On our way home from church today, we stopped along the coast to fill our jugs with seawater (we evaporate it on the woodstove to make salt). The waves were wild today, so it was challenging to get the water. I got soaked when a particularly large one caught me by surprise. What ended up working best was when Simon filled our drink thermos with water and handed it to Seth, who handed it to me, and I poured it into the jugs. We found a deepish spot under a boulder that was partially sheltered from the force of the waves, to fill the thermos in.
After the jugs were full, I got in the van to try to warm up, but Gayle and the boys walked around and explored the area a bit. Several of my boys brought me beautiful little flowers–I have no idea what they are. After awhile, Gayle came back saying, “You really have to come see this!” So, Esther and I went where they were. We were surprised–there were seals (New Zealand Fur Seals) all over on the other side of the rocks from where we had been getting water! There were a lot of babies, and some bigger ones. They were on top of rocks as high as a two-story building–how they get up there is a mystery to me! We also got to watch some swimming in the waves.