Trish and I spent our first Xmas in over 30 years away from
our kids. We missed them badly and could only speak to them
on the satellite phone as there is no mobile coverage here
and definitely no Skype!
But with over 30 boats gathered for Xmas in a sheltered
lagoon known as the swimming pool in East Hollandes Cays we quickly
made many new friends and gathered on one of the small
islands to share a Xmas buffet that everyone contributed to, making salads, curries,
breads, etc, as well as some great desserts.
One boat even cooked a huge piece of pork that he acquired
from one of the local villages.
The other big event being the exchange of presents,
“treasures of the bilge” choosing your present from the pile
when your number was called.
Trish had gone to great lengths to disguise one of the
presents that we took along.
As well as a few Brits others came from the USA, Canada,
Germany, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, Ireland and one young guy
Meeting this odd assortment of full time and part time
cruisers, all interesting people with stories to tell is one of the great joys
of this way of life.
I was able to share the last two cans of Guinness that we
had on board with the young guy from Dublin who said that I’d saved him a
Round trip to Ireland.....And there was even a prezzie for