This blog was dictated by Roz and transcribed by her mother, Rita Savage.
Today was a little bit wet in the way that Siberia is a little bit chilly, or Everest is a little bit of a hill. It rained all day, varying only in its intensity.
Wet weather is inconvenient. It doesn’t really interfere with my rowing, unlike tennis, and more like rugby, one of those activities that you can do in almost any weather. It is just less pleasant.
Hands and feet shrivel and turn white, rowing cushion is perpetually sodden, cabin and bedding can’t be aired everything gets fusty, musty, and clammily damp.
In the absence of sunshine, how are my solar panels? I didn’t run the watermaker today, I didn’t want to overtax the batteries and I also wanted to make sure that I had enough power left to boil water to have a hot dinner. I hadn’t expected sunlight to be in short supply at this stage of the row, and it would be unfortunate if on the very day that I most need a hot dinner I don’t have enough power to run my electric kettle.
This too will pass, although it could last a long time. According to my weatherman, Lee Bruce, this patch of wet and stormy weather extends for hundreds of miles to the south and west of my current position, so it is unlikely that I will row my way out of it any time soon.
Other stuff: I have just finished listening to Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, a very interesting book, the first in a trilogy about the colonization of Mars. So far it is not a very optimistic view of human nature. The first one hundred colonists don’t do too badly, but by the time the population has grown to a few thousand humans have managed to replicate most of the worst aspects of life on earth and even worse, managed to stir up all kinds of envy and civil war amongst the overcrowded, overstressed billions left behind on the old planet.
It would be pretty amazing to have an opportunity like that, to start with a completely clean slate and try to build the best possible kind of society starting from first principles to optimize human happiness. It would be hugely challenging but I would hope that we would make a better job of it than the fictional characters in the book.
Speaking of places far from earth with of the loss of my email capabilities, I feel oddly detached out here like a fellow astronaut in my little space capsule. At the moment I am speaking with Mum every day while we get our new contingency procedures running smoothly but due to cost and time constraints, our phone calls have to be fairly businesslike and to the point with not much time for news. Given that Britain is in the grip of a general election I suppose I should be grateful for small mercies
I hear that we have over 2000 sign ups to Ecoheroes already. This is excellent news. It cheers me up immensely to think of all our Ecoheroes green-deeding away. Keep up the good work.
Position at 20:16 hours: -02.26883S, 162.62601E.
Grateful thanks to very recent donors to the Foundation Appeal: Cindy Bergmark, Georgi Tsolov, Stephanie Tobor, Charlotte Dixon and Richard Zwiep. My apologies to earlier donors that I did not have the opportunity to thank you on the blogs.
Roz may not have much sunshine at present, but if you have, do check out the solar-powered items listed under Eco-Friendly Items on her Ebay store.