We are in our second week at Wilson’s Promontory, and Wade is in his fourth week since his brachytherapy. All is going well.
The alluring combination of adventure, self- sufficiency and self-discovery really is in full swing for us! We are all living through incredible times but for the Anui crew, what we know about resourcefulness and living afloat on our lonesome is taken to a new, more extreme level: we not only do it because we choose this lifestyle but also because we must!
We have chosen to spend time at The Prom, as it is affectionately called, on the way to the Gippsland Lakes. It is a scenic stretch of coast with pristine teal waters, sweeping beaches and rugged granite mountains. One of the iconic sights are the huge boulders that line the edge of beaches, and are typically covered with orange lichen. It is a bright as is shown on this photo:
We are alternating between two bays on either side of the Prom depending on the wind direction. Waterloo Bay on the eastern side and Norman Bay on the western side are our pick of the coves, with no swell and good communication.
Also alternating is the dress as the weather and temperature go from wintery when we rug up like little oldies and don’t dare go ashore, to warm, sunny days when we sit in bathers in the cockpit! On the cooler days, things look like this inside Anui:
But we have had warm, bright days when we have even braved the cold water – 15 degrees, a bit different to the tropics! We both suited up and cleaned up the water line… no more grunge from the Yarra River!
Staying connected is more important to us than ever. We have been pleasantly surprised with internet and mobile service at The Prom so we are making great use of our data allowance! We are in contact with family in France, friends on the phone, followers through our blog, the web for the news and online streaming of performances and courses!
Papa is reasonable although in a morphine daze, very lonely and bored, so we talk multiple times a week. The nursing home has mandated that all residents be confined to their room following a Coronavirus scare. If a case did start there it would spread like wild fire. But we don’t know what’s worse for him: being in exile and cut off from any company or catching the plague when his days are numbered anyway! The family is rallying so he gets calls each day, but it is no fun for him nor for any of us.
Life in ‘Coronageddon’, as a friend puts it, continues. Everyone we talk to is making gradual adjustments, finding things to stay busy while keeping ones distances. We won’t lie though. There are times on Anui when we both feel the grip of anxiety and the weight of forced isolation. There are times when it all feels a bit empty and sad, when our motivation is lacking; but overall we can’t complain about life too much.
A room with a view
We realise how special it is to be in the wilderness. We also realise this will soon change for us. With the increasing restrictions imposed by COVID-19 we will depart for the Gippsland Lakes as soon as the weather allows. But for now we are here. For all of you who are land locked or home bound, here are a few images to bring Mother Nature to you.
Hang in there!
If you can put up with the lack of physical personal contact, if you limit the amount of depressing news watching each day, if you get absorbed in learning new tricks, it can be a time of personal renewal, of reflection, of thinking about what you enjoy or want to do more of. It is not often you focus on yourself, your physical and mental well being, your skills development. Although we all suffer the misfortune of COVID-19, we are fortunate to live in an era when so many tools are available via the internet to stay active, entertained and connected.
How are you managing? What are some of the new discoveries you are making as you rearrange your life? Do share this with us in the comments.
Isolate, Reflect, Connect!