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Easter Bonnet Parades
04/24/2011, de Big Fish

Mia was excited to have Ealish for a sleepover on the boat, the Kinleys having come over to see the boat earlier in the day. Saturday morning was spent hurredly making Easter bonnets for the parade at de Big Fish. Kim had put on a great day for the kids with prizes for everyone (Lochy winning the scariest bonnet contest with his dragon hat and Mia winning most traditional bonnet with her battle of flowers style paper flowers!) There was also pass the parcel and bite the doughnut contest and we ended up spending the whole day there. Ealish's dad Peter took Mark to a couple of hardware stores to buy a planer to replace a victim to the rudder cause and so he popped back to the boat for more work on the rudder. This week it was Mark's turn to go to Bananas with Whit, Steve and Gissy, but he came home at a much more sedate time than last week, so he could be fresh for today - another day's work on the rudder. He has just come back for lunch with a beautiful specimen of wood workmanship, largely thanks to Steve; we're thinking a profession in surfboard building may be the way forward! A very relaxed day today after the excitement of yesterday, with the kids making a treasure hunt for Whit to find his Easter egg. I might take Lochy to the beach later to use his latest toy - a metal detector that he acquired by radioing in on the Grenada sailors net on channel 68 - that's my boy!!

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magical mystery tour
04/22/2011, Touring Grenada

One of my tasks was to see if I could get a good deal on a taxi tour of the island for the Zephyr and Pegasus crew and I thought I did a fine job at haggling down to a fair price, so an early start, we headed across with an esky full of picnic food for a full day's trip. Grenada is rugged and lush green and just driving through was a beautiful experience and that was before the waterfalls, rainforest, chocolate and rum factories!
We all enjoyed a swim at the falls. There were about 4 locals who jumped 50 feet into the pool from a rock above if you paid them enough. When Gissy aproached them to see if she could jump herself, they wanted to charge her US$20 for the privilage, so we sacked that idea!
Next was lunch at the rainforest lake which is a volcanic crater. Lochy was pleased to see Malik there again. What are the chances?! We went on a little stroll more than a hike and could hear a really loud shrieking noise like a car alarm every few minutes. We weren't sure if it was a frog or a bird, so a trip to the visitors centre was made to enquire - unfortunately I'm not sure we could rely on the guides' response, one of whom said it was a mocking bird, the other said it was a bug.
Mia and Lochy loved the cocoa bean factory where we all had a little dance on the beans to help the process, the adults all loved the rum factory. We had little tasters at the end of both tours which pleased everyone appropriately!!
A really great busy day enjoyed by all. We didn't really think it could be any better until we bumped into Ealish, one of Mia's best friends from her school in Jersey, at de Big Fish in the evening. What are the chances?! Neither of us knew that the other would be in Grenada so it was a really lovely surprise, especially as only a couple of weeks ago, Mia was saying how she wished her Jersey friends could see our boat because no-one knew what it looked like! It looks like we'll have a busy few days ahead!

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Welcome Whit!
04/20/2011, Prickly Bay, Grenada

I didn't know flights existed at 4am, but they do and so at 5.30am, Whit arrived at Grenada to join our crew from the US. We had agreed that I would meet him at 7am at de Big Fish, but I was tracking his flight on the internet and it said he hadn't left, so I just sat tight until I saw he was online. Receiving a reply to my suggestion that he must be still in Trinidad, that no, he was waiting at de Big Fish sent us into a flurry of action and within the hour he was settled onto our boat and enjoying a swim off the back!
Mark worked hard on the rudder all day, so Whit and I headed off to Grande Anse beach where Lochy met Malik, visiting his aunt from the US. The kids had forgotten their flipflops again, which is a regular occurance. This only created a problem when the ground was too hot for them to walk and then they weren't allowed in the supermarket. We did however, manage to buy crepe paper for their Easter bonnets, so once back at the boat, they got cracking with them. early night for all in the very hot boat - please, wind, come back,we really need you!!

