Monday, 9 December 2013

And we move further up the Leeward Islands...


I was in desperate need for a haircut…  
I had been trimming my fringe, however felt it was well overdue for a professional.  
At Isle de Saintes there was this lovely salon...

However, language barrier – she only spoke French.  
I came up with a solution.  
I went to my appointment armed with my computer and used technology to help


Look who parked next to us...

We thought there was a unusual sound coming from starboard engine, 
so after clearing out of Isle de Saintes we sailed to Guadaloupe to see the Yanmar dealer.  
He was not concerned, so we will get this checked again in St Martin.

There were a lot of fish traps up the coast from Point A Pitre to Le Francois.  
It was a real obstacle course.   
We got up early and had a great 15 – 25 knot sail with the Screecher (getting up to 9.1 knot speed).  Seeing a big squall coming, 
we pulled in the sails and waited it out, before entering Indian Creek – Antigua, 
a tiny anchorage around the corner from English Harbor, where Customs and Immigration is.
We were the only boat in this tiny anchorage,
where we overnighted before heading to English Harbour the next morning to do the formalities.



Yay – it is now the official end of hurricane season!  
(Our insurance keeps us at certain latitude and longitude until 1 December)

We went ashore – LOTS of superyachts here.  It is the Superyacht show on this weekend coming and they are expecting over 100 superyachts – we won’t be here long!

We walked to Falmouth Marina where I had the most delicious drink – recipe as follows:

"Espresso Martini"
1 shot Espresso Coffee
1 shot Vodka
1 shot Crème de Caco
1 shot Crème de Café
Ice
Put all ingredients together – shake and pour into Martini Glass

After this, I was raring to go – so we then walked the trail over-hill from Pigeon Beach 
to Fork Berkeley – a lovely shaded “volcanic” walk.  
Check out this interesting Cactus and Richard pointing at Our Rose








We had a few days here getting jobs completed.  
We then had a gorgeous Screecher sail to Jolly Harbour.  
The water was a gorgeous Turquoise and we saw HUGE Hawkbill turtles along the way.   
We found that we had internet at the anchorage on the boat, 
so we made the absolute most of it and did a lot of internet catching up.

Next day we caught the bus – at this stage I must mention buses...
Buses in the Caribbean are Vans.  
They generally have slogans painted across the rear window or the top of the windscreen.  
They ALL play either “LOUD” Caribbean music OR rather religious broadcasts.  
They ALL drive very fast!  
No matter where you are, you just put your hand out and they will stop – no need for bus-stops.

Anyway, we caught the bus to St Johns.  
There were 2 cruise ships in, therefore the town was heaving with cruiseship tourists.  
We left as soon as we could.

We cleared out of Jolly Harbour and with the Screecher headed directly to the South end of Nevis
10 to 15 knots breeze, lovely sail.

We went to clear in, however Customs had popped out, 
so the lovely helpful Immigration lady told us to go enjoy ourselves and come back later.  
She even organized a hire car for us.  
The island has a nice feel, proud and clean.  
We stopped at the Botanical Gardens...


We went to Golden Rock, a Restaurant and Accommodation – just gorgeous!.. 




We stopped at a “garden centre” to get some more herb and vege plants.  
The lovely lady only had landscape plants, 
however she insisted on picking and giving us Starfruit, Giant Avocados and a bunch of flowers...

Next day we took the car ferry to St Kitts (Saint Christopher).  Look how close they have you park


St Kitts does not have the same feel as Nevis. 

This sign is advertising this…

  But you get this...


A lot of houses look like this...


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