Yesterday was yet another first… I have been alone driving the Iluka across once before.. But that time, E had seen me off and caught me as I landed…. Yesterday I untied the boat, drove it over and docked it all on my own. I have now officially graduated from Iluka driving class and yesterday was my final test… It was fortuitous (fancy word) because yesterday, after four-months and a $3554.00 donation to the Marine Mechanics Retirement Fund, The TinMan (drum roll please) was ready to go back on the water.
We brought the Iluka back also. It is safer for her to spend the winter at PC than BH.. We can take it back when it is needed… But, most importantly E has his boat back. We really wanted the Grady for our winter commuting and with the weather getting less awesome these days it’s a relief to have it available. I will give E a couple of weeks before I nag him to teach me to drive it too.. But in the meantime I am confident that if there was a problem and we needed me to drive us off the island.. I could do it.. For this city girl it is a huge step…
With this wind and rain storm going on, it was once again a perfect day to hide under a blanket and cough out a lung. Winds this afternoon reached 40 k gusting to 60k .
I do not see why I am the one sick when I remained on the dry side of the tideline during the Polar Bear swim but I take comfort with my Baileys and Hot Chocolate… E has his Tawny Port and with the return of his boat he has
cause to celebrate.