06/28/2011, Darville, Exuma, Bahamas
We called yesterday, got Luther on Taxi 13 and he said he would try to reach Miss Zelma for us! Called today, got Mr. Roker, Taxi 30, he said he would try to get a message to Miss Zelma!
We walked up to the Peace and Plenty, the girls told us of Emerald Isle Grocery's end of the month sale (it's so expensive here in Georgetown), and we got a taxi. Taxi 30, Mr. Roker just happens to be a very good friend of Miss Zelma Nixon and was our taxi this morning.
He took us to Darville Hardware...a big fully stocked mega store (ala Home Depot), and we got the hose barbs and the reinforced hose we needed to fix our water problem. Temporarily at least.
We were assisted by Romeo, a man with a 'broken wing'...a grinder skipped along his finger after it hit the bone...and couldn't be more of a romeo, long ago acoording to him and now he whispers. Dudley said he could relate.
Mr. Roker told us it would be $100 to go to Emerald Isle where we could flush our water tanks and have the luxury of a dock to help us. Hmmmm. He also got a return call from Miss Zelma when we got back in his taxi and we made a date for tomorrow. Mr. Roker gave a deal because he is a good friend of Zelma and assured us Zelma would give us a deal tomorrow to go to Emerald Isle!
We love Exuma! My honey sitting outside Peace and Plenty wait for a taxi...in the shade!
06/27/2011, Kidd Cove, Exuma, Bahamas!
It was so amazing to sail thru North Channel Rocks just a few hours ago, put a sight on Man-O-War and glide on the gentle breeze with just the jib up heading east through Elizabeth Harbour. It is as familiar as our very own shimmering emerald Biscayne Bay, with all the reefs to skirt, Dudley up on the bow, confirming what the chart plotter tells us instead of the dead reckoning so second nature from the past.
We still have the eyes of child, full of excitement and wonder which propelled us into wharp speed to get into town through the infamous bridge which leads us to that special dock behind Exuma market. RO water is still free and available at the same old dock, the renovations are evident that were contributed by the cruisers back in 2005 at the top of the ramp leading to civilization.
So comforting...we are almost home! Our first order of biz is to Top and Bottom, where Fredricka is wailing to someone about finding her son and dragging him back to her by hhis hair if necessary. She turns to us and says "OMG, my son..."!
It's a very special place this 'Chicken Harbor', Georgetown Exumas!!!!
Dudley and Bec
06/25/2011, Clarencetown, Long Island, Bahamas
It's exactly 6 months before Christmas and we love YOU! Happy Birthday dear friend!
We got the presents though...we hiked up the mountain, ok, so I exagerate...but it is hot up that huge hill, met Mr. Pratt, his two grand kids, got some water jugs, some bread, some oranges, cookie for the cookie monster...and then this.
Father Jerome was an architect, turned priest and built this beautiful church...among others here and on Cat Island!
When we got to the dock with our purchases, we are the proud recipients of water filter fittings from Charles on the motor yacht behind us. While we were waiting for him to find the right ones from his stash, the guy on the fishing boat gave us a huge bag of mahi mahi. He tried to give us more but we have a small Engel 12v fridge.
Thank you fishing village! Again!
06/24/2011, Heading for Clarencetown, Long Island.
We see a very cool place before us and yet another reef to weave. It's looking more and more like a fishing town!
We are hoping to find in line water filters, fittings for the last one we do have, veggies and some fruit!
We got in very early, again...sun rising on the horizon and I'm still looking for a Bed and Breakfast...now I'm obsessed!
No hardware, chandlerly or marine store within walking distance, so it's a car rental or continue filtering the water thru coffee filters.
Not on land yet...just found our new house to be built on Biscayne Bay!
06/22/2011, Mayaguana to the Crooked Acklins!
I'm starting to see a pattern! Arriving very early, or very late...and here we are at Atwood Harbor. All alone, very peaceful, enough wind to keep us cool....ahhhhhh.
Sometimes you just need to chill! We stayed just one day and tried to find Chester settlement. We did not. We had a glorious day exploring in the dink and walking the beach, just in time to leave in enough light to pass umbrella rock, out the reef for Long Island!
06/21/2011, Mayaguana Settlement
We moved into the head of Abraham Bay to clear into the Bahamas! Now we're getting close to home! Thank goodness we are a 34' boat (the only time other than our mooring fee at home), it's $150.00 permit fee, not $300. for a boat over 35'. Whew!
We were only here for 3 days, but we have received so much love! We met Antoine, Akeesha, Fire, JR and Tiffany on S/V Frodo (a Golden Hind), and Rosie!
Rosie is an angel! She didn't have milk, bread, ice, cheese, tomatoes, fruit, but said she would fill two gallon jugs and make ice for us. She also called around to see who's making bread. When we showed up the next morning, she said that Winefred baked bread this morning! Fire took us to her place and was our tour guide!
Winefred is going to make potato bread next....this is one of the biggest 'summer' potatoes we've ever seen!
Thanks Mayaguana...we love you!