Hello again to all... last post I said we were in the Red Shanks to ride out the blow that was coming... all was well.. We celebrated our 22nd anniversary on the 13th anchored there.. Had Ron and Kris from Nimue and Darlene and Roger from Rolls Doc over to help us with the festivities... We made a big dinner of Southwestern Chili Mussels and threw in some lobster bites for fun... homemade bread and lots of other goodies... Wonderful nite... On Valentines Day we moved back to the area in front of the Monument... It's a good anchorage, holds well, and has a great view... sunrise and sunset.. Next few days were pretty calm... Dwayne has been attending some get togethers on VolleyBall Beach.. Each morning the Cruisers Net announces all sorts of news,etc.. It's a good way to meet new people and gather good (sometimes ) information...As I've stated before.. communications can be tough here... We actually purchased some internet service.. but it comes and goes... I've been known to carry my laptop over to the Exuma market and try to connect with theirs... you can usually connect, but it 's hard to see your screen outside in the daylight.. so, I found me a cardboard box to put around my head and laptop.. looks dumb as you know what... but , hey what ever works...!!!!
There are trails all over the Monument Hill and they do lead down to the beach side... So many wonderful shells.. I've actually been making brackets, anklets, and necklaces with some of them... Not bad if I say so myself! It helps to pass the time on raining or really windy days... And, we have read more books in the past few months than we have in years... We have both lost weight and are in much better shape than when we left out... Boat life keeps you busy!!! Always a project !!
Mornings usually start out with me feeding the critters around 6am and then Chris Parker comes on at 6:30 on the single side band radio.. We listen for any new weather updates, etc.. It helps to plan where you anchor and where and when you can go... Mother Nature rules.. everything is weather dependent!!
Cats are doing well... they are getting used to the boat life and come out after sunset to go walk about out front on the bow.. Patches and Black Cat like to sleep out in the cockpit at nite if the weather is calm.. Monkey Butt, being the Mamma's Boy, sleeps with me and Dwayne!!!!!
We met some new cruisers nite before last, Ann and Dan on "Borrowed Horse". They are actually from the TopSail/Hamstead area of North Carolina and we met Mick and Mary on Escargot.... and also Ami and Nancy on Southern Estate... All wonderful people!!
It's hard to believe that we have been gone since November... time has flown by! And get this, I actually let Dwayne trim my hair.. Hey , he did good!!!!!!!!!!!!!
We will probably head back North here soon, but will see the George Town Cruisers Regatta that starts next week... It sounds like it will be a hoot and lots of activities..
One of the pics that I am attaching is of the Grand Master , the big steel mail boat... Unfortunately, she ran aground on the rocks just at the entrance to the harbor here...This was not good and they were there, stuck, for a few days.. Some of us got together and baked goodies for the crew and the guys dinghyed them over.. Anything to give them a happy smile.. Finally , two tugs came in and got her off the rocks...She had a hole in her hull, and is currently still in the harbor undergoing repairs...Another pic is of the Sunrise in front of Monument Beach, then one of the cats and one of Dwayne standing next to a huge termite nest ! And one of the many shells I have picked up recently....
The Cruising Community here really gets involved with the local George Town people... They support lots of different causes.. for the locals, especially the children....
We hope to travel North soon, to see all the places we missed coming down.. Cat Island, Eleuthera, Abacos, etc.... Take care .. Linda and Dwayne