Monday, April 14, 2014

Sundays at the Pool

I love Sundays.
Sundays in Grenada, that is.
I know that we are retired and that one day should be the same as the next but for some reason that I can't explain, they aren't.  Businesses are closed on Sunday so the island is quiet.  There are activities during the week and chores but there are also lots of days when we don't do much of anything.  Sunday should be a good boat project day but we rarely use our time for that.  On Sunday mornings we go for a swim at the University Club.  We might meet friends or hang out alone.  We sit by the pool and read a book, maybe play bocci ball, have lunch or nap in a lounge chair.  Lately we've taken to treating ourselves to a pina colada from the beach bar.  It makes us feel like we are on vacation.  Yes, even when you live in paradise you need a vacation.  Or at least a change from the everyday.
We call that Sunday.

Our "private pool" as no one else was there when we arrived.

Jim in his favorite Sunday spot.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Grenada Fun!

We have been very busy lately!
So much to do, so much fun to be had!
A few weeks ago we decided to play tourist and headed out around the island.  For some of us it was a visit to new places and for others, a return to a favorite.  It was a great day!

We visited Belmont Estate, where they process cocoa for the Grenada Chocolate Company.
There is also a new endeavor since my last visit.  They are raising goats and making wonderful cheese.

We also took a tour of West India Spices, Inc where they bottle essential oils like lemongrass, nutmeg and allspice.  Beautiful, modern operation and an interesting tour.

Another day we rode 2 buses to get to the town of Grenville to try out a restaurant we heard about.  You know you are retired and living on a island when you can spend 6 hours just going to lunch!  But it was worth it and the trip across the island is beautiful.  We took the bus through the Grand Etang rain forest to get there and the coastal road back which makes the ride another island tour!

While in Grenville we were treated to this parade of students.  They were celebrating the kick-off of their inter-school track and field competition.

The Grand Etang road to Grenville

Another culinary adventure was the Oil Down that Cutty, our taxi driver friend invited cruisers to.  Oil Down is the national dish of Grenada and is a wonderful stew of green banana and papaya, callaloo, coconut milk, turmeric, dumplings, breadfruit and chicken, pork or saltfish.  It's cooked in a huge kettle over an open fire and typically is a neighborhood event.  Everyone helps.

Ready for the fire and covered in callaloo leaves which is similar to spinach.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Breakfast of Champions!

Mom always said, "Drink your Milk!"
OK, if I must, I must.
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone.

Guinness and Milk

1 Guiness
1 cup evaporated milk
3/4 cup milk (2%)
8 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
pinch of nutmeg
1 cup ice
2 drops Angostura bitters
pinch of cinnamon

Place all ingredients in a blender and give it a good pulse.  Enjoy!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Red Dress Run

The last time I hashed was about 3 years ago.  I've done about 6 before this and liked 2 of them.
So I gave it up.  I like to hike not crawl around on my hands and knees in the rain forest!
So Jim was surprised, no let's say shocked when I told him that I thought I'd like to hash on Saturday.
I was a little surprised myself.
Why does a person go back to do something they said they'd never do again?
Does time heal the wounds, numb the pain?  It must or women would never have more than one baby.
Maybe I wanted to prove to myself that I could still handle it.
Or maybe I am becoming an absent-minded, old fart who can't remember what she had for breakfast much less remember that she is in no shape for a Grenada Hash!
Well, never mind all that.  The important thing is that I did it.  It was the Valentine's Day Red Dress Run.  Everyone was encouraged to wear a red dress.  Yes, everyone.
It was also a charity event that raised over 1000 EC dollars.  On On!

The hash started at Mocha Spoke, a coffee house/bike rental shop and then cut across the St. George's University campus.  This was one of the reasons I chose this hash.  
It was close to home and not in the rain forest.

The trail took us past the airport and up over a hill toward an area called Calliste 
before returning to True Blue.

To say that everyone got into the spirit of the event would be an understatement.
There were a few raised eyebrows from Grenadians as the hashers wound their way through the neighborhoods.  Here are just a few of the red dress participants.

In case you were wondering, yes, Jim did get into the spirit!
Here he is with our friend Rikky.

Hope and Wendy in the only red clothes we own!

These are the "Virgin" Hashers being initiated into the fold.

So back to the question I raised earlier.  Why did I go to another Hash?


Friday, February 7, 2014

Grenada Celebrates

Happy Independence Day

Monday, February 3, 2014

Knots and Tortillas and Books and Stuff!

What do Knots, Tortillas, Books and Regattas have in common?
Absolutely nothing that I can think of.
It's just that it's been busy lately with a lot of very different things, making for an interesting time.

Our friend Steve wanted to learn how to make tortillas so he set up a cooking class with another cruiser, Angelica.  She taught Steve, Jim and several other friends how to make tortillas and enchilada sauce and how to put it all together to make wonderful enchiladas.

I wish I had been there to help with the eating!  While they were cooking, Hope and I went to St. Paul to catalog books for the Mount Airy Young Readers Program.  This Saturday morning tutoring program is primarily made possible by the cruisers who volunteer their time each week to help kids ages 6-16 improve their math and reading skills.  I'm not one of the tutors so I try to help with other projects that support this worthwhile endeavor.

Hope with Jan, who runs the Mount Airy program.

Ernie (S/V Stonecutter II) held a knot tying seminar at Clark's Court Bay marina.  I have been wanting to tie a Turks' Head knot to mark the center of our ships' wheel but the written instructions confuse me.  With Ernie's help, I made it past the tricky second step and from there it was easy.  Of course don't ask me if I could do it again!

I wasn't alone.  There were lots of confused faces!

Ta da!  My Turks' Head.
I know, it doesn't look like much.  Seems like it should be easier!

Grenada Sailing Week is going on right now with big boat racing, a work boat regatta and lots of parties.
We spent a beautiful day at the beach Saturday watching the work boat regatta and another beautiful afternoon Sunday watching a great dinghy concert before heading back to Prickly Bay Marina to watch the Super Bowl.  When the game started, a British man walked past Steve and Jim and said "Do you really like watching this rubbish?"  Hey, do we make nasty remarks when you're trying to watch cricket!

The regatta moves to Prickly Bay today so we'll probably attend some of tonight's festivities.
Then tomorrow morning I teach swimming to preschool kids and we have to go to St. George's Immigration office to renew our visa, Wednesday is the monthly book exchange at Island Water World followed by errands I need to run in town, Thursday we'll do our weekly grocery shopping and then make a dessert to take to a dinner on our friends boat and Friday is Grenada's Independence Day.  Busy week!  And you wondered what we did with all our free time!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Author! Author!

Check out "The Sky at Night" column (page 35) in the January issue of
Caribbean Compass magazine.
Better yet, bookmark it so you can read it every month as Jim is the new author of this monthly column on Astronomy.

There is much to see in the night sky.  Just the other night, Jim had me up on deck at 2 a.m. to look for the Quadrantids meteor shower.  2 a.m.!  I must love him a lot!  Anyway, I'm very proud of him and I'm sure you'll enjoy reading about the sky at night.