(Spit and polish)
So what has today brought, one historic event and that was the eclipse of Venus and the Sun which is very difficult to see without the right equipment. We watched its progress with the use of the sextant, naturally because we use the sun to get our readings it is equipped to look at the sun through filters. We could see this little black dot which seemed to be the size of a pin head in relation to the size of the sun. We tried all the different ways to get a photo of this event and finally after two hours and filters upon filters Nancy got the photo. Although I cannot take credit for this photo I must get some credit for the patience and tolerance for Nancy cursing when she cannot get the photos right in that first two hours.
The transit happens in 243-year cycles, with two pairs of transits separated by eight years. The next one we'll see is in 2117.
After fulfilling this mission we decided to go ashore Newry Island to have a good look around and a walk for the exercise. The tide here drops around 6 metres so we have to time our going ashore with around high tide.
We went ashore and met Mercedes and Gary and we started the 2.8 km walk around the island what a magnificent place it would have been in its time. It is very pretty now but its history as a small resort and place to visit must have been wonderful in that day considering in the 1930 to 1970's not many people travelled very far on holidays. In those days it would have been special. It may have been that those days only people that were well off came here I do not know but it would have been special.
(Notes from the notice board on Newry Island)
Today it is a national park and may I say well looked after, there are camping grounds, walking tracks and toilet shower facilities and it is in good shape. The historic buildings that are in ruins give some indication to the different owners that worked hard to build them. It is a shame to see that most of our island resorts are disappearing due to the fact that overseas holidays are more popular and probably cheaper which make them more attractive.
As we returned to our dinghy's to come back on board 'Neriki' had just come in to anchor so it was sundowners on our boat with the crews of 'Forever Dreaming' and 'Neriki'.