Wake up girl, it’s a new day …I had 6 pillows to snuggle up to. OMG that is luxury…Bed was sooo crazy big. I could sleep in any direction and my toes never stuck out of the bed..LOL
Looking out to the my perfect view and hearing the ocean … what more can I wish for on this day of Sunday, January 19. 2020. Most are dealing with snow back home..
I am the lucky one to walk on the white sand of Grand Anse in Grenada.
Seeing the Luxurious Resorts that are $$$+ for one night say… Cool yes look at the places… seriously? Not one person was there!
I think I am the lucky one staying at Allamanda Beach Resort. I have the staff at this Resort talking to me enjoying the beautiful sunshine in the garden… I believe that is what counts. This gentleman working there said he used to live in Scarborough. How cool is that… Grand Anse Beach is Beautiful
I am surrounded by absolutely beautiful sunrise, beach, the water is my joy, luxury, happyiness, amazing people, happiness, restaurants, sunset….
Getting up In Paradise “Carriacou” one last time… before crew needs to go off Boat tomorrow Day 10 in Grenada. So this time we are not forgetting to put the dingy on deck…
This sailing to Grenada 30 NM of sailing took us I believe 6 hours if I remember correctly. The wind was good. As we sailed on auto pilot across nice soft Sea… LOL I think their is probably a proper sailing term for this.. But I don’t know that yet… I so far have only taken the SKS. But gone to many mentoring evening sails with Grassroots Sailing Centre in past year.
It looks like we all had some moments to be yourself. This back passage made us sleepy… some did read a book, some drifted off into lalal land. Crocheting for a little or soaking up the sunshine on the deck for a bit.. guess who:-) leave it up to me to bring my passion for knitting and crocheting along on any trip.
Arrived in St. George at the Harbor. Look who is right beside us… and in front of us was a Sailboat that had 2 couples on it with their young kids. Sailed across the ocean from France and are on their sailing adventure for 1 full year.. soooo cool. I wish I could do that one day. It was so much fun to be in the Caribbean and hear the children songs I grew up in Switzerland in Swiss German. Honestly It was perfect!!
After a little relaxing hours docked at the marina. We wondered over to the Victory Bar and Restaurant in St. Georges Bay. Very nice place for a beautiful last night together with sailing team.
You should have seen some of these big Yachts and the wealth that goes with it.. Unbelievable. The lighting in them and going into the water..
After a fantastic relaxing afternoon on Sandy Beach with sunset, perfect turquoise water we did get a bit hungry..
So we had the water taxi come and get us and take us over to Paradise Beach… What a ride… that guy is definitely speeding, or so it felt.. Almost like a roller coaster ride… just on water. What a thrill…loved it!
Paradise Beach Club is another heaven on Earth I think. Allison the owner with her staff so full of smiles and joy for what they do. I am so in love with your place Alison.
A lady was at the bar believe from the England with her hubby.. playing music from her computer.. so cool. Let’s go dancing I said to the crew …as we wait for the food.
Ah so leave it up to me to go first. SO I did chatting with the lady..she said go ask my hubby… ok. dancing we are.. next lets change it up a bit. You go get a lady, I go get a gentleman.. and so on we danced till almost all where on the sandy beach dancing.. It just takes one person to start.. voila it a fun night… under the tropical sky on the beach by Paradise Beach Club
Allison your food is amazing Your staff.. Just love them. Thank you so much for the Conch shell you kindly gave me as a memory.
My heart was happy and so loved this evening… chatting on the deck under the stars… as I was falling a sleep on deck. Kapt’n Dave was worried and said you all should really moved in to cockpit… Waking up in morning with pillow under my head and blanket on me…;-) such a wonderful feeling. Thank YOU.
“Memories …Some call me crazy for sleeping on the balcony in Florida last February so I could hear the ocean. Memories to remember…”
Yes I was in total amazement and could not believe how unbelievably blessed I felt as we sailed into this Bay. Paradise Beach on one side of the bay and Sandy Island on the other side. The water OMG I honestly can say I have only one other time (Antigua) seen the water so Turquoise as it is her…
“Sandy Island, off the west side of Hillsborough Bay, is a favorite daytime destination for snorkelers and sailors. It’s a tiny postcard-perfect reef island of glistening sands surrounded by turquoise waters.”
That water was so turquoise blue…. Just wishing we could have stayed longer. I know we all have to get back one day to reality … flights to catch.. new crew coming on board..
Early evening on Lady Natalie.. spending time together so full of laughter, fun moments, time to relax and enjoy the beauty of this incredible Beach.
We are still in Carriacou with plans to get supplies for some food and then heading out to do some sailing… but the Kapt’ns agenda for today was, we practice tacking and jibbing.. Ok I think I am getting the hang of this Lady a little more now. We all had turns on the helm to get to feel the wind and sail…smiles If you tracked the moves on the GPS… lol looks more like a bunch of drunken sailors on the helm… just kidding no drinking as we sail.
As Clinton and Dave took food back to sailboat.. Us 3 ladies walked the beach to better spot for us to go back onto the dinghy. I found all kinds of nice shells and even sea-glass. not a lot but first time I actually did find some ever.
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…
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.
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… .
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.
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….
So you may have wondered when are we going to sail… ?
The wind and weather have been a bit up and down in the past 3 days. Heavier winds, rain at times. A crew new at sailing, like myself that have never been out on the ocean sailing. Kapt’n Dave decided to do the on island tours first do to the weather.
Today we are heading from Clark’s Coke Boatyard & Marina to St. George. But first Dave, our Kapt’s needs to change the belt on the motor.Morning job for him… Oh I am now trying to think what the rest of the crew did? I know I ask to see the motor.
I should have watched Dave so I learn… gurr I didn’t think of that then. Did walk up to marinas Wood shop with Dave to see what the status is on a job they where doing for him.
Some where enjoying a longer sleep in the morning AND THAT WAS totally ok with the rest of the crew. Then the helped on the deck was so much easier.. smiles
Sailing over to St. George’s Inner Harbour… We are sailing!! YESSSS
I believe we stopped at Grenada Yacht Club to fill up some fuel and water for “Lady Natalie”. And some food with liquids for us too. Every Port has it’s memory.
Then went to anchor out of bay… look at this picture perfect sunset…
First experience going a little further on dinghy on the ocean to have supper at Nutmeg Restaurant… I tell you this can’t get any better…. smiles so I thought.. but wait till you read my next view days.. It’s a dream coming true…
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Sailing and traveling if funding and time allows it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.