Yacht Aditi

Art vandals on the Quay!

GOPR5030So having claimed our square and painted our white background over the completely faded blue something or other by midday we returned at 16.30 to start the next layer. Our white background was still tacky so we watched the Brazil world cup game nearby. At 7pm it was looking good but it was too damp to start anything new.

Returning next day we were outraged to find that our square had been painted! Can you imagine another boat helping itself to your pre-prepared section of wall. We couldn’t believe it but there it was. A green chameleon, the boat name Kris Kras, and the names of ten crew.

The hunt for this elusive ship was on! But we know most of the ships in Horta and there was nothing in town that could take 10 crew. Had it hit and run? We checked AIS and still nothing. Maybe it was a crew change with 5 on and 5 off? We walked the harbour walls but we started to think that no boat would do that surely. That and the size of the crew made us wonder. So a wider search revealed it was a coach trip from Kris Kras 18-30’s holiday company in Belgium who preach respect for culture and people! Yeah right. Exporting professional art thieves more like!!!

As Boy George used to say ‘….Chameleon….you come and go’. Now it’s gone. I guess he had a level of foresight.

Let the grafiti begin!

So the Aditi wall patch is on it’s way and we hope for good dry weather. The design is as yet unknown….

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Flashback Get’s My Goat 3

Prickly Bay Bingo – A young couple, leaving Grenada by air next day, give up the donkey which they won at Bingo in exchange for $800 ECD. They then help with the judging of a 5 person dance-off for 3 goats.


Security goes hoooooonk!

Marina security is tight. It is provided by a couple of geese, a couple of ducks, and a turkey. Turkey? Well we’re not sure. It’s black and white. But the only turkey we are familiar with tends to be smooth pale pink, missing head and feet, and about to go into the oven on 25 December. But the give away could be the giblets; every year when we open the dreaded packet, or leave it inside the turkey for 6 hours and go ‘oh no’, from what we recall the neck just looks a bit over-sized on the certified pink version versus the marina look-a-like. Of course this is the kind of thing that Columbus had to resolve on his forays across the Atlantic so we are probably not the first to wonder whether the pork stuffing should stay where it is this time around.

Back to the topic. If anyone ventures near our dock we know it as the double-goose klaxon goes off.  They patrol about 3 times a day, always at 7 to 8pm, and they check out the crews very carefully. 14 days on and we are still yelled at every night but as we are legit we stand our ground.

Last night the security team extorted 4 slices of bread as they looked hungry. It was a public holiday and it could have been that their taxi driver feeder whom we see each night had taken the day off.

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Flashback Mustique Blues Festival 2014

Held in Bequia as the Mount Gay Rum Bequia Blues Festival on 25th Jan 2014. Small venue, something like 7 hours of music, after about 5 of which most of the crowd had partied out so it was all down to a handful of people to see it through, which we did.


Fish freezer?

Think there are fish inDSC03125 DSC03123 DSC03118 the Caribbean? Think again! They keep quiet about the fact that there are fish in the sea in this area; but then it’s a bit too offshore for the average trawler. And we are talking quite small boats that land these fish. They are craned off in batches for a few hours, each batch taking about 4 minutes to go through the cranage cycle. The catches are interesting but I’m not sure how we are going to get it in the fridge it’s the wrong shape; either we have GM modified square fish or we need to rethink white goods?


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Flower power

Not sure why but on Sunday afternoon there was a crew laying flowers down from the church. No obvious wedding or any clues in sight, but painstakingly laid and watered.

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Around Horta

Even the cat is ‘Azores-cool’ enough to sit on the sea wall and let passers by stroke him.

A good memorial in paint for Cheeki Rafiki.

The town fire station manned by volunteers.

Note every inch of pavement is inlaid with patterns.

When shops are shut there is an interesting practice of cramming product into the doorways to show.







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Under Horta Marina?

Whats going on under your keel in harbour? Normally you could be pretty sure it’s not much but here in Horta a bait ball of shrimp sets the marina alive with grouper, mackerel and yellow fin tuna: