Life goes on very pleasantly!

We have extended our visas and can stay in Brazil until the end of July and are the envy of the other European Yotties here, who are only able to stay for three months. Their governments have signed the Shenden agreement that limits foreigners to three months so Brazil has reciprocated. One benefit from not having both feet in Europe!
Staying in one place for a good period of time means that we are making friends……both amongst our fellow Yotties and with the locals.

Vani and Vincent

Vani and Vincent

On Sunday last week we invited Victor, Vani and Lito to come and visit us on the boat. Victor speaks excellent English and is a fount of information when it comes to Brazil and the state of Paraiba. Vani is a retired nurse who now spends her time painting and doing pottery as well as writing and performing plays.

Lito sound engineer and welder!

Lito sound engineer and welder!

Lito is a welder by trade, but has a sideline in filming and recording the bands that play in the square every Sabadinho. He saw our bolt that holds up the saloon table and promptly measured it up and promised to make us a proper one in stainless steel!! After a lunch of my version of their tapiocas, (a bit like a filled pancake, but made with tapioca flour) they left us with an invitation to spend next Sunday with them all at Vani’s house.

On Monday we started work on our sun awning. A lot of thought has gone into it and a lot of trips to the local town to try to source the materials. The great thing about shopping here is that if you want some plastic material you go to the plastic material street where every shop either sells material or all the fixings and glues and tools you could possibly need.

Plans for the sun canopy

Plans for the sun canopy

More plans for the fixings.

More plans for the fixings.

Experimenting with the fixings.

Experimenting with the fixings.

After a few prototype efforts, we bit the bullet and rolled out the material for sticking. The problem we found was that with such a length to stick, the glue was drying too quickly in the heat, so we ended up sweating from the effort of fast spreading!

A BIG job!

A BIG job!

Glueing one of the short sides.

Glueing one of the short sides.

It took us a whole day to stick and punch the eyelets into place, but the next day we  put the batons into place and were delighted to see the principle works.

It works!!....fine tuning needed.

It works!!….fine tuning needed.

Since we’ve had the awning up, we have had strong winds and torrential rain so it’s had a baptism of fire! Once the wind settles down we will sort out the lines properly and put a few more eyelets into the design.

As I mentioned before, our fellow European Yotties have only three months on their visas, but their boats are allowed to be in Brazilian waters for up to two years, so several boats are left here whilst the owners travel to other parts of South America for the six months before they are allowed to return to Brazil. Our French friends, Marc and Janik have decided to lift their catamaran onto the hard whilst they travel. Getting it out of the water was a spectator’s delight! The first attempt ended in near disaster as the boat slipped backwards off the trolley just as it was emerging from the water……luckily there was no damage. The following day, with a few more ropes to lash it to the trolley and an even bigger crowd watching, they managed to drag it into the boatyard, despite one of the tyres exploding and the boat canted over and lurching forward on three good wheels and the rim of the fourth.

Lifting Marc and Janik's catamaran.

Lifting Marc and Janik’s catamaran.

Health and safety just doesn’t get a look in over here. There were two guys swimming under the boat to push it onto the trolley with two lines ashore pulling it into place. Directions were being given in English to the French crew and in Portuguese, by an Englishman, to the swimmers and the land line haulers and all of these shouted over the noise of the tractor….organised chaos!

All done by man power!

All done by man power!

Almost out......just before it slipped.

Almost out……just before it slipped.

On Thursday we decided to have a May Day barbecue in the marina bar. Nicholas and Camilla, who run the bar, lit the barbecue and joined us for the afternoon along with Gabriel, Nicholas’ son.

May Day barbecue.

May Day barbecue.

After the meal we got the guitars out and had a bit of a sing song…..my fingers are still sore…..it’s so long since I played, but with no Dan to play for us we had to make do with Sonia and me!

A wen and Gabriel

Awen and Gabriel playing board games.

Impromptu gatherings are great ………reminds me of the barbecues in Edenbridge!

Camilla and Nicholas.

Camilla and Nicholas.

 

As I said ……….life goes on very pleasantly!

Evening rush hour!

Evening rush hour!

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