So we finally got away from Carriacou as the weather settled down again. As Chris went to check out we prepared the boat.I am getting familiar with her now.Chris came back and said that was expensive…..why? Well check out not bad but we haven’t paid cruising fees here since last October AND me and kids overstayed our visa….ooopppsss! So £200 later and a threat that I could go to jail for this and Chris had the cheek to humor the guy with a “yes please,take her off my back” we left.James obviously a bit upset leaving Zelda behind but we had a lovely sail up to Bequia.
The only reason this time to stop there was to buy lures for fishing but they had they independence day and everything was shut so we left for St.vincent and Cumberland bay.As most people know it’s my favourite place and we have met and made lots of local friends there over the years…Ratty, Rasta joseph, Billy, Brother and dandiman….but dandiman died few years ago, drowned drunk on his surfboard. But I still remember him, a very happy person…anyway great to be back and Rasta joseph was there to greet us. Shame we had only one night there as we had to get to St.Lucia to meet our friends so few beers and early wake up next morning.
The journey between Vincent and St. Lucia can be rough….so usual sickpill for James, coolbox in cockpit for goodies and off we went.Needless to say, of course it was rough, big waives, Charlie sick and a bloody long day. Good to know thou is that the boat felt fine.I am a worrier so it was nice to have seen her sailing in these conditions as I’m sure there will be worse ones to come….
We didn’t tell the boys who we were meeting….James best friend from Chorleywood, Toby .We said we are meeting daddys old schoolfriend Morgan. Funnily enough we then found out that they were staying at jame’s hotel in morgan bay…spooky!!!
So off we went with a taxi and when we pulled up and saw Chris, Tobys dad I could see James’s face…he couldn’t puzzle it all together…great fun! And from the bushes out jumped Toby and Kathy:)))
We had a fab time with them at the pool that day and decided to do the volcano trip next day.
We hired a taxi for the day and went to the zippwire place in the rainforest.We would take the lift,journey should last about an hour but they asked for stupid money…about £180 for our family.Blah,no way.I had Alice ready in a sling on my back, she was a sleep so back in the taxi.I left her in the sling and as we drove off she decided to puke….all down my back of course. Loooveellyyy!!! And then James got carsick so he decided to puke as well.Lucky he’s a pro so bag and job done.
Finally we came to Pitons,the volcanos and saw the steam and mud bubbling out.Interesting to see,awfully bad smell.We also went for the hot bath and got covered in the mud/clay from the volcano that you would spend a fortune for in UK.The water was hot and I wasn’t sure about Alice but she loved it.Into it again and again.She is amazing!
On the way back we stopped at one of the waterfalls and I sat in the car waiting as Alice was asleep..Chris came over with a woman and said: Do you reconice her??? Nooo…well it was Pearls mum.Pearl is a nanny and mother from St.Lucia but now living in Chorleywood. How amazing!!! Great chat and a beer and we also called Pearl in Uk.
On the sunday we took them for a sail down to Marigo bay.Lovely place but ended up having an argument with one of the locals who has put his own mooring buyos on the best anchoring places and of course he didn’t like the fact that we wanted to anchor.Hey ho we did anchor and he became Mr motormouth. We couldn’t stop laughing as we didn’t get a chance to say anything but he went off with a hump….shame.But we had a nice swim and a fresh tuna sandwich.
So came Monday and time to part….very sad and I cried. Toby was upset as well but hopefully we meet again at the next halfterm in February…wereturned to the boat and headed for the pitons anchorage for one night only.
more later as madam is awake:)
So after Carriacou we went to Sandy Island,a thin strip of sand,few palmtrees and nothing else.Lovely,can’t spend money there even if you tried.Snorkelled, explored and made sand castles for the hermit crabs. To then go to Tobago cays.A big reef and few islands where nobody lives and it’s just beautiful.Only 4 boats there including us,wow.Usually there is about 40. Well straight to the beach where the boys snorkelled and saw turtles to then hike up the trail and we saw a tortoise and a iguana to back down and jump in the sea again.I satt there with Alice when I saw something…..a fish? But it swam oddly….or the swim was familiar….I stood up and followed it coming towards us….is it going to go past or….no bloody not.Changed directions and came straight for us.I ran/stumbled out of the water with Alice in my arms and didn’t want to belivie my eyes but it was a shark!!! A blacktip reef shark.Ok, only a young one but where is mama shark and even worse,the papa???? needless to say I didn’t go back in as I don’t know anything about them.Later we did google it and apparently no danger unless it will mistake you for food. Food? As far as I’m concerned i’m made of meat and bones and that’s food!!!
Anyway, back to the boat and saw that the charge on batteries was low so put the generator on. Noisy….and realised something is not right.Water not cooling it so had to turn it off.Now what,sun was going down,charge in batteries really low….so turned everything off.Even the fridge and the freezer.Satt in dark with head torchers on worrying if we will get back to Carriacou following day. Up at dawn ready to go and of course the lightning and thunder had to start just then as well,just to make my misery perfect.Blah…so off we went and lucky a good ending to that story.Simon sent the part we needed from Grenada on the ferry, Chris fixed it and all good again in the kingdom of Moody Finn.
