Supper is done (wahoo from our freezer ... making space to catch more on our next passage, we hope), the kids are reading/playing video games, Max is washing dishes, and Benjamin is generally making his presence felt all around the saloon. Nice to be typing a note before midnight!
After a hiatus of many weeks, Victoria made a double batch of "Grampy Biscuits" this morning (doubled so that we wouldn't have to count out each person's ration). With the oven hot, I followed up with a double batch of granola and my first attempt at granola bars (burnt, unfortunately, but I will try them again). On the afternoon docket was a batch of yogurt. Can you tell we are getting ready for a passage ?? Our plan at the moment is to go back around to the main town tomorrow, spend a couple of days doing the last of our provisioning, the catch a weather window this week to head for Penrhyn... we will keep you posted.
Max and the kids had a great afternoon today, sailing Trickle. I stayed aboard Fluenta, so I will let Victoria describe what they were doing:
"We went into a little bay nearby that was absolutely beautiful. There is only one bit of coral that I have seen in the whole thing, and it is all a beautiful turquoise color (6-8 ft deep). There is fairly good wind, so we have been taking Trickle there. The kids rig and sail Trickle over without any help, and Dad drives the dinghy as the safety boat. We anchor the dinghy and sail Trickle around. By the end, Dad is usually having a sail in Trickle, so we take the boogie board and swim away from the dinghy, sit on the boogie board, and hold out the ankle strap. Then when Dad comes sailing by, he grabs the ankle strap and we get towed by Trickle. I have even managed to stand up!"
What more can I say?
As for Benjamin, he is *so* pleased with himself that he can make his requests for "more food" understood. He delights in his mini conversations with us, not only smacking his two hands together with gusto, but also nearly hyper-ventilating in his excitement when we offer him "more" of anything. Such fun!
Anyway, a quick note tonight. I hope you are well, and that you are enjoying some end-of-summer weather.
Love to all,
At 8/24/2014 3:42 AM (utc) Fluenta's position was 16°29.32'S 151°42.12'W
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