Ever since we left New Zealand, we've been keeping the water tanks full with rain that we catch on board, supplemented by the occasional hauling session with jerry cans.
We last bought diesel fuel in New Zealand, but we carry a lot - 900 or 1000 liters - and I'm hoping that we won't have to buy more until we reach Chile.
Butane for cooking we can get at any village in French Polynesia, though is is a bit of an event to get the 13 kg tank out to Galactic and then back to the magasin empty after I've hung it on the stern arch and decanted the fuel into our own tanks.
All of which sets me up to mention an email I sent to a friend from the Tuamotus a while back. I mentioned that our water, diesel and butane tanks were all full, and we were feeling pretty flush as a result.
I didn't think much about it, but the recipient grabbed on it as evidence that we were living the Good and Simple Life. A, "mate, if that's what your'e worried about, I reckon you're doing alright" sort of sentiment.
|Papaya and pamplemousse for breakfast, every day|
And it's a luxury we're not taking for granted - we are very satisfied at how easy it is to satisfy us right now, if you follow me.
Here in Raivavae, meanwhile, our satisfied-with-the-simple-things phase is taking on a new dimension - the dimension of fruit.
People grow a lot of fruit in Raivavae, just as they do on every volcanic island in Polynesia. You can't buy any of it in the store. But people here are phenomenally generous, and have given us so much that we have been replete with fruit throughout our stay.
Alisa has kept count - we've got our 8th stalk of bananas hanging from the stern arch right now.
After the fruit desert of the Tuamotus, all these tropical delights - the bananas and pamplemousse and korosole and vi and papayas and oranges and pomegranates and that weird purple sphere that we didn't get the name of - they are all a delight. And, thanks to the kindness of people here, we have all that we could possibly want, and more.
What could be better than that?
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