Anyway, we started to think about all the stuff we've been doing so... better write it down!
The day after we got here one of the PAYS guys, Alexis, had arranged to take a couple on a tour to show them some of the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Erica this summer. The couple, Clair and Mago from Macario, is hoping to do some humanitarian work here on the island and Alexis thought they might have some ideas on how to help the local farmers. So 10 of us crowded into Alexis' van and we took off for the day.
|Washed out by the torrents of rain|
|Mixed farming - this is callilou/dasheen|
|Waiting for the meeting of the farmers|
|Scoured out by the river|
There is a farming area here called Syndicate. Not sure why it is called that... something out of the past? We met with the farmers from there. Makes sense that the Syndicate farmers should be the Syndicate Farmers Cooperative. Or just maybe... wait for it... the Syndicate Farmers Syndicate?
They talked about the need to work cooperatively to try to get things done. The general mood was that they need to spearhead the group and then choose a few attainable projects that would give them momentum to tackle some of the larger problems. It was a privilege to listen to them working to solve their problems.
Anyway... later in the day we saw all the washouts caused by the raging rivers from Erica's rain. Quite a mess for a poor country to have to fix up. Before Erica these rivers flowed lazily through tropical forests making for tourist paddle tours and lovely back yards. It's a mess that will take years to recover from.
Got back just in time to get cleaned up and have a drink before heading into the PAYS BBQ.
|Our man Seabird (Jeffrey)|
|Mary Clare and Axel from Azaya|
|Fish - and then back for chicken|
|Azaya next to us in the neighbourhood|
|Tall ships at sunset|
One day last week we watched a Norwegian flagged Bavaria 44 named Lea come in, captained and crewed by a group of young Norwegian women. I think they might have come over on the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) from Europe to St. Lucia. The captain showed great skill as she picked a spot, maneuvered into position and dropped the anchor... with no help from the crew. Right beside us!! After setting the anchor she leaped into the water and snorkeled to check that she was happy with it all. For the next few days we (mostly me) watched them cavort about in their tiny bathing suits; laughing, swimming, and generally having too much fun, Sadly, they left after only 2 days. Pam thinks they would have stayed longer if I'd have stared a little less.
|Lea - crewed by lady Vikings... Vikettes?|
|Landscaping the PAYS building|
|Antonio wearing a Yale Lions t-shirt. Wonder where he got that?|
Pam will be flying home February 25th while I stay and watch the chainplate process.
It's time to go ashore and make arrangements to watch the Superbowl. I wonder how that will work?