When you are stuck in one place, it is an opportunity to attend to projects you might have otherwise put off.
After living on Anui for 14 months, the two biggest sources of frustration on board are our lack of physical exercise and the lounge suite. We decided it is time to tackle both! Quite different issues, so let us explain.
Most people think that you get a lot of physical exercise on board, and when you look like runts like us, you can pass for being super fit. But in actual fact we are not; we don’t get anywhere near enough exercise. Catamarans are stable platforms and you exert little effort to brace yourself when you are sailing… and we haven’t sailed for three months! Plus since leaving the Reef we haven’t swam, snorkeled, or paddled on the kayaks… We have been sedentary since November and fear we might turn into blobs if we don’t take action. It is particularly necessary when you are stuck in one spot, stressed, not sleeping too well and with health conditions that get worse if you are not physically active. So we have made a start on the serious exercise front. Our morning routine in the cockpit features some yoga and a variety of exercises supported by the Asana Rebel App to make sure it happens and we also walk for a few miles each day. We are hoping that by the time we leave Melbourne, the new habit will have been embedded and we will be on our way to looking trim, taut and terrific!
Since our intention is to live aboard for the long term, we have taken the approach of updating gear early to enjoy the benefits rather than what many people do, which is to spruce up their boat when they are about to put it out for sale! So just like we did with our NKE instrumentation update, we are biting the bullet with furnishings.
On the lounge suite front, we have never been enamoured with the existing fabric for the couch: it is itchy especially in the heat, it pills a lot and is not wearing very well. And we are not that keen on the colour either – beige, who wants to be beige and nondescript? The reupholstering of the lounge suite had been on the radar for a while and given we are here for weeks, we might as well use the time to get it done!
Complete Reupholstery have picked up the lounge suite, are re-covering it with our favourite Warwick Macrosoft fabric and will have the job done in four weeks. So although Anui’s saloon now looks rather average with camping chairs to sit on and sarongs to hide all the electrics and pipes, by the time Wade is a bit less radio-active we will have a soft, light blue lounge suite back! For those who remember Take It Easy’s couch, it is the same fabric but in a lighter blue.
The process has started for Wade’s treatment: Prostate mapping done, radio-active seeds ordered. Here is a funny ‘Wade quote’ about going in for the ultrasound: “I normally expect a kiss on the lips before I let anybody touch me there!” No kissing from the doctors but plenty of probing! The great thing is that the radiotherapy is scheduled for the 10th of March which is sooner that we were first told. We are grateful the medicos understand our situation and are moving quickly. There is nothing much for us to do but be patient and wait now… and we so love doing that!
Back in France, Papa’s condition has settled enough for him to be discharged from hospital, but not enough to be able to move back to the ‘assisted living’ apartment he was in. He has now been transferred to a high dependency care facility. It is tough for him, but we have little choice in the matter and knew all along it would be the path. We had hoped it would not happen quite as fast. We will see how he copes and how the disease progresses.
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