Monthly Archives: March 2019

Martinique, Dominica, February 2019

Back in Le Marin we bought beer, wine (the bag in box ones) and all kind of good French food like duck breast, lamb, cheese and sausages. We sail to Dominica and we don’t know how the situation is over there, but first a stop in Grande Anse de Arlets, a cosy village with blue waters, a little rest after our “holiday” in Europe.

We want to go hiking in Dominica and together with our friends from Wild Bird we sail, very fast again, to Dominica after that I made two beanbags of an old sail. It is fantastic on a boat because it gets the shape of your body, the only problem is to get the little beans to put in.

In Dominica, Prince Rupert Bay, all shops are open and people are working very hard to repair everything Maria destroyed, it’s now more than a year ago and it will take the island a lot of time to recover. The university is closed and that means a lot for employment as there are no international students and the apartments are empty. Fruits, vegetables and chicken is available and the shops are not emptier than the were before Maria.

Hiking is good but not all the trails are open, the most popular are, there are no crowns in the trees and the trails are covered by fast growing low buses and razor grass. We did a few trails and had to go back on some but enjoyed it very much. We missed the trail to boiling lake but that’s on the list next time we are in Dominica. Every Sunday and Wednesday there is a PAYS barbecue, the money they earn with this finances the security boat which guards the anchorage. PAYS is the organisation in Rupert Bay who organises everything for cruisers like water, a dinghy dock and a place where you can leave your garbage. But be aware of the rum punch they serve during the barbecue it drinks likes lemonade 😊. It is also time for the Carnival, in Dominica it is in the same period as it is in Holland. A few weeks before the Carnival starts they start already with it every weekend.

In Dominica we got a message from our insurance that they ended the policy, a month after the insurance company got the notice, so we had only 5 weeks to arrange a new one. They told us that they couldn’t find another insurance for us, so good luck. You can’t do a thing about it. Luckily we had internet connection and found with a little help from our friends an English company, who is working out of France, must be because of the Brexit, who wanted to insure us. After a wonderful but to short time in Dominica we left for Guadeloupe to do some shopping, again, and left for St. Maarten. We have a leakage at our water maker and want to repair it in a place where they have al the spares we maybe need. We also wanted to check our fuel, the filter is a bit dirty and it looks that one tank is not giving fuel, so better be sure it is oke 😊

Bequia, Martinique, Nederland, Frankrijk, january 2019

A writer’s block or just a busy social live 😊 a short update.

We got a perfect weather window after new year to sail to Martinique, we left 4.00 in the morning and arrived already at 17.00 in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. Again, a quick sail. We stayed illegally for one day because of the weather and got again a perfect sail to Sainte Anne, Martinique.

Chapter Two donated us a yoghurt maker and it works fantastic. You need a little yoghurt with Bifid us culture, add some milk and the next day you have new yoghurt, you can also use milk powder that means less storage.

We enjoy a few hikes with Chapter Two and enjoy the weather before we leave the boat on a mooring buoy in Le Marin. A mooring buoy costs €12, – a day or € 110, – a month, they bring you ashore and watch your boat, now wonder that there are almost no moorings free. Luckily, we reserved in time.

In Holland and also in France its cold, the temperature difference is more than 30 degrees. On the boat somewhere deep under we found long trousers, hats and gloves and whit a lot of layers the cold was doueble.

In Holland is was very beautiful with the snow, the central heating was put higher just for us and the food and wine, we had still some leftovers from our old wine cellar, helped us also to get us warm. Ronald did even try to make brownies and well they looked good and tasted good, but a little bit of exercise is needed, the one he did on the boat was taste full but unpresentable. We did gain a lot of kilo’s, an extra layer against the cold 😊. It was wonderful to see family and friends, it was just a week but it was perfect, in October we will be back.

In France with my parents we did a little bit of hiking. Up and down to the Pont du Gard, one and a half hours and its was very special because there was nobody on the Pont du Gard.

Of course, we went to the Decathlon and bought new hiking shoes, a camel bag and everything which was suddenly in our bag 😊. And we played Mexican Train Domino with my parents, we learned to play this game in Jamaica and had a lot of fun. Also in France the food, my mother and I tried a lot of special dishes, and especially the French wine were very good.

We were allowed to take 23 kilo each and yes, we managed just to stay under it. Specially in Holland we buy a lot, well most of it is boat stuff.