Little Farmers' Cay (Return Trip)
08 March 2011
After several very leisurely days working our way up the southern Exumas in very pleasant weather, we finally get a forecast of a cold front, followed by a strong high pressure meaning that we’re likely to have strong winds for several days. So, we opt to go to Little Farmers’ Cay and pick up a mooring. Recall that we spent a wonderful few days here on the way down so this will not be a penance in any way to have to be holed up here while we wait out a strong front. We pick up moorings in a protected “slough” in the area between Little Farmers’ Cay, Great Guana Cay and Big Farmers’ Cay and resolve to spend perhaps three of more days here.
And a good choice it was. The winds were strong but not uncomfortable in our protected environment an it was a short dinghy ride over to the great little commuint6y of Little Farmers’ Cay. I gave you our background about this place in our posting on the way down so I won’t regurgitate it but suffice it to say that it’s one of our favourite “family islands”. We spent some time at Ocean Cabins, one of two restaurants on the island and owned by a very interesting and industrious couple, Terry and Ernestine. We roamed around this sprawling but tiny village of some 60 persons and had great chats with people along the way.
One such encounter was with JR, a local carver who led us to his house where we purchased one of his carvings from Tamarind trees. He was quite a character.
We dropped into Ali’s Bar which was no bigger than ten feet square and had room for about four patrons. Ali was a gracious host and we purchased rum punches from his and spoke to his other two patrons about life on Farmers’ Cay. I mentioned to Ali that we would like to buy some fish and he instructed his wife to give (yeah I mean give) us some fish from their freezer. We were impressed by his generosity. He even offered to take us fishing the next morning but, alas, we have to move on.
As we wandered back to the dock where our dinghy was tied up, we encountered the school kids, in typical school kid fashion, fleeing the bonds of their school after a day’s instruction. We learn that there are less than 20 students in this two room school. They, like all of the schools in the Bahamas, are dressed in their school uniforms which I find refreshingly practical. Anyway, Judy digs out some dollars an gives each (there were four small guys and one pre teen girl in this gaggle of students) a dollar bill. Needless to say they were thrilled. We took pictures and they were as we say back home, “full of beans”. Later one little tyke comes back to Judy and entreats “Are you da lady wit’ da money?” And Judy digs into her purse and gives him all of her change. She asks him what he’s going to do with it and he replies, “I’m gonna save it”. But like most precocious and predictable youngsters, he proceeded directly to the small store to buy candies!
We had a great three days here while we waited out the winds. It was secure, beautiful and the people wonderful.