5th February 2019
Before I start, I forgot to mention yesterday that I saw a plastic bottle and a plastic egg box shape blue box. Today I saw a blue bottle screw top. I have logged the positions, I am just putting them in my blog to remind me what the items were.
This campaign is aimed at highlighting the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans. I am simply astounded that slap bang in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean there is clear evidence of the sheer scale of the problem. Not one corner of our planet is safe from the damage us humans are doing to it.
Please help by making even just one change such as, don’t buy bottled water, buy one reusable bottle and just refill it everyday. Find out if you have a local milkman, you will be supporting a local business and reducing your plastic footprint. Swap to soap bars in the bathroom, there are so many to choose from now so you will smell lovely and get rid of plastic bottles from your bathroom. There are lots of other ways to help, but these are just a few for starters.
On to today’s adventure. I have passed half way! To celebrate I ate half a packet of Jaffa cakes!! I should have brought a miniature wine bottle or something, but Jaffa cakes were a perfect celebration meal!!
I appear to have installed a fish pond overnight, the ocean is massive – what are fish doing out of it and in my boat? In front of my footplate is a well where I keep my buckets, it generally fills with water every time a wave washes over the boat but just needs bailing out.
So as usual this morning it was full of water, but when I inspected it there was a fish swimming round in it. Good news is he seemed fine, so I scooped him up in my bucket and replaced him back into the sea. I will still be amazed if I get across the ocean without being hit by one.
The morning started cloudy, and as usual I got rained on, however it’s now warm enough to not really let it bother me. By mid morning the cloud cleared and I had a beautiful sunny day to row to. As the saying goes “suns out, guns out” so out came the guns (that’s arm muscles if anyone thinks it’s something rude) and I am now officially beginning work on my tan.
My trainers have given me a very strange foot tan, so I have now cut out the tongue and part of the sides so I still have the heel and toe I need to give grip in the foot plates, but more air can circulate. They are a bit like a cross between trainers and flip flops… I shall call them ‘Flipners.’
Still making good progress, although I really am putting everything into it. I really don’t know how I keep doing it with a smile on my face? Whilst training for this I did do quite a few 2 and 3 day sessions, but I was always pleased to get home for a shower and a stretch out at the end of it. Out here it’s day after day with no let up, but I am enjoying it. I will of course re visit this at the end!
Well, moving into the night shift now so I’m getting my head torch and jacket ready, and of course look forward to my long break which I save for night time in my cosy cabin.