Local Sailboat in the West Indies

Here are a couple of photos of local boats that were racing in Clark's Court Bay yesterday. They are really nice looking an fast, but the have a special crew position that we don't have in the US… Bailer - aka someone with a cut milk jug that scoops water out the boat constantly :)

Red Beans and Rice

Today I'm making red beans and rice since the temperatures have dropped by about 2deg F. But I don't have cayenne peppers here so I'm using the local scotch bonnet peppers and seasoning peppers. Oh by the way white potatoes are very expensive here… sweet potatoes and yams are cheap…. but not white potatoes. I've been tasting the results, and it is pretty good, but a little hotter than I'd like, the rice should calm that down a bit.
Time to pour another shot of aged Rum and stir the pot. ;)

Waiting for Vet Papers

The pups have been to the Vet and blood drawn… Now we are waiting for the results from Kansas University. They we can file the papers with SVG and move north without puppy problems. This past week has been relaxing. I went to town yesterday and had lunch at the Nutmeg… Lambis Curry and it was really good - so was the rum punch. I'm running the engine today to get the batts fully charged. We have been a bit low on charge lately with all the rain on the solar panels. This should correct the problem until I can get to Mt. Hartman to get gasoline for the Yamaha generator and dink.
Soaking Kidney Beans for red beans and rice, but I didn't find potatoes at the market today. I'll have to hit up Whisper Cove in the morning to see if they have some potatoes. They should since they server fries all the time.
The Hash is in Clark's Court Marina this Saturday. I think I'll do it since it is only a 2 minute dink ride from here.
Lots of Halloween parties going on this weekend. I will try to make one of them, but otherwise, I have no costume other than being a retired person on a sailboat :)

There is a bright thing in the sky that makes us squint

I think some people call it the Sun. It is really hot and bright. I hope it doesn't hurt us. It has made all the rain stop falling out of the sky and finally dried all of our laundry!!!
It did not show it's face until after 12:00 today. I hope it goes away tonight. It will be really hard to sleep with that bright thing shinning on us.

Burning fuel, no sun on the solar panels...

Yep, having to burn more fuel than normal since the sun is not shining on the solar panels. We have had enough rain, go away tropical waves, Go Away Rain!!! We want sun, my shirts have been on the life lines to dry for over 30 hours and they are still soaking wet. The puppy towels have been drying for 3 days and they are still soaking wet. Go Away Rain!!! The water tanks are full. Go Away Rain!!! The river is full of mud and silt. Go Away Rain!!! The roads are full of pot holes. Go Away Rain!!!

Rain Rain go away, my laundry needs to dry

Rained last night and all day today. We need real sun shine instead of this liquid stuff. The laundry has been on the lines for over 24 hours and will likely stay out on the lines until Monday some time (if the sun comes out). I still have 1/2 bucket of laundry yet to go out… I guess those dirty clothes will be soaking for another 24 hours our so.

Less rain today

Less rain today and hopefully all the stuff will dry out. The puppies went to the Vet today, Jupiter has to go back for full Vet appointment on Tuesday. Cinco got shots, meds, and new tags including a special Grenada Rabies Tag… I put them on him today. I think his is now okay to bite a few Grenadians :) .

Otherwise we are doing okay, Less rain today and we may see the meteor shower tonight.

Another rain day

The next tropical wave is coming over and this is going to be another rain day. No laundry today :) Periodic squalls are causing boats to drag their anchors.
Overall this has been a very wet week here in Grenada.

Another rain day

We have had a few tropical waves pass over us or just to our north in the last week. The current one going over the islands should be off to our west by this evening. This one has lots of drizzle and some strong winds. We have had a steady chop in the bay that made the morning dink ride to the farmers market a bit wet. A big Cat next to us started dragging two anchors when the winds kicked up to 30+kts. They have moved now. I don't think they were in a good spot for anchoring.
We are not going to the beach today. The morning dog walk was at the Farmer's market and the evening walk will be when I go out for dinner tonight. The Hog island beach is too far away in this chop and we will all get soaked going there and coming back. The puppies won't mind as long as they get the freshly cooked puppy jambalaya.

Dinner tonight

Dinner tonight is Cassoulet de Castelnaudary au Confit de Canard du Sud-Ouest. It should be Yummy!!! It has cooled down a couple of degrees in the past two days, so it is okay to eat Cassoulet :)

Raining most of the day

So we have tanks full of fresh rain water and I have been working inside the boat on the freezer and a few lights that need new switches. Cooking puppy food to use up some of the chicken out the freezer and charging batteries with the little generator. It is 5PM and the thunder has started, so I guess we will have more rain coming. Hmm, I'm looking at the Barbados Radar and more rain later on tonight.
I had fish and chips at Taffy's last night… Yummy, no little nuggets of fish, this was a full fillet with thick fries and salad.

Have to make some new puppy appointments

The dogs are going to need there Rabies tests (annual for international travel). So I have to set up and appointment for them. The blood work has to be sent off to the US for testing and then wait for the results to be mailed back to me. Six to eight weeks are needed to get the results.
Not much else going on, minor boat projects and I have to start planning to provision the boat for a trip back up island. I'll probably post more info on the provision planning and process later this month.

Hog Island

Yesterday we had Lambis Roti on Hog Island for 15EC each. Picture to follow. Then today, Sunday, is the normal party day at Rodger's Beach Bar on Hog Island. Today they had a band and the usual chicken and ribs… but today they also had grilled lobster. So I had the grilled lobster and it was sweet. It was served with bread fruit salad (aka potato salad), rice and peas (pidgin peas), and pasta and cheese with a bottle of hot sauce on the side and a cold beer or two.
The dogs like it there on Sunday cause they get to see friends and also get to bark at lots of strangers.

Spare parts

I have a bad cell monitor on my batteries. I know I have replacements but I can't find them. I have rigged around the control for now so that the batteries work and I have re-re-packed the V berth.