On return into Marina Taina just to the South of
Papeette, having seen a mother and calf humpback whale under the boat just
before we entered the pass, we see another boat with kids on board they look as
'wayward' as ours, must be British me thinks, and 'Yep', I'm on the
money, Locky just 7 and Mia 8 makes s/v Pegasus
from Jersey a dream boat for the children. Colin who has been rarely ill during the past two years seems
to have come down with Polynesian flu - us Europians having caused havoc
with Polyenesian immune systems resulting in so many deaths during the 18
and 19 C appear to be having their revenge.
ourselves of the kerfunked washing machine was an event,
but good to have the weight off the boat and the space for something else!
Through Locky Cosmo discovers 'Harry Potter' or rather he is now
obsessed. Locky proves to be a massive inspiration, he's already finished
reading all the H.P books. So school is made easy for a week or so with
the insentive of making broom sticks and other paraphonalia with the altimate
excitement of playing Quiditch on the trampoline all afternoon. Z and Mia
just pootle being alittle less 'OCD' but having a near perfect time
together. Tearing them away isn't easy they even manage to get a couple
more nights in the anchorage out of Colin. Cosmo was horribly emotional
the day we left Locky, its now a good six weeks later and each day
there's talk of Locky, His only comfort seems to be audio H.P brilliantly
read by Steven Fry.
Two Harry Potters take to their brooms and play Quidittch all
It has to be said also that I really have had my fill of daily trips to
Carrefore and given I'm now worrying if we have enough anchovies for the next 6
months another visit is perhaps over indulgent. Z and I take our final
visit in to the frip and fabric shops in Pap's again to by a little more
unneccessary bits of fabric and to say a wonderful farwell and give our lovely
pearl shop friends a hug. Chippy is gorgeaous and big hit with Z and so it
seems visa vee as Z is given a pearl hair clasp, in what other country in
what other town would you a shop keeper give you pearls, and given all we've
done is have a few holes drilled it's remarkable.
We hired a car for a day and did a tour of the island starting with Point
Venus where Cook landed to observe and record the eclijpse of venus.
Memorial to Cook
and the elipse of Venus
Not everyone saw the whole of the island
Back home to
calm seas and sunsets