Annette's Birthday in Bequia
We sailed up to Bequia on the 6th to join our
friends on s/v Nordlys - for Annette's 60th birthday. We started
talking to them on the SSB radio a little way out of Cape Town and then met
them in St Helena and again in Ascension island where we toured the islands
together. Back in March, David had invited us to this birthday, but we did
not believe that we would actually make it. We were at that time planning to be
in Venezuela in December. However, our plans changed and we were thrilled to
join them for the festivities here in Bequia - which have been a few days
Joining the party were 2 catamaran loads full
(16 people) from their home town Lymington in the UK who came out for two
weeks. There were also some Germans, Trinidadian and other
British friends who also live on yachts who had become friends along the way.
David & Annette's son, daughter-in-law and 2 grandchildren where also
here! Our social life has been a blur! We have had some beach side
lunches, a cocktail party hosted by the Trini's and their local friends at a
beautiful villa in La Pompe, a dinner on our boat and then finally the big
birthday lunch yesterday. The anchorage looked stunning as 3 of the yachts
were flying all their flags to celebrate the birthday. We took a leisurely
20 minute stroll over the hill to the lunch, which was at a beautiful
boutique hotel called the Firefly. (Sister hotel to the one on
Mustique) We were welcomed with ice cold drinks, rum punches in
coconuts and a very refreshing swim in their pool.
Later on we sat down to a wonderful 3 course
meal ...all 26 of us. It was very festive as many of the friends had
prepared speeches, poems and songs for Annette, which apparently is an old
Danish tradition. Mike and I have felt very privileged to be included in
this wonderful celebration.
Our next stop will be St Lucia....