I’d hoped to show you a photo of me toasting you all with a TimTam in front of a glorious ocean sunset. However, the weather has other ideas. Last night Sedna was knocked onto her beam ends by a large wave, and conditions have continued monstrous today. Mostly around 30 knots, gusting 35.
I didn’t suffer any injuries in the knockdown, but the metal covers were ripped off two of the six scupper flaps (the boat’s self-draining system) and my bedpan was smashed to smithereens. Various objects relocated themselves and we were generally in a bit of disarray.
I rowed for a while today, more for the fresh air and exercise than because it made any difference, but mostly I’ve been confined to the safety of the Purple Palace. The 30 knot bits of the day were okay, but the “gusting 35” bits are not much fun at all. And I usually can’t see them coming. The first giveaway sign is an enormous wave looming over the side of the boat, cresting, starting to fall…. followed by much splashing and much swearing.
But a promise is a promise, so this sunset I cracked open the packet of TimTams and paid tribute to my trusty Rozlings around the world – only from the relative safety of the Purple Palace, rather than from the wind-lashed deck.
I also took a moment to remember absent friends, including Timothy Ray, Larry Grandt who for so long was my oldest fan, and my father, who would have celebrated his 82nd birthday this coming Monday.
I pictured the blue and green marble of our Earth, and pictured little dots of light in each place where there are members of our community – the US, UK, Australia, India, Philippines, Norway, Germany, Belgium, Canada, Papua New Guinea, Costa Rica, Brazil, South Africa, France, New Zealand, and, ummm, all the other ones too. Oh, and of course another little dot of light in the middle of the Indian Ocean. That’s me.
I wish you all health, happiness, and a bright, green future. Thank you for always being there for me, and for your love, support and encouragement – come rain or shine, hell or high water. At this moment, especially, I feel very close to you all. Hope you enjoyed the full moon tonight. I was looking at it too.
I haven’t yet managed to fix the scupper flaps, so they are dangling and clanking like a couple of castanets with no sense of rhythm. Fixing them involves hanging headfirst over the side of the boat so I’m going to wait until things calm down a little, and will just have to put up with the sound effects until then.
These conditions are forecast to last for at least another 3 days. Oh joy.
According to the news my mother is sending through, it seems that one cause of the rioting in the UK is boredom. Boredom! Wouldn’t it be great if we could take all those bored people and give them something useful to do, like cleaning up rivers and streams before the trash reaches the ocean?
And is it just me, or is it crazy that people are being laid off from their jobs all over the civilized world, but the same sum total of work has to get done to meet the needs of the 7 billion of us – so those who still have jobs are rushed off their feet and stressed to the eyeballs, while the ones without jobs get bored and frustrated?
Quote for the day: A friend is one before whom I may think aloud. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Sponsored Miles: Roz did 23 miles but none of those had been specifically sponsored. Thanks to Bonnie Sterngold who did make a payment a few weeks ago to fill in some unsponsored gaps.