MAY, 2007 - So we are now back to where it all began. We totally enjoyed our 10 month cruise down to South America and back. We are now home in the BVI and in a few weeks will turn around and start our travels all over again. We loved cruising so much that we plan to spend all of 2007 in the southern Caribbean, with a stop over in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela, to visit with all of the friends we made there in 2006. I have to say that this is really the life - no mail, no bills, no phone, no TV, no car, no utilities - just endless aqua water and beauty - everywhere. I had never even guessed that retirement could be this glorious. I adore living on Swan Song. She is functional, liveable and a joyful experience. We make our own electicity, water and fun. We are totally self-sufficient and are certainly adding to the "green lifestyle" of our planet.
For those new friends who don't know our history - I came to the British Virgin Islands quite by accident. Having lived in near-by St. John from 1987 until 1990 I was very acquainted with the BVI. In fact, I could see the south side of Tortola from the window of my home in Coral Bay, St. John, and always found it a beautiful vista. I bought Antares, my CSY 37, from a broker located at Nanny Cay Marina, BVI, in 1990. In 1991, I left her in Sopers Hole Marina while I did a delivery with David Cooper to Bermuda.
Antares began taking on water while I was away so I had to return. Dave helped me and we moved in together, living in the BVI for the next 17 years - adopting it as our homeland and loving every minute of it. In 2006 we left Nanny Cay for Venezuela. All of the stops that we made are recorded in the pages below. Just push the button for the country/island that you want to see.
Thank you for joining us.
Above is our good friend Sheryl - standing next to the moon cactus in her yard. It blooms once every six months and she was lucky enough to catch it in full bloom - this just happened during the full moon in July.
Memories of the Past - The "Hugging Tree" in Sea Cows Bay. I hugged this tree every day for 4 years - did it ever grow!!!
Below - with wonderful friends Nancy & Rick from S/V Friendship
AS WE ENTERED SOPERS HOLE WE SAW THE MALTESE FALCON ANCHORED. IT IS THE LARGEST PRIVATE SAILING VESSEL IN THE WORLD. SOMEHOW THEY FORGOT TO ESCORT US TO FOXYS !!
BELOW - DAVE AND I ARE WITH GOOD FRIENDS BILL BAILEY AND SUE DEMARIS AT PEG LEGS LANDING, NANNY CAY MARINA
THE DAY WE ARRIVED BACK IN THE BVI, JUDY & PAUL CARRELL PICKED US UP IN THEIR BOAT AND TOOK US TO TOBAGO FOR THE AFTERNOON.
jUDY WITH DOODLE ABOVE, DAVE WITH PAUL AND BOTH OF US WITH TESSA