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It's Always An Adventure
Friends on Skylark 2011
Elizabeth
12/31/2011, Charleston Harbor, SC

Locke helping hoist the mainsail with Ed; Elizabeth is supervising.

Friends on Skylark 2011
Elizabeth
12/31/2011, Charleston Harbor, SC

David, Betty and Locke in the chair/swing.

Friends on Skylark 2011
Elizabeth
12/31/2011, Charleston Harbor, SC

T!! Owner of infamous Very Terry Consignments in Charlotte, NC.

Friends on Skylark 2011
Elizabeth
12/31/2011, Charleston Harbor, SC

Chuck, husband of Terri and also cruising mentor.

Friends on Skylark 2011
Elizabeth
12/31/2011, Charleston Harbor, SC

Terri, cruising mentor.

Friends on Skylark 2011
Elizabeth
12/31/2011, Charleston Harbor, SC

Lyndall and Barry, without Luna's boyfriend, Miska. This actually was from July 2010. To be exact...

On our walk this morning
Elizabeth
12/30/2011, Falmouth Harbour

We see this sweet older woman (89 years old) every time we walk up or down the road toward the water maker distributor (and other places). Today I asked her for a photo. She was reluctant at first, and then talked, talked, talked about her history. I only got about 1/3 of what she said but would love to hear more. Her granddaughter (or perhaps great granddaughter) came out on the porch after a few minutes, stood behind her and signaled she was a little "crazy" in the head. It didn't seem that way to me, but as I said, I only captured some of what she was saying.

Dinner
Elizabeth
12/30/2011, Falmouth Harbour

Ed made us a heavenly fish stew using leftover Wahoo, coconut milk, cilantro, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, peppers, white wine and whatever else he could find in the galley. It was really quite delicious. We ate in the cockpit until the rain with wind chased us down below. Sailors who look at this photo will probably be thinking, "Nevermind the good-looking stew, when are they going to start varnishing?". You know that's what you were thinking; might as well admit it.

This morning we checked on the water maker progress but unfortunately the people at Spectra are on holiday until after the first, so we'll wait until next week to get a new one installed. Walking the main road down to the water maker's office is taking our lives in our hands. Many Antiguans, who drive on the same side of the road as the English, are very fast drivers. They pass each other on treacherous curves, speed up as they're passing us, honk at everyone. We haven't figured out if they honk because they know someone, are irritated at someone or are claiming their spot on the road. Perhaps all three. Even if there's a sidewalk, which will be a narrow one at best, we still feel like they are coming way too close to us. It's always an adventure. The good news is I always find a few coins wherever we walk. Typically 1-2 cent pieces, but remember the $20 I found in Bermuda? I have quite a collection.

Today I am researching St. Maarten in preparation for our passage there in a couple of weeks. We have friends from the states coming twice in February (can't wait!) and we're working hard to clear space for guests, figure out where to go, what to do, what to eat. Neither of us have ever been to St. Maarten, St. Barths or Anguilla.

Ed says, "I'm not doing anything today" (Oh?). Then he adds, "It's too windy for varnishing". (Uh, huh, especially down below). He'll be up to his elbows in something before the blink of an eye.

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