The last couple of days have been quite productive for us here. Having time to do all the little things we wanted to do before we left but didn't get a chance to do. So the last couple of days have been spent by Jon putting a new bilge pump in (which took most of yesterday), tidying and sorting out the two side hulls so everything is organised and we could find the spare bed again once everything was moved from it into a hull, putting some finishing touches on the canopies and ropes and bits and pieces, giving both cabins a massive clean and vacuum, getting all the little flecks of paint off the polished floors and most important of all - finally getting a name on the boat! Yes - she finally has her name on and what a difference it makes! It looks great. In order to get the name on the outer hull though, one of us had to get into the dinghy and put it on from there. As you can probably guess...I was the one who suggested that we should have someone up on deck also and I thoughtfully volunteered for that job! But the name is on both of the forward hulls and the horse is on the outside of each of the forward cabins. The horse is really cool. So we owe Matt a big thanks for helping us get those names made through a friend of his.
I got out of bed yesterday morning and wandered down to the yacht club boat ramp to visit the two dolphins that come in every morning to be hand fed pilchards. They are the 3rd generation from the pod to come down. I think originally, the dolphin that came in was injured and washed up on the beach in the 70s and the local fishermen nursed it back to health and it then came back to visit and so on until now the whole pod is the only one in the Tin Can Bay Inlet apparently. It was very touristy but I paid my $5 and got my bucket containing two pilchards, took my shoes off and waded into the FREEZING water and fed the dolphin. I have to admit, it was kinda cool having the dolphin taking the fish from your hand. Unfortunately you are not allowed to pat the dolphins (much to my disappointment!). I am sure they would have liked being patted! But nope....weren't allowed to so feeding was as far as I got! Oh and a photo!
So at the moment I am sitting here listening to Mumford and Sons on the stereo, typing away while Jon is finishing off his jobs up on deck. I probably should go and do some washing. I had myself convinced that there would be less house work to do on a boat....but I was incorrect it seems! Although...I don't have to mow the lawn so that's a bonus!
It is a totally gorgeous day here. I hope yours is the same!
Have a wonderful week!
Love Claris xo
"Not all who wander are
lost." JRR Tolkien
Mast and moon
This boat looks really cool but not one I would want to be in. Two wooden masts, actually a lot of it looks wooden and has a home port of San Francisco! I have no idea how long it's been here but it has no sails on it at the moment. Even with sails.....yeah.......nuh!
Dolphin feeding. I can hear the shouts of 'Tourist!!!' in my head!
Two dolphins that come in every morning to be hand fed. The one on the left is the alpha male of the pod and is around 2.7metres long.
Can't help but love a dolphin!
Jon in the dinghy. This was just after we realised we had peeled the wrong side of the paper off!
Close up of Pegasos
Looks good at a distance.
A name! Finally! Naaaaw! She looks so much better with a name on her hull!