We are back in the water! Yahoo! I am so happy to be back in my home. I
feel confident and excited about this seasons sailing. I have already
provisioned the boat fairly thoroughly and every cabinet is stuffed full.
We have bought stuff that we will eat and indeed have already started to
eat. I have provisioned heavily in the yummy and hard to get categories -
like Extra Virgin Olive Oil and imported pasta and sauces.
Jonah has finished his term of school. I met with his teacher to review
his work and he has done very well. The school put a lot of focus on
reading and he has really moved along in his reading and writing skills.
He can write very short stories and can get a lot of words without any
help. I am very proud of how well he did at school and how much he
learned. I really liked the school system - a bit old fashioned but great.
Jonah loved the exercise books for each of his topics and I will adopt
using those instead of the US loose paper craziness.
We have a new plan. We were going to leave Tauranga next week and work our
way north but have decided to leave straight from here so we can stop at
Minerva Reef. It is a reef in the middle of the ocean - there is land only
at low tide. There are passes in the reef and it is a safe and comfortable
anchorage. We have heard there are heaps of lobsters and are licking our
chops thinking about it. It is a nice midway stop to going to Fiji.
We have a huge list of things that must be done till we leave so it is a
bit crazy now. I will miss all our friends here - some are staying or
going on different routes. We hope to bump into some of them in Fiji but
you can never tell. Jonah has loved his time here in New Zealand and will
really miss the place. He will miss his friends particularly Victor who
has become like a big brother for Jonah (Victor is nine years old). Jonah
does seem to be excited to go to Fiji as he has recent positive memories
of the place.
The only tentative thing for me is my damn seasickness. All medicine has
ranges of effects mostly negatives. If I can get my sea legs, then I will
be fine or at least up to around 30 plus knots of winds when I need to get
a whole other set of legs for frisky weather. Jonah will be spending more
time outside in order to combat his seasickness. I will treat him
medically this time as we risked two occasions of dehydration as I tried
the natural "get your sea-legs" routine.
Jonah lost his first tooth. Big excitement. Stay tuned for great gap tooth
smile pictures, coming in a couple of days.