09/23/2009, Mt. Hartman Visitor Center in the Heart of the Dove Sanctuary!
I am so proud to share the Dove Mural I finished for the Forestry Service here on Grenada! I wanted to thank all the Grenadians we've met since July 8 when we first arrived. I take that back...our first peek at Grenada was in Carricou and they announced "the joy, happiness and love the Grenadians have for all mankind... so be it! You'll see!"
The only painting I make time for is to say thanks. The universe works in mysterious ways, giving me an opportunity to meet Anthony Jerimiah, the Dove Man, who works for the National Forestry Service of Grenada. What evolved was the scaffolding being built for me, the whole gang seeing to it that I got on site for the mural and this wonderful opportunity to be way up high doing a mural after so long. The rest is history! Thanks again Happy, Hami, Jerry, Aden, Veron, Alicia, Antonette, Shawn and all the guys, Walker, Clive, Fabian and the list is too long for everybody who helped to make this happen.
Thanks Grenada for opening your arms to us!
Dudley and Bec
09/21/2009, Mt. Hartman Visitor Center, Heart of the Dove Sanctuary!
I met Anthony Jeremiah thru Connie and Fred. They had just taken a bird tour with Jerry this afternoon when Dudley and I arrived on board this beautiful Lord Nelson we had only admired from afar until tonight. Somehow the fact that I'm an artist started a ball rolling that just wouldn't stop from plummeting into this 'grenada dove mural'.
I've been invited to paint the Grenada Dove, their national bird at National Forestry Service, Mt. Hartman Visitor Center! It took a while from the time I met Jerry 'til now and I'm proud to say it's really happening! I'm going to donate my time and talent to provide an emblem epitomizing the Forestry Service and Grenada's love of this bird. They built and provided me a scaffold for the place we agreed this painting to be. They also provided me with complete freedom to be creative. No boundaries. Veron, Alicia and Atonette were all three very professional, very knowledgeable about the Dove and we laughed. We had that bird laughing, she was crying, and she is squatting...a she of course, you get the idea...we had fun!
I was able to give. By doing what I love I gave them their National bird, The Grenada Dove painting in a place that is very sacred to everyone who cares for the Dove's survival.
Thanks Grenada for having us! For letting us hide from hurricanes and for being kind.
Thanks for the opportunity to give back to people who openly spread their arms of welcome.
Happy (what a great name for a happy man), Jerry, Aden, Shawn, Calvin, and others made this all happen! They picked me up every day at the marina and took me to the site! Thanks to Veron, Alicia and Antonette for everything!
09/19/2009, Raymond's Home...
We've seen many things on this island, thanks to Raymond. He's always been available for us, plays golf with Richard, our neighbor and good friend, and has guided us to many positions on Grenda's chart, since most of our choices are coastal to be reached by tourbus.
We are a curious bunch and one of the things that kept coming up was an "oil down".
Raymond got one of his friends who's a chef and invited us to his home for a true, culinary delight, no where else on earth and it's a Grenadian 'OIL DOWN'! Ok, it's like a stew with everything grown here! Chicken, salt fish and pigtails stewed in coconut milk, then vegtables like local pumpkin (nothing like our giants here for Halloween and Fair trophies), callaloo, ochra, breadfruit, plaintains all blended over slow heat with secret spices and love.
There were about 14 of us cruisers and two other friends, students who added a new dimension to our naturally 'nautical' state of mind.
Raymond was a grand host and we are just loving Grenada!
Dudley and Bec
09/18/2009, National Museum, Pizza and Sushi for Brett!
There's always another reason to gather the cruisers together! The National Museum here in St. Georges has Jazz mostly every Friday evening. We thoroughly enjoyed the "Men of the Mainland" tonight, which were awesome and then headed to dinner for a continuation of Brett's Birthday party.
We piled the whole gang in a couple of van taxis and took off for the Pizza and Sushi Restaurants!
It was Brett's Birthday and he wanted to try sushi and chow down on pizza. With both restaurants right next to each other, he got his wish! The Van Wyck Family home schools their boys in everything and food tasting is one of them.
What a great bunch of cruisers to be hanging out with during Hurricane season 2009! We have quite a nice extended family gathered for the summer.
Happy Birthday Brett...who knew you youngin' from the Northwest Territory of Yellow Knife in Canada would end up celebrating your l5th birthday in the Caribbean with fun new friends.
Love you, Dudley and Bec
09/17/2009, @ Dragon Bay for Adventure and a vacation...
Nellie and Phil bought a 55' Tayana recently and just started cruising. They've had their challenges in getting everything just the way they want it on Moondancer and they're almost there! We think it's pretty awesome, rather huge and we now know, very cool to to have all the new goodies installed on their boat!
I painted some mementos from Tabago Cays and here in lushious Grenada. A little thank you for their awesome hospitality and the overnight mini vacation to Dragon Bay a couple of weeks ago. Bookmarks are my new favorite way to say thanks! I get to paint and who doesn't need bookmarks?
They're in Trinidad finishing up with their wish list of new toys for Moondancer and will be back here in Grenada soon we hope.
Dudley and Bec
09/16/2009, Island Water World, Custom's Agent here in Grenada
The camera issue has been a touchy and heated subject since St. Pierre in Martinique when the Nikon died. We've been blessed with an Olympus by Don and Olga in Le Marin, Martinique until we could get a replacement, and that died just before Carnival here in Grenada!
Here's the short version! Here's the new waterproof, shockproof camera that looks like the perfect photo solution for a journey like this!
It's SMART! It's cool! It's here! Thank you Jim....Amazon.com and Fed EX!
Dudley and Bec