Carriacou, Caribbean Island

So I have to tell you something. I need to write thing down in a book when I travel next time. Apparently I had a memory laps somewhere on this trip… we have seen sooo many spectacular places and for me it was a little overwhelming to see all this … paradise. A experience I will not forget, can you tell I am still dreaming about it.

Memory laps was: It looks like we sailed directly from Halifax Harbor to Paradise Beach…NONONO!!! We actually anchored in Carriacou first! Glad Annabelle cleared this up for me…

ahh ok now we are a little hungry lets take the dinghy to shore… and enjoy a meal at “The Slipway” YUMMY.

Craving for food all taken care of now.. back to the Lady… to enjoy the evening on board…Always fun too

A good night sleep… to refresh for a new day of sailing…

Day 6: Grenada to Carriacou, Caribbean Island

So this is now my 6th day on Lady Natalie. The 43 foot Sailboat of Dave’s he also is running Sailabration Cruising. You too could be here one day if you are interested in sailing. I can’t believe look I am sailing today again…Looks like Annabelle had some fun with my camera.

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This morning we left Halifax Harbor one of my absolute fave spot…

looks good to sail to Carriacou today. So I am on the helm for about I think it was close to 2-3 hours. Loved every moment of it. Such a totally different experience from Lace Simcoe to Ocean sailing. On a bigger sailboat too, sailboat duel helm wheal instead of a tiller…

After several hours on helm Look at what we got into next… .

3-4 meter Swells coming from 2 different directions Now…
“Waves and seas are described by the height from trough to crest; swell also is described by the direction it’s coming from.
” SO if I am correct we had waves and swells coming from 2 directions, hitting each other ?
Am I correct with this thought.?

Big swells are diminishing a little but not by much.. Look at our Annabelle she took the helm… So cool..impressed… I wish I would have too.

Way to go Annabelle!

Arrived at Sandy Beach.. and anchored for tonight.. Smiles I keep on saying this is “PARADIES” this is for sure…what till I show you …tortoise waters all around us….

Halifax Harbor, Grenada

This must be one of the most special places for me…

Heartfelt Moments.Happy Valentine’s Day..

Lady Natalie out on Sea

I don’t believe I have walked on black sand before….This evening sunset was so magical. Dave, Clinton and I snorkeled from the Lady Natalie over to the beach. As Annabelle took the dinghy to keep an eye on us.

I love this picture of Annabelle. There is this feel I get looking at it. Someone very kind and a heart that cares no matter what.

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Making foot prints on this Island together with my friends. I am so glad that the weather turned

I don’t sometimes know what makes me so happy seeing something so magical like this beach.

I guess it’s just the simpleness in Life,

Feeling the sand on my toes, waves on my legs, wind in my face.

It’s like stepping into a new feeling of Joy

Back on the Lady we enjoyed such a beautiful happy evening together… Thank you for this Memory

Big Cruise Ship way out there. And even closer was this Luxury Cruise ship… So not my style… love Lady Natalie

Day 5 Grenada, Caribbean Island

We are really enjoying this special coffee every morning. Thank You

Our morning views have alwys been so refreshing and peaceful. Today is the first morning though that we are enjoying looking out to the open sea.

Heading in to port quickly to fuel up and get water and some food too.
Docket at Grenada Yacht Club in morning before heading out to Sea

We are off to sail across to Carriacou today, a 30 mile sail. So excited to see this. My first time going out in to the open ocean water. Yes we always have land in sight.. but jut not close by..

After we sailed for several hours the Kapt’n noticed that the horizon is starting to not be there anymore. Or lets say not as distinct as sky to water was earlier on, a storm was coming in. And we have still more then half to sail to Carriacou… time to go back and anchor at Halifax Harbor. The weather is turning and we don’t want to head into this storm.

Glad we did turn Lady Natalie around… Because we would not have been able to experience this so romantic island. With totally black sand…

So beautiful here.

