Another week has come and gone and we still don’t have our solar panel we ordered in October. It was promised last Monday, then Friday and now it’s supposed to arrive this coming Monday. Trinnie time takes a bit of getting used to! ………as does the cultural tendency to fabricate reasons for the delay. Most taradiddles involve aging sick relatives and hospitals, or incompetent third parties who are un contactable. With such a pedigree, Trinidad should have produced Booker Prize winners in their droves!!

The gap for our long awaited solar panel!

The gap for our long awaited solar panel!

Despite the disappointment on the solar panel front, I personally have had a blessing of a week……On Monday I went for an opticians appointment. My eyes have been misty and uncomfortable and I knew they needed testing. While we are stuck waiting, I thought it would be a good time to order some varifocals………contact lenses get very dry and sticky in the heat. The optician, who had lived in Croydon and worked in Bromley and Orpington!!…….said my eye pressures were high and referred me immediately to a specialist. I got an appointment with dr Marahaj on Wednesday and his office made me a ‘field of vision’ appointment for the Tuesday. Clutching my field of vision results and my referral letter I reported to the health centre at 08300 for my specialist’s appointment. After more tests and a lot of lights being shone in my eyes, it was discovered that I had early symptoms of chronic narrow angle glaucoma and he told me I needed urgent laser treatment to lower the pressures. When I asked how urgent, he said he could do it there and then!! So I walked out at 1230 with two small holes in my irises and some steroid drops in my bag. On Friday I returned and had my pressures checked……. both eyes had dropped to 17 from 25 and 27. A resounding success! I now have to return in January for a check up and, if the drainage holes are working, hopefully have drops to dilate the pupils to have the back of my eyes looked at to see if there has been any damage to the retina and blood vessels there.
Since Wednesday I have asked a lot of questions of Mr Google and read up on ‘narrow/acute angles’. It seems that I have had a very lucky escape. If it had not been spotted and I had not had the treatment, the high pressures could have caused damage to my optic nerves and if I had had an acute attack whilst at sea and away from any treatment, I could have lost my sight within hours!

So all in all I have had one of the most valuable early Christmas presents ever!

Enough of me and on with the week’s activities.
We are very much back together again and it is lovely to be able to find somewhere to sit and relax.

On Wednesday, in our absence, the sun canopy arrived for its first fit and to check on fixing points. Yesterday, Friday, the almost finished canopy arrived for a fitting.

The canopy being tried on.

The canopy being tried on.

It looks huge, or maybe it's just because I'm standing under it!?

It looks huge, or maybe it’s just because I’m standing under it!?

We’re very pleased with it and once the finishing touches are completed over the weekend, we are hoping to receive delivery of it first thing on Monday. They seem very professional people, so we’re taking them at their word and wish their aged relations the best of health……..at least until Monday afternoon!

Yesterday afternoon/evening was the annual Cook Out in the boat yard we’re in. An excellent band played Parang music.

The Parang band.

The Parang band.

This is a local style of music, based on spanish rhythms and only played in the lead up to Christmas……..which officially starts here 100 days before December 25th, so that means everyone puts up their Christmas trees and decorations in September! The strange thing is they have the same reindeers, snowmen and sleighs that we do in Britain. I wasn’t expecting such a stong legacy of the colonial past.

At the cook out there were food stalls and a Yotties boat jumble.

Marcus playing with a new friend at the Boat Jumble.

Marcus playing with a new friend at the Boat Jumble.

All proceeds go to needy families and we managed to come away with more than we donated!
I was going to donate the 12v television that has lain up disturbed in the drawer since we got the boat. Once I had rooted out the necessary leads and plugs we relised it was a much better screen to watch films on and we stumbled on a great way of mounting it.

TV under cover, laptop at the ready.

TV under cover, laptop at the ready.

Seat swung around and TV in viewing position,

Seat swung around and TV in viewing position,

So now we can watch Downton Abbey in comfort and at a good volume……..we’ve been wearing headsets to listen to the laptop…….not very sociable!!

1 Comment

  1. Martin and Marylin

    It’s been great following your adventures this year Extraordinary and such a good diary We think we live a busy life !! So have a fabulous Christmas in Tobago . We’ve been there and Trinidad so can
    Imagine you there . Englishmans. Bay and Bloody Bay , great memories ,bread fruit and ketchup .
    So Glad eyes O.K xx So have aVery Merry Time and all good wishes fo The New Year.
    Love from The Garwood’s x

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