February 27, 2011
We will be unable to update the website for at least six weeks, but
Rich will still be blogging, when he can.
February 22, 2011
Hello all, This is Will, Rich's son-in-law, I have just been
informed that Anna's and Rich's computer is water logged. So until
this problem can be resolved they will be unable to update their site.
February 15, 2011
I was up early to watch a beautiful sunrise and listen to Chris
Parker's weather forecast on our SSB radio. Chris is a weather
forecaster that gives weather routing information over the SSB and
also weather reports for the Bahamas area.
It's been four days since I've off the boat, between the weather and
my current bout of vertigo, so we are off to explore. The
bougainvillea bushes are in full bloom and absolutely gorgeous.
We walked to the Atlantic side of the island and down to the beach.
We had to climb over the rocks to get to the beach.
You can see the coral heads where the wave is breaking next to the
Rich and Edie taking a break while I look for shells, sea beans and
It was low tide in the lagoon as we headed back across the island.
This boat has it's own little private bay.
Back at the docks of the Yacht Club there were nurse sharks swimming
The local fisherman were cleaning fish and tossing the scraps into
the water. Not a good time to go swimming!
February 14, 2011
Rich opening the sparkling apple cider for our Valentine's dinner.
The Captain was a little nervous about the candle.... Who says you
can't get fancy on a boat?
February 10, 2011
It was time to clean the conch!
Peter from the boat Saliander has given us some conch, which I
promptly froze. Now it was time to thaw and clean the conch.
The conch came out of the shell fairly easily, but sure looked awful
and .... Rich told me I had to clean it. So I did.
I trimmed all of the "bad" stuff off and then I "cracked" the conch
to tenderize it. (beat it with a meat mallet)
Even Rich had to admit the conch fritters and sweet potato fries
were pretty good eating.
February 7, 2011
We decided to spend the day walking around Black Point Settlement.
We stopped to talk to Agnes as she was weaving fronds. She sells the
rolls of frond thatch to Nassau and they make baskets and hand bags
out of it for their straw market. In her yard is the frame of a
Bahamian "C" class sailing sloop her husband Von has been working
on. She told us he was an excellent boat builder and sailor and had
won many trophies.
She took us inside to show us his trophies. This is just one of
several trophy displays in their house!
As the guys inspected the boat frame, the gals talked to Agnes about
This is a pigeon pea bush. Pigeon peas and rice are a staple in the
Agnes and her husband Von in front of another sloop, he is working
Later in the day walked over to the Atlantic side of the island to
wander the beaches with Barbara and Gary. (look close and you can
The heat began to get to me, so Rich and I headed back. We stopped
here for lunch and rested a bit.
The small motor boats anchored near shore belong to the locals
contrasted with the cruising boats in the background.
February 6, 2011
We decided to go the superbowl party at Lorraine's Cafe in
Blackpoint. They served a buffet dinner and the drinks were happy
Rich talking to Barbara from sailboat, Palaola. We had a good time.
February 3-5, 2011
After we arrived at Little Farmer's we walked into town. Ocean Cabin
sponsors the First Friday in February Festival at Little Farmers (5F
We tried to figure out the hours for Ocean Cabin but gave up.
Out at the end of the dock they were cleaning conch. These were the
empty shells from a morning of conch cleaning.
This hill is about 6 feet deep of conch shells, thousands and
thousands of shells spilling out into the bay.
People setting up stands to sell things to the cruisers. About 50
boats arrived in the farmers cay area for the festival.
Out on the pier, the local kids were watching rays swimming by and
daring each other to touch them...Kids are the same everywhere.
Mother and baby.
There was a lot of native cotton growing by the roadsides.
The mail boat arrived with a pickup full of music equipment and one
of the "C: class race boats aboard. (There are several pictures of
the races on Rich's Blog).
The boat has been craned off.
I should have made some bets since they won many of the races over
the next two days.
Looking down into the hole of the ship.
One important pallet of goods!
The local air strip, not a good place to anchor.
Next to the airstrip was this gazebo where they ran the sailboat
races and also had a big all day long party going for 2 days.
In town cruisers gathered at the Ocean cabin restaurant/bar.
There was a "best legs" contest for the guys...I lost.
In consolation, Anna bought conch fritters for us.
Floyd, (a fisherman) was busy making conch salad.
We bought a bowl. very tasty...but spicy too!
February 2, 2011
We heard that Blackpoint had a nice laundermat, so we stopped to
check it out. The facility was so nice we decided to do our laundry
The laundermat is in a nice building and is open daily except for
The inside is clean and the machines are newer.
This strange looking boat was anchored nearby.
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