Sunday, July 13, 2008

Day 6 (Thursday)

I again woke early and spent some quiet time on the veranda. At 7:00 a.m., there was already boat traffic in and out of Hillsborough and the local beaches. I gathered the digital camera memory cards and off-loaded them to the computer hard drive to free-up space for more photos. Digital photography gives us the freedom to snap away and not worry about film or developing expense, which has greatly improved my creative photography. I am much more likely to experiment with lens and lighting settings, as there is no real incremental costs for consumables. On this morning, I wound up deleting a couple dozen of my ‘creative’ mistakes.

The aroma from a fresh pot of coffee got Laura out of bed, and she treated the family to a big breakfast of ham and eggs, toast with nutmeg jelly, and juice. The weather looked questionable, and while we ate, we discussed our plans for this day. I was leaning toward a hike to Anse La Roche, but Laura and the kids all said that they had a bit too much sun the previous day and would prefer a quiet and restful day at the villa. These plans turned out to be perfect as a pattern of rain showers treated the island to a good watering all day long. A few of the showers were accompanied by some pretty strong winds, creating conditions that made me glad we had not trekked down a muddy trail to Anse La Roche!

While browsing the Internet to catch-up with all of the news happening in the rest of the world, we noted that Hurricane Bertha had formed off the coast of Africa. The strength and direction of the storm was still uncertain, but we knew we would need to monitor it in the event that its path across the ocean would affect our travel plans back to the States.

During a break in the weather early in the afternoon, Laura and Courtney decided to stroll along Paradise Beach. As they were returning to the villa a rather heavy rain shower hit the area. The two ran back to the villa trying to avoid the rain, but still wound-up getting drenched. We shared a laugh at their predicament.

The evening quickly arrived and we prepared for a small dinner party that we had planned with a local couple and their children. We phoned the Lazy Turtle Pizzeria located adjacent to Lumba Dive in Tyrrel Bay, and ordered four large pizzas for take-away; two plain cheese (EC$24 each) and two with pepperoni (EC$32 each). On the way to the Lazy Turtle, I noticed a good crowd had already assembled at the Lambi Queen to enjoy their favorite beverage. There also appeared to be a few more large and impressive motor yachts in Tyrrel Bay than what we had seen earlier in the week. I got to the Lazy Turtle a little early and enjoyed the use of their free WiFi while waiting for the pizzas to be prepared. They were soon done and I was on my way back to L’Esterre.

We had a great evening visiting with our friends from Carriacou, sharing lively conversation while enjoying the wonderful pizza from the Lazy Turtle. I can’t figure out if it is the pizza ingredients or the fact that we were eating it on a Caribbean island, but my wife and I think that the Lazy Turtle makes some of the best pizza that we have ever eaten.

We wrapped-up the evening by presenting our guests with gifts that we had brought with us from the States. There are many wonderful people on Carriacou, and we have made good friends with a few of them. The gifts were simply a way to share our own good fortune. Their school-aged children were thrilled to receive a notebook computer that we no longer needed. With a fresh installation of Windows XP, anti-virus and firewall software, productivity applications from OpenOffice and the FireFox web browser, the children should have something useful to assist them with their school work and entertainment. We also gave the parents a few sets of new kitchen and bathroom towels. Everyone was sincerely gracious and thankful, and we felt fortunate to share time with such good friends.

The children on Carriacou have such a bright future. The island is known to be one of the more literate in the Grenadines, and it shows through the solid academic performance by many of the children. Although some of the people leave the island to seek their fortune in the UK or the States, others make a point of developing a career that gives something back to Carriacou. That is very encouraging to see.