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Birthday Girl
Cool and windy
03/21/2009, ManJack Cay

Wow, today is Louise's Birthday!

Still beautiful and only 57 years young.

We're delightfully at anchor in a lovely cove, and spending our time relaxing, walking the beaches, and exploring the island. It is quite unlike any of the other islands we have visited with a tropical jungle in the centre and mangrove swamps interspersed with white beaches covered with shells.

My objective for today is to catch a lobster for dinner with the spear and sling that Bill and Ginny left with us. It should be interesting!

Louise has invited some of our neighbours for lunch which will feature her now famous rum cake.

Another day in paradise!


03/24/2009 | Ad and Elisabeth Hoefnagels
Hello Glen and Louise,
Hanny send us the link to the sailblog.
I saw that it was Louises birthday last saturday, congratulations from us.
You seem to have fun on the boat.
We are actually in Tokyo, Japan.
We have spend 6 months in Japan since February last year.
We are one month in Japan and in the Netherlands alternating.
Best regards for you both, Ad and Elisabeth Hoefnagels
bronze Castings (and Brass)
03/18/2009, Made in Little Harbour

I attach a photo of two of the cast belt buckles from Little Harbour's Bronze Foundry.

The rear piece is cast in brass, and is one of their "bread and butter" pieces which helps pay for the operations of the foundry.

The foreground piece (the Dolphin) is cast in Bronze and was a gift from Richard, the wonderful man who has operating the foundry for the past 13 years. The bronze piece is quite unusual and no longer available normally.

The foundry accepts "apprenticies" every year to work and learn the lost wax casing methodology, and undertakes specific artistic commissions on a world wide basis.

The setting is ideal with the blue water and palm trees....

You can get in touch with the Foundry at:

Between Louise's sore back (she could not walk for 4 days), my cracked tooth (fortunately no pain, but a root canal will be needed upon return), and today my sister is in the hospital with a perforated colon,
it is a good thing we're doing this sailing thing while we're still ambulatory.

never a dull moment!


03/20/2009 | Keith
I checked out the foundry plus a few tutorials on lost-wax casting .... I can see the attraction. I also can relate to your dental situation having also been forced to pay out $4,000+!

It is David Black's birthday today (Friday lunch celebration) so we shall raise a glass to your families on-going good health as well as to his b'day!

best wishes .......... Keith
03/20/2009 | Michelle
Nice buckles, does he have lots of designs, what about plants like a water lily or something, that would be really nice...
More manjack Tales
raining hard.... a welcome change!
03/18/2009, manJack Cay, Abacos

Well, the north winds have brought rain, and lots of it.

The forecast suggests it should last for 4-5 days, which is wonderful for the locals who are generally out of water in their cisterns.

On most of the out islands, the only source of water is rain collected in large 12,000 gallon cisterns under the buildings. It hasn't rained here in the Abacos since August, so lots of folks have run out of water.

We visited a Marina yesterday (Other Side Marina in Black sound) who had run out of water, gas, and diesel........the marina is for sale!

It is now impossible to find a place to do laundry, as no-one wants to provide the precious fresh water.

Some wealth folks have water delivered (ie: HopeTown Harbour Lodge) at $1.00 per gallon to keep the toilets flushing (although almost all of the toilets use salt water).

If the rain lets up, we'll work on the beach adding to our collection of brain coral.

I found a freighter this morning offering West Palm Beach to Green Turtle Cay passage every week of the year for $150/person. I'm seriously considering the overnight ride for next year when we return.

As I update this blog, Louise is outside scrubbing the deck with the fresh rain water!

With lots of fresh water on board (thanks to the watermaker) and a frig/freezer full of food, we can relax and read and wait for the weather front to pass over the next 4-5 days.

more to follow!

ps. the photo is of the Hope Town Public School (grades 1-6)

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