We have been taking it easy here in paradise, what else would you expect, but we have also been busy. The weekend was windy so not much happened. Sunday we made a trip into town and visited Vertram at his model ship shop. We visited him last year and wanted to catch up on his latest work. He builds wooden models of ships that were used, built or have a history here in the Bahamas. Here is some of his work:
Monday morning and again this morning we joined in with some of the locals and cruisers for a tradition here on Green Turtle Cay. For two weeks leading up to Christmas they have a tradition of "welcoming the Christmas spirit'. What they do, and we joined in, is they meet at 5:00 am and march through the town several times beating drums and singing Christmas carols. There was one problem that I picked up on right away. They hand out song booklets so everyone has the words but unless you are passing under a street light you cannot read them. It is still dark. It is a small town so several passes are made going up and down all of the streets.
After marching for about an hour they serve breakfast. On Monday it was fish stew and grits and sausage and grits. Christmas Eve there was a larger group and they served scrambled eggs, sausage and grits.
After that I took a nap and since it was low tide Cori headed out to Gilliam Beach to look for shells.
This is one of her favorite beaches since it is so easy to find the sand dollars if you know the technique. Last year she didn't learn it until we came back on our way home. So far she has spent several days collecting Here is an example of just a few she has collected:
It also would not be Christmas without a batch of caramels. She brought the fixing with since there is no guarantee she could buy them here or if we could afford them. So far she has only handed out a few, we still need to cut and wrap them.
All in all it doesn't feel like Christmas with everything so green and the temperatures in the high 70's but we are doing our best to get into the Christmas spirit. We will be staying here at the dock through Christmas then we will go out to one of the islands to anchor and get away for a couple of days then come back for Junkanoo.
Again, we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!