In this episode, life with Tallula our daughter has become normal but our life of living in an apartment is far from it! The city of Penang has served its purpose during these difficult times. We have had to endure lockdowns in a small apartment, all whilst being pregnant in a foreign country and now having our daughter abroad. The city of Penang has housed us well and we will always be thankful for what has happened here, but it is time to get out of the city and get back to Nandji!! Let's pack up our lives once again and travel across the country of Malaysia!
In this episode, our beautiful little daughter Tallula Mae was born and we take her back to the apartment to learn how to be parents. Everybody tell's us that sleep will become a thing of the past and they are not wrong 😂 Whilst one long night sleep may be a thing of the past, our lives have changed for the better and our hearts are full of love as we take care of our little daughter. The days roll into nights and one month disappears before we know it. Tallula is growing and soon she will be ready for boat life!
In this episode, after a long 9 months of waiting, the spud finally decided to come earth side! Welcome to the world our beautiful little daughter Tallula Mae. To say we are over the moon would be an under statement. I am so proud of Bonita enduring this pregnancy abroad, away from friends and family. This is her parents first grandchild and not being able to share this with them has been difficult. She has taken everything in her stride and is already the best mum. What a woman!! I am now lucky to be surrounded by 2 beautiful women every day.
In this episode, we have left Nandji high and dry in the boatyard, patiently waiting our return. Malaysian interstate borders had been shut for weeks and with covid restrictions briefly easing, we took the opportunity to move closer to the hospital while we could. January saw a second wave of covid infections across Malaysia, prompting borders to be closed again, shops shut and a new lockdown to begin. Unable to return to Australia to be with family during this time has been difficult as we are now alone in a foreign city expecting our first child. BUT, together as a family this is just another obstacle to overcome. We are thankful the hospital is close by and we have a fancy home on land to call home for now. One month disappears as we patiently wait to become parents.
In this episode, with Nandji on the hardstand and not ready to be launched, we need to pack her up and move closer to the hospital. Bonita is now 9 months pregnant and the baby could come any day. With the hospital a 3 hour drive away, we move overland to the city of Penang. Due to Australia's tough and expensive restrictions and the fact it being near impossible to get a flight into the the country, we have had to think how and where we are going to have our baby. With great health care in the city of Penang, Malaysia, we decided this would be our place. Away from friends and family and alone in this new city, times can be difficult. Together we can face any obstacle and this is a new challenge for our family to overcome.
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we have been busy completing our second major refit to Nandji, with a baby on the way, we have had to work long days to try and complete the boat before the baby arrives. With Bonita now 9 months pregnant, it is time to move closer to the hospital to have the baby. Bonita has rarely seen the progress of Yosh's labour, but it is time to reveal what Nandji looks like. Nothing else matters but the boss's opinion. Hopefully she likes it!!!
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, we have been renovating downstairs and painting areas white. I have completed all the prep and applied the first top coat, but it is time to complete the project and make the white walls look immaculate. I like to make things as best as they can be to the skills I have and believe not to cut corners, but to put the effort in to make a beautiful finished result. This is one reason why the davits has frustrated me so much... But I have control of the outcome of the white walls and as this is the first thing you see when you head downstairs, it has to be perfect. But as I quote Bonita's old man once again "That's about as good as you're gonna get it" He was a painter for 20 years too! With the white walls complete, the transformation really takes shape with the layers of varnish beginning. The key to making varnish look good is layers. Sanding between each application and then applying another layer. Over and over and over. The goal of reaching at least 7 layers should do it 👌
In this episode of Sailing Nandji, I have been going on about upgrading our stainless davits so I have a place to carry my surfboards, but this is not the only reason for the upgrade. The structure was only attached through a series of clamps and not welded strong so I wanted to reinforce the entire area to spread the load of the dinghy when it is hoisted. On top of the davits is an array of solar panels which help to power our boat as we 100% rely on solar for charge. When we first bought Nandji 5 years ago, these 3 old 80 watt panels were fixed to the davits, whilst they provide small amounts of power, this space can be better utilised to harness more energy. With the dimensions of the solar panel in hand, I came up with a design to complete our new davits. The only problem is, explaining this to someone who speaks a different language...
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