Monday, April 02, 2007

Friday 30th March

Tyrrel Bay

12 27.328 N
61 29.291 W

Congratulations Abigail on Graduation day, wish we were there. Look forward to the photos, we love you, mum and dad.

With no food in the chalet we migrated to the boat fairly early so that we could at least have a muesli bar, then it was time to get stuck back into the paint removal. Alfie, Gerry and I chipped away at it all day long; we were joined for about an hour all up by a couple of the other yard workers. It struck us that there seems to be little or no supervision of the workers, they just do what they want to do and a lot of time appears to be spent sitting chatting or sleeping underneath the boats in the yard. Dale and Lorie had projects to do on their boat so we didn’t see them during the day. Gerry and I tried to cajole the yard workers to help us and to come into work on the weekend but they were quite resilient. By the end of the afternoon we looked like smurfs (remember them – funny little blue characters) as the paint we are chipping off is blue and we were covered in it. Getting it off of our bodies isn’t so easy either – we think that our skins will have a permanent tinge for a long time to come despite scrubbing it with brushes. Lorie and Dale arrived in time to take a picture of us looking our best and then we quit for the day. Lorie had volunteered to cook dinner and suggested that they bring it over to the chalet at about 18.00hrs, we were too tired to be anything but grateful so we agreed to go and shower and have them join us at the appointed hour. I bought ice creams from the yacht club to contribute as dessert and we headed off to the luxury of a hot shower. Lories jerk chicken dinner went down a treat, I was so glad that I hadn’t had to cook. We all expressed our disappointment with the lack of work being done by the yard. Dale and Lorie had their boat done here a year ago and were pleased enough with the way the work was done for them to recommend the place to us. There has been a change of manager since last year and we don’t think it has been for the better. As I have said earlier we weren’t expecting to have to do the work ourselves and we had other projects that we planned to do whilst the work was being done. As we seem to be doing a lot of the work it means that our planned projects have been put on the back burner for the time being, we just hope that we can get them done sometime soon. I think that the only good thing about this situation is that there isn’t a lot to see or do around this area so we aren’t missing out on the “tourist” side of being here. At the end of the day we were tired, had aches in places we didn’t remember existed and fell into bed quite grateful that we had made some progress.



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