Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year in the summer

It's fun to get to the other side before everybody else. I enjoyed calling friends and family in the US and in Europe before their New Year's eve but after mine and telling them how 2010 looked like !
And while they have to go through New Year's eve in a cold winter, here summer is here to stay. Temperatures in the morning are edging above the 70s and in the afternoon get up to 88.
Other than that, it's been a very quiet year end and I am glad that it was like that. At some point, I had been considering joining a party on Great Barrier island, but I was not feeling like having another night of drinking.
Instead, I have resumed riding everyday and I have become temporarily a teatotaller, until I feel good again.
There is not much more to do on Papy Jovial, except for what has to be done one I haul out. In fact, now that 2010 is here, I am beginning to feel the pressure of time. In four days time, we un step the mast to change the rigging. Then I haul out to do the bottom paint, but also drop the rudder, pull out the propeller shaft, check everything carefully and put everything back together. I hope to be back in the water around the 15th or 16th. On the 18th, I drive to Auckland to meet Anne who is arriving from Montreal on the 19th morning. Then we will have 8 days of touring Auckland and Queenstown before returning to Papy Jovial on the 26th, keep on visiting the area for another three days and then get ready to welcome Philippe and Deborah and to leave for Australia. It's still one month away, but I am sure that it will happen very very fast.
I don't mind as I feel the urge to get moving.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad you had a good New Years,I quite enjoyed sending everyone early New Years mesages as well! The time is definitely going fast. Enjoy your tour of New Zealand. Debbie