'Happy New Year' from Beautiful Bequia.....
John and Susie Blair.
Sat 5 Jan 2013 16:01
known locally. We enjoyed celebrating New Years Eve with a lovely meal on a
balcony overlooking the harbour with the locals below getting ready for the
'midnight jump up', followed by a few beverages at the 'Whalebone' Bar with
it's live Steel Pan Band playing until well after midnight. The firework
show was excellent actually with a few yachties letting off flares too (I
was very tempted but resisted sending up one of my Maroons!). At one point
we had to rush back to Chelone to close the hatches as a tropical monsoon
came upon us (just like Wales! lol!), thankfully it only lasted 15 mins and
we buzzed back on the dinghy to continue the fun albeit slightly wet! There
were other live bands and festivities set to go on 'till dawn but we retired
to Chelone for a toast of our own with a little nightcap.
Our laundry was collected and returned by boat and fresh water delivered
also to replenish our 100 gallon tank, bread, croissants, lobster etc is
also offered by the many 'Boat Boys' who circulate around the harbour.
Although plans were made to hire a scooter to see the rest of the island we
have not had time but hopefully we'll make a return visit to achieve this
later in the season as we pass on our way back south towards Trinidad and
The bay we are staying in has so much to offer, for me, the snorkelling is
better than Barbados and Susie loves, well....everything! being a dog lover
she's made friends with the local dogs!, one being 'Betsy', a tiny little
bedraggled looking thing with stiches all over her body as she had been
mauled by the neighbours dog a few weeks ago but was completely happy
bouncing around as if nothing had happened! We've also enjoyed cooking bbq
chicken with fresh local salad aboard Chelone but as a treat we had supper
in a beautiful beach bar called 'Jack's bar' with its calm ibiza chill out
music in the background and candlelit tables under a canopy looking out
across the bay at the yachts. Susie was delighted when I managed to
download some movies so we curled up in bed, watched them, and ate
chocolate - I could do no wrong at that point! lol!
This place is so picturesque and the locals so friendly it's going to be a
wrench to leave but we will soon sail a little further south through the
Grenadines to Mayreau or Union Island. Also there's the Tobago Keys with
it's Turtle Sanctuary and offshore 'Horseshoe Reef', Palm Island, Mustique,
Carriacou and Grenada.
Hope you enjoy the pictures, JB & Susie.