Tuesday, September 16, 2014
We're enjoying living on board. It's been more than a week and we are getting the hang of it. It's a bit like camping, you have to figure out processes and procedures to make life smooth - like where to tie the dog up at night so she makes the least noise on deck (did you know how loud a Lab can snore and toss and turn?).
My agility is increasing. We are tied up to a stationary dock, meaning that the boat goes up and down with the tide, but the dock stays put. We haven't a gangway (yet) and so we climb up or down to the boat as dictated by the water level. Occasionally I have to balance on dock lines, using my weight to push them down and pull the boat close enough to get the dog on or off.
I've only dropped one bag of shopping in the water so far....
One of the things I'm most enjoying is the walks. Having a dog on board necessitates several times a day walks, for reasons I'm sure you can imagine. And it's a lovely part of New Zealand to walk in.
The kids are enjoying the walks too. There is something magical about kids and beaches. Sticks, stones, shells and anemones are all subjects of discovery and imagination. If they are bored, grumpy or sad, the beach is a magical cure.
And the beach holds endless opportunity for me too. I'm trying to remember to take my camera every time with the intention of photographing one thing. Whether it be beautiful, interesting or inspirational, just one thing that I take time to really look at.
Yes, the ideas for quilts are numerous!
I'll leave you with a picture of MV Cerego. This was taken by a friend who was in his own boat when we took her a quick sea trial while we moved her to her new berth. She's cruising at 10 knots, about her maximum speed. Isn't she beautiful?