We’ve enjoyed photographing the Georgetown Christmas decorations and joining in the weekly musical jam sessions singing carols and other folk tunes.
What a fun and talented group of musicians! Tom has started playing a recorder we have on board, and he is covetous of the plastic trumpet Ian on Local Lola has.
Music is also a big part of beach church on Sundays at 10 AM. Yesterday, we attended the cruisers Christmas luncheon at St. Francis Resort. Seven ukelele musicians led the great sounding sing-along.
My favorite was this altered version of White Christmas:
After a yummy grilled chicken or tilapia salad lunch we enjoyed a gift swap with about 35 people in attendance. Tom got the honor of having his gift stolen the most times, six that we recall! Someone had made homemade cinnamon buns and paired it with a can of nuts and a bag of pumpkin spiced M&Ms. There were 2 identical gifts like this and Tom swapped for each of them, but they were stolen 3 times each then frozen; meaning the third person gets to keep the gift. He also opened a hammock, had it stolen, later stole it back, and had it stolen again!! Then he opened a Popeye Captains’ hat, corncob pipe, and a small can of leaf spinach. That was stolen too! We ended up with some very nice gifts: Tom received a bottle of Freakshow red wine, a wine skin, and drink floats. Anita has a dark chocolate rum cake that smells heavenly!! We also won a door prize of a table decoration of a piece of driftwood that says Seas Greetings. We now have one Christmas decoration on board!
Tom has really enjoyed his morning routine on the SSB/HAM radio. He has a good strong signal and is repeatedly asked to relay for the net controller on the morning SSCA (Seven Seas Cruising Association) Security SSB net on 8104 frequency at 7:15AM EST. At 7:30AM he switches to Chris Parker’s SSB net on 8137 for weather updates. At 7:45AM he listens in on the HAM Waterway net on 7268; Bahama’s weather is often read first. At 8:00AM, it’s time for the local VHF net on Channel 72 here in Georgetown.
Today we moved Lone Star from her beach side anchorage near Chat ‘n Chill on Stocking Island:
to a beautiful, secure and shallow anchorage around Goat Cay on Great Exuma that we currently share with 3 catamarans:
We are sheltering from a cold front that is bringing 20-30 knot southerly winds ahead of the front. We also want to explore ashore here this afternoon and visit the NAPA store and pharmacy nearby.
We have been working on some boat projects this past week:
Tom cut backing plates for the soft-shackle dinghy davit lift points out of a cutting board:
We raised the storm jib, replaced a shackle and outfitted it with sheets (ropes to trim the sail):
Tom’s current project is installing an electric anchor windless. We both look forward to that improvment!
Anita’s been working on washing and storing winter wear, hand washing the shower curtain and harnesses, and baking banana bread. Thank you to her sister Jane in VT we now have many more bread recipes to try!
We have plans to join fellow cruisers on Christmas Day for a beach potluck. Each table plans their own potluck. We are planning to bring a cheddar monkey bread and twice baked potatoes both white and sweet. Our table will have 13 people so far. We hope you are all enjoying your Christmas or other Holiday preparations and spreading the joy of this Holiday Season.