Sunday, July 5, 2015

A GOOD DAY SNORKELING THE REEF

LET SLEEPING DOGS SHARKS LIE.


It finally stopped blowing hard, the swell laid down and I thought it might be worthwhile seeing if the viz had finally improved.

The answer was yes and I came across this fine fellow. Probably a nurse shark and as it was motionless it might have been asleep. I am sure the rules about letting sleeping dogs lie also apply to sleeping sharks.

As there was no current I guess that shoots down the story that sharks have to keep moving to breathe.


These guys were also out today doing there thing with fang filled mouths and trying to look hard.

Monday, June 29, 2015

THE GANG IS ALL HERE!

Morgan on Nirvana, Hugo on Shaitan,the Aussies on Amarullah, Chris on Magus, Time Out, Catitude, and many new faces are gathering in the Southern bays. The volley ball tourneys are starting up, we have sufficient to get a poker game going on Thursdays and the kid boats are busy organizing their intricate social lives.

One boat that is missing is LuLudu.

Matt and Sue looked after Dizzy while I was skiing and they finally got around to hauling only to find that when they were splashed that they had a new leak around their rudder post. Some investigation showed that it was riddled with toredo worm. So they are back out on the hard. Fixing that will not be a trivial repair.

For the nautical anoraks LuLuDu is a Morecombe Bay Prawner although most likely built as a gentlemans yacht than a working boat. The signature rounded stern gives it away.

THE SHOPPING BUS FROM HELL

It was not Trevors fault. Some inspired official decided to hold a major incident exercise on the roundabout that is the choke point in South Grenada roads. Result TOTAL GRIDLOCK and the shopping trip from hell.

It is a really efficient service usually, dinghy dock to dinghy dock in an hour and a half. Pharmacy, supermarket and cash and carry all done for another week.

It was more than 4 hours before we were back at Whisper Cove and Trevor took us through parts of Grenada unseen by most travellers. It really screwed up his day as he has bookings all day and had a couple of pigs to pick up for a big pig roast party on the beach.

Monday, June 15, 2015

FIRST HAULOUTS BIRDS LIZARDS AND A DIFFERENT SUNSET

The huge financial investment in the new boatyard in Clarks Court bay

showed it's first return with two boats hauled out.

No electricity or water yet and it is gonna be dusty as they are still excavating but it is a major achievement to be only one month later than the projected date set before the first dozer started work.

I was over at Whisper Cove for Sunday Brunch and snapped these three.

Unusually he was perched and may not have been well.

This guy can collect disability and a blue parking pass but was doing just fine begging from the tables.

We get lots of lizards and but I have not seen one with as much yellow before. He/she too posed nicely.

WATERCOLOR SUNSET

The Lords and Ladies of the Sunset put away the flashy hilighters and acrylics in favor of the gentle watercolors.

My G&T tasted just as good though.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

HOT FOOT HOT AND SOUR SOUP COOL CARS

I play poker online from time to time and I was really concentrating as I was getting close to the money bubble when I suddenly realized that one of my feet was quite hot.


Yup the cat hot water bottle strikes again.

COKE WARS

The coke bottlers on Grenada had held the franchise for 59 years. What they produce now is just not the real thing.

SOUP FOR DINNER.

I was born in Jamaica but have a UK passport and just now am in Grenada an island in the Caribbean, eating Chinese hot and sour soup cooked specially for me by a French Canadian. Life can be strange.


KEEPING COOL

Summer is not really hear but people work at keeping cool and parking your car in shade helps. I detoured and enjoyed the cool as I waited for my dollar bus home.


I needed to cool off after dealing with the bureaucracy involved in extending my visa. Still it is better here than some other islands. Banyan trees are cool.

SEA MOSS AKA IRISH SEA MOSS

This guy farms sea moss just off Whisper Cove Marina. I did wonder what the strings of coke bottle floats were doing. It is a popular local drink and herbal medication.

Sea Moss is known to add a little extra potency to the main male ingredient required for baby-making. Guys, if you’re having a little trouble conceiving, a healthy helping of Sea Moss will ensure that your boys will swim! A little too much and you may end up like me – father to twin boys!!

