Monday, April 10, 2017

First Annual Grenada Invitational Track and Field Meet.

The Kirani James Stadium

Opening Ceremony begins with the Tivoli drummers.

The Grenada Police Band



Ready for the meet to begin?  Perfect seats in the fourth row above the finish line.


Pre-race jitters.

Kirani James in lane 4.



Post race cool down.

Asafa Powell.

LaShawn Merritt being interviewed by ESPN.

The Closing Ceremony.













Sunday, April 2, 2017

Dove Sanctuary


Build a gate! That will keep them out. Or we could walk around it like everybody else. The 6.5 mile hike from Prickly Bay through the dove sanctuary.

Met Simon as he was bringing his cattle to the well.


 The bridge to Hog Island.


Abandoned Cuban gunboats.

The route taken through the dove sanctuary.


Monday, March 27, 2017

From Sunrise to a Sunset

Green Flash over the Caribbean.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Splicing an Eye

The first step in doing any boat project is finding the proper tools.
That means completely emptying the lazarette because they are always on the bottom.


One hour later I find the tool.


Using a splicing needle to splice a shackle into a halyard.


The core in this line (Marlowbraid) is slippery and difficult to work with. I use a slevagee hitch (the red line) to get a grip on it.



It requires a great deal of pressure to pull the needle and core through the braided cover. One end of the line is connected to a winch and the other to a cleat. Start cranking!

Work the last bit of core manually and

there it is.

Finished and it only took a few hours.

Then there are a few other projects.

Finding and double patching 3 dinghy leaks that mysteriously showed up one day.

Checking the fresh water impeller and greasing it before its first use of the season.

The only access to check the oil levels on the dipstick. 




Friday, May 20, 2016

Grenada Chocolatefest



We spent another day playing tourist in Grenada when we took advantage
of a tour during Chocolate Fest.
The trip started with a drive up the beautiful west coast of Grenada to
the Diamond Chocolate Factory, the home of Jouvay Chocolate.


The Diamond factory is in a historic building built in 1774 as a part of a
sugar plantation.



Cocoa beans drying in the sun.  The trays are on wheels so that the trays 
can be quickly rolled under cover if it rains.


Stirring the beans so they dry evenly.


Sorting the beans after roasting.


Grinding the beans into velvety chocolate.


In another part of the factory they press the chocolate to extract the cocoa
butter.  Now they have a 35 lb block of pure cocoa.


The cocoa butter drips down into the buckets and then is poured into 
molds.



This is a very manual, labor intensive process for making chocolate.
Each chocolate bar is made by hand.






Our tour was also an excuse to have lunch at 
the Petite Anse Hotel and Restaurant.
Located on the north coast, this boutique hotel boasts stunning views
and great food.









Another wonderful day exploring this beautiful island, the Spice Island
but also the chocolate island!