Sadly the watermaker needed to be run and flushed through, so the
engine ran for what seemed an age before we could go out to play. We
picked up Lynda and Phil and took Shovell over to the reef, throwing
his dinky anchor into a beautiful pale blue sea. All secure we all
fell into the warm water and entered underwater wonderland. I wasn’t
brave enough to go further out into the rougher water on the outer
reef with the boys, but enjoyed being at one with the amazing fish
around the inner side of the reef. I can definitely hold my breath
underwater for longer these days without swallowing gallons of water
and am therefore able to see so much more. The sea monster which swam
underneath me scared me half to death though and I may have to
confiscate his sweetie treats back onboard. With crinkly skin and a
big smile we returned some time later.
After lunch I went for a short row in Shovell to take photos of the
macaroon and other features along the beach that cried out to be
painted later. The taped up oar was bending badly but it was lovely to
just poodle round watching the pelicans and frigate birds without the
noisy outboard. Si went kayaking with Phil checking out the anchorages
on the other side of the island and I ploughed my way through more
mobile phone bills trying to sort the ones I can hopefully get back
with my insurance claim.
The afternoon was short and soon Lynda and Phil arrived for
sundowners with a recipe for hot cross buns (or bullets as they call
them). I personally refer to my home made versions as hot cross
bricks! At least they toast well when really hard and hopefully the
new recipe may be better than my old. The lack of provisions suddenly
became a major issue when we realised that we were down to our last
litre of juice and rum punches would have to be put on hold after
today. We mixed up some of Gayle and Kirk’s rum concoction with rum,
tea and orange juice and I mixed some spicy pickle into the humus I’d
made with a can of chickpeas from the stores. Oh for a Waitrose
delivery at times!
Before bed I had a couple of batches of yeast doughs to see to.