We have been idling in Five Islands, doing chores, reading books, having drinks, swimming and exploring. But mostly, we've been killing time until Chevy gets here... with "My Mommy!"
And so, we arrived at the airport to meet them about 2 hours before they were to arrive... just in case, you know. A flat tire, a traffic jam, who knows.
The flight was early and before too long, we spotted our visitors. So cool!!! Eight weeks without family is too long. Pam was a little teary. Not me, though!
|Pre visit - Pam is "Noodling" with buddy boats|
We spent our first day with our new crew resting up, acclimatizing, and getting wet. There is a great shell beach right near our anchorage and the recent surge has brought up huge collections of shells. Chevy collected enough shells on her first day to warrant an extra luggage allotment.
|Chevy at home on Blue Pearl|
|Looking in on a boaters' evening flotilla|
Pam has been "noodling" with folks from the other boats in the harbour. They do an hour of exercise with pool noodles - good for the body and it keeps you nice and cool while you are working out. She skipped out on noodling after Carrie and Chev arrived. We also chose not to get involved in the "dinghy drift" - hooking boat dinghies together along with sundowners and appies in the late afternoon. But we did drive by to have a look and wave our hellos.
|Chevy exploring different expressions|
|Oh, are there any shells here?|
|Gran supervising shell collecting|
The most amazing thing happened on Wednesday. We had just landed on another shell beach when Chevy found a conch shell... WITH A TREASURE MAP INSIDE!!!
|What? A treasure map???|
|Wow! Digging up treasure in Five Islands!!!|
We followed the map and Chevy dug up a real treasure with coins, jewellery, marbles and keys. We're not sure what the keys might open.
What a great day!!!
Thursday wasn't as great. Chevy was determined to find another treasure but we couldn't find any. Devastating! Dang!
We sailed up to Deep Bay and anchored for the afternoon. Scrambled up to Fort Barrington... but there are no gift shops or ice-cream stores so our time up there was limited.
On the way back, "My Mommy" said she would like to swim out to Blue Pearl and so, of course, Chevy wanted to engage in that adventure with "My Mommy." So they did! Swam all the way out to the boat. Pam and I had a gin and tonic while we waited for them.
|Sailin' down the coast of Antigua|
Had a couple of fun days in Carlisle Bay. We found a fruit lady on the road and bought papayas and bananas. "Goat Water" for Papa at another place. You can buy a kid's bathing suit at the Carlisle Bay Boutique for $120 US... or you can go to the lady just off the property. So, Chevy ("My Mommy" and Gran) made the lady's day and bought all kinds of treasures for everyone in Chevy's life!
|Fixing a broken palm tree in Carlisle Bay|
|Tubing in Carlisle|
We spent our last day in Falmouth Harbour where the mega-yachts live. It was fun to watch them coming and going. And to have lunch in some of the same spots where they spend their time. Hah, what am I saying?! Why would you buy a $10 burger when you could go to another place where it costs $50. Their loss. We had a great time at our restaurant.
|Just a 10 dollar burger|
|Lunching with the yachty crowd in famous Falmouth|
|Going to lunch in English Harbour|
|A modest yacht passes our anchorage|
We are going home in two weeks so there weren't many tears when we put them on their taxi to the airport. We will be spending lots of time together over the next 8 months before we head south again.
So cool to have our family come visit Blue Pearl while we are down here.