02/22/2012, St Georges, Grenada
Celebrating our arrival with lunch and local fruit drinks, in a lovely restaurant on the waterfront.
I looked at our calendar this morning and saw that we only have two more months and a little bit of Winter before we return to Canada. Wow! How time flies.
We are in Grenada and at one of the most impressive marinas I have ever seen, The Port Louis Marina here in St Georges. It is only 4 years old and when we were here 6 years ago it was a swampy part of the St Georges Carenage with lots of derelict boats at various depths in the water. This marina is a wonderful addition to the town of St Georges.
We'll stay here until Monday then start moving north again. That is for two reasons: it is easy for everyone to do their thing and get off and on Great Habit easily, and Wendy flies back to Barbados on Saturday to catch her flight back home.
Yesterday we went in to experience the St Georges Market with Gary & Wendy. The ladies in the Market were full of conversation so it easily took us a couple hours there chatting and buying small things. One of our interesting purchases was a bottle with all kinds of spices and barbanday bark in it that we add rum to in order to make our own spiced rum. I added the run when we got it back to Great Habit so the tasting starts tonight at happy hour and we will see what is the best length of time to leave the rum soak in the spices. I will take on the task of reporting on it as the test goes on.
Today, Gary is off doing a drift dive and the ladies are off to St Georges on a ladies shopping spree. Yup I'm back here on the boat doing boat things. I expect everyone back later on this afternoon so good time to get little projects on my ToDo list done.
Tomorrow we are going on a tour of Grenada and plan to include stops at a couple Rum Distilleries. We did the one up at the north end of Grenada the last time we were here called River Rum so will likely leave it off the list mostly because none of us could drink the rum from there. So I am hoping that the two distilleries that we will see tomorrow will have a better outcome.
Gary, has started doing some of his cooking and did a pork tenderloin for us a couple nights ago that was absolutely wonderful. Wish I had thought to take a picture of the meal to include on the blog because it looked as good as it tasted. Wendy is doing some of her magic on before dinner treats such as brochetta so our Happy Hour through to desert has been really great tasting experiences, right here on Great Habit. Seems there is a chicken dish on for tonight and Friday night we are going to Spice Garden just north of St Georges for food and entertainment for the evening. It will be good to get back on anchor and eating out of our own fridge for our bank accounts. Of course the good thing about this trip over the one 6 years ago is that the Canadian dollar is going much further and that is helping a lot.
02/20/2012, Port Louis Marina
A quick note to say we arrived Grenada early this morning. We left Scotland Bay, Trinidad around 3:00pm and sailed all night, arriving here just at day break. The winds were north more than east making them pretty much on our nose but that did not keep Great Habit from sailing merrily along, she was obviously happy to be moving once again.
We are once again tied to a dock at the Port Louis Marina. It is so beautiful here and such a nice change from being in the middle of a working boat yard. If you remember this is the marina with the fancy showers and bathrooms, restaurant and pool. It is definitely a step up as Wendy so rightly pointed out.
Everyone is a bit tired because of our lack of sleep but Gary has volunteered to cook us a fancy meal tonight - I believe the menu is rum and raisin pork tenderloin, veggies and a good bottle of red wine that we bought from the duty free store in Trinidad.
Doing some touring and some scuba diving for Gary is on our agenda this week so we should have some pictures to post before too long.
Good Saturday Morning Everyone and Happy Birthday Chick!
Last night's carnival event was magical. There were 20 adult women masquerading in spectacular costumes and 20 boys under the age of 12 in their mas. This was the semi finals and 12 women and 12 boys will be chosen for the finals on Sunday. I have put up a few of them below, but to be honest you really had to be there to see how impressive they are. The one above is a picture of Wendy in the yard with one of the masquerades - gives you a good sense of the size and form. Do be sure to scroll down to see a few more of these magnificant productions.
We continue to prepare for departure day, which is tomorrow morning. I have the laundry going, Chick is setting up the boat, Gary is trying to get the light to work on the compass, and Wendy is graciously doing whatever we need her to do. We will clear out of Customs later this afternoon (we have 24 hours to actually depart), hit the duty free store to pick up some duty free wine ( it is less than half price of the regular cost) then take Chick out for a birthday dinner. We will leave in the morning and either keep going, which puts us in Grenada before daybreak, or anchor at Scotland Bay and leave after supper. Will see how we feel tomorrow.
As Wendy flys out of Grenada next Sat, our plan is to hang around there for the week. Gary can get some scuba diving in, we can do some touring, and just enjoy being at a nice marina.
Will check the blog when we get hooked to the internet once more. Stay well everyone and do keep in touch with us.
Another most impressive lady in her queens costume.
02/18/2012, Savanah Park, Port of Spain
Producing costumes like this is one of Trinidad's most successful industries, as not only are they made here, all of the materials, jewels, feathers, sequence, etc. is made in Trinidad.
02/18/2012, Queen's Park, Savanah
This is another very beautiful lady competing for the title of Carnival Queen.