On Island Time Now! Feb 7, 2016

We have booked ourselves into a very nice marina, Leeward Yacht Club and Marina, for a month.

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It feels good  to know that we don’t have to be overly concerned with the winds and weather for awhile. (Although I should do a count of the number of times Grant goes to check the lines!! lol!)

I think we are both still exhausted from the crossing! To bed anywhere between 7:30pm and getting to 9pm is a real stretch! We awake early too – with the local roosters at 5:30am. Maybe that explains the early bedtime!

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We are a short walk to a beach on the Atlantic Ocean, made it there the first morning here for sunrise

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The little town of New Plymouth is about a half hour walk

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That first walk was kind of funny. We were walking to the rules of the road – facing traffic only to find they drive on the opposite side of the road here and mostly in golf carts!

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Things run at an easy pace here. We were lucky to arrive on Thursday – that is the only day of the week that the phone company and bank is open.

There are a few little grocery stores – all with pretty much the same expensive items – a bag of 3 romaine hearts – $6.95. This is the reason we stocked the boat with lots of canned goods before we struck out.

Our first walk to town for our Bahama phone was fun! 20160204_135522

A good workout – a few hills! Once we got our phone hooked up it was time to explore and have lunch! Met Cory at the Liquor Store/Cafe – it was packed!20160204_13233920160204_12534720160204_124000

Had to sample the local beer – not bad at all! We were wanting to try conch salad but unfortunately the weather hasn’t been great and they haven’t been able to get out to harvest any.

After lunch we toured around town and got our bearings. The cute little houses are to colourful and the roads are very narrow!

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Here is the colourful police station

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Here is the old jail still standing

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The boating community consists of many Canadians – connected once again with Al and Linda – they are on a mooring ball not far away from us.

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Docktails are always fun and great way to connect with everyone. Going counter clockwise – here are our crossing boat buddies, Jim and Gwen from Alberta beside Grant. Al and Linda from Montreal and our new friends from Pembroke, Ontario – Bev and Rob Davidge.

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Yesterday was a fun filled day! Everyone was excited! The church was having a flea market – shopping!!! Grant and I walked into town while others dingying across the sound. It was packed! Golf carts everywhere!

We wandered town and we are getting to know everyone! One local lady told us to watch for Eddy on the government dock – he has the best conch salad and makes it right there while you wait. We were excited to see him setting up!

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This complete with homemade bread from the grocery store, my new plates from the flea market made a fantastic lunch!!

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Yesterday afternoon some gals from the marina invited me to go with them to check out a open house where the couple, from Ontario, were selling then sea glass jewellery. It was about a 5 mile walk total – getting my exercise for sure!! Here’s another beautiful beach that was on the way.

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Walked back with David and Gillian, our dock neighbors, and David introduced me to coconuts. Here David is showing Grant the steps to get into the delicious meat and juice.

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It’s a bit of a workout! Grandma’s big butcher knife was a close as we have to a machete and did the trick.

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First you remove the husk, then you are down to the nut. Now you look for “the monkey’s face”. A hole is punctured into one eye and the mouth and you drain the coconut water.

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Grant wants to use this as his new profile picture on Facebook!!

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Now you take a hammer and break the shell – delicious!!

The coconut water is great in our new drink that David told us about as well – Rum and Tonic with a twist of lime!!

Cheers!

 

8 responses to “On Island Time Now! Feb 7, 2016

  1. Great post!!! Love hearing the daily routine, which turns into the days event!!! I think the messy picture of the cocunut should be the new FB profile with some descriptive comment to make everyone giggle!!! Nice to see the weather is great, getting lots of walks in. So nice to hear about the Canadian traveling buddies and whatever adventures you discover with the buddies…. Looking forward to the next post!!! Vicariously living the local flavor with ya.

  2. Grant’s profile picture – mid Atlantic! b

    On Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 10:36 AM, As The Crow Flies wrote:

    > As The Crow Flies posted: “We have booked ourselves into a very nice > marina, Leeward Yacht Club and Marina, for a month. It feels good to know > that we don’t have to be overly concerned with the winds and weather for > awhile. (Although I should do a count of the number of times G” >

  3. ‎Good morning, I have been following your blog for quite some time. It looks like you are having a fantastic time. My husband and I live in Oakville Ont and will be starting the Loop from Georgian Bay in August. We will be sailing as that is the boat we have. I think we have sorted out almost all of the details except one. If you don’t mind I would like to ask if you have a recommendation for personal insurance? There are so many companies. We expect to be gone about 8 or 9 months and most companies I’ve looked into don’t cover that length. I appreciate any advice you have. Thanks, Joanne Fitzsimons SV Parka Niagara 35 Encore AGLCA Member

    Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Bell network.

    • First off congratulations on deciding to do the loop! You will have a trip of a lifetime!!
      We went with RSA Travel Insurance. Grant went to the Canadian Snowbird Association website and RSA are endorsed by them.
      If we can help you out any further please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us. cindycrowson@yahoo.ca

  4. Hey- great to hear an update. Believe it or not we (Matt, and the twins) were in Daytona Beach from Dec. 19 -25. We were in S. Daytona but went to the intercostal waterways to check on the fishing a few times. We also went to Publics a few times. Wish we would have run into you.
    which island are you on in the Bahamas. We went a few times with the two older kids, and the last time we went, Matt parasail end and then we ate conce at a little resterant right on the ocean.
    They have 2 gears in the Bahamas! Slow, and slower. They take their sweet old time doing everything. I think I waited over an hour for a single scoop of ice cream!!!!!!!!
    Did you get any storms or wind crossing to the Bahamas?
    Karen from Michigan

  5. HELLO, WE WERE THE FATHER AND SON TEAM ON THE 30′ BLUE SAIL BOAT NEXT TO YOU ON LAKE WORTH AND WE LEFT RIGHT AFTER YOU THE SAME DAY.THAT NIGHT . WE TO TOOK A BEATING AS THE WEATHER CHANGED 16HRS TO BE EXACT. YOU MAY RECALL WE MET UNDER THE BRIDGE ON THOSE MANY MANY DAYS OF WAITING TO CROSS AND FOOD SHOPPING WITH OUR SIX FOOT DINGHY. WE KNEW YOU MADE IT ACROSS SAFE FOR I WAVED AT YOUR HUSBAND AS WE ANCHORED IN ALLANS PENSACOLA ON OUR WAY TO GREEN TURTLE CAY. YOUR STORIES AND PHOTOS ARE GREAT. WE TO GOT STUCK BY THE WEATHER IN GEEEN TURTLE THAT WE STAYED THE HOLE MONTH AT DONNYS MARINE AND PUT OUR BOAT UP ON THE HARD AT AYS AND WILL COME BACK IN NINE MONTHS TO GO ON. HOPE THE WEATHER IS BETTER IN 2016.MAY YOU HAVE MANY FOND MEMORIES OF YOUR TRAVELS AS WE HAVE HAD IN THE ABACOS.SAFE MOTORSAILING GARY AND STEVEN/ SV LANDLOARD.

    • Grant wondered who that was – he said they are saving like they know us!!lol!!! I can’t believe we didn’t connect while we were in Green Turtle! We are also putting our boat up at AYS! Hope to connect with you both when you return!

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