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 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!
We are a short walk to a beach on the Atlantic Ocean, made it there the first morning here for sunrise
The little town of New Plymouth is about a half hour walk
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!
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!
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!
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!
Here is the colourful police station
Here is the old jail still standing
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.
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.
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!
This complete with homemade bread from the grocery store, my new plates from the flea market made a fantastic lunch!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grant wants to use this as his new profile picture on Facebook!!
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!!