Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
January 2021
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With the wind in our sails

My sister and brother-in-law have a small yacht, and invited Imogen and Josh (and me, possibly as part of a package deal!) to go for a day of sailing together. We set off from Kettering, with my sister—dubbed First Mate Gill—taking the helm for the journey, while Captain Pete took up his post in the Beanbag of Responsibility in front of the mast.

We headed down the west coast of Bruny Island, ending up in a lovely little sheltered bay.

Imogen and Josh took to the dinghy and cast a line or two, with Imogen proving the more successful fisherman, eventually bagging a couple of flathead just big enough to be legal and give us a few mouthfuls for lunch (after we’d scavenged enough margarine to cook them in, since the oil had been forgotten).

It was a glorious day and just warm enough to make swimming an option. Josh’s attempt at standing up in the dinghy nearly ended badly and then he bit the bullet and had a quick more properly planned dip (but not for long—it was just a bit too cold for him).

After lunch we towed Josh astern in the dinghy, and with the wind blowing quite strongly we actually got up to about 8knots, with more than a bit of a lean for those of us on board the yacht, and a definite wake and bumpy ride for Josh.

Just before heading back we moored in another little bay, where I caught my first ever (undersize) fish, and Imogen added seaweed to her fishing haul.

We finished the day by having a nice counter meal at the local pub, which was a very pleasant way to end what had been a wonderful day.


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