It's not often that "Curious" finds herself the
smallest boat in an anchorage but in company with Bill, Johanna and Gram of
"Visions of Johanna" and Stewart and Trish of "Rhianne Marie" this proved
to be the case. The anchorage behind Motu Murimahora was georgous and we
anchored in shallow, crystal clear water over white sand.
There are 15 families living on this Motu and we
went ashore to say hello and to see if we could buy any fresh produce or the
Canteloupe melons that were described in the cruising guides, and as you can
see, they do. They also grow herbs and vegetables to supplement their diet and
although they were coming to the end of their growing period (there are no
distinct seasons) they were happy to share what they had and would take no
payment from us.
Bill and Pascale got along famously and Pascale was
happy to explain their methods and their life on the Motu. the kids all got
along with each other and the older ones made sure that any treats that we
handed out were shared equally. The little girls brought flowers for
Johanna and Trish and a garland for Bill.
To say thanks for their generosity we went back to
take the kids some of the stuff that we had brought for just such occassions and
although at first they were very reluctant to take the gifts, we handed out
sunglasses, a frisbee, pens and crayons,hair clips for the girls and sweets for
The following day we went back and invited all the
kids onto Curious for soft drinks and biscuits and Bill got out his big
inflatable donut to take the kids for rides around the anchorage. We all
had a great time, the kids exploring every nook and cranny on the boat were
polite and well behaved and loved diving off the pushpit and took their turns to
be dragged around behind Bill's dinghy. A memorable day!
The older boy had fallen off his bike that morning
and had injured his arm quite badly so after he had finished in the water we
dressed his arm with antibiotic cream to try to stop the infections that are so
easily developed in these hot humid conditions.