Yeah, Our Friend Zelma Nixon!
29 June 2011 | A friend's tour of the island...
Old home week...in a day! It's like family...long lost...and she could not stop saying "I thought I'd never see you again"!
She said she was going to take us to the Emerald Isle Grocery, to the Emerald Bay Marina and to Nappa...but insisted we hang with her today as her guest!
We headed north on the Queen's Highway thru Mt. Pleasant, Hooper, Hermitage, Mt. Thompson Settlement and then to Farmer's Hill Settlement...her neighborhood which they call settlements all around the Caribbean. It's really nice for her to show us her 'compound"...she is so enterprising...rental cottages in the back...her garden across the road, her sister next door and a big huge Garage for that enormous Suburban...the nicest ride in town...Taxi 20.
We continued onto Steventon where she shared her newest project and her retirement! She has this beautiful beach house that she has been renovating when we isn't pouring all her money into the 'nicest ride on the island'. She is so very entreprenurial...property management, a cook for the schools, 6 kids and numerous grandskids and the taxi for the Four Seasons before they folded. Now she's preparing for her old age.
This property is on Flamingo Bay, close to the airport, right on the beach between Rolletown and Emerald Bay. Gorgeous location and I want to do everything I can to help her get on the world wide web so she can take a break and let the income from the beach house let her retire from working so hard all these years.
She took us to the Pompey, the landmark grounds where the slaves were imprisoned after the revolt (URL when I find it)...then we explored Rolletown and onto Barraterre (aka Barataria) settlement, tried to have lunch at a very cool place called Catch a Fire. We were crushed to miss the evening's festivities...an authentic "Rake and Scrape" band. It's a saw, guitar and goatskin drum...and we are going to miss it! Just means we have to come back.
We stopped back at her home and picked up her granddaughter Neekie, and I made a connection with her mom, Zelma's daughter who has internet. She and I will work together to help with:
Zelma's Beach House (for now), Flamingo Bay, Steventon, Exuma, Bahamas!
We love you Zelma...come sailing with us!