Hi friends and family
We are in Grenada still, we headed North to Carriacou (about a 6 hour trip upwind, which means rough and bumpy sailing). Decided to stay the night at Sandy island so we didn’t have to arrive to Carriacou in the dark. We were expecting a not so great anchorage at Sandy Island, but it was a bit worse than we thought. It had no sand to anchor on only coral ground, not a good holding. So I tried to drop the anchor in a sandy patch (that was actually a coral patch that looked like sand), and missed again the second time! It was a small hole. So Stu dove down and moved the anchor, in the process he got around 12 sea urchin spikes in his hand, not good. We are sure one went right through his index finger as we could see a black dot under his nail, oh man. Stu is tough, he got out after moving the anchor and started to dig up his hand to try and remove the spikes! I mean he just got a needle and dug holes in his skin with the kids and I watching this non anaesthetic operation with amazement and concern. At the same time we had a strong current with a not very good holding on the anchor, so we were watching the boat wasn’t drifting we were in 2m of water with reef and rocks close by (though Stu relocated the anchor to a good holding on a coral head, the concern would be when the tide changed at midnight) and we set the anchor alarm. We also heard an alarm in the engine bay, so Stu investigated and found some sea water had got into the Sail drive (not a lot), we were toying with the idea of heading back to St Goerges the next day to go to the hospital any way then the next find (sail drive leaking sea water), cemented the decision. So we had heavy hearts concerned for Stus hand, knowing we would have a sleepless night on anchor watch, really not wanting to go back and pretty annoyed with Grenada Marine as they had taken out that sail drive and fixed it supposedly already. Stu was a star that night, he put himself on anchor duty and set the alarm for 10 minutely to check we weren’t going to drag anchor at tide change. It did not drag, yay but he did have to steer the boat away from the island using the current and rudder – luckily it worked, pretty stoked. It was a rolly night, like we were sailing.
Long story short – Stus hand is ok as we put him on antibiotics, we are pretty amazed by this, though he did soak it in lime juice and vinegar for days to try and dissolve it – OUCH! We are back at Grenada marine living on the boat on land, and the sail drive is fixed we are back in the water tomorrow – yay. Kids have been pretty great during all this, yes lots of moments of silliness but overall pretty good, considering the heat on land living on a boat and the stress we are under (I have also been sick but getting better now). It all works out in the end, thank God.
Thanks for reading my friends and family, below is some school work we did today with the kids dictating to me some stories of our travels. Nannys and Poppy were wanting to hear from Alex and Sienna.
Chow for now, Love Natxxxx
Sienna – I was just about to eat dinner, then I noticed a frog was on my leg. The frog was the size of a ring on mums finger. It was green, and very cute. Dad took it off and Jake got a box. Then Jake released the frog. We were all very excited to have a tiny frog on the boat. At the time we were on land again, getting the boat fixed again.
Alex – We caught a huge fish, dad says it is a spotted mackerel. We were fishing while we were sailing in the middle of the ocean, and then a fish bit the lure then dad killed it with a knife and I was not looking (neither was mum). We left the fish in a bucket until we put the anchor down. Then we cleaned and gutted the fish. Dad cut it up ready for dinner. Dad cooked the fish for dinner, it tasted good and was yummy.
Jake – After dad got a sea urchin in his hand we had to go to the Hospital. As we were walking we all noticed how dull, small and poor the buildings looked. When we were waiting in the waiting room, a purple haired woman stood up…then fainted and blacked out!!! When she fell she smashed her head on the door and her shoulder knocked the chair and she was laying unconscious on the floor, in front of everyone. Everyone was shocked and concerned for her, except the nurse! Mum sprang from the chair to help her, as well as her friend. The nurse opened the door to see what had happened, she looked very annoyed at the lady lying on the floor unconscious! She didn’t come to help the lady on the floor, she just said “get her outside” in a cross tone, then she closed the door and went outside through the back door. I assume she was annoyed and probably was eating lunch when it was happening or doing something she wanted to do and was interrupted by the lady falling. The lady was taken outside in a wheelchair, with the help from two men.
All of a sudden Darth vader walked into the room,”I find your lack of care disturbing”, he said in a very dark tone. Then Tie fighters swarmed the area with green lasers. Luke chopped Darth Vaders head off and said “sorry father”. Darth Vaders last words were “thoooooooooooo” (dead voice). Mum and Dad decided that waiting for that type of care was not worth it, and dad thought better care was sitting right next to him (meaning mum could give better health care as she is a nurse). So we left, with a plan to keep dad on his antibiotics and vinegar soaks of his hand. Today his hand (3 days after his injury) is looking better with reduced swelling and not as sore.
Sienna – We got a coconut from a shop I chose it and mum brought it. I drew on the coconut, I drew a nose, eyes and a mouth. Its nick name is Coco. We were going to open it but haven’t had enough time yet.
Alex – We get coconuts here, they are pretty juicy inside. We get the coconuts from the trees around us as they are everywhere. Coconuts are not rare here. We can also buy them in a store. We brought a cutlass (machete) from a shop to open coconuts. When we first arrived Dad opened a coconut. I didn’t like the coconut water very much, but I did like the white flesh.
Alex – It gets very hot here! Like almost everyday mum makes us put sunscreen on. I hope mum doesn’t want us to put it on today. Everyday I get sweaty. Dad gets especially sweaty, his t-shirt gets wet a lot from sweat. We wear no tops at night, we always wear not tops to try and cool down. To cool down we use the fan and we use the scoop in the port holes to scoop the air inside our cabin. We have a swim to cool down and drink icy drinks now that our freezer is working again.
Alex – It took us a long time to get to Sandy Island, we sailed. We got to Sandy Island and saw a huge fish. I found a garfish it was at night and Dad was shining a torch in the water and I saw a giant garfish. The garfish was a big gar fish it was blue and silver. When we shined the light on it, it sat still so we could watch it. It was weird looking.
Thats it for now folks, thanks for watching.
Love the Colams.