Out in the bay
Wednesday 2nd February 2011
Distance run: 1 mile
decided that it was time to leave the marina and head out into the bay. It had served its purpose as we were
both feeling rested and the jobs on the boat had either been done or were in
hand. So we paid up, slipped the
lines, and motored out into the bay where we found a good spot not far from
Feeling a little more energetic after our R&R, we ventured ashore early (ish) on Monday and walked (and sometimes scrambled) up to the top of the two hills that make Pigeon Island, and were rewarded by wonderful views across to the Pitons in one direction and Martinique (about 25 miles away to the north) the other.
Rodney Bay from the fort on Pigeon
Scott-Free (centre) at anchor in Rodney
Rodney Bay from the fort on Pigeon Island Scott-Free (centre) at anchor in Rodney Bay
Looking South towards the Pitons and St
Looking North towards Martinique
Looking South towards the Pitons and St Lucia Looking North towards Martinique
The fort on the southern peak of Pigeon
the higher peak to its North, taken from the
The fort on the southern peak of Pigeon Island and the higher peak to its North, taken from the boat
Yesterday was my birthday, and I was serenaded at 8 a.m. with Happy Birthday by Glyn and Penny from Wandering Star, shortly followed by birthday wishes by Rob at top volume over Serafina’s loud hailer. Thanks chaps! When we switched on the laptop and the mobiles, there were birthday messages and emails from family, which are always lovely to receive, but they remind me of how much I miss them all.
We invited Rob & Sarah to a birthday walk and lunch, and after a rather wet rib ride into the marina, we set off for the beach and golf club. However, as we only had our memories of the directions given by two different sets of people to these places, we got it wrong on two counts. First, the golf club was in a different direction from the beach, and second, the beach was not up the long and winding road we set off along! Credit goes to Rob who said we were taking the wrong road at the time and was proved to be right, but never once said “I told you so”, even though we walked a long way to nowhere. Fortunately, we stopped to ask a young man, who happened to be waiting for a bus, for directions and as he finished telling us we had to go back to where we started, the bus came along and we all jumped on it and were taken there!
The bus driver gave us directions to the golf club and we decided, as we passed the correct turning for the beach, that we would go straight for lunch at the golf club. After a VERY long and hot walk we finally arrived and were rewarded with a very nice lunch in very pleasant surroundings. As a bonus we were able to get a lift back to the marina on the golf club courtesy bus. Then it was a short rib ride to the shopping mall where we made a quick visit to the supermarket for fresh bread, milk etc and then a much longer visit to the Haagen Das shop for dessert!
Relaxing after lunch on the golf club verandah -
that's a glass of water, not a G&T!
Relaxing after lunch on the golf club verandah - that's a glass of water, not a G&T!
It was a lovely
day, spent with a lovely couple who have become good friends in the last
year. We will shortly be parting
company as our plans for the rest of the year are very different – they will be
parking Serafina in