|Damien in pool at Le Phare Bleu Marina.|
S/V BeBe is the center boat in background.
This time away also allows the parents to move from the rental house back into their home with 2 fewer kids underfoot. Their home was deeply flooded last year and then flooded again in April this year with about a foot of water inside the home. The city of Houston has been working on drainage improvements and during that construction the region has suffered several bouts of flooding. The unfinished drainage construction has exacerbated the flooding in certain areas of the city. A sad situation for thousands of homeowners. Repairs were delayed by both FEMA and the city of Houston (even though their home was insured for flood damage), but FINALLY the home is being repaired and they have begun moving certain items this week. Hopefully, the home repairs will be finished by the time we fly to Houston with Elisabeth and Damien in early August.
|Sign language lesson|
Elisabeth and Damien arrived on a Friday night at the airport in Grenada. We had remained anchored in the mouth of Mt. Hartman Bay awaiting their arrival. We remained there for over a week so that they could attend a sign language lesson presented by the grandfather of a deaf teenage girl who was spending the summer aboard with her grandparents. Elisabeth and I also took one of the shopping vans to the supermarket one day, so she saw a bit of the island; Damien remained on board with Bill.
|Damien eating a double banana. Two bananas|
had grown inside one peeling. Strange!
On Sundays there is a pool party and barbeque hosted by Secret Harbour Marina in Mt. Hartman Bay. We thought the kids would want to go to that and spend the afternoon in the pool, but we could not pry them off the boat that day. We had walked up to the pool the day before to show them where it would be held and neither kid wanted to walk back up that hill to go swimming. Oh well. It is their summer holiday; let them do what they enjoy most of the time.
|Happy 7th Birthday to Damien!|
|Chowing down on birthday cake|
|Calivigny Island resort as seen from the deck of S/V BeBe while|
docked at Le Phare Bleu Marina. Nice view, huh!
|Swedish Light Ship (used where impossible or|
too costly to build lighthouse)
|On rear of ship outside the bar|
Le Phare Bleu Marina has a Swedish lightship secured next to the dock. This lightship was manufactured in the early 1900s and the steam engine still works!
|Damien on bow of lightship on the bar deck level.|
The interior deck has been modified and now houses the toilets and shower facilities for marina guests, as well as a complete kitchen serving a bar which also serves snacks. Rather a cool ship.
|Interior deck for video and book selections|
also for toilets and showers
Inside the ship there are shelves and shelves of DVDs which can be checked out from the hotel office. We have checked out minimum 2 children's movies daily while here. A good way for Damien to relax after swimming in the pool, while his sister does school work on the computer. WiFi service here is free and is the best we have had since arriving in the Caribbean, so we are encouraging her to get as much of that online school work completed as possible since who knows how good the WiFi service will be in Trinidad.
|Elisabeth on deck of the light ship|
|The little tug boat|
The little tug boat on the left is used for dinghy concerts. Musicians and equipment are loaded on the back of it beneath a canopy and it anchors in the bay in front of Le Phare Bleu Marina. Cruisers come in their dinghies and raft up to listen to the concerts. The first concert of this season will be on Sunday just about the time we plan to depart for the overnight passage to Trinidad.
This little tug also participates in another interesting activity. In The Netherlands there is a chocolate company which is totally green. They use the last sailing cargo ship in the world to transport cocoa which is organically grown in Grenada. It is then manufactured into chocolate in a 'green' plant in The Netherlands. That sailing cargo ship has no engine. When it calls into port in Grenada, this tiny tug boat brings the sailing ship into port and back out. I do not know how the port docking is handled once that sailing ship reaches Europe.
|Looking at Le Phare Bleu hotel from the lightship.|
The swimming pool is behind the wooden fence.
|Damien going up the mast.|
|Check out the smile on that face!|
Not afraid at all.