After a 7 month absence, Little Miss Perfect has returned to Tainui.
I had been anxious, and with good reason. Her eagle eye rapidly found the flaws in my strenuous preparation for her arrival – she found 2 tiny grounds of coffee in the sink; there was no ice maker; the larder had no chocolates; the fluffy new towels were too big and Tainui still doesn’t have an electric blender!
And to cap it all off she attacked my grammar. Of our destination (Iluka) I said “if we arrive too early for the tide we can always heave to”. Her response – “John, do you really want to end that sentence with a preposition?”
Crikey! A bloke can’t win. I tried to attribute Maxine’s churlishness to jet lag, but I was left with no choice but to sulk and feel a failure. Some folk have no idea how much power they wield.
Off the Southport bar we hoisted sail and romped down the coast in a fresh beam breeze, with 2 knots of current, surrounded by breaching humpback whales. Suddenly, all was well. It is typically challenging but just wonderful having Maxine back aboard. We’re off to Sydney.