Showing posts from May, 2011

In darkest Borneo

Actually, it's not at all dark so far, but we haven't reached the jungle yet.

We've been in Kuching in Sarawak for a week now. We're in another tiny marina in a very muddy river, with huge tidal range and incredible fast-flowing water. Huge trees float past (and occasionally through) the marina. We're around 20 minutes from the city, which we can reach by bus, or by motorbike. Scott hired one for a week and we all take turns accompanying him. We've done an amazing amount of provisioning on the back of that bike so far and both Seth and Finn love going off with their dad to look for the usual spare parts. Red Boomer have hired bikes too so we make quite a convoy.

Kuching is a really cool town - Chinese shops, good coffee (yee haa!) and more local Sarawak crafts for sale than you could poke a stick at. Seth is particularly taken with the blow darts and is trying to persuade his dad to buy one. The people are incredibly friendly - possibly because the place isn'…

Happy Mothers' Day!

Well, it clearly doesn't pay to write smug blog entries about how relaxed and leisurely and exotic our current lifestyle is. Since I last wrote, we've had the latest spate of boat break-downs and uncooperative weather maps so we are still not in Borneo and have spent the last few days (let's be honest, Scott has) trying to fix things. In order to make electricity we have to use the alternator, which puts power into the batteries when the engine is running. Without it we would return to the dark ages of going to bed at sunset and reading by torch light. So this week it has failed twice and my very clever Scott has managed to take it apart and resurrect it, with many hours of effort and a lot of sweating and Seth working hard as his offsider. This coincided with us pulling into a small marina here on Tioman, which would usually mean on-shore power and air conditioning (yee haa!), but not this time. There was no space in the inn so we tied up alongside our good friends on Red…