Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Monkey Business

I can't believe that tomorrow we will have been here two weeks already. Where does the time go?

Our days are full and long, beginning with a 7:00 morning walk through the neighbourhoods of Sunset Crest. Along one street, on several mornings, we have spotted many green monkeys. There is a large family of between 20 - 30 who seem to roam around here and are spotted by walkers in different places.

Here are a few pictures that I managed to take one morning this week. They are very quick, so you have to be poised and ready or they are already across the street. I am so happy, because in the previous two years, we only saw one rather tattered looking lone male. It's nice to see this large group. 

This little fellow was the crossing guard, who makes sure the coast is clear.

Once they get the "all clear" they run across two by two.

And this little mite is the rear guard who ensures that everyone is safely across.

A different morning, a wonderful vantage point. This fellow was quite large. 
After the morning walks, the rest of the days are filled with beach walks, sea swims, pool dips, reading, chatting and knitting.

The Barbados count on hexipuffs is now up to 14. So, combined with the ones at home, I am just over 50. Over four gazillion left to go.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Sharing the Warmth

We are settling into our idyllic surroundings very nicely. Right now, I am sitting on our patio with my laptop on the table, a gentle Caribbean breeze blowing the palms all around me. No, we are not overlooking the water, but this is still pretty awesome. 

I have some pictures to share that will hopefully bring a little brightness and warmth to your day.
And no, they are not pictures of us frolicking on the beach or anything like that. I will save those for later. Or maybe pictures of someone else frolicking.

These are pictures of some of the most incredible flower arrangements I have ever seen. On Saturday, we went to a Harvest Fair (the 25th Annual), which is a fundraiser for St. James Parish Church here in Holetown. It is a big deal with food and craft vendors and raises lots of money for the restoration on this amazing 400-year old church. 

The centre piece (no pun intended) of this event was these arrangements, which were all over the church. I managed to snap a few pics with my iphone - amid the crowds and the not ideal lighting. 

But I still think they speak for themselves. Enjoy. I sure did!!

Knitting in Paradise

Every year when we come to Barbados, I pack a knitting project or two. Usually socks to knit on the plane and something to take to the ...