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- Created: Saturday, 31 March 2007 08:46
- Last Updated: Saturday, 31 March 2007 08:46
- Published: Saturday, 31 March 2007 08:46
- Written by Mike Kesterton
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We really feel like we are settling in here. Even nature seems to have embraced us. The Indian miner birds have built a nest (by the amount of foliage disappearing into the boom, it is more like an apartment block) in our mainsail cover. We need to check if the eggs have been laid yet. Either way I would feel guilty knocking it down as they have been working on it for 3 weeks now. The marina fish are also used to our presence, in fact they are hanging around in the mornings for food (someone on another boat has been feeding them). I was giving one of them a dressing down about begging for food and to show his thoughts on the subject he spat at me. Good shot. Luckily, I had sunglasses on, but he got me in the mouth as well. Yuck, fish spit and marina water. Apparently, they are called archer fish and they spit to catch their prey. I guess I was little too big for him.
A busy few days with a few more boats arriving. Our friends Sue and Wayne on Court Jester arrived. They have guests arriving for a couple of weeks. Sue 2, whom we met in Darwin and Kupang. She has returned (without hubbie Gary, who drew the short straw and had to stay at work) and another friend Annie. We are going to travel around Langkawi with them for 10 days. We need to get out of the marina and it will be nice to just chill out with old cruising friend that we haven't seen since Xmas. The new arrivals are settling in well to life in the marina and have spent the afternoon in the pool at the bar drinking cocktails. A good way to ease into the holiday.
The Marina has been taking an interest in what the yachties think and how they can improve facilities for us. They held a meeting with 10 representatives from the yachts to discuss issues. It went well and they took lots of notes. So I guess we wait and see. Mike ended up with an upset stomach from sonethig he ate at the meeting. We are off to a good start with them trying to poison us. The same day I had a severe case of vertigo. I woke up convinced the boat was rolling over and capsizing and with arms braced on the cabin walls I opened my eyes to find i was still lying on my back in bed. Borrowed some stemetil from Court Jester and took those for a couple of days. The world has stopped spinning, thank god.
It is still hot and muggy here. The rainy season seems to be settling in with its afternoon storms. At least the boat is getting a good wash down. The window fill in job is still a work in progress. I think Michelangelo could have finished the Sistine Chapel in less time.
We have not had too many dinners aboard Seadrive lately. Ley, from Crytal Blues is the queen of bread making, and made us a loaf of multigrain bread. It was so yummy we had bread butter and jam, bread butter and vegemite, bread butter and scrambled eggs, bread butter and bread, bread bread bread bread and bread. Unfortunately , it is now finished. I have the recipe and may attempt a loaf myself. The night before last we were invited to Rampant for dinner with Carl and Bea. Carl is from the old Rhodesia and Bea is Swiss. The food was rich and delicious chicken mushroom and spetzel(a Swiss dish) and to die for custard milk tart. After "seconds" of everything we managed to waddle home.
Tonight we caught the ferry over to the little local restaurant at the ferry terminal. We went with th Court Jesters. The meal for 6 of us with beers and ice cream at the end was 120RM ($40AUD). We had squid, BBQ garlic prawns, fried rice, chicken satays. So cheap we felt embarrassed that for such a delicious meal we were paying so little.