The air conditioned, two bedroom apartment with pool, located close to the beach with a sea view, is in a compound with around ten other buildings, only half of which appear to be fully occupied. Four of the properties consist of two apartments apiece, three are two storey houses and three are single storey houses. The on tap internet access is a real bonus. We can’t pick up WiFi from our apartment but can plug in to a hole in the wall.
From one side of the apartment, we overlook a small farm where there are a lot of goats with several kids, in at least two separate pens, as well as free range chickens, accompanied by their many chicks.
The first night in the apartment we were woken very early by the sound of the cocks crowing. Now, we are more used to the noises although at full moon, there was quite a bit of nocturnal noise. The owner, who lives in one of the houses, has four dogs and sometimes they can be a bit noisy. His pregnant partner, a local girl, who has a nine month old baby and a thirteen year old daughter, doesn’t look much older herself; reminding me of the tourist guide in Grenada who told us that there, many of the women were grandparents at twenty six!
When we first rented the apartment, there were only three dogs here, one walks on three legs, having lost a foot. One of the dogs is generally not very friendly, he was maltreated when he was younger; normally he is kept in a fenced garden and only possibly a threat if we want to enter this space. After two weeks, a fourth dog arrived. It was very thin with its ribs showing. Apparently, the owner had reclaimed the dog; the person to whom he had given it had acquired another and reckoned that they could only afford to feed one of them.
I have scrubbed the place from top to bottom but it is still a lot easier to keep clean than those white decks on the catamaran which seem to get dirty as soon as you look at them.
There is a café/restaurant close to where we are now living, which serves the most delicious potato wedges. The seasoning is sensational and oh so crisp, to die for!
Caroline and Mia visit us each day. There is so much more room for Mia to run around, both inside and outside, without the fear of her falling down the steps from the galley into either hull, or falling overboard. She can even throw things around without us having to worry about damage to the teak floors. All the floors in the apartment are tiled.
The second bedroom is full of personal items from
Renting a car has assisted the transfer of goods considerably although the security guard at Nelson’s Dock yard doesn’t like the car to be taken into the dock. Each day Caroline has to argue that ten minutes is insufficient time to put the baby into the dinghy, get to the boat, ensure the babe is safe while she loads some more bags and boxes off the boat, put Mia back into the dinghy, return to the dock, move the baby and the luggage to the car and leave the dock yard. Each time, the guard relents but not without the hassle.
The Italian chap who lives in the upstairs apartment gave us the contact name for the car hire, a small, semi unofficial operator, so we managed to rent the car for a third of the “high street” price. We have had minor problems in as much as the spare tire needed air, as did the one on the nearside front but the offside rear tire did have a puncture and was quite flat when we got up one morning.
There is a small supermarket within easy walking distance
but one Monday, there was very little in the way of fresh fruit available.
Apparently, there should be a delivery on Tuesdays but the boat from
We drove along very picturesque, heavily wooded
After lunch, we tried to use the new inflatable arm bands that we had just purchased for Mia but the waves were too strong and full of sand to make that possible. However, we did play in the water for a while as well as on the very long, wide, sandy beach, despite the conditions not being as suitable as we might have wanted.
With the car, it was easy to visit the large Epicure
Life is very gentle and it is easy to adopt Antiguan time
as the norm, a bit like manaña in
We have now started to make plans to return to