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Spruce left New Zealand at the end of May 2014. We had a memorable time in NZ, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. We are now in Australia at the end of October 2014.
Happy Christmas from the Sprucettes
Sue & Andy Warman
23/Dec/2009, Before we got Wet - Carlisle Bay - Barbados.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS!! A picture showing the fun of landing ashore in the surf on the beach. It was a bit more turbulent yesterday evening.

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Christmas Eve - Danish Style
Sue & Andy Warman
23/Dec/2009, Lobster Alive Restaurant - Carlisle Bay - Barbados.

An enjoyable evening with a new style of winning your presents on the throw of a dice!

The evening started with three dinghies of revelers hitting the beach in surf from the rather large northerly swell out in the Atlantic. One super landing by the Sprucettes with an outboard engine powered surf to the very top of the surf line. "Clementine's" surf expert, Australian Stuart, took a bit of a dip and "Bonaire's" British entry in the beach landing event, Stephanie, managed complete immersion ... just what you want before sitting down for a meal:-) The smug Sprucettes had their comeuppance upon departure though, three large waves completely sweeping across the inflatable, a very wet and bedraggled pair arrived aboard "Bonaire" for post dinner nightcap and coffee:-0 Fortunately we were, by then, in the right attire with valuables in a waterproof stuff-sack.

The meal ashore was a special treat. Its all in the restaurant name - "Lobster Alive", well they were until we all chose from the menu:-) A Danish tradition is to roll a double with the dice to select a present from the middle of the table, more than one is allowed and some people go without:-( ... it gets more interesting after all presents in the middle have been chosen, further doubles of the dice allows taking presents from other folk ... a great recipe for tears with children joining in the fun.... by the end everybody received a present... thanks go to Danish friends, Michael and Maria, from " Navigo" for organising the memorable evening.

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Once a teacher - always a teacher:-)
Sue & Andy Warman
23/Dec/2009, Anchored in Carlisle Bay - Barbados.

Sue's printing workshop with the kids from vessels "Bonaire" and "Clementine" went well with good quality art work being achieved and, most surprisingly, "Bonaire"'s interior not completely redecorated with inky fingerprints.

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Swimming with Turtles! Oh..and lots of pretty fish.
Sue & Andy Warman
23/Dec/2009, Anchored in Carlisle Bay - Barbados.

Went snorkeling today over a couple of wrecks in the bay here. Lots of tropical fish and we had the pleasure of diving with a Turtle that swam below us along the length of the wreck ... lost him in the end as he could hold his breath longer than us. We think it was cheating using his evolutionary advantage in that way:-)

A pre-dinner beer was enjoyed aboard "Thule" with Rainer and Ursula. A fantastic yacht built almost 40 years ago with an aluminium hull, and complete with water-tight compartments, a real go-anywhere ocean going sailboat. The opportunity to see lots of different vessels is wonderful, much better than a boat-show as these have already proven themselves sailing across oceans.

Here is a photo from the beach party the other evening. A well attended event with group participation in getting dinghies out of the surge before they were swamped as folk came ashore.

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What to have for Christmas Dinner?
Sue & Andy Warman
23/Dec/2009, Anchored in Carlisle Bay - Barbados.

Shopping for food presents different foods not seen, or perhaps no longer seen, in UK shops. Bags of Chicken feet, Cow Hooves, Pigs ears. Meat is generally very expensive maybe these animal extremities are a way of making the budget stretch a little further, or possibly local delicacies... the Sprucettes will have to be careful if ordering at a restaurant to know what we have selected:-)) Fish is in abundance and most folk seem to go for fare from the sea. The local fish market was a positive hive of activity yesterday.

The eight MadLantic Net vessels still at sea mostly look like still being at sea for Christmas, some will not reach the Caribbean before the new year. These un-seasonal weather systems have messed up a lot of plans this year. For example, we checked in to the Radio Net this morning and heard that "Aleria" is now only 15 miles from Barbados, we should see them in a couple of hours. "Pacific Bliss" has just arrived at the British Virgin Islands but "Argonaut", on the other hand, is still 500 miles away and struggling with very light winds.

The locals are extremely friendly and very interested to pass the time of day having a chat. They are genuinely pleased we have chosen Barbados as our destination for Christmas and are, rightly so, very proud of their island in the sun.

We are joining people from other sail boats at a beachside restaurant for a Christmas eve meal tomorrow evening, a Danish inspired excursion, they celebrate Christmas on Christmas eve rather than the day itself.

Sue hasn't quite got the teaching bug out of her system yet and will be running a printing session for kids from some of the boats this morning.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Sprucettes.

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Christmas Caribbean Style.
Sue & Andy Warman
21/Dec/2009, Barbados.

The snow is simulated using marble chippings but the trees and presents are genuine:-)

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