Hummingbirds and Curly Tailed Lizards
07 February 2016
After a full day of getting back to my exercise routine at the gym, a bike ride, hanging out by the pool, a little hydrotherapy in the hot tub, and meeting some new dock mates, I enjoyed some time at the library. On my walk from the library I notice that the curly tailed lizards that are sunning themselves on the sidewalks seem to be getting bigger and fatter. I came back to the boat with my arms full of books. A cookbook, a romantic fiction that takes place in the Bahamas, a book on weaving with coconut palms and a book written by Randolph Johnston, an artist in Marsh Harbour. That should help fill in some of my spare time. I made a cheese ball of cream cheese, mozarella and olive tapenade for the sundowner on our dock tonight. It's amazing what you can come up with from stores on the boat on short notice. I toasted some focaccia bread from the freezer and cut it into pieces and toasted to serve it with. I have to say it turned out pretty good. Olive tapenade will stay on my list of "must haves" for cruising. At 5 p.m. folks started to emerge from their boats and congregate at the end of the dock. Someone put up a folding table for the food and everyone brought their own drinks. The last two days has brought in some more boats. Our dock is almost full now. We were the token Americans on the dock of all Canadians, and one German until today when two more American boats arrived. We enjoyed meeting all of the newcomers.
There is a front moving in from Florida. It is supposed to bring in high winds and colder temperatures. We put all of the canvas surround up yesterday in preparation. We enjoyed sitting in our little "Florida room" last night. We had Debra and Bob over for happy hour. They just returned from visiting her Dad in Florida. We had fun catching up.
From the window at the gym, where I watch the hummingbirds hover around the bougainvillea while I work out, I see people setting up tents for the monthly flea market. I decided that I must check it out before I get my shower. I make my way around talking to all of the vendors and scoping out things that I am interested in. I must hurry back to the boat for some cash and to tell Carl that he needs to check out the food. We return to the tents and I buy a little zippered bag made from hand batiked fabric made on Andros (the largest of the Bahama islands). Carl and I look over the food offerings. Carl decides on carrot-coconut cake and beet jam. Then at another tent I buy a pair of coconut earrings and a t-shirt. I really like a barrette made of coconut shell too, but I'm out of money. After a trip back to the boat for more cash, I purchase the barrette and a pillow cover made of more of the batik fabric that I love. I finally get my shower before lunch! We had a few sprinkles after lunch. Then, we were surprised when the sun came out. We hopped on our bikes and rode to the beach. The band was just starting to play as we took our walk on the beach. We sat for a while to listen to the music. There were a few more sprinkes and then a beautiful complete rainbow appeared over the water. Then it slowly disappeared as the sun came back out. We rode our bikes back to the boat. I read in the Florida room for an hour before cooking dinner. I am thoroughly enjoying the book written by Randolph Johnston. It is the story of how his family came to the Bahamas in the fifties and settled in Little Harbour. This excerpt from the book is his description of the water here when they first arrived on their sailboat. "We have all been on deck watching the water change from veridian to cerulean blue, then to cobalt and finally to ultramarine." Ah.... the descriptive blue hues I've been searching for. Little Harbour is on my list to see while we are in the Abacos.