Sunday, September 6, 2009

Preparing for the season

Ah yes, it's that time of year again, when the final vege crop for the year goes in and all thoughts turn seaward!

Geraldton has fierce summers, so it's a brave gardener who tries to grow crops over the traditional summer months. By November the first of the blistering easterlies will be upon us, a phenomenon that can frizzle a shallow rooted plant in less than 4 hours. But I've decided to be brave (perhaps foolhardy?) this year, and helped by windbreaks and shadecloth I'm going to attempt to grow some veges year round. I may be deluding myself, but hey, it'll be a challenge!

Today I packed the car. That meant rigging up the racks for hanging the boards up near the roof, restringing the boom with new outhaul rope, tightening up the bolts on the mast feet and checking through the wetsuits for wear and tear. And making a thorough check to ensure everything is in and ready to go, it isn't all that uncommon for me to head off to Coro on the first day of the season having forgotten a mast or a boom!!

Yesterday Kate and I went to the Chapman Valley Show, and on the way back we noticed a light southerly. Immediately we had our serious wind examiner's faces on, analysing the amount of whitecap formation and tree branch swaying to work out whether it was enough for us to brave the cold wind. Kate's really hanging out, having got herself a new Stone board she's aching to get wet!

And my challenge for this year? A forward loop of course!!

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