Hot, Hot, Hot!!
John and Susie Blair.
Sun 9 Dec 2012 09:26
Probably the hardest thing to cope with out here is the heat, mid eighties now, it really is sweltering.
On Thursday we had some more visitors.... this time Egrets! five of them turned up and began circling Chelone for an hour or so. We all shared the opinion they would probably like to alight for some rest though personally I thought it'd be impossible due to the boat rolling around and the fact that unlike a small bird they're so leggy and awkward looking but they came closer and closer until eventually much to our surprise and delight they managed to land on various areas of our foredeck.
The birds seemed very happy and immediately began grooming themselves though they did have the occasional scrap as space was at a premium. Also at that time a little Swallow turned up! It definately took a shine to Susie and soon she'd won it's trust with the little bird perched on her finger. After a while the Egrets moved and landed instead on the solar panels over the Boomkin (see pic). Maybe i'm waffling here a little too much about these birds but when there's not so much happening these things tend to be a little more entertaining!
We caught another Mahi Mahi, this time the male (Bull) with it's blunt head and darker green colouring, bigger too and this one fish fed all five of us easily. We did catch another large bull Mahi Mahi (by roving our fishing line through a large flying fish as a lure) though we were only going to land it for a photo by netting it rather than the gaff but it got out of the net and away. I spoke with another Skipper through the SSB radio (turned out to be someone I'd met in Antigua last year) they'd caught a white Marlin!!.
Thanks again to all who message us, Ieuan, Shiremonkey, Susies Aunt and Uncle, Brian 'Bluebear' etc, etc.
Susie and myself had Hot Dogs for dinner last pm with Mustard n' Onions in hot freshly baked rolls, Martin and Louise had Veggie wraps and Ross some Couscous followed by Louises pancakes with Jam n' Custard!
We're romping along with 15-20 knots of wind out of the north east and a forecast for more of the same if not maybe stronger so with less than 500 miles to go our landfal looks good for late Weds early Thurs....Yippeee!
Hey Dorival, I didn't realise you were a football fan!! 'Go' Corinthians on the 16th!! Good Luck!
Steve, Itenary probably Barbados, Grenada, Cariacou and north, won't be in Tobago/Trinidad until May. Great txt about 'tinned fruit' we are in reciept of all.