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Saturday 13thJuly 2019:
It has been a quiet week and it was great. Still the usual maid services, massages, manicure/pedicure, Mahjong, pottering round the castle and exploring on Ruby.
A tropical depression is forming way south of us. May just dissipate or could develop into the first typhoon of the season. We will know in a few days.
Tuesday 16thJuly 2019:
Got a tropical depression (called Falcon) warning this morning. These can turn into Typhoons. Had a quick look on the web and it is still some ways off Marinduque. They are predicting that it will go north and we will only get the edge of it but you just never know. The ETA on Marinduque is Wednesday morning so we shall see.
We did our first Typhoon readiness check, which consisted of:
- Checking our rice and food supplies (tinned and packet food) – Check
- Filled up Ruby and Emma with gas – Check
- Have an extra full gas cylinder for cooking – Check
- Containers of drinking water (120L in total) – Check
- Batteries for our head torches & candles – Check
- Check hand pump on well – Check
- Filled outside water barrel & buckets (washing and flushing water) – Check
- Get extra cash to buy stuff if required (in case ATMs go down) – Check
- Will get some fresh fruit and bakery stuff – Check
- Charge up all our phones, power bank, camera and laptop batteries – Check
- Ruby tucked up in the pump shed – Check
- Veranda furniture moving inside the Castle – Check
- Quick check outside for loose objects – Check
Wednesday 17thJuly 2019:
The tail end of tropical depression “Falcon” hit us last night. Windy, rough seas and rain. Nothing serious in our part of the woods.
A day home watching movies while Guy plays Mahjong is the go. Ooohh provided there are no brownouts.
PS: The castle is singing once again.
Brownout finally hit us. Looks like a dark night ahead. Not much rain but blowing a gale. High tide made it to our front fence but no damage. Tide going out now. Time to break out a good book.
Thursday 18thJuly 2019:
Blowing a gale today as the storm (tropical depression Falcon) heads away from the Philippines. Little rain but very rough seas. All the Roros have been held in port since yesterday morning.
High tide again which made it to the front fence but no damage.
Rolling brownouts as well. Power on for a few hours then off for an hour. We can live with that.
Saturday 20thJuly 2019:
Awoke this morning to blue skies, calm clear seas and a gentle sea breeze.Storm all gone.
First job was to get Emma to the carwash to clean off the salty residue collected over the last 3 days during the storm.
The boys took a good hour to give her a good rinse, wash, rinse, vacuum and detail. (P250 $7.00 AUS).
Guy off to Mahjong after lunch and I spent the afternoon cleaning all the glass doors and windows of the salty residue. Back to brand new once again.
Monday 22ndJuly 2019:
Off on a round the island cruise in Emma today with Ron and Guy (130km round trip).
Picked up Ron (American) at 7:30am and off in an anti-clock wise direction. We made our way through Buenavista then Torrijos and White Beach for a walk up the beach
Next stop was Sta Cruz.
Here we caught up with Scott (American) and Janie (local wife). Had a great catch up with them then off to Mogpog where we caught up with Tim (American) and Lody (local wife). Left there with some very nice local honey.
Into Boac for lunch and dropped Ron back home at 3:30pm.
A great day was had by all.
Tuesday 23rdto Wednesday 24thJuly 2019:
Quiet couple of days which has been good. Guy at Mahjong and I have been weeding and pruning as the grass/jungle is going crazy with the rain and sunshine.
Thursday 25thJuly 2019:
Gerald (Pom) dropped in to use my hotspot. He lives 2km from us but in a valley so no signal.
Went for a walk with him down to the local fishing village after WiFi usage.
Guy off to Mahjong after lunch and I pottered round the block. I enjoy my pottering.
Saturday 27thJuly 2019:
Busy morning as we had the maid here for the morning. We each had our 2-hour massage which was heaven.
Also had the carpenter here to fix a few things on the cupboard doors on the back veranda. He needs some parts so will be back later in the week.
Life is good.
Trevor & Guy.