We’ve had a wonderful week with Betty and Tracy.

Betty and Tracy arriving.

Betty and Tracy arriving.

It’s so good to have visitors and give them a taste of what life’s like here and show them our present ‘home’ country.

Room with a view

Room with a view

The Sangria, where we had dinner overlooking Morne Rouge Bay on the first night.

The Sangria, where we had dinner overlooking Morne Rouge Bay on the first night.

If anyone is thinking of taking a holiday in Grenada, then The Kalinago Hotel is perfect. It is a small 26 room hotel right on the beach in the sheltered and secluded Morne Rouge Bay.

The bit that sold Marcus on the hotel was the bar with bar stools in the pool!

Marcus trying out the bar stools!

Marcus trying out the bar stools!

Betty and Tracy had a swim in the sea every morning before breakfast and we lazed by the pool with them quite happily on a couple of the days.
Being secluded, however, does mean that a car is a must and taking the turn off the road, down into the hotel, takes nerves of steel when the drive disappears from view over the bonnet!

Morne Rouge bay is not only a tourist destination. It has it’s own fishermen who set seine nets from the beach.

hauling in the seine net.

hauling in the seine net.

The Boss working the net.

The Boss working the net.

The fishermen catch ‘jacks’ small fish a little like whitebait, or catch larger fish or lobsters that they seem to cook on an open fire in a makeshift camp on the rocks.

Cooking on the rocks.

Cooking on the rocks.

Betty and Tracy saw these men at work early on their first morning before we arrived to take a dip in the pool and give them a quick tour of the nearby area in the car.
After a lazy day acclimatising to the heat and the new time zone, we had a late lunch at BB’s Crabback restaurant overlooking St George’s harbour. The food was fantastic and the owner had won awards in England for his Caribbean cuisine…….he spent 39 years in Ealing!
The following day we lunched at Whisper Cove, looking out across Woburn bay with Island Kea in sight. After lunch it was all aboard the dinghy and out to the boat for an afternoon of lazing and Scrabble

A lazy afternoon on Island Kea.

A lazy afternoon on Island Kea.

before dinner aboard.

Dinner aboard.

Dinner aboard.

We spent the day on Friday at the hotel, making good use of the facilities. Tracy and I took a kayak out and paddled off to check the depth of the water at the mouth of the bay to see if we could possibly anchor there. I hope we anchor better than we did with the kayak…….we had a 50 metre dash to swim back and save it from being blown out to sea!

When we got back, Marcus was giving a master class to Betty on how to swim with a noodle……who would have guessed he was such an expert?!

Get those legs up!

Get those legs up!

After all that exercise and a few rum punches at the bar, we strolled along to the neighbouring beach bar for lunch.

Lunch 'next door' under a palm tree.

Lunch ‘next door’ under a palm tree.

More lazing by the pool and a spot of snorkelling was followed by a quick trip out to a local beach bar, The Cocnut Beach, for dinner.

On Saturday we all went to ‘Taffy’s Bar’ to watch the Rugby, fully expecting to be able to barrack the welsh contingent. Unfortunately Wales won, but as Betty’s mothers maiden name was Davies, we had some claim to at least a welsh name!!

With our tails between our legs, we left for the hotel and a very competitive game of Scrabble before a sunset where we saw the ‘green flash’.

The sun going down, just before the 'green flash'.

The sun going down, just before the ‘green flash’.

Dinner on the beach.

Dinner on the beach.

So Clear.

Perfect!

A perfect sunset was followed by a torch lit barbecue dinner on the beach outside the hotel……..what decadence!!

Dinner on the beach.

Dinner on the beach.

On Sunday we were up early and got the canopy down by 7.00 ………Uncharted waters for Marcus! The wind was just beginning to pick up as we stowed it away and after breakfast we upped anchor and set off bound for Morne Rouge Bay to pick up B&T for a gentle sail back to Woburn Bay. We had a wonderful sail round with the wind and tide for most of the way.

Island Kea entering the bay.

Island Kea entering the bay.

The bay is very shallow for a long way out, so we edged as far in as we could, dropped the anchor and dinghied in to pick up our eager crew from their loungers on the beach.

Taxi!!

                               Taxi!!??

My Titanic moment caught on camera on the way out to IK!

My Titanic moment caught on camera on the way out to IK!

Tracy took a turn at the helm and we sailed a good way back to Woburn Bay before the wind and tide demanded the engine.

Tracy at the helm.

Tracy at the helm.

Once we were safely re-anchored, we dropped the dinghy and went ashore to join in the ‘Full Moon Party’ in Benjy Bay.
This is a very local monthly event with cruisers and local bands playing …… the best ever barbecued spare ribs….. and soup cooked on an open fire.

What a contrast……….table cloths, torches and waitresses yesterday, today a picnic table in a boat yard with food on a polystyrene plate and a plastic fork!!

Full Moon Eclipse Party

Full Moon Eclipse Party

The stage with the moon above

The stage with the moon above

Sharing the love. xx

Sharing the love. xx

On Monday we booked a tour of the island with Cutty. He is a great guide; very knowledgeable and extremely proud of the island. The tour took 8 hours and we went all the way to the top of the island

Petite Anse hotel in the north of the island.

Petite Anse hotel in the north of the island.

and visited the Nutmeg factory, chocolate factory

Tour of the chocolate factory.

Tour of the chocolate factory.

CHOCOLATE!!!

CHOCOLATE!!!

and the Rivers rum distillery,

Our tour guide, Witfield, at the rum distillery.

Our tour guide, Witfield, at the rum distillery.

as well as a waterfall and many stops to smell and taste various fruits and spices and look at local flowers.

Bougainvillea ....... the purple ae specialised leaves. The flowers are tiny!

Bougainvillea ……. the purple ae specialised leaves. The flowers are tiny!

A great time was had by all.

We left shopping until the last day, when we took a trip to a T shirt factory, where they will print your chosen motif on your chosen shirt or dress in just a minute.

After our successful shop, we went back to BB’s Crabback restaurant for our final meal together.

Our last meal at BB's

                 Our last meal at BB’s