What a difference a day makes. Yesterday, dead calm. Today, anything but. Back to 20 knot winds, coming at me out of the south, which is not really what I want at this stage. So I’ve been busy rowing, but to remarkably little effect.
The rougher water meant I haven’t seen any fish today, apart from an acrobatic leap by one individual about twenty feet away from my boat. Yesterday it was so calm that looking down into the water was like looking into an aquarium. I could easily see these three chaps mooching around slowly and serenely down below.
So now I need another ID. If the handsome chap last week, with the distinctive yellow dorsal fin was (duh!) a yellowfin tuna, then what are these? Are they also tuna, but of a different variety?
Today I finished “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (Book 1)” by Alexander McCall Smith. Very different from “Corduroy Mansions”, being set in Botswana rather than Pimlico, but equally good. Lovely characters, and a gentle little slice of Africa.
Now I’m onto “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals“, by Michael Pollan. After this, Fast Food Nation, Food Inc, and Supersize Me, it will be a miracle if I ever manage to find anything in America that I can eat without the deepest suspicion. The sooner we all wise up and start growing our own, and/or supporting farmers’ markets, the happier I will be.
Seems to me that when reconsidering our relationship with our planet, food is as good a place to start as any. While there are many things it is hard for us to control, we can (with very few exceptions) control what we eat. And if we all made well-informed decisions, we would reap huge benefits – both for our health and the health of the Earth.
Cynthia – the books you recommended, by Derrick Jensen, sound excellent. I have made a note of the titles and will follow up when on dry land.
Pippa – thanks for the good news about the Aussie carbon tax, and for the stern looks directed current-wards!
David Tangye – good to hear from you. Not so good to hear the general reaction to the carbon tax. Given Australia’s recent bumper crop of “natural” disasters, I thought there might have been more support.
Gloria in Iowa – thanks for the words of encouragement. And welcome to my blog!
Michael – you’re right that we humans have been predicting the end of the world for almost as long as we have been in existence. However, many factors have changed quite dramatically in the last 40-50 years, and I cannot see how our current path can be sustainable. Maybe the time has finally come for the man in the sandwich boards!
Thanks, Stephanie, for the order of the Diana Gabaldon books. Looks like I have books 1-4 and 7, but not 5 and 6. Doh! And you say laird Jamie “disappears”? There’s a tease! Thanks for not spoiling the ending for me!
Quote for the day: “I have developed a new philosophy – only dread one day at a time.” (Charlie Brown)
Sponsored Miles: James Borleis, Megan Lutz, Paul Nordquist and some anonymous miles. Thanks to you Roz has regained lost ground and is further west than she had been before the current swept her backwards.