Today has been a feisty one off the coast of Western Australia. I’m sure my new wind gauge is under-recording. It was telling me the wind was 15 knots. But when I was on the Atlantic I got used to correlating the wind speed with the angle of the dangle of my British red ensign flag. And I reckon it was closer to 25 knots today. Anyway, we can safely say that it was plenty strong enough to make a terrible mess of my hair. 🙂 and for me to put my ankle leash on – just in case.
Fortunately this strong breeze is going in an ideal direction, blowing me north towards the latitude where the Western Australia coast and I will part company. It will stay where it is, while I strike out across the Indian Ocean.
With the wind come certain sound effects (no, not THAT kind of wind and not THOSE kinds of sound effects!). Of course, the wind increases the waves, so my boat is surrounded by the constant gurgle of the water as it swills around my hull. Then there is the sound of the wind, a constant roaring. But there is also the sound of the wind on the waves, a kind of whispering, hissing sussuration as the air whizzes across the surface of the water.
And today, with some pretty sizeable breaking waves, there has from time to time been the big double-crash of a wave broadsiding my boat; the first crash as the wave collides with Sedna and the second crash as Sedna recovers from her part-roll and slams back… frequently followed by the sound of some distinctly nautical terminology from one annoyed rower who has temporarily forgotten that she is supposed to be zen and serene come what may!
I realised that although I thanked a couple of people for their quotes, I didn’t replicate them so people who receive my blog via email may not have had the chance to see them. So here they are:
“Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” – Corrie Ten Boom (thanks, Sandra)
“A little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but a lot of faith will bring heaven to your soul.” (thanks, Pamela)
And here’s the one that Karen Morss stuck on the jar of homemade plum jam: “Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. The fearful are caught as often as the bold.”
Book review: Today I finished What Happens in London, by Julia Quinn. A kind of raunchier Jane Austen. Fun, but inconsequential.
Finn – you asked what we can do for the environment. Don’t feel helpless! Every action counts. Let’s take plastic as an example. If you’ve already reduced your usage of plastic as far as you can, why not organize a few friends to write letters to your local supermarket and ask them to put signs up on the doors, reminding people to bring their reusable bags in from the car? Easy for them to do, and it really helps!
Or sign the petition to help make the 2012 Olympics plastic bag free, and get everybody you know to sign it too
Huge thanks to all those who have sponsored miles. Your generosity is helping keep this blog on the air – and allows me to check in and let my long-suffering mother know I’m okay. We both appreciate it very much!
Photo: sorry it isn’t more exciting. I have just discovered that the only pics I took today were for the NASA S’COOL project, i.e. the twice-daily pictures of clouds that I take from beneath the clouds as a satellite passes by above them. So, in the absence of any other pics (and it’s too dark now to take a photo) I give you…. clouds! (I’ll make sure I come up with something more exciting tomorrow…)
Not only has Roz re-rowed the lost miles, she has made great progress. These sponsors’ miles have now been accomplished. Cyndie Blake, Greg Danforth, David Quinlan, Tom Hockman, James Borleis, Curtis Zingg, Shannon Fogg, Susan Bartlett, Chris Lynch, Doug Grandt, Michelle Pitman, Monica Wilcox, Steve Allen, Angela Hey, Gilliand and Michael Colledge, Linda Leinen, Nick Jaffe, Kiran Prathapa, Leslie Layton, Thomas Heavey, Larry Grandt, Andrew Greenfield, Kathy Miritello, Nick Watson.