|The bath mats I use to line the floor storage are working great!
Our morning routine seems to be more or less the same every day. We have coffee, Bruce does some exercises in the saloon while I check the weather, piddle on the blog or Facebook, or maybe do some route planning... We listen to Chris Parker weather and plan our day.
I get up and make the bed then straighten up the kitchen which may or may not include dishes and refilling the ice trays. I clean the catbox and maybe wipe the saloon floors with a damp cloth. Then I make breakfast and we (and the weather) decide what we will do for the rest of the day.
|Each can had to be washed and dried before returning it to storage
The supply boat came on Monday and the shelves in the Exuma Market were promised to be overflowing with fresh foods by 3pm. Since we need to have a good idea of what we have on hand before we do any more provisioning, we launched a full inventory of all our food and household goods. This ended up taking all day long.
|All clean and accounted for!
Some are discarded. We have things with expired "best by" dates and have to decide if we want to eat them or not. That's a huge discussion on board Dos Libras due to our different backgrounds. I'm a by-the-books girl and Bruce came from a family of 11 children where you do NOT throw away food.
Once we were done with our inventory, I wasn't so hot to get to the market... We had enough food to eat pretty well for over a month without buying another thing...
Sooooo... we settled in for a relaxing evening and called it a day.
|Even gloomy days are beautiful. Love the emerald cloud bottoms!
|Our spot at Sand Dollar Beach
|It started to rain softly on our way back to the boat.
Back on the boat, we got that jammie time. It was almost cold as the rain fell intermittently and we were happy as clams snuggled in with our cat as a lap rug.
|Prepping to move before sunrise
The iPad needs some updates and a backup, and I haven't checked email in a while. I don't usually open my email using data because of the huge bunch of junk mail we get. I'm not using my precious data for that... so we needed to find a place that has wi-fi... and that usually means we get to have lunch OUT!!! Yippee!
For $3 per year you can check out books and CDs. We thought we would have to pay again but since it hasn't been a year, we still have a membership! I sat on the porch outside and watched the world go by while Bruce chose some new books. We haven't come to the point where I censor his reading material yet but we are very close...
Unfortunately the wi-fi wasn't great so that backup will have to wait. The burger and the mahi sandwich were delicious. This is the place we eat out most often in GT and the pina coladas are sweet heaven.
We looked at the selection of fishing supplies. Bruce is on a mission to catch fish and lobster for us as we continue on our way down island... they had the spears but no tips, so we will pick that up later in the week after the supply boat comes again.
|I get a thrill out of this tunnel every time!
a wild ride... This was definitely the calm before the storm.
WOW was that every strange! We had only a little bit of damage, unlike some in the anchorage. The zippers on the center panel of our enclosure were broken.
One was unfixable but we were able to get the other one to work again using some extra zipper stops I have on hand. I will have to replace the broken one but luckily I have one zipper that is long enough in my stock of spares.
We were happy to see Robert, the air-traffic-controlman-of-laundry still at work. It wasn't a busy day so we got a machine right away.
Bruce read magazines and I chatted with White Bird to pass the time. There was a woman folding clothes who couldn't hear or speak. Bruce bought a raffle ticket from her and put her name on it. It was nice to see her smile.
In Cruiserdom you pretty much plan on doing one thing each day... and if you have time for more, you're lucky. Well our day was pretty much over by the time we got back to the boat... so we didn't even try to pack any more in... A relaxing afternoon on the deck and dinner was it for us.
That left feeling behind because the boat was still covered in salt water from all the splashing during the derecho. I don't like salt on the deck and especially in the cockpit. I feel like it gets onto everything and the cat licks it off her feet... I'm not sure what that does to a cat but it can't be good. So right after breakfast the next morning we got busy washing the boat. It's nice to have plenty of water to spare for this activity... a thing that never happened before we got a water maker.
The winds were almost calm and the water was glowing and crystal clear. The feeling of Life-is-Good was strong...
|My preferred method of drying clothes...
A friend had advised us that we should take a look at our snubber after the beating it took during the storm. Evidently nylon rode can heat up by repeated stretching and should be checked regularly.
We don't often use that much scope but it needs to be in good shape should the need arise, especially as we travel further where the anchorages will be deeper than here in the Bahamas. Add re-splicing the anchor rode to the list-of-things-to do...
Soon it was time to get cleaned up for our dinner ashore! I know... eating out AGAIN??? What has the world come to???
|Magnolia and Agape V took the scenic route...
|The parking lot...
|I think conch may be on the menu somewhere...
|Standing in line...Minced fish on the menu here... pass!
|The early birds!
|The bartender dressed this one nicely and danced a little jig while preparing it.
Our group milled about like a flock of birds flying... reshaping and moving on in spurts. It was great fun.
We all perused the menu and placed our orders, then settled back to wait... and wait... and wait.
This IS the islands and no, you DON'T go back and ask how long until our dinner arrives!
I chose the lobster dinner for $20!!! Bruce got ribs for $14. Prices aren't bad here.
Another couple joined our group, locals who own a home here on the island and split their time between here and the states. It was interesting to hear about life on the island from a homeowner.
|Choosing our dinner.
|Drinks and waiting
|Lobster and ribs
We got our dinner finally and were impressed with the portions. The food was delicious and we devoured it voraciously while some continued to wait for their dinner. Orders are prepared one at a time... By the time the rest of our group got their food we were done and ready to go back to the boat to bed. What a fun night it was... maybe we should rethink our policy on going ashore at night.
One more day on this one and I'll cut it off... Morning dawned beautiful. We need to take a sail offshore to dump our waste tanks to avoid paying the (kind of) expensive pump-out fees... But first we want to go into town again...
No... FIRST we have to fix the enclosure! I keep putting it off because dragging out that heavy sewing machine and all of the stuff that goes with it is a pain...
Also a pain is the fact that these projects almost never go smoothly... They end up being way more complicated than expected and taking all day! But we got lucky this time. The hardest part was ripping out the old zipper.
Sewing the new zippers on went relatively painlessly and we were done by lunchtime... Even the cleanup!!!
Our trip into town was a success... we stopped at the gas station dock and filled our two gas cans. While I was waiting for Bruce to pay the bill, I remembered that the bakery next door was supposed to have fresh baked bread today, Saturday... I popped over there and picked up a still-warm-from-the-oven loaf of wheat bread. Ohhh it smells heavenly.
There was a young man dressed smartly hanging out at the fuel pumps offering help. He followed us to the boat and insisted on helping us move the heavy gas cans into our dinghy. He was so eager we couldn't say no, and so we let him help us for a tip.
We had to refuse him when he begged us to take him for a ride in the dinghy but I let him pose for a picture pretending to drive. I asked him what he would do with the money he earned today and he said he would buy himself a patty for lunch. Patties are delicious pastries filled with meats, cheese or veggies. Now I need a patty!!! That's pretty much our day!
We dinghied over to the dock and walked to Top to Bottom for that spear gun, then returned to the boat. We had planned to move to the other side of the harbour... We even got ready to move the boat when we realized that it was almost four o'clock and too late to move the boat if we wanted to take a sail...
So we invited our friends on Mañana over for happy hour and dinner... and so ends another chapter of Life in Georgetown! Stay tuned folks, we aren't gone yet!