10 Jan 2013

[Cruise News] Rodney Bay marina, St Lucia

I went along to the "cruising wives luncheon" yesterday with 25+ other women of varying ages, nationalities and backgrounds.  It was very pleasant and the message coming from them all was "only plan to do one thing a day".  So armed with this information, our "one thing" today has been to pay a visit to Pigeon Island, a former military stronghold dating from the 18th century which is now operated by the St Lucia National Trust.  We got there by dinghying across Rodney Bay and spent a very enjoyable couple of hours exploring and having lunch ... a curried lamb roti, delicious.

At the risk of sounding repetitive, it's still very windy - last night was probably the windiest yet - but the forecast is now showing it settling down for the foreseeable future.  With the wind come rain squalls that are torrential for a minute or two - just long enough to necessitate closing all the hatches before re-opening them again in next to no time.  According to the locals, it's here to help the mangoes to ripen and swell and I have to say the results are sweet and juicy .... I'm a 2 mango a day girl!

We collected the new anemometer yesterday and Paul is now relishing the job of being winched right to the top of the mast to fix it, probably as much as I'm relishing actually doing the winching.  I can't decide who gets the worst deal but will let you know once the job is complete.

And that's about all I have to report today!