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ruddery hard work
04/20/2011, Prickly Bay, Grenada

I've lost a couple of days. I think it's because we've all been working so hard getting the rudder ready (Mark, helped by Rikki and Steve) and servicing the engine (me) and tidying the boat ready fot Whit, our new crew member arriving on Wednesday. We pretty much spread ourselves out once Alan and Chloe left, enjoying the space, so it's been a day of moving clothes from one wardrobe to another, clearing Whit some space for the trip. School's taken low priority, with the exception of diaries. But Mia has been helping Mark, so all the measuring has got to count towards some maths. Lochy has been engrossed in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which he loves reading out loud to me, so it's not like I've left them on the playstation all day! The kids maintained their full moon tradition (and what a beautiful moon it was) by making a den with the genoa on the trampoline and sleeping outside. At least there was no wind at all this time, unlike last time in Martinique where it was blowing a hoolie! Downside was that the mozzies managed to find their way to Pegasus, so Lochy had a few choice bites. Hhm, no wind and mozzies - you can imagine Mark is really happy right now, especially having to put in full days work towards the rudder. At least I know that he will work over the bank holiday so the rudder is still on schedule. In this heat though, servicing the engine is not much fun, so we are relieved to be able to jump in the sea to cool down. The kids have lived in the sea the last few days and have become really competant swimmers (the PE aspect of school!)
Right now I'm on the internet checking Whit's flight which is delayed, making his arrival slightly later that the 5.35am that it was scheduled. Last chance to make the boat look good............

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A day trip on Zephyr
04/17/2011, Dragon Bay, Grenada

Whilst Mark and the kids were up early and raring to go, the day trip was delayed by a couple of hours by the slightly jaded (Steve and Gissy) and completely jaded (me) Banana survivors. Nevertheless, at 11am we all boarded Zephyr and headed up the coast to where an art gallery has been installed under the sea. Jason Taylor has created some sculptures uder the sea that you can only see if you are snorkelling. I volunteered to stay on the boat, not feeling up to snorkelling at the time (!) but all the others reported that it was amazing to see sculptures under the sea and the fish were amazing. I think it would have been a bit spooky myself to see wax like lifesized figures underwater!!
Back in time for a beautiful sunset and amazing nearly full moon - absolutely no wind at all - the sea is like oil and that has nothing to do with the very slight oil spillage we had in the bottom of the dinghy when delivering the used oil to the oil recycling depot. It was only a tiny bit, but the mess was incredible. Mark managed to clean it up well, but not before leaving a oily fingerprint on my new outdoor cushion. Hmm!

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Going Bananas
04/16/2011, Prickly Bay, Grenada

Saturday was a boat maintenance kind of day. School in the morning, whilst Mark spent pretty much the whole day sourcing wood for our rudder. Having been quoted $3000 dollars for a new one in the boat yard here and having the uncertainty of having one delivered (going by our track record with parcels to date!) we have decided to make our own. I mean it can't be that hard can it? Several boat owners at de Big Fish have made them before and are willing to offer some advice and Rikki has offered us his garage and electric saw.
Whilst Mark was gone for the day, and once the kids had their lessons, I did the oil change/transmission fluid/coolant change and general clean up in the other engine. Steve came over later to help us take off the rudder so we can make an exact copy. With me at the top with a crowbar and hammer and Mark and Steve in the water it actually didn't take that long to remove the rudder and it's now lying on our deck. It goes withour saying that we needed to go out to celebrate our busy day and we enjoyed live music and a meal at de Big Fish. Mia was delighted to meet Sophie who is over on holiday so she could show off her new skirt and dance with her. Lochy was already off croc fighting (the shoes, not the beast!) with the other boat kids, one of whom is sporting a plaster cast on his wrist since we last saw him two days ago. Mark took the kids home early and I went to the local nightclub 'Bananas' with Steve, Gissy, Rikki, Kim and Aleesha where we danced our socks off til 3am amongst Grenada medical students.

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Jackson Four on Tour
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