So here is my new baby -- a Hobie Lanai kayak. Mine is yellow - I figure if I do ever get swept away and lost at sea, the yellow will be easier to spot than the grey one behind, which is Karl's and intended for fishing - apparently you are supposed to sneak up on the fish and not draw attention to yourself, so yellow kayaks are not popular with fisherpersons.
Now as a woman of a certain age, let me tell you that getting in and out of a kayak is no mean feat. Fortunately, my first attempts last weekend when we borrowed a neighbour's kayak to have a go were not captured by video - at least I hope not - if you have heard of a You Tube video of a large middle aged woman trying to exit a kayak and not succeeding going viral - don't tell me.
After a bit of experimenting, I have found that the best way to enter is to walk the kayak into water just below knee depth and then back up to the boat, drop my backside into the seat, then swing my legs in. I didn't initially try this approach, as I assumed that it would cause the vessel to tip over, but these touring kayaks are so stable, that doesn't happen. Exiting is pretty much the reverse, but with the added assistance of sticking the paddle into the sand and using it like a staff to help me get up and keep me stable. It works so far. I saw another lady my age getting out of her kayak yesterday and she pulled into shore, worked here way from sitting to getting on here hands and knees then eased herself up from there. Fortunately all our watersays have sandy shores - don't think that would work so well in rocky places, or with mud or mangroves.
Oh, and I found out that life jackets aren't called that anymore - they are PFDs. Now in my world, PFD means prepared for dyeing fabric. I couldn't immediately see how swathing myself in undyed Kona cotton was likely to keep me afloat, but in the seafaring community, a PFD is a personal flotation device.
But in relation to PFD fabric, I have been playing with printing on soda soaked fabric using thickened dyes - the ones that arrived from the US a couple of weeks ago. I had an urge to play with letters and numbers. These have been screened using both positive and negative images.
Just having fun at this stage. Although I think I want to explore printing fabric with numbers and letters some more. I found an old school report of mine the other day, which said that 'weakness in arithmetic has cost her a better position in the class". I have never been a numbers person - spreadsheets make my eyes glaze over, and someone only has to mention data at work and I slip into a catatonic state. I am a words person. Top of the class in English, bottom in arithmetic - oh, and you should see what I got for Book-keeping (this was 1965, remember!) - "Book-keeping is lagging badly, Hilary, and there is NO excuse for this. 100% is a pass in this subject. See to it that you master it immediately."
This was followed by the statement "Hilary is a keen student" - clearly not of arithmetic or bookkeeping!