We had some calm and sunny days over the weekend, so I took it pretty easy on Sunday. Well, that was the plan. Take it easy, do some gardening and write an update for BENIsLAND. However, my generator just refused to start up. I cranked her and cranked her and after 30 or so times, I sat down and thought about what could be wrong. Then I cranked her another 30 times or so, before giving in.
It was a bit of a mystery as she worked perfectly the night before. This led me thinking that there must have been a blockage somewhere, so I took the fuel line etc. off. Oh, did I have fun! It only took two and a half hours to undo 6 screws and take off the 3 cm fuel line. No blockage! I gave up for the day and went over to my mate’s place to watch some movies and for dinner. Today, I wiggled with the engine a bit more, put the fuel line back in place and – oh wonder, oh wonder – she runs beautifully again. Still don’t know what was the initial problem, but I’m happy that it works again.
Summer is just around the corner, there is plenty of sunlight on the property, the trees and gardens are growing fast – unfortunately, so are the weeds too – and I noticed the other day, that I’m able to see the sun set. The pictures did not turn out great at all, still got to figure out how to best capture the sunset.
I’ve been wandering around the house site for some hours now – often aimlessly, just sitting down and observing – thinking about landscaping and other future projects. My plan is to build small self-contained units on the property. The following pictures was taken from the spot, where I plan to build my first unit.
A few of the fruit trees are blossoming now, most of them are starting to show signs of fruit, my plums should be ready in 4-5 weeks.
There are two or three apple trees which are blossoming at the moment and most of the rest looks quite similar, and I believe they are peach trees. Two of them, those that get most of the morning sun, are carrying a healthy amount of fruit.
My internet connection is starting to play up again, it’s 2030 and there is still quite a bit that I need to do. I’m sailing to town (Auckland) on Wednesday. Looking forward to the sail which I will be doing with a friend on a 24 foot yacht. Also looking forward to catching up with some mates in town and to buying solar panels and a few other supplies. I will be heading back to Great Barrier Island on Friday. This time with Gary on the Spirit of Breaker Bay, a 30 foot ‘Easterly’ sailing yacht.
So yeah, stay tuned as it is usually a great adventure sailing (cruising) in the Hauraki Gulf crossing the Colville Channel.