14/07/2014, Hog Island, Grenada
Another week has flown by on PANNIKIN.... Tuesday was again shopping bus day & Wednesday was odd job day with Mexican Train dominoes in the afternoon.
Wednesday night & most of Thursday it absolutely poured. Rainy season is definitely here. Thursday afternoon Ange caught a local taxi service run by a local called "Shademan" & visited a local cooking class run by two lovely ladies, Esther & Omega. They cooked a lovely Grenadian dish of pan-fried fish & sauce which we all had a plate of accompanied by deep fried plantain - a local vegetable. It was a nice afternoon & great to get off the boat after all the rain.
Friday the clouds cleared a little so we decide to get a bus to St George's for a look around. Even though it is the island's capital, it still is not large, but there was plenty going on & we managed to waste a few hours wandering around. Lunch was a chicken roti for Ange & a goat curry for Steve. We also found a new ipad charger which was a bonus.
Saturday we were up early & joined Mike from PORCELAIN at the bus stop, heading back to St George's. We had tickets for 2 x Twenty20 cricket matches at the start of the Caribbean Premier League. After a short walk following the crowd from the bus stop in town we found ourselves at cricket stadium. Not hard to miss with steel bands playing & loud music booming from the stadium. First match was between Trinidad Red Steel & Barbados Tridents. The crowd was great with lots of music, horn blowing & dancing. Cheerleaders constantly entertained as did the live DJ playing music every time a 6 or 4 were hit or during the change of overs. We were spoilt with constant give aways of sponsor products from icecream to rum & a liquid called 'Limacol' which serves as anything from makeup remover to deodorant!!! The second game was between St Lucia Zouks & Jamaica Tallawahs was a little more exciting with some great batting & running between wickets. Chris Gayle (ex International WI player) came on for Jamaica & smashed the ball all over the ground which was great. He completed the game with over 100 runs & barely ran between the wickets! It was an absolutely top day & has fulfilled Ange's long time dream of attending a cricket match in the West Indies!
Sunday was again a quiet day - laundry in the morning at Secret Harbour marina & then a couple of beers with Jeremy & Susie in the afternoon with the World Cup final on in the background.
Today Steve has stayed on board while Ange went to noodling & then put in some kilometres walking with Lann from BAREFOOT LIFE to Grand Anse shopping mall to top up our internet credit!
The days are still hot with the occasional shower to keep us refreshed and the breeze constantly blows off the Atlantic keeping the temperature around 28 to 30C. When the wind does calm down we certainly notice it as the humidity shoots up to 80 to 90 percent so we are in and out of the water all day, not that the water is all that refreshing with the temperature at 29C as well. You can spend hours in the water and not get cold which is pretty nice. Weather permitting we are planning on heading up to Carriacou at the end of the week for a change of scenery & some snorkelling. Should be a nice day sail!
07/07/2014, Hog Island, Grenada
Friday & Saturday were quiet days on board PANNIKIN - doing odd jobs that always need doing. Steve attended the local HASH on Saturday afternoon... a walk or run with other cruisers through the local countryside, followed by food & beers before returning to the anchorage around 8pm.
Sunday morning we walked over to Secret Harbour to attend the monthly boat jumble sale. We had nothing to sell this month but Jeremy & Susie picked up a second hand spinnaker pole for next to nothing. Sunday afternoon we hopped in MR SLAPPY & headed to our first Dinghy Concert in the bay near Le Phare Bleu marina. A large pontoon is moored in the bay with a tug attached. A band plays on the back of the tug & a bar is set up on the pontoon. Everyone arrives in their dinghies & tie up to each other to form a floating audience. It was great fun & we counted 30 odd dinghies & many more land folk being ferried across by the marina boat to the pontoon. We had a couple of drinks on PANNIKIN afterwards with JOY. A great Sunday.
Today after noodling we headed over to Clarks Court Bay marina where a local lady sells great fruit & vegies to cruisers directly from her farm. The produce is great & much cheaper than the supermarket in Grand Anse. Nothing else planned for today - a quiet one for us!
03/07/2014, Hog Island, Grenada
Another month has flown by on PANNIKIN. We are still anchored in Hog Island waiting out the hurricane season.
Friday through to Sunday were quiet days as we had plenty of rain. We did have a Yahtzee night with JOY on Saturday night with Ange taking out the champion title! Monday we walked into Grand Anse to top up our internet credit & speak with a rigger regarding our spinnaker halyard problem - it keeps getting caught in its block, causing chaffing.
Tuesday we had a great day with Devin & Liz from MOOSETRACKS. They collected us in their dinghy at 10.30am & took us ashore where we walked around to the village of Woburn in Clarks Court Bay. We had lunch at a small cafe called Nimrod's which serves lovely chicken roti at a very reasonable price & big! We then walked to Clark's Court Distillery - the largest rum distillery in Grenada. We did a tour of the old sugar mill & the newer distillery and afterwards the rum tasting! Lots of different rums to try & the others in our group jumped in with both feet, but we were very good & only tried a couple (can you believe it!). Walked back to Hog Island then & a swim off PANNIKIN to finish a top day - exercise, food, drink & great company!
Yesterday morning with the help of Jeremy, I sent Steve up the mast to repair the spinnaker halyard problem. It took most of the morning using an angle grinder to remove a small piece of the mast to fit and insert a new fitting to run the halyard through. Not an easy task hanging onto the top of the mast! We played Mexican Train Dominoes again in the afternoon with Devin, Liz, Jeremy, Susie, Stan & Lann... with Liz being champion again!