So we were back in the marina again for 3 weeks,felt a bit boring but the boys reconnected with Zelda and we were back again in a routine of fixing things and swimming etc. Alice is teething badly and popping teeth like mushrooms,poor little thing.Boys wild,school goes up and down and money seems to disappear into a black hole….
But the boat is getting there,chartplotter working, hurrah!watermaker working and we are ready to go again, this time back up the chain towards St.Lucia. Here we are back in Carriacou at the moment where the rain hasn’t stopped all afternoon with Zeldas boat ocean explorer anchored next to us.Can’t part the lovebirds James/Zelda team yet…
So tomorrow we got things to do like washing, checking engine over and waiting for this rain to stop and hopefully we are on our way to Bequia.
Just so much to write again…..where to start….
So the school started and first day went badly wrong! James kicked off, I’m not doing it etc and I obviously blew my top.So he ended in his bunk for 40 min. Harsh yes but I’m not starting my days with fights and tantrums. And it worked! We have had some amazing days where he flies through the work and some less impressive ones where he sits and doodles….but no play unless things are done…
Chris does the schooling and we are both learning so much again. It’s fun.I do little bits with Charlie who can recognise over half of the alphabet and loves maths as well.hopefully he too will have Chris’s maths head!
Couple of weeks ago we went over to Jennis house. And took a slippery walk down to her fresh water river at the bottom of the garden.There we met some locals and they where doing an oil down. Cooking over fire and chucking whatever in the pot….so we had lobster/ turtle/ fish mix and vegetables and it was good.I don’t usually choose turtle but there it would have been rude to say no.It’s free food for locals and right for them even if I don’t agree with it:/
The boys have met a new best friend, Zelda from states.She is lovely, 7 years and my two walk/ stalk and follow her everywhere. We don’t see them whole day.They go off swimming,rock climbing or fishing.Her grand parents rented a cottage so they even had a sleep over.How fab!! And it was Charlie’s first ever sleep over.All went super.A bit empty in the boat, looking at their beds that evening…I had a lump in my throat and belly…
Anyway, boat things…Garmin chart plotter came.We got all excited and…..it bloody didn’t work.WHAT? Second unit AND Yet again it didn’t work. What’s going on? Lots more phone calls and a new one promised to be sent.Oh well, we can still go sailing.
And we prepared, few hiccups like the anchor windlass played dead.Fixed it and no depth sounder…we can do this trip without it.Chartplotter will give us overall info and we know the places we were going to so off we went. Sailed on the windward side of Grenada, the Atlantic side and we had the most amazing sail.Steady winds, calm seas and this boat is so much faster then the old one so we flew over the waives. Caught a tuna, hurrah as tuna costs on arm and an leg in Uk:)))
So we arrived in Carriacou, Tyrell bay, dropped anchor perfectly and sat down with an ice cold beer from the amazing freezer!
The story goes on as we went to Tobago keys and ended up with no power but will write that a bit later as madam is awake:)
There.I just wrote it. The phone fell in the loo…..dah! Blonde in action again. So what do I do with the poxy phone in the toilet in the first place??? Well, the last thing at night I check the boys and use the phone as an torch. So boys well. To then check the toilet as they are manually operated. Have to pump this stick up and down, flush wee out , switch a button and draw seawater in to flush it clean. It’s to heavy for the boys so I have to do it. So I shine the light in to the loo and then I don’t know what happened….phone fell, I picked it up in 2s flat (toilet was clean!!!) and stood there having an attack of everything…heart, brain, muscle, diarreha and what else attack there still is. Just cursing…well as it goes after everything we tried to rescue it, it’s officially dead! Lost all my numbers so please email or FB your numbers to me please. Lucky all the photos are backed up:)
On the happier note the carnival was a great success. Went into town on the last day and saw pretty costumes and some bold dancing. Even Charlie and James got an eyeful of everything wiggling in front of them… as well as facepainting and few beers:)))Posted a carnival video on FB.Funny!!! Have been trying to download photos but no luck.I have to upgrade so in progress of doing that. So hopefully soon it’s up and running properly.
The electric toilet is done. And it’s brilliant. Boys pressing buttons and Alice cries, she scared of the noise….poor thing. Scared of the toilet! Sail came back all fixed and put back so things are looking up.
Today we hauled the boat out at Prickly bay marina for 5 days. Mad clearing up this morning at 6 am but we made it.Chris and Simon took her out and I was sad to see her go, standing on the pontoon… but we are in one of the cottages in the resort. Beautiful….space aircon, huuuge bed and just luxury. Could get used to it…..noooo!!! Must remember the boat:)))
James also managed to dropp his scooter in the sea. Bloody hell! Charlie came running and shouting that James scooter is in the sea. WHAT!!! So we all run out and saw it deep down on the bottom, about 4-5 meters down.He had lent it against a big lighthouse ship that’s permanently moored here as a restaurang and of course the boat moves slightly. So not all his fault. So in Chris goes…and all good again in the kingdom of Moody finn:)
So here we are larding it big in luxury and Chris has to do all the hard work of scraping the bottom, the boats not his! Bless him.