We get a week or ten days of strong southerly winds which tend to keep us indoors a lot doing the little jobs of life. You know, the fixing of small things, making the bread and goodies, a bit of sewing for Jenni a few electrical repairs for Chris.
|Lovely day for a spinnaker run|
Then comes a few days, in the current instance a week of lovely gentle warm weather and we feel and behave like we are on holiday. After late mornings over breakfast and coffee we go to new places in the beautiful Upstart, swim, sail in Wanda the dinghy, play frisbee on the beach, stroll and explore.
We have been making good use of our “up and down” keel and spending lots of time with it fully up exploring the many shallow areas around here in Shark Bay. We love just drifting along in either of the boats through clear water over shallow sand and sea grass meadows watching turtles, dolphins, sharks and even the occasional shy dugong. We tend to anchor in places where the low tide depth is not much more than a meter and we are close to the action.
|Anchor down - keel up! These are the big bolts that hold it all together.|
|We see you shovel nose shark|
Over the last few weeks we have ventured once more back to Dirk Hartog Island and the very pretty Louisa Bay where we saw the dugongs. Then back to Denham again with the forecast of strong easterly winds which passed after a few days last weekend.
|The Denham fleet|
|The bright lights of Denham|
We are now in the magnificent Herald Bight. Having ventured around Cape Peron to the eastern side of the peninsular Upstart is snug in the south east corner of the bay. Sandy beaches and mangroves on-shore and nice flat water out here on anchor. The rocks are bright red and the clear water is every different colour of blue you can imagine. Glassy afternoons lazily watching little fish under the boat and saying hello to the turtles that pop their heads up to see who this big creature is. It’s idyllic.
|Red dirt Cape Peron|
|Herald Bight anchorage|
|Exploring the shallows under sail|
|Expedition to the mangrove shores in Wanda the Walker Bay dinghy|
|Late afternoon wine on the beach|
|Stunning sunset skies|
Bread is rising, yoghurt is being made and all is well on our good little ship.
|In the sewing cabin|
|Repairing the dinghy oar|
|Making Lavosh crackers|
|Ready to eat|
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