An utterly brilliant sky in the late afternoon as Austin and I were driving home from the west. These colors are accurate. I kept trying to take photos out the window – this was the best one I got.
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So …. what were we doing in the west (i.e. Nadi or beyond)? He had to go to Plantation Island again, and I got to go with him again. Always fun.
On the way out of Denarau, we spotted this “spaceship” of a boat.
I already knew about this boat, the “Race for Water,” because a couple from the boat had come to be our guests at the Teitei. Austin was traveling at the time, and I knew that he would enjoy talking with these great folks. The woman, Annabelle, ship’s second captain, invited me to visit the boat and to bring Austin – any time before they set sail on 19 January. Here we were, passing by on our way to the Mamanucas on the 17th…..
I emailed to see if it would be ok to see them on the 18th, and while on the boat returning to Denarau, I got an affirmative reply. YAY!
So we went. Austin talked corals, overheating seas, plastics and research with a crew member. I poked around and got some photos.
Looking across the bow, I think.
Solar panels. This boat uses 100% renewable energy. Interestingly, instead of a traditional sail, it uses a kite sail – like a kite surfer.
Imagine that! I’ve seen kite surfers and wondered how they kept the sail from hitting the water. Bernd, who installed it, told me it is controlled by computer. Annabelle says the real advantage is that it does not cast a shadow on the solar panels.
And here is Annabelle, the second captain, in front of the boat.
Race for Water is an amazing organization and their boat on a five year mission. To read more about it, check out their website: https://www.raceforwater.org/en/https://www.raceforwater.org/en/
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After so much bad news about our pets, I’d like to share a triumphant story from two weeks ago.
When the wonderful German kids were here, a bunch of them wanted to go swimming in the river one rainy afternoon. Our dogs went with them. When the kids got back, they told us that our elderly dog Tarsi was stranded on a narrow muddy bank by a cliff and they could not get her back into the water to swim to where she could get out. She could not climb up and she would not get back in the water.
Austin and Junia went to the river to try to save her. Now I have mixed feelings about Tarsi, she really is an old bitch – and that is only a dispassionate statement. She is gray and creaky (“let me put her out of her misery, Mom” says one fellow), she barks all night about nothing, she terrorizes the younger females Po and Winky even though they are her daughter and granddaughter. Irritating!!! But the thought of such a scary drowning death … Nooooo. She deserves a much better end than that. So Austin and Junia went.
They had been gone for about 45 minutes. There was lightning and thunder – and all the dogs tried to get in the house. All four dogs. Tarsi was back! I tried calling Austin and Junia – but they had not taken their phones. Fifteen minutes later they came home, feeling defeated…. She Fooled Them!
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FIJIAN WORD OF THE WEEK
Talanoa – it means “story”
E tiko vei au e dua na i talanoa. means I have a story (to tell)
E tiko (it stays) vei au (with me) e dua (one) na i talanoa (the single story).
I would have said, “E tiko vei au e dua na i talanoa about Tarsi” except I don’t know how to say “about something” yet……
Vakamalua, vakamalua – slowly slowly.
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Happy week, everybody.
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