Well Hi there! - and how are you?
We're OK too - although if just a little bruised
and sore from falling into the runabout today while climbing down from the large
workboat it was tied to at the dock - Penny in my arms got a bit of a shake-up
too - but fortunately - I shielded her - and took the knock - as you'd
expect. She naturally gave me a look like - 'what the hell was
all that about?'
We went ashore hoping to see our new big block
lifted and moved - but had to ring and postpone it until next week - because the
whole dockside area in the shipyard is being used to unload dredged mud from the
Fishing Club channel nearby - and the block needs to be located right there on
skids in front of the big barge.
So once again there is lot's of
busy activity but we don't seem to be getting far.
Just like these fellows - I
think someone's filling in the hole as fast as we are digging.
Around the anchorage - in what is 'our
neighbourhood' - there have been a few weeks filled with all 4 seasons of
weather - and if it's not hot, sunny and glass flat
it's blowing 40 knots and smashing us
Nevertheless, as everywhere, life goes
and so, here are some snapshots of around the bay
- in the weeks just gone.
This photo from when I had a look under the yacht -
and warily donned the scuba gear that hasn't been used in a year or
two. The heart specialist rang me that night to say I should not try
to dive. But I survived - although pretty weary from the brief
effort - and just about needing to take the next day to recover.
And whenever Penny and I are in the dinghy -
we will often call at another yacht if we see
someone - just to say hello.
This is 'Peter' - an elderly and gently spoken
it was taken late one afternoon as I called
alongside for a visit.
And of course Laurie fishes frequently from his
yacht using various methods and baits
and every now and then a fish has been known
to catch itself.
(another amazing shot taken through the
Then of course the bad winds came again for a few
and Bruno's yacht broke from it's mooring and
ended up entangled with Lauries.
I rang Keith and we went over in rough
weather and helped secure it
safely off the stern of Laurie's yacht - until
the blow subsided and it was towed back.
But the mooring it had broken from - had dropped it's
and we found Bruno and Ariel (a Jack Russell) the
next day, which was a flat calm
in their dinghy, dragging the bottom with a grappling
trying to retrieve it - which he luckily did.
Penny of course was right there to offer advice
and oversee the whole operation.
This is Anne - Bruno's partner aboard - we
visited for a friendly chat
she has a fondness for floral
hairpieces and is rarely seen without one.
So there are a few portraits of some of the other folk we see
around the bay
and still there are some we've never met - who keep much to
I suppose it's like anywhere - you may talk to a few
neighbours, say g'day to others
and yet there will be people who only live a few houses away
in your street
you may never speak to or know - your whole life long.
There are still a lot more pictures to catch up on including
the block & chain
(and I don't mean Penny - but 'if the cap fits')
and what about all those sunsets and sunrises we've had.
Oh well - it'll have to be next time - which I hope will be
So bye for