After almost four weeks, life on the island has become comfortably routine for Joe and Saul – even if the weather is prompting occasional sense-of-humour failures.
Grumpy old men – well, not so old, but Saul and Joe were certainly grumpy after yet another wet and cold night lead to another solidly raining morning.
Following the survivor’s rule of ensuring shelter first, Saul was the only one of the group of 10 who brought a rain sheet to go over his hammock – something that’s since been envied by everyone else.
To hide from yet more rain in the night, Joe slept beneath Saul’s hammock – a jungle version of bunk beds – covered in his emergency blanket. But all that did was give Joe an uncomfortable night in the sand and leave Saul shivering in his hanging bed, as the emergency blanket blocked any heat rising towards him from the ground.
Some food restored their spirits again and that, coupled with the coolness of overcast skies, gave them the energy to collect three big bags of dryish wood, and solve the problem of Joe’s rainy sleeping arrangements.
With the help of some duct tape and cable ties, Joe’s emergency blanket has been turned into a rain shelter, and so long as the wind doesn’t blow too hard he should be fine.
While the elements are being a challenge – or at least an inconvenience – both Saul and Joe seem quite settled into a happy routine, and look set to comfortably sit out the next few days.
Saul wrote: ‘I’ve reached up for my torch and across the top rope for my diary. In their usual places. Silhouetted mangrove leaves and sea on my doorstep, as per usual. This is all now USUAL for me.’
Makes you wonder what they’ll make of crowds, conversations and travel chaos in a few days time.