We had hoped we’d go today, but two more physio sessions are needed for Chris’s back so we soldier on and are staying at the dock for a few more days.
Even poor old Bengie has been needing medical attention. We had to call the mobile vet who gave her some antibiotics and anti inflammatories for an infection as well as her yearly vaccination. She was not impressed with the jabs, growling and hissing, but is getting better now.
Managing health issues is one of the many challenges of life afloat. We are on Anui for the long term, not for a year or two and it is a balancing act. We yearn for adventure and exploration; but we also want to not push too hard physically so the bodies last the distance. Let’s hope we can keep exploring for many more years.
Right now with the catastrophic weather assailing Southern Queensland and NSW courtesy of La Niña, we are far safer moored at the Yarra’s Edge jetty than anywhere along the battered East Coast of Australia. We would not be able to go against the East Coast Low anyway! We keep being told these disastrous weather calamities are once in a lifetime events but the reality is we are experiencing these with disturbing regularity. Fires, cyclones, torrential rains, floods, all of increasing ferocity and frequency. It is scary.
A few improvements
We might be tied to the dock, wondering about the world’s future, but we are still dreaming! As soon as the cyclone season is over we will be heading back to Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef.
To ensure we are able to get weather information and communicate while on future far fetched adventures, we have purchased the PredictWind Offshore App combined with the Iridium Go satellite system. As usual it was quite an undertaking to install, with thick cables to feed through a torturous conduit in the cockpit roof. We were glad we were tied up to the dock, with easy access to a hardware store! Skipper Wade tackled the challenge.
Wade has also taken the opportunity to ‘end for end’ the anchor chain so the half that was always in the chain locker will now be what gets wet and salty. He laid out our hundred meters of chain along the jetty, disconnected the anchor from one end and put it at the other end and swapped the anchor markers. Then it was a matter of winching the lot back up on board! As usual it was a job that took longer than we expected!
And now that Chris has her hands back, the piano has come out. It is so good to practise again after several months of being unable to play. The hands are still stiff and sore but it will improve over the next few weeks. We decided to get a stand for the keyboard to free the coffee table! And we also bought a good quality sustain pedal which does not skip along the floor and click every time you press on it. We should have done this from the start. Thanks to Greg for planting the seed and lending us his old stand to try!
Escape to the country
In between physio sessions for Chris and surfing for Wade, this last week we were lucky enough to escape out of Melbourne and enjoy a trip to the country. Our dear friends Ann and Greg took us to Yea to visit old paragliding buddies Scotty and Jenny who have recently settled on a superb rural property called Orana. With several mobs of cattle, acres of vineyards and huge vegetable gardens they have plenty to keep them busy! The six of us pretended to be farmers and generally had a great time together feasting on home grown produce, touring around the grounds in buggies and devising elaborate ways of getting rid of the local pests: huge flocks of cockatoos and crows which have a nasty habit of eating the grapes in the vineyard.
It was an opportunity to fly our new drone for the very first time and give the guys an unexpected view of their pride and joy… and scare the cockies! There is a lot to learn about the new machine which is very fast, manoeuvrable but also quite different to operate compared to our previous drone.
As you can tell, the fun is slowly returning. Only a few more days of patience and we will be able to cast off the mooring lines.