As you might have read in my post On our way to St. Croix, swimmers take your mark! we are preparing for the annual swim competition in St. Croix. “We” are the board members and parents of the Goldenrock Leatherbacks in St. Eustatius and especially the swimmers Matthew (16), Mel (10), Marshel (10), Jason (10), D’Seante (10) and my daughter Makeda (8). I’m the coach of this crazy bunch.
Last year in St. Maarten we looked like this:
This year in our brand new uniform we look like this:
Because of some organizational issues (let me not get into detail with that because it will take a week), we all of a sudden have to travel on Thursday instead of Friday, and we have to come back on Monday instead of Sunday. This is going to be a looong weekend. No problem, because we love long weekend on new islands, BUT….
* We have to pay for 2 more nights hotel, transportation and food
* We leave THIS Thursday, June 12!!! That is three more days to go to get the funds together for these extra costs. We already harassed all our friends and family members, so things are really getting tight.
If you would like to help us out and give a little donation, please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can do this via Paypal. I wanted to add a Donation button, but apparently I do not have the right account type 😦
Also if you don’t like to donate, all crossed fingers, toes, prayers, positive vibes etc are more then welcome!!!
Wijnand “Mr. Anansi” Stomp is visiting our little island in search for stories. Personal stories about the past and slavery. Together with his team (documentary maker Jean Hellwig and camera man Ewoud Bon) he visited first Ghana in Africa and Zeeland in the Netherlands; to complete the triangle they’re now filming on St. Eustatius, the Golden Rock.
Between interviews and filming sessions the gentlemen took the time to visit the Golden Rock school for a performance. Mister Anansi telling the story how to outsmart Mr. Tiger and the other animals. As most Caribbean people, the kids loved Anansi. What a great way to keep a real African/Caribbean tradition alive. Thanks Mr. Anansi, come back soon!
#1 TO WALK YOUR DOG
This was last year’s dog walk organized by the St. Eustatius Animal Welfare Foundation.
#2 FOR A STORMY DAY
#3 FOR EDUCATIONAL TRIPS
#4 TO SEE HAWKSBILL TURTLES HATCH
#5 TO SEE LEATHERBACK TURTLES HATCH
More pros of living on Statia:
As some of you know, my April A to Z challenge is off schedule due to moving.
The kitchen before….
Yesterday was Easter Monday. On Statia that means: going to the beach en masse, partying, dancing, drinking, dancing, eating, a lot of music. Some people also camped on the beach at night. The shoreline was covered with party tents.
March 27, 6:00 AM
A group of more than 20 people from St. Eustatius, including crop and livestock farmers, gardeners, employers of the department LVV (“agriculture, livestock & fisheries”) of the island government, the vet and other people interested in agriculture, boarded the Waterman to go to Nevis to visit the yearly agricultural fair. As policy adviser of the directorate Economy & Infrastructure, working with the unit LVV, me and my camera were there 😀
Apart from people, the Waterman carried around 1000 kilos of sheep meat and a small amount of cow meat. Over the last year, Nevis has become a regular buyer of Statian meat.
The manager of the agricultural department and the veterinarian/meat inspector made sure the meat was delivered properly to the Nevis abattoir.
The fair was very educational and covered a wide range of agricultural subjects. Various techniques of growing vegetables were displayed. This can easily be done by anyone without a big garden:
The information was abundant, on growing different types of grass, invasive species, health, backyard farming, pesticides etc. Farm animals, pets, flowers, vegetables, seeds, meat, herbs, homemade products like tomato and spinach-wine and much more was for sale. Especially the fruit trees were favorite: guava, lemon, lime, Julie mango, avocado, starfruit, grapefruit, you name it.
The Waterman arrived back on Statia at 5:30 PM filled with fruit trees, flowers, herbs, seeds and many other goods, possible business deals, a wet goat and a seasick Rottweiler puppy.
Pro #6 of living on Statia is; for a work-related trip you just hop on the boat to another Caribbean island!
More pros of living on Statia:
I know I’m blessed. Happy, lucky and blessed! 😀
This morning I witnessed 81 Hawksbill turtles hatching on Zeelandia beach, THE sea turtle nesting beach in the Caribbean Netherlands. This is the 7th Hawksbill nest already for this season.
Apart from Hawksbill, also the Green turtle and the critically endangered Leatherback nest here, thanks to the never-ending sea turtle protection by Stenapa. Last month the entrance to this beach was finally blocked for vehicles, to prevent illegal sand mining here (high 5 for NuStar for their support). Sea turtles always come back to lay there eggs on the same beach where they are born, so it’s extremely important to keep this beach in good shape for the future generations of turtles.
Also worth mentioning here: the Stenapa Junior Rangers, small kids with a big future!
Last year I witnessed a Leatherback nest hatching. There’s a clear difference between the two. The Hawksbill is much smaller than the Leatherback. Also, the Hawksbill has a “real” shell, while the Leatherback’s back is, well, leathery (I’m a genius).
First the baby turtles just look like moving sand.
Everybody get your camera ready! Also the kids from the NuStar school were there. Last week two groups from the Golden Rock school had the privilege to watch this miracle.
There you go!
These guys and girls must be pretty smart. Without too many problems they can find their way to the sea. Follow the light! During this short time on the beach (maximum half an hour I’d guess, and that would be a very slow turtle) they have to learn to remember this beach. Thirty years later they will come back to the same spot! I can see the smartness in this turtle’s eyes.
There are ups and downs.
Those human footprints are not an easy hurdle to take.
Follow the leader.
It’s a long way for a tiny turtle.
Almost there. Get ready for the big splash!
See you in 30 years!
After living there for almost three years in 2005 to 2007, Makeda and I went back there last year for a few weeks.
The letter J in the A to Z challenge is for Jamaica, Negril. Don’t miss the last picture of five generations!
With special thanks to Makeda’s great great grandmother (yes, that’s her grandmother’s grandmother!!)
My mom challenged me with the letter F in this A to Z challenge. The F for Freedom.
My mom knows me well. She knows I must have many ideas and thoughts on the concept Freedom. She kind of unleashed a stream of thoughts that is so big and thick it can hardly put into words in a single post. I decided to make a picture collage (+ one commercial from the 80’s) of what Freedom means to me. Disclaimer: it’s just a glimpse of my mind. And my mind only. Freedom of Thought. Freedom of Expression.
What does Freedom mean to you?
Since my dogs are all born on Valentine’s Day 2013, let me take part of this weeks Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge *the Valentines Edition*.
I already posted this picture on my 100 Happy Days, but I think it’s worth showing it again. So here it is…
I also wrote a little Valentine’s story here.