Yes, we moved again. This time to a very pretty house, with a beautiful garden, where we can stay until the 10th of October. We don’t have to look for anything after that, because by then the boat will be in the water. Dream big! For that to happen we have to WORK on LIV, something I didn’t really do the last weeks. I asked Peter how many holes still have to be fixed and I can’t remember the answer, I will ask again before this blog is posted. For me it is more than a month ago when I last visited the boat and there is a mini-threshold to go to LIV and pick it up where we left it. I am afraid more rust has formed in the last weeks, but I am looking forward to make some progress on LIV again. I am also curious how the area under the engine room looks now. Hopefully all the water from the rain these days could freely flow down the bilge with the epoxy-filler I put in the cracks. Next blogpost will be about visiting LIV again and some recent events.
As I am typing this, I am sitting in the late afternoon sunlight that is scattered by the fence, the wind is not too strong, but cooling enough and I just saw a parrot peeking and sometimes making some noises on a tree on the other side of the fence. I hear roosters crowing in the background, something that is consistent throughout the day, and also some other bird noises, but I have to figure out what bird this is. In a couple of hours, the sunset starts and I really have to take care to close the doors, because there are a lot of mosquitoes here an hour around sunset. I made a short video with a partial tour of this place and placed the camera somewhere to film me making videos of the snorkeling trip I did in the afternoon (showing the spot where I am sitting now), Peter coming home and us having a celebration beer for another successful Blitz-moving.
The day of the move was full and very efficient. We had to check out at 11 am, so after Peter was finished with bicycling around the south of Bonaire (he makes a big round all down south twice a week at 6 am with Emile), we packed our stuff, cleaned a bit and enjoyed a coffee with Monique, one of the owners of Tala Lodge. After this lovely morning, Peter worked at Tropical Divers, removing some branches to place the beehive more in the back behind his container (yes, Peter is also a beekeeper, some people have received some of this honey last weeks! Tastes amazing) and I was going snorkeling. I was on a goal. I wanted to test the new camera and really wanted to spot some turtles again (it was a long time ago). The best place for turtles is the Saltpier. So, I went there, and I was lucky! I had to swim a bit, but I spotted three green turtles (one of them was a juvenile) and a reef octopus! They were already featured in the previous video, where I made these shorts (to clarify: when I write this blog, I made the first video, these three I made when you see me sitting in the first video, sort of inception):
These easy snorkel moments, just a ten-minute drive, walking in the water, even when I don’t spot turtles or an octopus, make me very conscious of living in the moment. Especially when I see something like an octopus or a juvenile turtle, you only see it when you see it, they go on live their life any moment and the experience is not even close as to when you see it on camera. When I look at them, just hanging in the water like the cleaning-station-turtle, it is so interesting to see how they move and how relaxed they are. They just float, fly and push a fish away when it is too hungry. They clean the ground when they want to eat, they go up to the surface when they need to breathe. I am so happy I can see them living a free life. Those are some lucky animals. Most animals are kept in cages all their short, miserable life (chickens, cows, pigs) and it makes me very sad our society thinks it’s normal. It is not normal to eat a dog, but perfectly normal to eat a pig. I would love to see all animals as free as turtles, octopus and fishes. They help each other out. It is amazing to see. If only people would stop using other animals with force. I truly believe the world would be a better place. But! We aren’t there, and animals are being used like toilet paper stored in bad area’s that can catch fire like the first circle of hell, people still love bacon and steak way too much. The earth is just beginning to burn and only a few people care. I still meet people today who don’t know what the IPCC is. My prediction is that in the next three years, the earth will be unrecognizable from today (because nobody is going to stop eating meat and stop using cars, and governments keep supporting fossil fuels) and I will miss the ocean life, so that’s why it makes me very conscious of living in the moment! Ah… thankfully, I made a logical endpoint here, getting back to the beginning. Looking at free living animals makes me very happy and conscious in the present moment.
I made a short about the work I did in the navigation corner a couple of months ago. By the end of May I removed the navigation table. I thought this would take a day, but it was done in one hour. I forgot to ask Peter how many holes there still have to be fixed. Probably a topic I will cover next week.