Antigua Diary

Arrived Friday 1st of May In Galleon Bay English Harbour.

Arriving in Gallon Bay.

Arriving in Gallon Bay.

Anchored next to White Gold with Jim and Paula onboard.

Jim and Paula introducing us to Pillars and their wifi!

Jim and Paula introducing us to Pillars and their wifi!

They took us ashore and showed us the ropes and stayed out for the end of race week party.

Sat.2nd
Quiet day recovering. Dockyard Day for the locals.

Lunch at the Dock Yard Day.

Lunch at the Dock Yard Day.

Local dance troupe.

Local dance troupe.

Then, just before sunset the serious part of the day, Beating the Retreat with military band, rifles and cannons

Marching band complete with steel pans!

Marching band complete with steel pans!

in the evening there was a local band on the dock. At one point the singer was stopped and asked to give a public address for a lost child and then the stage was invaded by 50 or so kids who danced infront of the bemused singer!

Sun.3rd
Walked up river bed to Shirley Heights.

A rough riverbed climb up to Shirley Heights.

A rough riverbed climb up to Shirley Heights.

That's us that is!

That’s us that is!

Sun setting on Shirley Heights.

Sun setting on Shirley Heights.

the entertainment started at 4 with a great Steel Pan Band and BBQ,

Steel Pan Band warming up at Shirley Heights.

Steel Pan Band warming up at Shirley Heights.

followed by live music from 8. Extra entertainment was provided b a Hen and Stag party that were out for a good evening! Luckily Jim and Paula met us there and we shared their taxi back.

Mon.4th
Bank holiday. Lunch at Copper and Lumber. Recovery day.

Tues.5th
Walked into Falmouth booked car for the morning.

Weds.6th
Drove out round west of island and on to the airport to meet Nigel and Bridget. The airport is smaller than Cork, but somehow missed their plane landing! There s a brand new terminal being built and dwarfs the old 70s. After making the mistake of pulling up at the new one we realised that the car park surprisingly empty!

Bridget and Nigel arriving.

Bridget and Nigel arriving.

Dinner at The Pillars where we met Jim & Paula.

Thurs.7th
Trip in car. Lunch at OJs, a fantastic beach restaurant where we all did our bit for the environment and had lion fish all round. Lion fish are not indigenous and breed at a phenomenal rate and destroy the local feeding grounds for resident fish.
On to the beaches….puncture so the men changed the tyre.

Nigel working under Marcus's watchful eye!

Nigel working under Marcus’s watchful eye!

on to St Johns for a bit of retail therapy……a dress for Bridget, cotton for me and cap for Marcus.
On to find Putters Bar which Marcus’ old school friend, Colin owns. We were a little early, so we drove along the back of the local beach and on out out to St James fort.

View from St James' fort......spot the hawk!

View from St James’ fort……spot the hawk!

Close upon the hawk in the picture above!

Close upon the hawk in the picture above!

We took a stroll along the beach close to Putters and came across a yacht that had foundered on beach during Hurricane Gonzalo last year.

.........nothing to worry about, Bridget And Nigel!

………nothing to worry about, Bridget And Nigel!

! We wandered on past to big Sandals resort.

Wandering, taking it all in!

Wandering, taking it all in!

Bridget's sandals @ Sandals.

Bridget’s sandals @ Sandals.

Back to Putters and met Colin, ‘Ted’ and Lou.

The moment of meeting after 45 years or more!

The moment of meeting after 45 years or more!

Old friends.

Old friends.

We had arrived on Quiz night, so we stayed and competed as The Cruisin’ Crew. Amazingly we came 3rd! Needless to say we had a late night.

Fri.8th
My BD. ALL DAY.
After a big birthday breakfast, we left the dock and went out to anchor. No sooner had we arrived than Craig arrived in his dinghy from Baraonda to invite us aboard for drinks. We first met Craig and Wendy in Mindello in the Cape Verdes. CraigAfter far too many deadly punches on board their boat we set off to go out to dinner. As always on my birthday, things didn’t go to plan and we ended up staggering back to the dockyard for Fish Friday.

My birthday meal ........Fish Friday.

My birthday meal ……..Fish Friday.

Sat.9th
After a false start, where we had to call in at the dockyard again to pay our dues, we set off for our first sail with N&B up to Jolly Harbour. Nigel looked a little green at the gills so he took the helm.

The best cure for seasickness........helming,

The best cure for seasickness……..helming,

We anchored for a rather rolly nigh, before making our way further up the coast.

Sun. 10th
Shopping with N&B @ Waitrose at Jolly Harbour…….took the dinghy in and got soaked, a real introduction to the realise of this idyllic life!. Sailed to Deep Bay.

Deep Bay to the right. Much calmer than Jolly Harbour.

Deep Bay to the right. Much calmer than Jolly Harbour.

Ashore to Barrington’s fort.

Captain and First Mate.........

Captain and First Mate………

........and the rest of the motley crew!

……..and the rest of the motley crew!

Mon. 11th
Deep Bay. N&B went for a ‘Bimble’ to Galley Bay for the day. We just chilled, got some internet at the hotel and I tried out my new underwater camera that Marcus gave me for my birthday……no shots available in this post, but I’ll put some in the next one.

Tues.12th
Lazy day waiting for the wind to calm down before heading for Barbuda. We took a stroll along the beach and Nigel got into holiday mode with a hand-made shirt being sold under a tree at the back of the beach.imageHad lunch at Ares rip off restaurant. Snorkelling with B barracuda and lion fish.

Weds.13th
Round to Dickensons Bay for the night before setting sail for Barbuda. Having asked for directions in the car park, we set off for the distant Supermarket. We had just got to the main road and were thinking about hailing a taxi, when the lady from the car park stopped and offered us a lift. We all piled in…….people are so kind.
In the evening we dinghied ashore and met up with Colin & Lou again.

Thurs.14th
We set off in the morning and had a lovely sail to Barbuda.

The crew and Captain stowing the outboard engine, ready for off.

The crew and Captain stowing the outboard engine, ready for off.

The seasoned sailors enjoying the moment.

The seasoned sailors enjoying the moment.

Arrived before dark. Stayed on boat.

Fri.15th
Up early and ashore. Dragged the dinghy over spit of land about 50 metres across. We rigged a pulley on a stump and after much pulling and placing of ‘rollers’ under the boat, we got her into the water of the lagoon and made our way to the village of Codrington. Very wet trip into Codrington. We decided to hire bikes and cycle out to the cave.

Hi Ho Silver, Away!!

Hi Ho Silver, Away!!

Climbing up through the cave.

Climbing up through the cave.

image Back for street chicken and chips in the square. Re hauled dinghy with two pulley points!! Engine didn’t start in breaking waves. Paddled most of the way.

To be continued………….

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