Monday 1st and Tuesday 2nd December
Mark and I remembered that neither of us had brought an advent calendar – that must be the first time ever I have not had one – but it doesn’t seem like the run up to Christmas. It is odd – this journey is so all consuming that nothing else is on our minds.
When you are given Lemons make Lemonade – Simon, our world class skipper from SEAWAY (remember this name as it is going to be THE marine industries best company) is busy rigging in a third reef and helping to fix the VHF and the TV – so as we sit we are improving the yacht. We were surprised, again, at the price of things – the rope for the third reef was E297 and the block was E80 – the time invested in this new rigging would have cost us even more but as Simon is on board he is doing it as part of our delivery package – so in the end the waiting is a benefit.
Whilst Waiting we have been forced to eat more light and delicious Bretton Pastries, delicious butter and out of this world cheese and pate also we have had to drink the local cider which is AMAZING – There is an artists quarter here too and the work is exciting and very classy.
As I write, cosy and sipping café au lait in the Hotel Styvel on the harbor front, the wind is howling a gale. We walked may along the harbor wall and she looked like she was testing a wind tunnel! When Simon looked at the sky he said – “Mackerel skys and Mares tails make tall ships use small sales” It is about a force 8 and possible 9 in Biscay – we are happy to wait!! I have noticed that when the seagulls take flight in this wind they seem to just stay in one place – suspended in the air as if tethered to the ground like a gull kite. The spray is being flicked off the breakers over the harbor wall giving us blasts of surprising sea water spritz as we walk into town.
The engineer guys are on board fitting the new batteries – Never thought I would be excited about spending nearly £2000 on batteries –
“whooo hoo we have 10 shiny new Bosch L5013’s “
Mark and I decided to get out of the way – We did some washing in the Launderette ( E10 to wash and E6 to dry – excuse me but that seems a bit much!) we had lunch in a small bar – odd but delicious – tartiflette pizza! And we met Stig again – he really is a cool guy – he lived in LA for years working in the film industry – producing films and also writing theme music. His blog is hakan the swede.weebly.com “hakan on the ocean” I am sure will be a good read. His boat is beautiful with a dark blue hull and classic lines. Stig is thinking of going sailing with out an engine!! all the way to the Bahamas – his only other choice is to stay in Camaret until they find a replacement engine, which he is not sure will happen in a hurry. He said ” well the only issue will be getting into safe harbor in a storm under sail, with no engine it is very very tricky” Brave man!
We have a delicious beef stew on the go for this evening’s meal which we will eat after a short visit to the Irish Bar. Then tomorrow, Wednesday we will continue to sort, tidy and fix and perhaps take the bus to Douarnenez the next town. Today is Tuesday – we keep looking at the weather and it seems that we cannot leave until Thursday Morning – meaning we will arrive Monday 8th or Tuesday 9th December
Meanwhile on skin news – the cold sore up my nose has healed and my spot has finally gone!!