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Published: February 12th 2009
This last week has been full-on. We have worked really long hours getting the house ready for a visit from Carol from Ross Medical University on Thursday. We are considering letting the house to parents of students who visit the island, so we are trying to finish all the ongoing jobs. It is really exciting that all the design ideas we had are now coming together and look even better than we thought. Tonight we have almost finished all the woodwork. Just about 2 days work left. The bathroom now has a stunning shower all tiled by Andy who has become on site Plumber, Electrician, Foreman, Designer, Tiler and Carpenter. I on the other hand have had more man hours with a paint brush in my hand than I care to remember. It is great though just sitting here tonight knowing that there is a mere 20 hours of painting left - yes - I have calculated it!!!!
We did have a day off last weekend and went to Cabrits National Park just 10 minutes away. We walked into the jungle to some of the abandoned derelict fort buildings - being swallowed up by the trees, have to be seen
We have bananas
each time a petal curls back another hand of bananas appears. Unfortunately it will be 5 months before they are ripe
to be believed. Met up with Rita, Trevor and the kids for a picnic and a walk out to the furthest battery - rather disappointed to find just one gun there. The day was finished with Kate, Rhian and Ethan having a “roll down the grassy hill” race - no comment.
We are totally thrilled with the house and how it looks and we know that leaving the island will be a wrench, but the thought of seeing all our family again is very exciting too. When we come back it will be wonderful to see all the growth in the garden and of course to catch up with our wonderful neighbours and friends again.
This weekend we have Rita, Trevor, Ethan and Rhiann staying which will be great because we are planning to slow down next week ready for Carnival, just before we leave. We’ve now booked a Liat flight to St Lucia the same day as our flight to Manchester so that we don’t have to travel by ferry and stay over in St L for 36 hours before we fly.
We have a list of stuff we want to do before we go so
Us in the jungle at Cabrits
The way the Ficus trees have swallowed up the old fort buildings still fascinates us
let’s hope we can break away and collect some fun memories to take back to UK.
We will miss Tom’s 7th birthday on the 14th so we have organised a present from a great website called WickedUncle which has lots of ideas of gifts for young lads. We decided on a 12 inch remote controlled Terantula - fantastic!
Last night we went out to Big Papa’s restaurant and bar and had a lovely meal overlooking Prince Rupert Bay with the moon glistening down on the yachts at anchor. When we got home we poured a bit more wine and sat in the garden whilst the full moon lit up all the trees. Very romantic.
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