(English version below)
Alors allez-vous dire qu’avez-vous fait pendant ces 6 jours, 6 nuits, 144 heures, 8640 minutes, 518 000 secondes allongés sur vos couches. Et bien Philippe s’est vu confié la double tâche de cuisinier pour Emma et lui (moi je suis restée ORANGES) c’est-à-dire LE spécialiste de l’ouverture de boite et réchauffage à toute vitesse pour éviter de tout se prendre dans les jambes et s’est spécialisé également dans le jeu de rôle avec les playmobiles : eh, oh, ça ne vous suffit pas cette saloperie de mer qu’il faille encore jouer justement ceux des Pirates !!! Quant à ma propre personne, pendant que certains de nos proches se penchent sur les questions du bonheur, moi je me suis attachée à la préparation d’une thèse sur la RESIGNATION ou alors Comment dégouter à vie votre femme de la navigation …
Le contrecoup de la navigation sur Emma ...Les sourires de l'arrivée !
Mais laissons en pour plus tard … A la semaine prochaine pour une nouvelle page consacrée aux Gambier.
Quelques photos de l'île de Mangareva :
De l'intérieur du Couvent Rouru Cimetière St Pierre où gît le dernier roi des Gambier, Maputeoa
And now English version :
From Fakarava ( Tuamotu) to Rikitea ( Gambier)
Six sailing days of imprisonment, 6 days, 144 hours, 8640 minutes, 518000 seconds spent moping under torrential and constant rains, storms 4 or 5 times a day, waves hitting our side and creating violent movements, 6 days, 144 hours, 8640 minutes, 518000 seconds laying down waiting for a potential lull which unfortunately never came, impossible to cook, or to do anything anyway, impossible to go out to breathe without the certitude to get soaked by salted and unsalted water !!! To cut it short a real hassle to be compared with the one between Guadaloupe and Belize… At the end like one of my friend told me once: « 6 days eating oranges is the best possible diet ». Philippe as usual will tell you that it was a nice journey and that he could go to the end of the world, what a treacherous! Honestly even he did not find it very funny.
So maybe you are wondering what we have done during those 6 days, 144 hours, 8640 minutes, 518000 seconds lying on our bed. For Philippe two missions, cooking for Emma and himself ( for myself oranges were enough) which means The specialist in opening and cooking cans as quickly as possible to avoid getting them on the floor or on his legs and playing with Emma and her pirate boat ( enough boat for me !)
Concerning myself while some think about what happiness means, I prepared a thesis about resignation or how make to your wife fed up with sailing for the rest of her life.
Some consequences of those « killing waves » , one of our security « sticks » outside pulled out, too many liters of salted water in the front cabins, our beds soaked ( a problem on our hatches needing some improvement) and at last a very bad news : our Perrot even lost his beak.
Finally an early morning we reached our lagoon and exhausted anchored Mowgli at the first possible anchorage, pulled out the mattress ( don t try to imagine the smell !), open all the windows for the first time in six days, have a little chat with the first magarevian people met and felt deeply asleep ( great it s not moving anymore !)
The next day, we decided to go to the village to renew our stock of oranges, who knows! On our way we made a quick and unexpected stop to greet Francette and Antoine (a famous French artist) on their Banana Split. We will meet again in a few days to share ideas and make a special picture of the two sister ships (Banana Split was designed by the same architect and produced by the same company as Mowgli some 20 years before!)
Our first days in the Gambier? We will give you few feelings as with such a rainy weather we hardly left the boat. As soon as we got ashore, what a pleasure to see everybody greeting you spontaneously , telling you your way, asking you how long you will stay there and the baker teaching you one new word every day. The houses are very nice, well decorated, the gardens colorful and as many fruit trees as needed. Probably the best polynesian impression So far, very authentic.
One special event !! On Monday 18th at half past seven Emma went to school for the first time. Thanks to the kindness of the school manager who accepted her for one month in rarahu classroom. Thank you too to Rarahu as the first morning was very noisy (lots of shouting and screaming) but very sleepy the first afternoon. We will see how it goes tomorow.
The anchorage is very nice, very sheltered with four other boats, 2 of them with children, an Emma s dream!
But that s enough for today, we will show you more about the Gambier next week.