out of our fruit bowl at home, there was always either a wrinkled orange, bruised and soft apple or a brown/black banana left which nobody but him ever ate so they were always referred to as Dad's bit of fruit). Without dad to eat it I have had to resort to making banana bread on more than one occasion!
Being as there has been a public holiday we have, of course, heard nothing about our request to stay longer or to be granted a permit to stop in Tahiti so at this point we are illegally here in Nuku Hiva, along with half of the harbour. There is still no news on fuel filters but on the plus side Gerry has had contact with the riggers in Tahiti who have been quite helpful, so far, over our standing rigging issue. Gerry has asked if they could make up the shroud and send it to us for him to install (what could possibly go wrong!) if they can't do that then we are going to have to secure the broken shroud as safely as we can and get it fixed in Tahiti, under emergency conditions. It looks like the current weather pattern is going to be with us for the next 3 days or so meaning that we won't be going anywhere until at least the weekend, good job we have more books to read!