Happy birthday Marjorie

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Hillsborough Bay

I'd arranged to couchsurf on Carriacou, so the Reverend dropped me off at Fitzroy's place in Tyrrel Bay.  He has a beautiful little place, made of wood which pretty much opens up on all sides and is a two minute walk down to the bay.  Fitzroy was a very hospitable host and knocked up a great meal when I arrived.  Of course I returned the favour by cooking him Spag Bol the next night (actually not one of my specialities!!) - I love cooking so any excuse to get in the kitchen was taken.  Although I generally had to share it with Reba and her brood of new born rotweilers - Fitzroy's got a whole family of them and they run the place.  Good protection measure though, I certainly wouldn't fancy trying to break into his place with those guys hanging around.

Shoe repair shop!

I spent a couple of days chilling out, went to down Hillsborough (no not the Sheffield Wednesday ground, the main town here!) to have a look round and sample one of Ann's rotis - they're famous here and she didn't disappoint.  Everyone seemed to be in there for lunch, so it must be good.  There were pretty torrential downpours, so 'sightseeing' was a bit limited when running to the next dry spot.  I also spent some time at Paradise Beach, which wasn't bad I have to say.  Apart from the small sandstorm which seemed to brew up whenn I was there - not condusive to me reading Robert Ludlum's 'The Casandra Compact'...finally I'd found somewhere to exchange books, so grabbed two of the biggest ones I could find...you never know when the next chance will come!

I was planning to leave at the weekend to go to Grenada island, but my couchsurfing contact there let me down, so I decided to stay a little longer on Carriacou, especially as I'd been invited  to a birthday party on the Saturday - its amazing how quickly people take you in as part of the community here and make you feel welcome.

Paradise Beach...with a very nice villa in the distance which costs about $2000/week to rent!
  It was Marjorie's birthday...not just any birthday, but her 90th and Roy and Susan layed on a party at their hilltop mansion - what a place this was - views over most of the island, just spectacular.  Susan told me that had some land to sell up there, only £100,000/acre! Bargain I would say!  There was limitless food and booze and we had a real laugh down there.  A bit of a bizarre experience, but after a few beers I got into the groove.  Quite a few expats so was interesting chatting to them to hear what they're doing here.  Most of them boats/yachts and the more I hear, I more I want one....one day I will be a sailor I tell you.  We started at lunchtime and after Roy had sung a specially written birthday song to Marjorie (which we all joined in with once we learned the chrous.
View from Roy and Susan'ss gaff...not bad
..brilliant!), everyone got in the party spirit and by the evening everyone was pretty well oiled.  Me included.  Tee-total Fitzroy drove us home and I passed out as soon as my head hit the sofa!

Whilst at the party, Jerry and Daniella said they were going out on their boat on Sunday, and as I was part of the village by now, I was invited along.  We ended up going to Petite Martinique, the third island which makes up Grenada.  Jerry owns the boatyard here and he also has a tug - and decided it needed a run out, so about 15 of us went out on it for the day - a great experience.  It was immaculate and I was amazed how much power these things have - the engines churn out a total of 2000 bhp!  Jerry crossed the Atlantic in it as he bought it in Genoa, so that tells you how sturdy it is.

Roy belting out his little birthday number to Marjorie!!
  So another day of lazing about, getting a tour of Carriacou from the water as well - I seem to have somehow landed on my feet here!  Tomorrow I'm off to Grenada island - the spice island!  I will be looking forward to getting away from the mozzies here - I have been bitten so much my feet have changed colour from a light tan to red!!

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Hillsborough Bay
Hillsborough Bay
Shoe repair shop!
Shoe repair shop!
Paradise Beach...with a very nice …
Paradise Beach...with a very nice…
View from Roy and Susanss gaff...…
View from Roy and Susan'ss gaff..…
Roy belting out his little birthda…
Roy belting out his little birthd…
Tyrrel Bay
Tyrrel Bay
Fitzroy pulling some moves
Fitzroy pulling some moves
Petite Martinique in the distance
Petite Martinique in the distance
Aboard Jerrys tug
Aboard Jerry's tug
Skipper Jerry!
Skipper Jerry!
Hillsborough
photo by: Sads79