07/01/2011, Sandollar Beach and Chat and Chill!
We really should stay focused and finish fixing the list of things to be done on Altair....NOT! Not today anyway!
Zelma agreed at the last minute to join us for a day on the water! We thought she was bringing Neekie, her granddaughter and she arrived on Elvis' Water Taxi with Nellie, Tyler, Jobe and Neekie!
Dudley was the hero today...taking them into shore after we motored over to Sanddollar beach. The sanddollars appear to be extinct...but one showed itself! They also took a young counch that we talked them into returning to the sea. Jobe, that wonderful 16 year old, wound his arm like a pro softball pitcher, tossed that baby into the sky and it plopped into the shallow bay getting a real headache I'm sure!
We had a blast and Dudley treated us all to burgers at the Chat and Chill.
Another great day by Dudley!
06/30/2011, Altair...a work in progress!
It's Day 4, and just cannot believe how much work this "cruising" on a small boat can be. Today we finally got the water problem worked out! We think! We tried adapting the shore filter for collecting water as a pre-filter for the expensive inline filter. Two hours of trial and error and we can't find more inline filters anywhere either!
We'll be home soon!
This is a very yummy treat, but one butt ugly critter! Thanks you big wonderful sea that provides for so many!
Thanks you hard working, generous angel, Rosie, from Mayaguana!
06/29/2011, 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!
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!