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Skylark at anchor
12/22/2011, Falmouth Harbour, Antigua

Taken from a road going into town. Skylark is the boat to the far right.

01/04/2012 | Peter Hatch Bristol41.1 SV Blueprint Kennebunkport
HI, I had spoken to Peter Bass before buying my boat, and landed on your blog some time later. If you see John Spenlinhauer (owner Tivoli) usually anchored in Falmouth Harbor, and his captain Trevor, tell them I said hello. Trevor in particular is a great fellow. Good luck, enjoy your blog, hope to follow in a few more years, after our daughter graduates high school! Peter and Lisa Hatch Kennebunk ME
At the docks
12/22/2011, Falmouth Harbour, Antigua

Enjoying a beer and meeting a few people. The dad of the little girls playing with Luna took our photo for us. We think he did a great job.

Christmas Winds
12/22/2011, Falmouth Harbour, Antigua

We are in the midst of Christmas winds which come about when the trade winds pick back up from Africa after their summer lulls. Something like that anyway. Last night they were quite strong, with rain squalls throughout the night. Luckily the temperatures at night are quite hospitable, unlike that first week we arrived to Antigua after Thanksgiving. I recall thinking at that time, "We left Charleston, SC in unbearable heat and horrible flies, sailed all this way to arrive in unbearable heat and horrible mosquitos and no-see-ums? Someone remind me why?" The bugs are still an issue for me, I seem to collect a few new bites each night. Don't ask me how, especially when the wind is howling so strong nothing flying would last more than a second at takeoff.

We have been pretty low key since arriving on Monday, relaxing, cleaning, doing a few errands. Our bids on the sunshades and mainsail cover are coming in (oh dear!) and we'll have to decide what to do. Last night we made a wonderful dinner with local fish, avocado (enormous local ones) chopped with fresh tomatoes, cilantro and lime juice, served over couscous-delicious. Ed grilled the fish and no, he didn't catch it himself. Remember, no fishing allowed in Antigua. We've met a few Americans who we've enjoyed talking to, one is the dad of the two little girls (twins) who are playing with Luna. They live in St. Croix full-time. There are many Brits here and some French. Neither make much effort to engage, even though we are friendly with everyone. Many of the Americans or ex-pats are eager to make contact. We had a beer yesterday with Brad, a captain on a sailing yacht anchored close by. He is from NC, dating a woman from High Point and has spent much time in Maine. We enjoyed our visit with him.

I found a Hospice-run thrift shop yesterday where the prices are too high but with it being half-price day (good luck on my part, totally accidental) I scooped up a beach skirt for about $2.00 US. I love a bargain...remember Sarah Creek at York River? I found several great bargains at their local 2nd hand shop. I miss my girlfriend's place, Very Terry's in Charlotte, NC which is the best consignment shop going.

12/22/2011 | Kathryn Sain
Hi good to hear from you here. I've been wondering about your days there after you finished the diving certification. And, the photos are great...It's good to see you and Luna looks happy as a clam! I wonder if eating more garlic would help with all the biting of your legs....?
Local scene
12/21/2011, Falmouth Harbour, Antigua

This is a sign that read, "One Moment of Anger Change Your Life Forever". Not sure what the context is.

Christmas week in Falmouth
12/21/2011, Falmouth Harbour, Antigua

Yesterday we had a very brief but warm meeting with Taru from the World Tour. We noticed her the day before working on her computer at an outside coffee shop and today we risked interrupting her train of concentration by introducing ourselves. We're glad we did--she was warm, lovely and curious about where we were from. I saw a glimpse of something sad in her eyes, but maybe that was my imagination. I liked her immediately. Later we saw Alex at work in one of the rigging shops and again driving with someone from yet another rigging shop. It's a small island.

We found a great grocery store and ate lunch at place next door. Today we are meeting with Franklyn from A & F Sails to get an estimate on a mainsail cover and sun awning. All expensive purchases, but necessary. Our headsail is already at his shop for repairs. We frayed the edges of it on the bow netting during our passage south.

I am less lonely than I was, a little more grounded and centered. In addition to a nice encounter with Taru, we met a few other people yesterday who brightened our spirits, much as Taru said in her blog entry. It's funny how a brief interaction can change ones mood and make you feel less alone in the world. I'm grateful for that.

Today? Laundry (oh joy), mold elimination (more joy) and general boat cleaning (over-the-top joy). And grocery shopping if I can still find some fresh cilantro which I saw yesterday but didn't buy.

12/20/2011, English Harbour, Antigua

Old bakery with new baked goods @ historic Nelson's Dockyard.

12/20/2011, English Harbour, Antigua

It's a better day already. This is part of Nelson's Dockyard.

Monday's post
12/20/2011, between Jolly, Falmouth & English Hbrs

(This is Monday's post which I couldn't send yesterday--we arrived mid-afternoon in Falmouth after having a look-around in English Harbour).We have settled into Falmouth Harbour where we'll probably stay through the holidays. We had thought we'd go to Barbuda, but the winds are picking up mightily and we much prefer hunkering down in a place where we can have both solitude and amenities. We also heard about a large Christmas Day party in English Hrbr (which is a 10 minute dinghy ride to Falmouth docks and a 10 min walk to English). Barbuda sure would be nice, though. I suppose we are feeling a bit isolated with no friends (Borealis is now in Guadelupe) or family. We are still tired from the 4 day dive course and our ears remain blocked from the dives. And just my luck, I have brand new, large, itchy no-see-um bites on my feet and legs, obviously having missed a few places with the bug spray. Why am I so special? Surely there are other, better tasting legs in Antigua!

Falmouth Harbour is an easy walk to English Harbour and its historic Nelson's Dockyard, dating back to before no-see-ums were conceived. We hope to do some exploring around both harbours and will check in again when our Internet connection isn't quite so fickle. On again, off again, comes on strong only to disappear in a heartbeat. Like a bad romance and hardly worth the effort. I'm going to bed early because my mood is rapidly ripening into rotten. Tomorrow is another day, a better mood is likely and my bites will soon be healed. I'm waiting for my ear to clear and I'll be in tip-top shape. Ed is his typical self. Often good natured with a few cuss words along the way when things go wrong. No bites ever but he's also clogged in his ears, though I think not quite as blocked as me. He misses the kids, as do I, and all our family and friends.

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