We have re-booked our haul out in Trinidad to the middle of August as we are enjoying the life here so much, with a great social network of cruisers and activities every week to keep us entertained. Also August is meant to be the start of the true hurricane season and we would rather be further south at that time. Trinidad is advertised as a hurricane free area, and we have heard there is plenty to see and do, so we are looking forward to it.
26/06/2014, Hog Island, Grenada
Saturday we decided not to go to the Pot Luck dinner & had a quiet night at home. We've started watching season 6 of 'Sons of Anarchy' & are finding it very addictive!
Sunday through to Wednesday we did the usual - noodling in the morning for Ange, followed by a walk for the both of us & ended the day doing odd jobs & repairs on PANNIKIN. We did attend the weekly get together on Hog Island on Sunday afternoon as a group of cruisers who participate in to the 'Magellan' Net (our HF radio net) were meeting up. It was great to finally put faces to names we've heard over the radio for the last couple of months.
Wednesday afternoon we were invited to play 'Mexican Train Dominoes' with Devin & Liz from MOOSETRACKS & Monica from MISS MOLLY - it was a top afternoon. The game is good & really makes you think & plan at times. We will try & pick up a set if we can. We hope to make this a weekly habit with whoever would like to play.
Wednesday was Jeremy's birthday - we had a lovely dinner of roast beef & vegetables & a wicked chocolate dessert on JOY that night. And a few drinks.... Jeremy bought out a special bottle of whiskey for the occasion. Happy Birthday Jeremy!
As we are expecting some rain over the next couple of days, we did some washing this morning after noodling. Drying the sheets can be a bit hazardous! The winds are so strong that we need to stand at the bow & make sure things don't fly away! Steve is now cleaning the bottom of PANNIKIN as I write.
Tomorrow we are heading on the shopping bus into Grand Anse - time to top up the supplies! We are still just marking time as we wait for the hurricane season to pass (still 3 months yet!). We are thinking of maybe putting our trip to Trinidad off for another month - we have so much time up our sleeves!
Photo: Steve trying to hang onto the washing!
21/06/2014, Hog Island, Grenada
Last Friday we installed new house batteries on PANNIKIN & finished some odd jobs. Ange is still noodling each day & enjoying the exercise.
Saturday we did a big walk from Secret Harbour marina, through the island's Dove Sanctuary to Hog Island & then back tracked to Clarks Court Bay marina & back to Secret Harbour. A long, hot walk which took us about 2 ½ hours up & down hills.... Saturday afternoon was rest time!
Sunday we upped anchor & motored around to Hog Island anchorage for a change of scenery. It is a much calmer anchorage still with plenty of wind which we like. Sunday afternoon we met Jeremy & Susie at the island bar for a few drinks & then back to PANNIKIN for a few more.
This week has been general jobs on PANNIKIN. We caught the shopping bus on Tuesday to get a few chores done & catch up with other cruisers.
Wednesday we boarded JOY & headed out for a sail, while trolling a couple of fishing lines. Steve caught a nice tuna which will feed the 4 of us for some time. Wednesday night Steve & I went to the Bingo night at Prickly Bay marina with a couple of other cruisers.... most definitely not your ordinary grey rinse set bingo!!! Prizes included cash, a pig, a goat (both live) & a motor bike! Everyone has to dance for their prizes, so lots of laughter! We had a lot of fun - about 200 people there - mostly local with a handful of cruisers. It was a late night with us getting back to PANNIKIN at 1.30am. We will go again for sure!
Thursday was a quiet day for us after our late night - getting old you know! We did spend some time aboard a boat anchored in front of us which is for sale. It is a beautiful 1960s wooden yawl that needs some urgent love & attention. Unfortunately it is just sitting in the anchorage deteriorating.... we can only dream!
Friday we cleaned PANNIKINs bottom & ended the day with a couple of drinks & a BBQ chook with Jeremy & Susie.
Today we ventured into Grand Anse on the shopping bus & wasted some hours in Budget Marine. Off now to do some washing at Secret Harbour & then maybe to the Pot Luck dinner at Clarks Court Bay marina! Always lots to do at Grenada!
12/06/2014, Secret Harbour
Saturday we spent doing odd jobs on PANNIKIN & some snorkelling. Steve & Jeremy went for a dive & reported a huge amount of lionfish, about 30 of them. They are causing havoc along the reefs of the Caribbean as they eat all the local, native fish and have no natural predators. If only we could collect them & import them to Australia - people spend a lot of money for one for their aquarium! We could supplement our journey!
Sunday we headed down to the anchorage outside St George's, the capital of Grenada, & had a look around. There are some really lovely buildings here and it will be a great place to wander around when we are looking for something to do later on.
Monday we did some grocery shopping & then headed back down south to Secret Harbour, leaving JOY behind to catch up on business & computer work. We caught up with Stan & Lann on BAREFOOT LIFE that afternoon over a few drinks & then had a chook on the BBQ for dinner.
Tuesday Ange went noodling & then gave PANNIKIN a giant clean from top to bottom. Steve push biked down to Grand Anse to get some money - a hot & sweaty ride! Showers at the marina were well deserved that night!
Wednesday saw more noodling for Ange & then we both went for a walk to Grand Anse, stopping by ACE hardware store & Budget Marina at Prickly Bay. We caught the bus to St George's to check out Island Water World & then walked back to Secret Harbour - a long hot day!
Today we are heading back to Island Water World to buy some new batteries for the boat. Also checking out a second hand dinghy for sale after noodling! Life is great here in Grenada!