I don't know Pinnochio - that nose seems to be
getting longer to me - I think you do know what happened to our
email. Well even if it's been deleted - accidentally of course -
(because who would go deleting our emails on purpose, Penny?) - they're all
still on-line. Jiminy Cricket only has to click on the buttons on
the bottom of any email - to find them all.
We've had a few busy days - with a lot of running
around - which we'll tell you all about soon - but we need to keep things in the
proper order - and the photos - as we took them. So first of course
- we have an 'into the sun' panorama fromm the other morning. Taken
directly into the bright morning sun - the camera has to 'close down' and it
makes everything seem much darker and more dramatic than the actual bright sunny
morn it was.
It was a bit of a surprise the other afternoon - to
hear Penny going mad - and barking her head off up on deck. So
naturally I went straight up as always to investigate - and what should I find
but the yacht under veritable siege - by an assortment of seabirds - of all
shapes and sizes - that had decided to all land in the water near the
And Penny really had her paws full - barking at
them all - to tell them to clear off!!
There were big pelicans, seagulls, and even a few
landbirds too - that joined the party.
I was saying to myself - it's like a scene from
When what do I see through the screened front
window of the yacht but . . . . . .
A pair of great big crows sitting on the railing
of the yacht
and wasn't Penny going mad at them - and in all
fairness - she did scare them away.
She really reckoned she earned her keep as the
yacht protector that day
and came to me again and again for reward pats
After having days of 'blow your head off' freezing
cold winds - it's been nice to have a few super, calm warm winter
days. Penny has slept on her cushions in the warm closed in cockpit
- and it's like a nice sunroom for her.&nnbsp; But the nights have still
been freezing cold - and for most we've been going to bed soon after 8pm - and
for a few nights there - I even slept in a tracksuit and thick woollen Explorer
socks - and still under about 5 blankets.
When we were out at Erskine Park - building the
yacht - we were always connected to power - and could run the normal electric
heaters, here in the saloon - and we even have a long bar heater mounted on the
wall over the bed - which warmed us and the whole bedroom nicely.
But here on water - we would need to run the big 10
KVA diesel generator to provide enough power to run several 2.5 KW heaters - and
so we haven't had them on at all.
You will remember how much Penny loves the big
heater in winter
and used to always stretch out in front of
So when we stopped by the other day to talk to
Bruno and Anne - on their yacht - where they live with a beautiful Jack Russell
Terrier called 'Ariel' (but who barks too much - while Penny just sits quietly
and well behaved) - and I commented about how freezing cold it was.
They said, that they use an LPG heater - for themselves and Ariel.
Well fortunately Penny didn't hear this
conversation (because she's deaf) otherwise I'd have been lectured and nagged
and blamed by her - until I went straight down the street and got
one. After all - why should barking, misbehaving Ariel have one -
and the damn 'Queen of the Nile' not.
So - yesterday - with Penny in her usual spot on
the back window shelf - overseeing everything - we went to the local big camping
supplies outlet - which is only a couple of blocks away - and she witnessed
me purchasing a new LPG Reflector Heater ($40) - that goes on a gas bottle - and
according to the assistant - gives off a whopping 4,500 BTU's of heat (however
much the hell that is??) And should run for 150 years on one small
bottle of gas - so that's pretty good.
Penny was duly pleased - I was back in the good
books - and here's her report:
Penny knows exactly what
'heaters' are - and that this was for her.
Then there was just the
one small matter of her jumper
which I hadn't seen
since the move.
Well - it's better late
And I don't want you all
writing to me - telling me I shouldn't have the thing
sitting there perched on
a book - waiting to fall over.
It's very heavy - and
it's only on while we are right here.
And anyway - it's
Penny's heater - it should be her responsibility.
Do you know - I've even
got to turn it on - and light it for her.
Bye for now.