It’s been 11months- almost a year since we settled down in Grenada. The seasons have changed and the cooler months of winter are coming to an end. My feelings for Grenada ebb and flow with the tide; one minute all I can see is the beauty here, the bright, the bold, the colourful, the uncomplicated friendliness of a small island. I enjoy our life here and I can see a future. Everything is great in my little piece of paradise. The water sparkles, the boat bobs gently in a calm breeze. The sky is the brightest blue and the birds chirp brightly. Ashore the land is lush and plentiful, palm trees bend gently in the wind, and flowers burst in colour and fragrance. Locals and friends greet you with smiles and charm and I genuinely feel lucky and privileged to be here; especially when there is so much craziness and uncertainty in the rest of the world.
Then the tide turns and my feelings rush in the other direction, I long to get out of here, to set sail and be free. The heat is oppressive, the friendly faces unwelcoming and the bureaucracy of a small island and community are draining. But these moments are less and less these days as we find our groove here. Sure there are moments when im just itching to leave and start quizing Sim about how long he wants to stay here. But then I remember what I often tell people, that I love living on a boat and travelling but that I can take or leave the sailing part. So perhaps this is the best place for us for now....until I work up the gumption or we save enough cash to go sailing again.
Sim is happy at
work and enjoys his weekends pottering. I take huge pleasure in exploring this gorgeous
island and have been lucky enough to do plenty of that recently with friends or
on hashes. Together we keep the boat
running, Sim fixes things as they arise and I take care of the daily
chores. Noodling in the mornings with
the girls (and some guys) is a godsend to my sanity, without which I would
probably lose my mind and I also get a little exercise as well.
|Wandering Star in her spot at Hog Island|
Easter weekend has been and gone and Sim, who was still on holiday after a visit home to see his mum and family in the UK, had a few extra days off. So we shook out those sails and meandered around to St George's for the weekend. It was a great break and good to way to make sure Wandering Star is still in working order. The engine purred and the winches, sails and windlass all still work. We had a chilled and relaxed few days pottering on the boat, snorkelling on the reef off Grand Anse Beach and beach combing on Pandy beach. The water was clear and inviting, unlike in Hog Island and thankfully it wasn’t too rolly for the time we were around there. Sim cooked the most amazing pork roast on Easter Sunday and Monday we pootled back around to Hog Island. We picked up our mooring and back to work (for some) it is.
|Finally a sail after 11 months of not moving!|
|What do we get on the sail to St George's but a glorious sundog or sun halo.|
|Sim sitting patiently on Pandy beach while I hunt for sea glass.|
|Me and some of the noodle girls having a farewell coffee morning for those that are leaving.|
|Easter is traditionally a time for kite flying in the islands.|
|A quiet Hog Island....except for the cows.|
|Mum, Dad and baby cow on Hog Island.|
|Our favourite little furry thing|
|Beautiful Grenada, La Sargesse beach, Lance Aux Pines beach and a goat!|
|On some of the hikes and hashes in Grenada|
|Nature's amazing shapes and patterns.|
|The hiking gang, Cathy, Cathy, Cora and Andy. Grand Etang lake and Cora and I sitting at the top of Mount Qua Qua.|
|Tracy and I have been on lots of little outings recently including the various forts around St George's.|