After over a year of living out of suitcases and trekking from California to Canada to Europe, back to California and then Indiana, we are finally and happily back on board our beloved boat SV Banyan on the beautiful north island of New Zealand! We flew over the dateline on my birthday… so no aging for me this year;).
We are slipping back into the life of a cruising family. Cameron is completely absorbed with the power situation on board. Turns out all of our solar panels are blown, the charger needed replacing (or did it…), our engine starter battery is done, the dinghy is in need of some patching and there are about 50 other little things that need doing – including getting the fridge up and running… just minor things like that. Luckily the mold wasn’t too bad and we only found one dead cockroach! We were able to move right in.
I’ve been busy the first few days pulling everything out of its lockers, deciding if we still need it and organizing and putting back. I started with books, then games, then art supplies then toiletries and medical supplies and the kitchen. Oddly two cans of coca-cola were completely empty, but not opened… that must be the source of the strange brown powder all over the canned food. We still have more to do, but it’s coming along. All the cushions need washing, we have heaps of things that need to be given away and the to-do list feels a bit daunting.
But, we are falling back into the rhythms that make our life on the boat so wonderful. Cameron and I stop at sunset for a sundowner and talk about the day and our plans. The girls lay in bed in the mornings reading their books and I can hear them turning the pages as I wake up – a sweet sound I’d forgotten that I’d missed. I’m also remembering that feverish need to connect with other kid boats. We stumbled upon our Finish friends from SV Panacea and have already had a picnic with them and have plans for more.
What we will do and how we will spend our time for the next few months feels very very up in the air. More to come as we sort out our near future. In the meantime, we are enjoying the charm of New Zealand’s people and we are so happy to be in a place where sourcing equipment and parts is a cinch.