We must have looked hilarious on the road to Cape Town: the entire back of the car was packed with goods, none in glorious matching luggage sets but rather items simply tossed individually on top of each other, squashed down and the door closed on them hastily to stop them falling out. This packing strategy is not our normal, but resulted from a crisis: too much was designated to be taken to CT and not enough space! So inspection of the trailer and car revealed shoes (no, not in pairs), spice bottles packed in Tupperware, towels, etc, tossed around amongst boxes, packets and bags. So it was with great interest that a metro cop near Beaufort West regarded our flurry of activity when she insisted that we dig out the new trailer license - from one of the folder-files (which one??) in the file box (which one??) .... and was that in the trailer or back of car??
The staff at the Eastern Boulevard Garden Court (home for the first week) probably also think we are a bit odd, but our room functions well as an office (3 boxes of work-files still on the go), general laundry (well, would YOU pay R7.80 to have them launder a handkerchief?) and storage venue for all our books, laptops, cameras and other electronic goods. This seems like luxury when we contemplate our next six weeks, during which time we will be living in a small cabin in the training yacht in Hout Bay, using our trailer as a cupboard!
WHAT ABOUT THE YACHT, you ask?? The pictures below tell the tale: although initially disappointed that her progress was not further, all modules are fitted in the hull and she will get her roof this week. As you see, whilst Rolf engaged in close inspection of yacht, masts etc, Irene “took tea” in the saloon! We have had great discussions with David and Craig (the Admiral people “we will bring Ketoro production forward in the queue”..... hmm, let’s see), the sail maker, mast fabricators and the interiors guy. We now sit with samples and must choose our colours and fabrics this weekend. What is most impressive is that we have been allowed full access to all the production sites and get to see every stage of Ketoro’s development... looking for the warts!
The weekend will hopefully also see some relaxing. We have been exhausted, both physically and emotionally, but have still managed to fit in some evening socialising this week.... but tonight is TV and computer night!
Thanks so SO much for reading the blog and giving comment there or via sms, call or e mail... it helps us to feel that we are still with you. Roll on Monday training: watch this space for the next update!