Monday, December 30, 2013
Saturday, December 28, 2013
|Cruise ship docked at St. George's, Grenada, with the mountains of Grand Etang in the distance|
|Beautiful Grand Anse Beach|
Thursday, December 26, 2013
|Lori and Cheryl in festive moods and headgear|
We had thought that we might be underway between Grenada and Martinique on Christmas Day, but we delayed due to predicted squalls. Good thing, because the squalls came through early early Christmas morning, nearly non-stop lightning and rolling thunder – not much wind, thandfully. So, we were able to attend the Christmas pot luck at Clarkes Court Bay Marina. The marina provided ham, turkey, stuffing and gravy, and attending cruisers all brought a dish. Waaay too much to eat, but it was all delicious, and we got to see friends again before we take off. We hope everyone had a very happy holiday, whatever you celebrate.
|The dessert table|
Saturday, December 21, 2013
While snorkeling in Culebra, we happened upon this beautiful specimen. I looked it up—orange cup coral—only to discover that it’s an Indo-Pacific species that has been spreading throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida since the 1940s. Lovely, but it really shouldn’t be here.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
|Chris showing off his tag for our mail box - #7565|
When we had some friends (Lori and Ken on Reality Check, and Harry and Melinda on Sea Schell) over for drinks last week, we realized that we’re all neighbors in the states – at least, our mailing addresses are all 411 Walnut St., Green Cove Springs, Florida. This is the St. Brendan’s Isle mail-forwarding service, which many cruisers use. So someone came up with the idea of a block party. The next night, nearly twenty folks brought appetizers as we gathered for drinks at Clarkes Court Bay Marina. Some were 411 Walnut St. “residents”, others weren’t, but we all had a great time.
Monday, December 16, 2013
|Chris building up energy to shop the bazaar|
|Looking at jewelry made by Vee and Cynthia|
Sunday was fun, attending a Christmas Bazaar at the True Blue Resort. This is a pretty resort, small and intimate, just west of Prickly Bay, Grenada. Since we’re anchored farther east in Clarkes Court Bay, we took a van over with a bunch of other cruisers. Lots of local artists exhibit their wares at the bazaar, including many artistic and crafty cruisers that we know: Vee on Blues Breaker, Cynthia on Minx, Sue on Luludu, and Helen on Iguana. When we attended two years ago, I bought a couple of pretty shell ornaments decorated with crystals, and it turns out that I bought them from Sue, though I didn’t know her then. The resort just opened their new Blue Haven Spa, and Lori on Reality Check and I received their very first massages – they were providing free mini-massages to honor the occasion. Very nice. We browsed and bought a couple of little things – killer guava preserves and hot pepper jam made from all local ingredients, and a small woven tray made by a local folks with disabilities – then had a cool libation and chatted with friends until our ride returned to pick us up. The wind was howling, so the dinghy ride back to the boat was pretty wet, and we jumped in the water for a swim before rinsing off.
|The lovely ladies of the Blue Haven Spa|
|Bazaar on the deck overlooking the blue Caribbean|
|Oooh, rum punch with fresh-grated nutmeg on top!|
Saturday, December 14, 2013
|Before Atmosphere arrived, the motor yachts on the dock seemed big!|