We have had a varied week with a bit of sightseeing,
some “fun activities” and work on the boat.
Bethany and Bryn (the children) from Cape came over and did some cooking with Stephen. They
made chocolate cornflake things and some accidental fudge. “How can you
accidently make fudge” we hear you say. Well it’s easy. While
melting chocolate add some dark treacle– the nicely runny chocolate then
becomes thick and sticky so we couldn’t mix in the cornflakes. Instead we
put this in the fridge with some glace cherries mixed in and it made quite a
nice fudgy sort of sweet.
After the cooking we took Bethany and Bryn back to Cape. The adults then decamped to Pyxis for a wine
tasting session. We had bought a couple of wines from the local shop (where
they sell wine by the litre in recycled water bottles) and Richard and Karen
had bought some from the man that delivers wine to the Marina. Out of the four wines we tasted all
we worked out was that there was one we didn’t like. The expensive one at
3 euro’s per litre was a slight favourite by some people but there was
very little in it. The outcome of the tasting was we can get some very
drinkable wine for 1.5 euro’s per litre!!
Our new anchor arrived on Friday. The marina staff
are so helpful here – they helped Stephen carry it to the boat and get
the anchor onboard. The new anchor is meant to be designed to be much better at
holding. It is also much larger than the old one and heavier (33kg instead of
20kg) so overall it should massively improve our holding. For those boaty
people reading it’s a new generation Rocna anchor. We are a little
concerned about being able to raise the anchor when we need to leave places. We
will let you now how we get on next year.
We had arranged to go out for a meal with Cape and Pyxis on Saturday evening. We all headed off up
the hill to our favourite restaurant only to find t was closed L After much deliberation we
went to the floating restaurant near the marina for a pizza. They were a bit
busy but they offered us a table for an hour (does this sound familiar –
except this time we really did only have it for an hour).
On Monday we went for a bus ride with Richard and
Karen. We took the bus to the end of the line – there wasn’t
anything very interesting there – so we stayed on the bus back to the
beach. Our bus journey took us past lots of building sites as well as past the
salt lakes where there were quite a few flamingos. We had a walk along the
beach to the marina. It is a very pretty marina, but at this time of year very
On the days in between we have finished watching
series 3 of Boson Legal (there is the possibility that series four will arrive
on Friday when Koa’s guests from the US arrive). We have also cleaned
the decks, cleaned the shower pump (it was full of hairs and was just about to
stop working), done some washing, checked out the indoor market which is only a
15 minute walk away and Stephen has changed the engine oil (oil change is now
down to 2.5 hours with no spills).
Old Anchor New
Flamingos in the salt lakes
looking towards the very pretty marina (this is not the marina we are in as we
are too large to fit L