|The girlies and John went for a walk above Staniel Cay|
Feb. 7 Our friends, from last year on Semazana, were on their way in stages. Suzie arrived by plane in the afternoon to stay with us till Sam arrived with crew on their boat.
Feb. 8 When we entered the Bahamas this year, we were only given 90 days so we knew we had to renew our visas soon. Ray and Susan on No Agenda had chartered a plane to go to Nassau for their flight back to Texas so they graciously let us fly with them. We had a wild taxi ride to the immigration office in downtown Nassau, got our extension (after much consternation), and had another wild ride back and flew back to Staniel. That evening there was a big party on our beach so, of course, we went.
|flying back home over Norman's Cay and Shroud Cay|
|The new marina on Bell Island owned by the Aga Kahn|
|All the new windmills, houses, marina and landscaping on Over Yonder Cay|
|our anchorage at Big Majors|
Feb. 9 Pizza day again so we all went over to Sampson and filled our faces. Afterwards, John took Suzie, Susan and me to our favorite shelling beach and he hit the motherland of little sea biscuits! Suzie and I found a good many sandollars and sunrise tellins too.
|Some of our finds- all different urchins|
Feb. 10 Sam came by the boat and woke up Suzie and took her back to their boat. John and I went to Judy’s on Little Majors island and played a rousing game of Biriba. Semezana came for dinner and Sam and Suzie spent the night on Windermere while their crew dog watched Fred their Portuguese water dog.
|Suzie, Fred, and Sam on their new kayak|
Feb. 11 The wind was up and coming from the west which made for a rough day. everyone just stayed on their boats and read. In my usual crazy fashion, I went for a swim over to Semezana to say hi to Fred as I had not seen him yet this year. John took the dinghy to Sampson and picked up the food for my birthday party the next day.
Feb.12 It was blowing harder but from a much better direction so the chop was lower. We had Faring, Exodus, Semezana, and Samantha on board for the tapas that the chef at Sampson had made. Everyone was cozy and warm and enjoyed the food. Suzie had make a chocolate cake which was inhaled rapidly! All in all it was a wonderful birthday celebration.
|The birthday party group with the feast!|
Feb.13 The weather was better. Samantha asked us to join them at Staniel for lunch and then I found a few groceries at the Blue store. The excitement for the day was involved our friends on Steadfast. We had been waiting for them to arrive and we got a call that their, 7 months pregnant, daughter was sick and needed medical attention. We were able to get them in touch with the clinic and nurse on Staniel. They found a fast tender to take them from Compass Cay to Staniel. After she was treated, we were able to pick them up, ( 9:30pm) and she and her mom, Rosemary, stayed on board for the night. Just as we were going to bed, we heard a noise and saw a bright light! The big supply boat (about 200 ft) that goes to Fowl Cay resort was aground right off our stern! The light we saw, out the porthole, was their headlights. They managed to get off the sandbar and turned and went behind Semezana and barely cleared the next sand bar. We didn’t stay up to see how they got out again.
Feb.14 Valentines day! We celebrated on board Samantha with old friends and Sam and Suzie. There was a pretty sunset and a delicious dinner .
Feb.15-16 The wind was right for sailing the laser so sailing we did. One of the other trawlers had a laser too so we were able to sail/race together which was a fun treat. I got a little carried away with a tack and flipped my craft and had to be rescued by John and Ken (Faring) but I am determined to get back on my “horse” and sail again. Suzie and I try to swim everyday to keep our “svelte” figures. She is already svelte and I am trying. The social scene is in full swing cocktails, dinners, pizza lunches, etc.
|John and Phillip racing the lasers|
|The great view from June's new house on Staniel Cay|