Ruby and I make it a habit to start and end each day watching the sunrise and set wherever we are. We have been here in Fiji at Vuda Point marina since the end of August and I’ve been in full tilt work mode getting Learnativity all super ship shape for the next few years of remote sailing as we make our way west over into Indonesia. So my daily sun worshiping provides welcome breaks and reminders of just how fortunate I am and what a charmed a life I live.
I like this first picture a lot with Ruby’s cute little head silhouetted by the setting sun which always prompts me to wonder “What is she thinking”?
We were last here in Fiji and at Vuda Pt. marina a year ago when we lived here for a full year doing the big repaint and refit on LTY, and since then the new marina management has put in the most wonderful addition of a small sloped patch of grass which is set right on the edge of the coral shoreline and looking straight out over some of the smaller of the over 360 Fijian islands to the west. Which as you can see, makes it the perfect spot for our nightly sun downers.
I don’t know what motivated the marina to put this patch of grass in, but it is obviously someone’s pet project as the grass is some of the softest and most well cared for grass I’ve ever experienced. It is absolutely perfect for me to sit on the sloped bank with my tired tush nestled into the slight hollow I found in the upper level of the grass which is also perfectly positioned in front of one of the big rocks they set in place with just the right hollow in it for me to rest my aching back against and enjoy the most amazing “hot rock massage” from the almost too hot to touch rock mass that has been storing up the sun’s heat all day.
Ruby LOVES grass, always has since she was a puppy and so she spends part of her time racing around in circles, her ears like mini wings that give her a flying “bat dog” look as races full tilt in long circuits from one end of the grass to the other. Ian (seen in the silhouette here) enjoys throwing sticks and rocks which she races and pounces upon, does her duty of protecting us from these “killer” rocks and sticks by shaking the daylights out of them and then comes back and flops down beside us to enjoy chewing them. She never quite returns them to either of us and any suggestions of “fetch” are met with a look that surely says “You talking to me?!! What do you think I am, a DOG or something??”
And it all seems to be custom built just for Ruby and me as it is somewhat hidden and undiscovered by most others and so we are usually the only ones there each night. We do welcome and invite others to join us though and now that Ruby’s “Uncle Ian” from mv Summer Spirit is back from his trip to Australia, the three of us have made this our nightly ritual.
It has been awesome to watch the progression of the sun over the past two months as it moves a bit more south each day with the approach of summer down here in the southern hemisphere as it silently slides below the western horizon each night. The foreground we have is equally perfect with a series of Fijian islands off shore from us which are bathed in the setting sun’s fiery glow and up above there is a new mélange of clouds which provide the perfect medium for the full pallet of colours from the sun long after it has disappeared below the watery horizon. Again, pictures are SO much better than my meagre attempts to describe with words so I’ll let you browse through a few photos of some of the horizons from the past few weeks.