Our anchorage for tonight after turning back from an attempted passage from Grenada to Carriacou. … I can’t wait to show you some of the moments here….

Fruits of Grenada, Caribbean Island

Sweet and Juicy. Starfruit just freshly picked from the tree. You should see the size of them and sooooo many just hanging on this tree. The owner of the home came over to see us and told us to just take as many as we like as she can’t keep them all. Wow. How amazing is that.

Star Fruit of Grenada

I tell you the Grenadian people are so nice and kind to us. I would be honored to call them my friends.

Clinton! Cutty needs you to help reach the fruit… great to have amazing friends in my life

By The Sea, Granville, Grenada, Caribbean Island

One can definitely say this is a “A Hidden Gem” the view is spectacular. Loved how they had dogs and turtles all in restaurant too. They opened up the restaurant for us…smiles apparently they know we are coming…

This “By The Sea” is located by Pearls International Speedway in Grenville. As I walked in I just new I had to go right to the beach somehow… Through bushes, I guess palm trees and sugar canes…you should see what presented my eyes. Omg…. it’s out of this world in my eyes.

Driftwood on the beach.. totally natural looking beach. Just as it is…beautiful view. Waves crushing on to the shore…

SO loved to see the locals enjoying this place. They where having a nice time hanging out together and just enjoying the sunshine and beach like I did.

There was something so precious to see that. I almost thought of walking over to the group and chat with them. But I thought no let them be.

Gone back to my group and enjoy time together. Food was yummy too with a glass of wine. I have to say I am kind of staying away from the rum drinks. They are very strong here on the island.

These pups are just adorable.

The Grenada Chocolate Company, Caribbean Island

Chocolate, Chocolate, and more Chocolate!

THE GRENADA CHOCOLATE COMPANY

As we arrive we got to taste some fruit from the garden of the former Prime Minister.

Meeting Tillman Thomas. Did I ever think that this happening? No way. The both of us talking about the many different fruits he grown in his garden. If I remember correctly he has 5 to 6 different kinds of fruits he grows on his property. So yummy….and sweet believe me I tasted some..Nothing like at home.

Tillman Joseph Thomas is a Grenadian politician who served as Prime Minister of Grenada from 2008 to 2013

I don’t think I have come across anyone here on this island that is not smiling. There is this easy going vibe all around the Island. I tell you it is contagious.

So here we now are tasting cocoa that is grown right here on the Island. And guess what Switzerland my home country is one of their main purchaser. I knew I had a connection… smiles. LOL

Ok back to the cocoa and chocolate. Oh how I loves the chocolate with salt.. yummy. but that cocoa butter oh heavens that was soooo needed on my back… Thanks Cutty for that treat. You know what a woman likes… smiles. Back rub after a long Drive (no not at all long, since I had so much fun in the falls, and with the Mona Monkeys.) in the bus… smiles.

Cutty thought Cocoa Butter is the best for my back… totally agree with him. Wish I had bought some of that there. As I did not find it anywhere else on the island..
Nutmeg in their shells

This small ground herb has many common names
One would be Sleeping Grass, Humble Plant, Mimosa or Sensitive Plant. It closes up and droops down when touched, which indicates one of it properties.
If I remember correctly it was planted around prisons. If someone escaped and they walked in this area it would show where the escaped once walks and give a path to where they

Mona Monkeys In Grenada, Caribbean Island

If you had told me I am going to be having a Mona Monkey on my head this trip I would have not believed you.. well guess again.

Look at how beautiful this one is…

It is something so special to have had this amazing visit her at  Grand Etang National Rainforest. I am so thankful to have had this totally unexpected joy in my life. Meeting a Mona Monkey… My mom will be so envious.

Look at us all, who doesn’t sometimes love to monkey around and have fun. Cutty our tour guide is able to call them out of the jungle they even steel the food out of his pockets.

