Saturday, January 28, 2012

Windows That Don’t Open!

Conception Island, Bahamas

Well nearly 3 weeks after we left Georgetown to head south we are precisely 40 miles further on!

We had a lovely trip over to Conception Island and then the weather window that looked so good slammed shut (like all windows eg the football transfer window, they never seem to close quietly!).

So we have spent a wonderful few weeks pottering round here and Rum Cay, as well as a flying visit to Thompson Bay on Long Island to get more fruit, vegetables and diesel!

Despite some frustration at lack of progress, we have had a superb time, the weather has been stunning, sunny days, warm star filled nights and pleasant winds here (slightly further south it has been howling).

The freezer is filled with lobster from our various hunts (sadly Conception is now a park so no more hunting there) but stubbornly no fish, just 2 more lost lures.  We keep hooking fish that are far too big and they then break our gear!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Christmas With The Wilsons

Georgetown, Exuma

With Christmas and New Year over we find ourselves in Georgetown getting ready to head south to the eastern Caribbean.

Kate_157We spent a wonderful Christmas with the Wilsons, they flew down to Staniel Cay and rented a lovely cottage for a week, plus 3 days on board Matsu.  We were also honoured by the girls coming to visit without Kate & Rog for a few nights, giving us a great chance to catch up on their real news away from Mum and Dad’s flapping ears!

While they had the house they also rented a Boston Whaler so we zoomed around the Exumas in that showing off our favourite spots to them.

Highlights included Sandy Cay, iguanas, eagle rays, feeding the nurse sharks at Compass Cay, snorkeling Thunderball cave and feeding the swimming pigs plus lots of wonderful talking drinking and laughing.

Christmas Day started early with Georgie dropping all Santa’s presents on the floor at 6am, after present swapping and brunch it was time for the cooking marathon and then turkey lunch before whiling away the afternoon on the dock with a few cold drinks.

We sadly waved them farewell at the airport and then had a lovely sail down to Georgetown, losing yet another fishing lure on the way.

We have been here 10 days now, we have fresh fruit and veggies, diesel, petrol etc on board ready to go, and have had our fill of beach volleyball, yoga and walks on the beach.  We have a good window to leave over the next few days so will set sail for places new.