Dang, the rain is back!! We were going to leave today to go touring with Len and Ellen for three days, but now it is a no go!! The really tough part was that I fed a crowd last night so that I could clean out the fridge and now I have to go shopping…..if it will stop raining long enough to row to shore.
On Wednesday afternoon it cleared enough that Ellen and I were able to go run around and get all her work permit stuff ready to mail. Golly what a process, I think maybe I will just stay retired!!! We got back to the boat just as the rain started again.
And then it didn’t quit!! The rain that is!! We got soaked just stepping back and forth between our boats. We managed a trip to go grocery shopping and then we just hibernated. Ellen and I worked on our craft stuff, she quilted and I cross-stitched. The boys napped, read, bailed the dinghies out, and napped some more. And of course we all ate and gabbed!!!
We are hunkered down and waiting for the weather system, that finally go here four days later than first predicted, to blow through. We have had 40+ knot winds, but being tied to a secure dock makes it a piece of cake. We feel really sorry for the folks bashing their way toward NZ. It has been raining so we are just hunkered down and relaxing.
Well, I was supposed to do laundry yesterday, but that somehow or another just didn’t happen. But today is the day. We were going to take it to the laundry at the Coconets, the internet place, because all you have to do is drop it off and they do all the rest. But we talked to several boats that have done that and some have lost clothes, or they came back dirty. Guess I will face the music and do it myself. Sailing Safari the marine repair place here has one washer and dryer set so I guess I will queue up and do my five loads. Surprise, I was the only one there so able to get a rhythm going and wash and dry to my little hearts content!! Cold water wash, and took about the same time, but at least I am not sitting at a bucket doing it by hand. In between loads Bobby and sat over at Mermaids and played cribbage. Not a bad way to spend an afternoon. Especially since it is raining……..again!!!!
All that time with the officials yesterday on the boat and we are still not completely checked in. We have to walk to the third village to pay our fees. There are three villages all together and they run along the lagoon side of island. We put on our walking shoes and headed in for the forty-five minute walk to the last village. We had been told that the kids would be coming out to greet us in search for “lollies” and that was an understatement. They are pretty darn persistent, and the bigger ones are rather pushy about the whole thing. Luckily about fifteen minutes into the walk a pickup stopped and picked us up and hauled us the rest of the way. Luck was also on our side because the first three fees we needed to pay and fill out more papers for where all taken care of by the same delightful young lady. Our last stop to hand over pa’anga (money) was at the health center. Once we finished up we walked, this time all the way back to the harbor. We didn’t encounter to many kids because they were in school. Burned the heck out of my nose!!!