This one really enjoyed spending time with Annabelle

The mona monkey was transported to the island aboard slave ships headed to the New World during the 18th century.  Its tail and legs are black and the face is blue-grey with a dark stripe across the face. The mona monkey carries food in cheek pouche. An Old World monkey that comes from western Africa between Ghana and Cameroon.

Annandale Waterfalls in Grenada

I promised you this is going to be fun… From Fort Frederick we continued on to the Annandale Waterfalls.

Annandale Waterfall

Look at how lush and green everything is here. Totally love this.

Ok anyone going in the water? Yesss leave it up to me guys…. I am the only one going in, Really! … No problem Let’s jump. Now I wish I would have gone from the top. Their I could have just jumped down, with no running out…

Had to jump forward….just like at Grundy Lake.

Day 3 in Grenada, Caribbean Island

The Sunset coming over the hills with moon still right in sight too. It’s Saturday morning Jan. 11th. 2020 now… coffee being served. So special.

Today is another beautiful day.. morning sunrise with rooster waking us up still at Clarke’s Court Boatyard and Marina. Today we are having our 3rd crew member Clinton arrive in later afternoon too. Annabelle is going scuba diving and we are going to walk over to Hog Island.

The walk there from the marina is about 60 minutes or more. Well maybe even faster except I took lots of pictures as you may know… the views of the bay and the forest is so lush and a bit thorny here and there. Cactus and Termite nest here and there.

Look at this perfect spot on Hog Island….So picture perfect. And the water as clear as it can be, Turquoise! I could not resist going swimming looking for shells in the water. Diving to see the joy of clear water and sand under water…

The Roger’s Barefoot Beach Bar is a must visit opens usually at 4 pm. bring cash.. with hammocks all over the area.. one definitely could dream away here. Look at what Sean put together for me.. he was so proud to make the earrings from part of the necklace he made for me. Special treasure in my eyes. Thank You

Back in time for welcoming Clinton our 3rd crew… our Crew is now complete. Kapt’n Dave, Annabelle, Clinton and myself.

Supper at Adrift Restaurant & Bar tonight with sailing friends. Jorge and Marianne

Day 2 in Grenada, Carribean Island

Meet out Kapt’n Dave

First night sleeping ever on a sailboat. Very different for sure. I heard lots of swish, wosh, swish, wosh…waves. Then some sheets here and there knocking on the mast I think… Now here is the best part… The Rooster. Totally one sound to not forget. He was every where we went. Smiles… just like they have dogs rooming free with no owner ever in sight.

Looks like we have a job to do before the rest of the crew gets here.

Put the mainsail back on the boom. It needed some repair and now it’s back on the deck to but up again… only thing is it is getting windy… so someone had to hold it down as Dave figured out the best way to do this. Of course with my help.. I would not want it any other way! Making sure it does not lift up before it is ready to sailllll….lol

Ok so what do you think we need now on the sailboat for the week we are here on board? Food and wine. Oh my gosh …Off we go on a grocery bus run. What a hoot! We had 13 people on buss plus driver. ANDDDD ALLL THE FOOOOOOD and drinks and whatever everyone needed to bring back. A new COB for our Lady too. All fit into the bus. You should have seen us all …LOL we all where squished like sardines.

Our second crew has arrived… Annabelle. A little tired after a long flight here.

Annabelle has arrived our second crew member…

Ok now bring all the items we collected back with dinghy to our “Lady Natalie. Ohhh how funny this is it all has to go into fridge somehow. I could not believe what you all stuffed in there.

So special to experience a foll moon on the Island of Grenada. We planed to go to Hogs Island for the Full Moon Party. But with the wind being stronger and in a dinghy. We decided to head over to Adrift Restaurant And Bar right here at Clarke’s Court Boatyard & Marina

To Enjoy another great evening of happiness, laughter, smiles, food, drinks, dancing and listening to music… with the full moon so bright in the sky. Only thing is I was playing around taking pictures with a new camera…so my pictures came out a bit fuzzy. Recommend to play around with new items at home before going on a trip.

