What a difference a year makes.
If you are a loyal reader of this blog (thank you, by the way) you will remember that I lost my heart last year to a little Cay in the Berrie Islands of the Bahamas. By accident, we ended up at a marina on Great Harbour Cay where we spend a couple of months and we absolutely loved it.
We loved it so much we couldn't stop talking about it and we told everyone that they should come to Great Harbour Cay. And came they did….. Now, I can’t take all the credit (or responsibility) for all the people that are here this year but I can take some. Last year there were 2- 3- 4- boats here during the winter and this year the marina has had to turn boats away because they are full. Locals have told me they haven’t seen so many boats here in years.
This of course has its positive and negative points. The positive is that the Island and its people are benefiting greatly from the number of tourists who spend their money here now. The negative is that I now have to share MY Island paradise with a whole bunch of people… the thing is, it was never really mine to begin with, so I have to remember that and not be so selfish.
Look, if I make is sound bad, it isn't my intent; I have met some wonderful people who will be in my heart forever. So perhaps I haven’t lost anything, perhaps I have gained something. All I know is that my heart has grown with all the love I have recently received.
A lot has happened this past month, since my last blog entry, lots of fun times which I hope to share with you in the pictures that I am posting.
|Cathy, me and Iren enjoying the wonderful beach on GHC|
|Fun in the sun|
|At the Winter-fest, me sporting a Junkanoo headpiece fitting for a Queen|
|At my 50th birthday party with Kim, Cap' and Sugar|
|The lovely Pat and Celine who worked so hard on my Birthday party|
|Local fauna and flora|
|Birthday party with Hans, Cathy and Vic.|
|GAry's good friend Rufus, who stops by every day to say hello|
|My birthday gift from Gary .A wooden plaque shaped like a book, signed by all my friends and family who were here for my birthday|
|Gary taking a picture of a shark right off the dock by our boat|
|A evening guest|
|The annual Wahoo tournament that is held on GHC was won by Sandy and his crew. One of the fishermen gave me apiece of Wahoo which I cut up and had with wasabi. Delish!!|
|Good friends -The Beautiful people on SV Carina - Tim and Cathy|
|A typical evening of docktails with new and old friends.|
|Full moon rising over Time& Tide|
|Fresh donuts delivered to us by a good friend from Nassau|
|It is so beautiful here, I have no words to describe it|
|Pam and I . Pam works as part of a crew on a 8 mil $ yacht.For my birthday I was invited for a glass of wine on board the yacht.Of course I said yes!! I was even treated to some carrot cake.|
|Left over after the fire|
|On Tuesday evenings we have DRIFT AND DRINK. We go out on our dinghies, tie them together and drift with the tide and winds.....and have a drink while watching the sunset.This is Iren and Vic in the foreground.|
|The crown I am wearing was made by a local lady It is made from palm leaves and shells. It is fitting for a queen And everyone made me feel like a queen.|
|So many people worked so hard to make my birthday party a success and it was the BEST!!!|
|A picture of the fire ( thank you Frenchie)|
|My favourite place in the world|
Lately it has become more about the destination than the journey for us. Great Harbour Cay remains the highlight of all our travels and our favourite destination. I hope to come back here next year, but we shall see where the winds and the tides take us. For now we still have plenty of time ahead to enjoy this piece of heaven with the lovely people who live here.
...........................to be continued.