That's right - just relax - everything is just
Although it's blowing a gale here at present -
and it seems like Penny and I have been on the go for days - doing mooring
chains - going back home - and lot's of running around.
So we'll try and bring you closer - up to date -
with what we've been up to this last week.
As you know - we were forced off our mooring by the 'Giant Crane
Barge' - which is still in our spot and it has now been tied to our old mooring
as well - to try and keep it from moving any further. And in these
strong winds today - it is hanging back towards Clay's ferry - so I'll bet he's
keeping a close on things - in case it decides to 'eat his
This was the scene the other day - with the big
crane barge sitting exactly where we should be and now tied to our mooring for
You can just make out our mooring drum at the
back corner of the barge.
We were fortunate to be able to move across to this
mooring here - which is owned by Sam the Steel Merchant - who owns the Research
Trawler Vessel 'Asama' - moored nearby. We are now a lot
closer to all the other yachts and some of them have been dropping in regularly
to check up.
This next one is a photo of Machine Gun motoring
over to visit
and I have 'plastic painted' it - and also
uploaded a larger version.
Experimenting again - I 'polared' and 'edge
faded' the image - just to see what happened.
However, despite it being a 'commercial mooring' -
and therefore quite a good sized block on the bottom - the chains to the buoy -
particularly the last few metres were in terrible condition - and pretty well
rusted out - certainly not good enough for a yacht of our 75 ton size - and Sam
said that if I repaired and replaced the chains with new chain and shackles
- that he had at his Steel Factory - tthat he was happy for me to stay here
at no other cost for several months if need be.
So it became the top priority job of the week - to
repair the mooring - so that the yacht would be safe when we left it at the
weekend for a few days to go home for the Election and the Reunion.
In preparation for the possibility that we may have
to scuba dive the mooring to do the repairs - we went over to Asama early in the
week and filled some dive bottles on the compressor that is aboard.
This is the view of the yachts - including ours -
from the top deck of Asama
Keith and I collected the chain and swivels on
Wednesday - and we were all ready to start the big job of replacing the mooring
chains - on Thursday.
I'll tell you all about what we found - and how
we did it - in the next big instalment
which I'll try and do as soon as I've sent this
So stay tuned.