Sunset at Clarke’s Court Boatyard & Marina

First Sunset on Lady Natalie Jan 9th 2020

The warmth of this evening glow is so magnificent. I don’t think it needs much explanations. …. Only thing I can say is

“Thank You for this moment”.

My New Found Passion

Looks like I have found a new passion in my life…

Sailing and traveling if funding and time allows it.

Clark’s Court Boat Yard Bay, Grenada

How did this happen you may ask. Hubby registered me in SKS course last Spring. With Grassroots Sailing Centre . Learned a lot by just going to mentoring days during the sailing season. We have some great and fun skippers that take us out for mentoring days.

During Mentoring time at Grassroots Sailing Centre 2019

Now here I am, sailing in Grenada on Lady Natalie that my friend Dave the skipper and owner of Sailabration Cruising owns. He also is a skipper at Grassroots Sailing Centre.

SO Love this view

I would have never ever thought I am going to be sailing on the ocean, Ever! I am the lucky one to have been able to sail with some of our members from the club and Dave our Kapti’n during the Club Week that was offered to us by Sailabration Cruising in Grenada for 11 days… It totally is Paradise down there.

GRENADA HERE I COME

Day 1 of my trip January 9th 2020

So my flight took off with needing to be deiced. No problem for me as I am going to be in the sunshine soon that day Jan 9th… Oh so beautiful I found is need to be able to walk off the pane not have to go though the tunnel they put up at big airports. Into the heat of Greanda… Wow what a memory.

Ahh yes looking for a taxi now… promptly had several asking me where I am going? As I am going to sit in passenger side… he smiled and wanted to give me the key.. lol they are driving on the left side… oh nooo I am not doing that.

Did I tell you there is only one working traffic light in Grenada! And roads are windy just like in Switzerland. and they stop to chat with friends whenever they feel like. Cars parked for days or left on road just like that. We just drive around them.. makes it fun and oh well unique.

After a short 15 min. drive to Clarke’s Court Boatyard and Marina where Lady Natalie was docked. YESSSS I have arrived and was welcomed by Dave with a smile and a local drink.

Clark’s Court Boat Yard from Lady Natalie’s view now…

Now onto the dinghy with my bag… bags in cabin. Tell me about the boat? What do I do now.. Getting to know about the head… yes important stuff. Fridge…wow. ok.. got it. It’s perfect I think.

A little bit of rain will not hurt us.. so off we went to Nimrod’s Bar is out of the main touristy areas and located in Woburn. What began as a small little rum shop has grown into a full fledged bar. Nimrod’s is hopping with live music, often supplied by yachties anchored out in the bay. Just like us… Dave, Joreg, Marianne and myself.

Jorge and Marianne this couple is going on a big sail soon… You both are soooo much fun!

So I could not believe my ears… someone is speaking German here? I just had to chat with these two guys. It go even more interesting when I found out Konrad (Koni) is Swiss. And works at my Hometown in Switzerland even lives in Germany normally where I have relatives. Juerg is from Germany, that is just too cool.

This day was so much fun and the live band with locals just singing even if it rained …one can dance in the rain too.

Beautiful Fall Season

Summer has come and gone again…

Many days during the fall season I have gone for short walks. Well at first I just drove with my truck to wherever it took me. Stopped wherever I felt like it.

Not sure if you ever do that?

But it totally feels good, to just go explore the surrounding places. I have come across so many beautiful spots. It’s mind blowing a little how many times I come across wildlife too. That I would not see otherwise.

Just not to long ago I was able to see a fox just so at peace in my present. I have absolutely never seen anything so beautiful. He never even noticed I was there. You can see this fox in one of my pictures below.

Open Your Eyes, See The Beauty Right In Front Of You

Jacqueline