We hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas. I have to say that we rather enjoyed ours. We decided to treat ourselves or I should say treat me so that I would not have to cook and we dined at Sunshine’s at Pinney’s Beach where we are anchored. Nothing fancy Brian had a nice fish plate and I had what all the restaurants offer vegetarians around here…the pasta dish 🙂 Both were good though and we had a wonderful evening.
As we mentioned in our last post we have been busy exploring and have lots to share so we will start with our trip to Fort Charles. If it were not for the map you really would not even know that this fort was there. It is not as grand as some that we have seen but it is worth exploring. We knew that it sat just south of Charlestown and thought that if we followed the beach along the coast that it would bring us right to the fort.
Down the dark gray sand beach we strolled and after by passing a couple of donkeys we were had found the fort. The walls are so overgrown with foliage that it was hard to see it at first but, there was a heritage sign so we knew that we were in the right place.
The fort is petty small and in it’s condition it is hard to imagine the battles that have taken place here. As always I had my eyes on the ground hoping to find some treasure from the past but with the overgrowth I did not find anything but wonder and amazement.
Brian was unfortunate to be reminded that we should at all costs avoid the deadly manchineel tree. Among our exploring he brushed a couple while climbing one of the fort walls and was poisoned by the tree. It took about a week for the burns to heal up. A least we did not eat the deadly fruit that looks like apples on it like we have heard of others doing. Now that would be very bad indeed!
That brings us to our next adventure a trip to the hot springs.
The “Baths” or hot springs are known for their healing properties for whatever aches or pains that you may have. In the 18th century, Nevis’s hot mineral springs made it the leading spa of the West Indies. Thankfully they also are known for being able to heal the manchineel tree burns. The temperature in the springs run about 110f. Now that’s hot! The springs bubble from the ground, bringing the hot water to the surface year round. It was too hot for me but Brian enjoyed it. Not sure if it worked it’s healing powers but Brian is a believer!
It’s not all fun and games. We’ve been also working on a few boat projects here and there. We have too with this old girl, there is always something that we can do to give her a little attention. The last few days have been pretty windy which seems to be the norm with the winter winds here but at least it keeps us cool especially during the nights.
As you can see we’ve been doing our best to have some fun. I know it’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it. Relaxing and just doing nothing is a good thing too. I read that a local once said that the best reason to go to Nevis was to practice the fine art of limin’. To him, that meant doing nothing in particular. Limin’ is something that we are still working on…too much to see and always something else to do.
As always we hope that all of our friends and family are doing good and that this New Year will bring new adventures, happiness and good health to all.
Jennifer and Brian