Saturday, October 31, 2009.
While we were chatting this
evening we both remarked that it has been a little more than three weeks since
we left Canada and yet it seems like months!
This morning I set out for
the extremely long hike to Windie’s
Dive Shop to the north of Oranjestad across from the hospital to replace the
lost mask and snorkel and to purchase some spares as well. Fortunately for Dave, Francis arrived
at the dinghy dock at the exact same time with the two alternators. En route to Windies, I heard someone
calling my name, and there was Mike from CONARI! What a wonderful surprise! (Unfortunately, Ineke was not with him
as she is in Australia attending her family while her father is in palliative
care.) Mike and I had a lovely
chat as he drove me in his air-conditioned car all the way to Windies- a doubly
great treat. He will be coming to ANGEL for dinner tomorrow evening.
At the dive shop, I had to
make substitutions as everything I wanted is no longer being manufactured. I DID make the long trek back to the
dinghy dock under my own power. I
took just one stop- to buy a large drink at Wendy’s. That was a lifesaver!
There were many people about, even though it is off season for
tourists. The crafts market was
doing a brisk trade.
It was a great surprise to
find that Dave had already managed to install the alternators. HOWEVER, we still have a problem. The engine starts, but blows a fuse
after about 15 seconds, and the burning smell is still there. Next step, the regulators???? Since there is no wind, the little
Honda gas-powered generator is chugging away on deck.
Well, what would we have if
everything went smoothly, offering no new challenges? Karen’s reply……. “Paradise!”
Sunday, November 1, 2009.
It would be hard to mistake
this for any other day but Sunday!
It was delightfully quiet on the roads as we walked to the supermarkets
to get food for tonight’s dinner “party” with Mike. Then, this afternoon the area around the anchorage was so
active with people swimming at the beaches and zipping about everywhere on
motorized aquatic vehicles. Planes
were taking off and landing every few minutes all afternoon and evening.
Dave drove me over to
Renaissance Island and I had a fantastic swim. The new mask and snorkel work brilliantly!
There was little or no wind
all day, so our pet Honda was busy again.
It is really earning its keep!
I removed some incipient slimy growth from the gel coat around the water
line. It is a snap when the alga has
not yet taken up permanent
Dinner was a great success-
simple, but tasty and in good company.
It looks like we have a full
moon tonight- very appropriate around Hallowe’en.
Monday, November 2, 2009.
Another gorgeous day! Mike picked me up and we drove to the
post office. I had parceled up
Jenn’s body lotion, so it was ready to go. I purchased mailer envelopes for the t-shirts I left on
board last spring; Mom, Jonathan
and Jaime should receive them soon.
However, I spent almost as much for shipping as the items were
worth. I don’t think I will be
sending more elaborate than postcards in future! Shopping on line will be my method of choice in future! I don’t know why it costs more to send
a few small, fairly light items to Canada than for Mike to mail 9.5 kg of books
to the United Kingdom!
Next stop was to the
supermarket to pick up a goodly supply of Diet Coke! Heaven- not only a ride, but someone to help me transport
them to the dinghy!
This afternoon I finally bit
the bullet and undertook the task of learning how to create and post this
blog. I have been madly trying to
catch up to my written diary.
Adding photos has been a challenge (to say the least), but we are
I finally got through to the
orthodontist and had the work done at Dr. Walker’s clinic- GRATIS!!!!