Monthly Archives: December 2014

But how will Santa find us?

We had had enough, by last Friday we had decided we had spent way too long in the marina and it was time to put our to do lists to one side and go sailing – after all, we didn’t buy a boat to live in a marina! After a quick update on the weather, we decided to head to one of our favourite anchorages.

The interesting thing about this particular anchorage is when ever we sail there, we seem to get stuck in a ‘Bermuda-like-Triangle’. It is like time slows down and even though we are doing a fairly consistent speed, we never seem to get any closer. But then when we have two or three nautical miles to go, time seems to speed up and all of a sudden we’re taking the sails down and we are anchoring. Maybe it is an optical illusion, maybe it is because we are relaxed and enjoying ourselves, I am not sure but it is part of the reason why it is one of our favourite anchorages in Moreton Bay.

Image from Museum Victoria website

Image from Museum Victoria website

The following afternoon we were having some sundowners on our friend’s boat. The family were staying out for about two weeks including the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We were heading back to the marina the following day but were planning to head back out again on Christmas Day. While we were discussing where to anchor on Christmas day one of their son’s said, but how will Santa find us?

My ears picked up – we will be asked the same question in a few years time, so I was keen to hear mum and dad’s answer.

Dad explained how just like them, Santa had a AIS (automatic identification system) and a GPS (global positioning system). Dad said he would make sure their AIS was turned on so Santa could find them and Mum said she would e-mail Santa and give him their location, just in case the AIS system wasn’t working for some reason. They went on to explain that the reindeer can land on water and his sleigh floats, so Santa will be able to put their presents on the boat – but only if they are asleep.

Fantastic answer, Merry Christmas!

Fancy pants Christmas decorations

Orbit starting to make our fancy pants Christmas decorations

The Skipper and I have decided to start a new family tradition, making our own Christmas decorations. I’m calling our ‘boat made’ decorations, ‘fancy pants Christmas decorations’.

My talented Aunt used to make her own Christmas decorations when we were kids, so with this in mind, Orbit and I headed off to the shops. I wasn’t sure what we would find, so adopted a ‘let see how it goes’ approach. It was a case of seeing what we could find at the shops and letting our creative ideas flow. We would hopefully find happiness in the creative process as well as the outcome.

Happiness was easy to find in the first step of the process, shopping. Not from spending money or the joy of being in air conditioning, but from the joy in Orbit’s face when riding in the trolley and his sense of achievement when he is able to do the safety belt up by himself.

Orbit getting into the pipe cleaners

Orbit getting into the pipe cleaners

Happiness was also easy to find when we got back to Medina with our shopping bag full of creative goodness. Orbit was content for at least 20 minutes as he focused on taking his new crayons and felt tip pens out of their boxes and putting them in his new pencil case. He would then take them of the pencil case and put them back in their boxes, then back in the pencil again, having a little laugh to himself each time the transfer was completed.

Orbit continued to find happiness in drawing with his new crayons, drawing big circles and making dots were his a favourite. He also enjoyed sticking on the ‘boat made’ stickers and discovering pipe cleaners. I was surprised at how easily he could insert the pipe cleaners into the holes in the decorations. Although the pipe cleaners were a snug fit in the hole, he managed to thread each one, a smile of satisfaction with each completed decoration.

Hanging the fancy pants Christmas decorations

It has taken us nearly two weeks to make the fancy pants Christmas decorations. We’ve been working within the limits of our creative and concentration spans – not pushing either of us, so we both found happiness in the process rather than pushing to achieve the task to a timeline (lucky we started early!). Some days we ‘worked’ for 5 minutes other days we worked for nearly an hour, creating our decorations through trial and error.

Orbit keeps relocating the pants boutique Christmas decorations, so they keep him occupied and challenged after we have finished making them, they just keep on giving happiness.

Medina is looking more ready for Christmas. We do have store bought Christmas decorations, but I prefer our fancy pants Christmas decorations. I think it is the joy and happiness of making them with Orbit that makes them more special. I am looking forward to adding to our Christmas decorations next year and I hope Orbit is too!

Growing up on Medina

I have pulled together some photos of Orbit growing up on Medina into a short video (with soundtrack so turn up the volume). Hope this gives more insight into how we live on the boat as a family and answers some of the ‘how do you xyz’ questions.