Caribbean Christmas 30: Travelling Hopefully

I’m coming home today and that’s a phrase full of mixed emotions.   Once the day of my flight dawns, I’m keen to get the travelling over with especially considering how fraught with difficulties that can be in this day and age.   Now that I am up early and enjoying the dawn, I wish I could just rock up at the airport and get on with it.   But my flight doesn’t take off until 1700.   So what to do with my last few hours? I’m excited to be coming home, being reunited with Mitsy and all that is familiar to me, […]

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Caribbean Christmas 29: These I Have Loved

Getting up every morning to sunshine, the sheer reliability of it. My swimfloat in our private pool, reading and sunning while keeping cool. Fantastic lobster, croissants, crayfish, barbecued and grilled meat from Argentina and Venezuela the like of which we never see in UK supermarkets. Cheap petrol. An automatic car again – hooray. Lots of sleep, opportunities to snooze and do nothing. My new laptop. Films and books and lots of time to enjoy them and lots more time besides to just look at the views of waving palm trees and water. Friendship and laughter, home-baked brownies and cookies. French food and […]

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Caribbean Christmas 28: Spooky Messages in The Sun

One of the things I wanted to leave myself open to during my month off was clues about how to live my 2010.   I have an almost open book which is both a luxury and a terror.   I realise I can choose precisely how I want to spend my time in the coming year. Actually we all always have this power, we just dont realise it because we are caught up in the things we think we must and should do, usually to do with earning a living and commitments to others, not necessarily in that order. My best laid plans […]

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Caribbean Christmas 27: Holiday Pastimes

I am not sure about the word pastimes because its rather Victorian and also it implies one needs something to pass the time with.   Generally I don’t.   My bleat is usually that I dont have enough time.   But a month off does have its rewards, namely plenty of time for pursuing a couple of my favourite hobbies, watching films and reading. Its not the first holiday we’ve been on where the landlords have left a random selection of DVDs in their property for our delectation and delight.   As soon as we arrived, I mooched through over 25 or 30 and selected five I […]

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Caribbean Christmas 26: Why I Love My Laptop

I couldnt be off work for a month without my trusty laptop.   Dan, my pal from The Engine Room, set me up with a new MacBook Pro (my first) before I left the UK although I do operate Windows on it I must confess.   And it has been indispensable throughout the holiday allowing business as normal, or relatively so.   And perhaps even more importantly, give that this is a holiday, it has exhanced the holiday experience. The only restrictions here on operating normally, apart from the fact that I am supposed to be on holiday, are the absence of anywhere comfortable […]

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Caribbean Christmas 19-25: Seriously Chilled

Where did it go, that last week? I honestly meant to blog every day but a whole week just got away from me! I have no excuses now except to say I am getting seriously chilled after more than three weeks off work and without the usual Xmas hurdles to negotiate, thanks to being in the sun.   The less you do, it seems, the less you can do. Life has settled into a daily routine here. Is that an accident or do I choose routine?   Up early-ish with the dawn, sit quietly for a bit and catch up with overnight emails. Thankfully […]

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Caribbean Christmas 16: The Language of the Bip

As we drive along here in our holiday rental car, there is constantly a chorus of horns beeping.   But they don’t so much as honk or beep as we are used to in the UK; they are a rather more light touch, a bip if you will. It would seem that people bip for any and all reasons.   To say hello, or goodbye.   To ask if they can come across or to let you out.   To tell a friend they are passing by.   To proposition you.   And more. At first this was somewhat frightening.   “Who’s honking at me now and why?”  […]

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Caribbean Christmas 15: Walking The Plank

Our little holiday pad is deliciously secluded, without being remote.   We are called Anchorage and that’s situated in Point Venezia and, just like Venice, our properties are built into the water. Which means we have to walk along planks to get home.   Walking on a raised wooden platform, like a somewhat rotting boardwalk! And these planks are above water and get rained on tropically almost every day, some days that’s big rain. And so the planks can be a bit soft which is a tad scary especially if you are carrying something heavy too like 6 x 1.5 litres of Evian […]

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