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 Boomer. The other plus of marinas is the access to water, so we always wash everything in sight. This time, however, my washing machine was unavailable so I spent hours on the foredeck stomping clothes and towels in a large bucket with my feet. Oh the glamour.
Fortunately, these lovely islands are a pleasure to idle in, now that we've left the marina and returned to Monkey Bay for more snorkelling and afternoons sipping gin and tonic under a tree.
I went on the radio in Australia the other day on Life Matters (ABC Radio National) to talk about our trip – it was fun, I used to go on that program occasionally for work and it was quite different to talk about our personal lives.
The gecko was released to roam the boat and catch his own flies and bugs – we haven't seen him since. Hopefully he's living happily somewhere in the cockpit. Finn puts water out for him every morning.
In a few days, all being well, we should make the 360 nautical mile crossing to Kuching in Borneo. The city is apparently well worth a look, but the anchorages are on crocodile filled rivers, so swimming will be out. We'll work our way up the coast to Kota Kinabalu and Brunei before heading over the top. We plan to be in Malaysia until the end of June. Will fill you in after the crossing to Sarawak.
It's Mothers' Day in Australia tomorrow, so happy Mothers' Day to the mothers in our family and friends - may you all be spoilt rotten.