We have now been in
Meanwhile we wait. Derrick is being kept busy with little boat jobs on our and various other people’s boats, which he thoroughly enjoys. Martin and Jean, on Freedom 2 (first met in Sines after Martin’s serious emergency op) asked D to help derig their boat but then needed someone to go to the top of the mast to sort out a niggle. I was volunteered! We thought that we could offer ourselves as a team to people who don’t like climbing their masts!
Whilst D has been pottering about I have also been doing jobs, (no escape from washing unfortunately) and enjoying the lovely rocky cliffs, caves and coves, exploring by swimming and snorkelling.
We met a very nice man, Karl who came to
admire the boat and he mentioned that he was doing a diving course. This
sounded very interesting, and as we were certainly not going to be moving in
the following few days, the instructor, a bubbly German girl agreed to start me
off on a Padi Open Water course. This comprises 2
very full days of theory, pool work and an exam. After this would come 4 open
water dives of varying difficulty. I had one to one tuition which was great
except that she would keep exclaiming that I was doing very well for a 50 year
old! I was surprised at how difficult it was to swim properly with all the gear
on.Tiring but enjoyable. Unless we are stuck here for
too much longer, I hope to complete the course in the Canaries or
We have met lots of people and the social calendar has been quite full. This week I think, we will only have had one evening to ourselves. If we have to be stuck in a place, this is a lovely place to be.
We had hoped that a window
was opening to cross to