It's been ages since I wrote a journal. The boat was pulled and put on the
hard in the yard at the end of January. We moved into an apartment near
the beach in Mount Maunganui. Jonah has been enrolled in the local primary
school. We work on the boat doing a bunch of maintenance stuff while the
workmen grind and glass the bow. They have built a new bow platform and
will install it this week.
We are in a mad rush now as we are in the final countdown to leave NZ. We
are supposed to leave around April 5 and we have so much to do. The boat
needs to be cleaned and provisioned. All the stuff from Storage needs to
be moved back on the boat, we need to move out of the Apartment and we
need to sell the car. Yikes - its a lot. Oh yeah I have to prepare school
materials for Jonah to get us through August. I will be manically writing
to journals detailing this effort. Can't wait to get back to Fiji - its
been fun here but I love the tropics. Sweet as. That's a Kiwi phrase
I have been "varnishing" all the wood actually I use Cetol which
is way easier than varnish. The conditions in the boat yard are so dusty
and dirty that varnishing would be a miserable activity. The wood is
looking great. I went with the new darker cetol that looks more like
varnish. Jordan has been a whirlwind of activity and has completed almost
all of our maintenance tasks although there are lots of little things to
finish. We have a rebuilt generator and we have great hopes that it will
Jonah has been having a great time in school here. He is learning how to
read and having lots of fun. After school he hangs out with Victor and
Emma from Scafhogg. Annetta has been really great at letting him hang out
at their boat while we work in the yard on the boat. I don't like to let
Jonah play in the yard - its dirty and dangerous and all his toys are at
the apartment. I bought him a scooter to play at the marina with all the
other kids on scooters. He has a bike which he uses at the apartment. We
are going to take it apart and pack it into a waterproof bag.
In general our material goods seem to have a grown a wee bit but the good
ship Queen Jane is amazing in the amount of stuff you can stuff into her.
It's remembering where you put it that is the trick! Actually now I know
what we really use cruising, what we carry will be really what we use. I
had tons of stuff that I never used or could have purchased anywhere.
Jonah's toys have been reduced although I have to do a final pass before
we move back on the boat.