So, does Sea Moss really work? Depends on who you ask, but there’s no debating the drink’s strong nutritional value. Sea Moss has a rich mix of vitamins and minerals, most notably potassium, calcium and magnesium, that make it a favored elixir for treating everything from digestive disorders and ulcers, to depression, anxiety and even ADD.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

NINJAS - ISLE DE RONDE -


The midnight ninja toilet roll assassin has struck again.


Who could it be?


This is your favorite toy.

You are giving it to me?


Now you are going to sleep on my foot.
Elephants Child has been anchored out at Isle de Ronde and Sandy Island for a while and it was good to be back in St Georges for some shopping.

Yes Dizzy there is some good stuff in there for you.


No more land crab stew!

One of the reasons I am back is next Wednesday I get to visit the cruisers library run by the ladies of the island and the Grenada Heart foundation which only opens on the first Wednesday of the month on the balcony of Island Water World.



There was a fine library in town but building problems have resulted in it's closing down and there is no money for repairs.

Seems a shame.

Library closures will become the norm I guess as everyone moves to Kindle and Mr Google.





The Lords and Ladies of the sunset have been slacking recently but they got some of their fine brushes out and did some delicate work last night.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

COKE WARS

The French coastguard have been making a series of big cocaine busts but this one hit the jackpot.



They found 2.25 metric tonnes of cocaine on a large sailboat which they intercepted 120 miles off Martinique.



It is pretty obvious that they are getting some really good intelligence and are not stopping vessels at random.

This looks like one of the big Swans at least a 65, which is top of the line.

MORE COKE WARS THOUGH

Finding any Coca Cola product in Grenada has been getting near to impossible and the wholesalers have been importing but even they are struggling. It seems that the main bottler on Grenada has angered the parent company who has pulled the franchise hence the shortages.

So I was not surprised when in town after the bookswap I was searching for a coke and was offered something which at first glance looked about right but was not ' the real thing. '

Still not a million miles away. Now to persuade them to do make something like Coke Zero.







Cinco de Mayo

Any excuse for a party and potluck will do as far as cruisers were concerned. So it was mojitos [ are they Mexican ? ] chilli rellenos quesadillos [ my contribution ] etc.

Friday, May 1, 2015

DINGHY DEFLATION and HOT WATER BOTTLES

Yes Bernadette's kitchen is built around a tree. The tree provides welcome shade and Bernadette does the ' most for the least ' as far as a boneless chicken roti is concerned. I was looking forward to mine.

Zipping back from lunch at Bernadettes I noticed one third of my dinghy was a bit soft. It normally holds air well and a few pumps every month does the job. Adding it to the mental to do list I headed in to Whisper cove to pick up a baguette and say good afternoon to my favorite iguana.

Jumping back in I see the 1/3rd that was soft is now very floppy. OH OH must have a BIG leak.

One of the trials suffered by dinghys in the Carib is the large nails and other sharp bits sticking out and under docks. Ah well it is a few years since I have had to do a patch so getting back to Elephants Child I lift the dinghy and decide to fix it first thing next morning.



I go to sleep thinking about patches and wake to dreams of hot water bottles. Hotties were part of Duncker family life when I was growing up as we did not have central heating.

I sometimes need a hot pack on my left shoulder and when I wake to dreams of hotties nowadays I know Dizzy is socketed in to his favorite sleep spot.


After breakfast, two mugs of coffee [ CURRENTLY THOUGHT TO BE GOOD FOR YOU shame about the aspartame ] and some due diligence on the forums I moderate, I can put things off no longer.

I dig out the repair kit hoping I have a patch big enough, find the two part flexible epoxy that I use instead of the useless supplied glue, find some sand paper, brush, soapy water and the air pump.

Step one find the leak. As it went down fast it must be big or perhaps a whole bunch of little ones caused by getting trapped under something with a nail sticking down. Anyway I pump it up, the cap was off the valve and as I pump I think there is just a faint hope that the valve was leaking because the cap had been knocked off.




Three hours later RESULT It is still hard, must have been that cap, or dinghy viagra.