Another day in paradise with nothing happening
02 July 2021 | 08 55.038'S:140 05.994'W, Nuku Hiva , Marquesas
08 55.038 S
140 05.994 W
Weather; sunny, wind N/A, waves horrible swell inside the harbour
Here we are at the middle of the year wondering just where the first half has gone to. When nothing much is happening the days just seem to disappear into dust. At least the start of July has brought a change in the weather today as there has been no rain, even if it is still a bit cloudy, what we really want though is a change in the sea conditions as the swell is still horrible and the boat is rocking from side to side like a fairground attraction that has gone rogue. Our day hasn't been terribly eventful, again, we took an early ride into the dock as we needed to get the bank transfer of money to the rigger sorted out and we figured that the best chance of a halfway decent internet connection at the caf would be just before mid-morning. We also thought that we needed to drop off another load of laundry so with that bagged up we arrived into the dock, deposited the laundry and made our way to the caf which was fairly empty, the breakfast patrons had been and gone and the lunch patrons had yet to arrive. We ordered coffee and split a doughnut between us as we logged onto the internet, it was still slow but at least it wasn't frozen like every other time we had tried to use it. The transfer information was put in and the transaction completed in less than 15 minutes - how to get rid of a few hundred dollars in one easy click of a button! Now we just have to wait and hope that the vendor gets his work done quickly and gets our new shroud freighted to us, not that there is anything we can do to make it happen any faster. Once we had the banking stuff sorted out we decided to walk to the supermarket to see what new and exciting things had arrived in the store after the supply ship's delivery yesterday. We encountered Ross and Annie, the Kiwis with the whale story, as we walked the foreshore, they were in disbelief over the checking in procedure and the need to deposit the equivalent of an airfare each back to their home in New Zealand - this amounted to around US $2000 each and they were not quite sure what the story was with this. We had encountered the same thing the last time we were here with Gerry having to deposit the bond but I didn't have to as I had an EU passport; this bond is refundable when you leave French Polynesia but as they are only issuing 4 day visas at present we were a bit surprised that Ross and Annie had been asked for the deposit as we hadn't been asked for it when we checked in. It strikes us that the right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing! anyway they are determined not to have to pay the bond so we will wait and see how that pans out. We got to the shop and managed to buy a few more essential items, there really wasn't much new in the way of vegetables but there were oranges and eggs on the shelves today so we bought some of each while they are available and then began to head back to the dock. The market had ginger for sale today along with some pears - that was the highlight of the day, we haven't seen pears for sale anywhere since leaving the US! I can hear you groaning from here Kay and would happily give some of yours a home at the moment. So we returned to the cafe and ordered lunch and joined Ross and Annie for a discussion about the peculiarities of Nuku Hiva before we all headed back to our respective boats. Ross had had an issue with his water maker which wasn't working and Gerry offered to have a look at it as two heads might be able to solve the issue. We did nothing for a couple of hours and then Gerry took off to go and assist Ross, returning almost immediately as apparently Ross had got the water maker working and was happily making water, which is a good thing as there is no potable water available here for some reason. We don't quite believe this as what do the locals drink and use but who are we to argue the point!
Nothing happened for the rest of the day and we retired to the cockpit as usual for a cocktail at sun set (again we are assuming that the sun set as it wasn't visible). Holding on to your drink is a feat worthy of celebrating and that has nothing to do with how much of it you have drunk, the rolling makes it seem like you have had more than a skin full before you have even taken a sip! So that's it for the first day of July, hopefully we will have some positive movement this month.