Saturday, February 14, 2009

Andy & Annie Visit

Before I start, let me suggest to anyone truly interested in our life in the Bahamas to also connect to any of the blog links to the right of this posting. Our friends Andrew and Vanessa on Tally Ho (the sailboat) have a fabulous map/chart of the Abaco's where we are staying on their blog. Another set of friends, Pat and Ray on Reflections have a great day to day commentary of our lives in the Abaco's. Our good friends Judy & Fred on Amarse and Sue & Paul G. of Odyssey have great photo's and commentary on the fun events that we attend. Also, there is a link to the Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club newsletter. It's located under NEWS. Please feel free to enjoy all aspects of this blog. We encourage you to leave comments or send us email (just say in the subject line - Enjoyed your Blog) or something like that.

So Far This Month.

Our friends Annie and Andy came for a visit. Annie can only stay until Sunday morning. We've wasted no time in getting on the water. A small group of Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club RMHYC members went to Great Guana Cay aboard the Sea Ray "Double Trouble" owned by Fred and Sidonia. Andy and Annie on "Double Trouble" heading for Grabbers to have lunch and spend the day.
Kent, Gretchen, Fred R., Judy & Wink (red) enjoy the ride as Fred S. pilots us to our location for the day. Wilma went shelling at the beach side of Grabbers Restaurant while lunch was being ordered. Wink spread out the shells and started checking out the shells and Sea Glass finds while we wait for lunch at Grabbers.
Wink, Wilma, Judy and Fred R. enjoy the beach at Grabbers. After lunch, the group walked over to Nippers for an afternoon beverage and breath taking views. (Check out Amarse's link for Great Guiana Photos). Wilma also collected a few shells.

On Saturday, Annie and Andy went to Elbow Cay (Hopetown) for the day. In the evening, Andy treated all of us to dinner at Wally's - a very nice restaurant in Marsh Harbour. Wink, Andy and Annie at the entrance to Wally's. On Sunday morning, Annie returns to Florida.
Our dear friend Sherry has been staying in Boat Harbour most of the time this winter while her beloved Fred remodels their home in New York City. Together, Fred and Sherry host a Pot Luck for Dock 4 for noon on Sunday. They served Hot Dogs and Beverages while other dock residents brought the side dishes and desserts.
Fred and Sherry on Chipka Fire III preparing Hot Dogs for a Sunday Pot Luck. Wink and Wilma also prepared hot dogs on John Henry. Andy is in the red shirt below. Feeling a little under the weather, he stayed inside except for this appearance.
Ann from Raggedy Ann also prepared hot dogs for the crowd.
Everyone on the dock brought delightful foods and great conversation. From Left to Right: Tony, Ann (foreground), Lois (background), Judy L. (Pink), Sue G. (Blue), Paul G. & Wilma.The docks were so crowded that many offered their boat bows as dining rooms.
Ed (sitting near) with his mate Shirley (standing blue) enjoyed their lunch aboard Gene & Judy K. boat (seated on starboard).
Lois & Carl L. shared their boat Puffin with Gail & Jim E. from m/v Christine.

We had baked beans, potato salad, mac n cheese, cole slaw, brownies, key lime pie, blueberry sour cream cake and lots more wonderful things. After many days of cold temperatures, the day was wonderfully warm. A good time was had by all. Thank you - Sherry & Fred.

The Royal Marsh Harbour Yacht Club (RMHYC) held their annual meeting on Tuesday, February 10th and Wilma was elected Secretary of the club.
Andy was here for the meeting and won the drawing offer by the Abaco Beach Resort. The drawing was dinner for two at the Valentines Day Ball. Unfortunately for Andy and fortunately for Wink and Wilma - Andy wasn't going to be available as he returns to Florida before Saturday, Valentine's Day. He graciously gave the tickets to us.
Another group of RMHYC members got together and rented a car and drove to Crossing Rocks - a great beach with lots of shells. Wink is in the foreground looking for interesting shells while Wilma is in the background picking just the right shells for a new future necklace.
Below, the car group poses on the beach for a group picture. Sidonia is taking the photo. Many pictures for this blog are generously provided by Sidonia of Double Trouble.
From the left: Judy, Wink, Wilma, Andy and Vanessa in front right at Crossing Rocks Beach.
Traveling by car on the only road south we encountered a brush fire that the Bahamians just leave to resolve on it's own. It had jumped the road as we returned, but danger was clearly not present to the road. On the way back, we also stopped at Pete's Pub for a snack and something to drink.
We were able to get the bartender to take a group snapshot. From the left, Vanessa, Sidonia, Wink, Wilma, Andy and Judy.
We also stopped at Snake Cay and collected a few minerals and then we stopped for one last adventure for Wilma to collect pine needles. Sidonia is teaching several small groups how to make pine needle baskets. Hopefully, we can show the final product in the next blog.


Anonymous said...

We enjoy your blog as we sit here looking out at the snow!! Nice to see pictures of those we know and especially Andy. Keep blogging and we'll keep enjoying a vicarious visit to Marsh Harbour!!

Anonymous said...

We loved our time on John Henry. It was so great to see everyone on Dock 4. Can't wait to get back!