Thu 5 Feb 2009 18:14
We've now had enough of being at sea, and have decided to move ashore, as
can be seen from the attached photos. That was this morning and is
hopefully only for a few days. The reason being is for us to do the
antifouling. This was something which should have been done before we left
the Canaries, but there wasn't a hoist to get get us out of the water, so it
has had to wait until now. In Jersey and France we have been used to doing
it between tides, but here we don't have the convenience of the water coming
and going twice a day. So, here we are at Spice Island Marine in Grenada
"on the hard" for a bit.
As for other changes, well it's all happening - we arrived in Grenada on
Wednesday afternoon after a fairly lively 24 hours from Barbados. It is
nice to have been in a calm anchorage for a few days, enjoying being ashore
every day. Lucas enjoyed running around and playing with some other folk of
his own age we met at happy hour (actually it was really the parents who
were there for happy hour) Talking of age, Friday was Lucas' 2nd birthday
(yes, really!), and we had cake at De Big Fish restaurant, so a good time
was had by all.
Sadly on Saturday Pauline left us for pastures new - she joined a French
catamaran bound directly for Martinique, where she hopes to find work. We
wish her well - she has been a godsend on board, paricularly during the big
weather, as she seems to have the constitution of an ox - completely unfazed
by cooking with 35 knots of wind and 5 metre seas. We will hopefully catch
up again when we head north in a few weeks.
Tomorrow Gareth is due to leave us, for pastures old! Back to London to
look for a job, amongst other things! As many readers have pointed out, he
has also been invaluable on board, having written about 90% of the blogs,
amongst other things. Seriously, though, the trip would have been a
nightmare without him. Hopefully he will be back to visit us again soon.
Also tomorrow, Bronwen (Lorraine's Mum) is coming to join us for a holiday.
I don't think she's aware yet that the first part of her stay is going to be
spent in a boatyard!
Lastly, I'm sure a few of you noticed - Lucas had a haircut in Babrados!
All in aid of getting a photo taken for our US visas (Barbados is one of the
few places in the Caribbean with a US embassy). The taxi driver took us to
his barber, where there was a sign advertising hairdressing for both natural
and caucasian hair. There were no scissors in sight, only clippers! It
will grow back, though, which is more than can be said for mine!
That's about it for now. There probably won't be much blog for a few days,
as it will just say that we're still doing the antifouling, etc. More to
follow, eventually. The current plan is to head up to Carriacou, and then
through the Grenadines to St.Vincent.
Regards to all,