We hope that everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. We enjoyed a dinner out Caribbean style, (fish for Brian and veggie pasta for me). It was a nice night under the stars. We have been working on Moon and getting ready for Rachel’s arrival. That’s when the fun will begin. We’ve been getting plans in place and then we will finally get to play tourist.
We are still anchored in Jolly Harbour. It’s a good spot and close to everything that we need. Groceries, water, lots of restaurants and shops to pick thing up. It’s also close to the local bus stop too so the big town of St. John’s is just a 15 minute ride away for $3 EC that’s about a $1.25 US each way.
Most days we plan a couple of projects. Try to finish up around 4:00 so we can swim before it gets dark (sun goes down at 5:30 and I don’t want to be shark bait in the water around or after sunset!) This is usually when new boats will start to come into the harbor to anchor for the night and it provides us with some entertainment. Especially when the chartered boats try to anchor. Most of them don’t know what they are doing and it can be quite a funny scene to watch.
The anchorage can provide all kinds of entertainment. For example it is normal for sailors to be naked on their boat. Most use some modesty but we have a boat that has been anchored next to us for about a week now that we think should be on the show Naked and NOT afraid! They do everything naked in on and around their boat. If only they were a little good looking it might be OK but no such luck!
Here power can be a issue. We have a wind generator and solar panels but when there is no wind our solar panels were never strong enough to give us enough power to last the day. (Our refrigerator uses lots of power…as Brian always reminds me) So as we were shopping in Brian’s favorite store one day (Budget Marine) we saw some solar panels on display…bingo! We have always had our eye out for some and have looked in the magazines but never took the time to order them and low and behold there were two there just waiting on us to purchase them. We now have two 160 watt panels added to our power supply and no more power worries. Actually now even when we charge all of our electronics we have an excess! I think that I am going to get a blender for Christmas……yum…smoothies!
Jolly Harbour is usually pretty tranquil at night but last night there was quite the shindig at one of the grand houses that are along the shoreline here. They had a big set up with a live band, a magician and a big fireworks show that went off at 11pm….which by the way was not a great way to get woken up…took us a minute to realize that we were not in the middle of world war three! I love fireworks though so all was soon forgiven on my part.
Exciting news here is that Cuban President Raul Castro arrived on Thursday morning in Antigua on an official visit to attend the sixth Cuba-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit. He’s at a resort on the island here with mucho security I am sure. Not someone that we would care to see so I guess that we won’t be the paparazzi that his security has to worry about. Now give me some Brad Pitt on the island and that might be a different story!
Who knows though maybe we will come across some stars closer to Christmas and New Years. Antigua is a pretty hot spot for celebrities to visit and there are a few that have vacation homes here too. That would be cool to see some famous faces!
OK, now I am getting off topic. Going to go for now and get to work….oh and by the way just because all of the pics that I have show Brian working doesn’t mean that I am not helping out too but someone has to hold the camera!
Take care all.
Jennifer and Brian
SV / Moon