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Rainy season over?

Filed under: Roatan — she_travels at 12:52 pm on Tuesday, February 15, 2011

When I arrived a friend happen to be at the airport, his wife was boarding the plane I had come down on. He was going my way and offered a ride.  While I was taking in the changes on the island we got to chatting about this and that..one of those things was perhaps rainy season was over cause the island had not had any rain to speak of in over six weeks.  I was a bit taken aback when the following day there were several showers..then…..

These are photos from the past three days as the weather and sea changed…

The wind and rough sea was bringing in and churning up the dead sea grass.

White caps in West Bay, not a common sight.

Part of the reason I am drawn it islands, you can see the weather coming at you… see the band of rain, it comes from the north, I am about to get very wet.

A couple of guys from Canada were out playing in the waves, they said most of them were over six feet. Goodness, I doubt many people have seen West Bay be anything other than tranquil, clear as glass.

See the waves bashing against LightHouse Point? You can also see the web and flow under the pier.

This is run off in West Bay. The water at one point this morning was just flushing over the bridge to the left of center. Much of the sand was washed out in….

This mess of run off, sea grass and sand. I am very curious to see how long it takes to settle for crystal clear waters to return. Course, the rain has to stop 1st. We are seeing moments of brighter sun now.  Maybe today, perhaps tomorrow.

Off and on through out the day, around the heavy rains, the guys were cleaning the beach. They dig a hole to bury the sea grass. The guy in the blue is stomping the grass like grapes to make space for more.

Roatan Redux

Filed under: Roatan — she_travels at 4:36 pm on Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Right then, here I am…. thanks goodness I have many weeks here abouts cause all I did the first seven days was sleep and read… I was so quiet the people running the accommodation finally sent someone over to make sure I was still breathing.

I have a new addiction…Kindle, dang that thing is going to be the demise of my bank account. I bought the one wireless and 3G capable world wide, I have no idea how Amazon did it,  I have to pay for the book but I don’t have to pay for the privilege of using the 3G connection. All Hail Amazon! No more packing books, no more buying books in odd countries, no more reading what happens to be available…new addiction I have.

I didn’t see the guys from the place I am staying at the airport, did they say someone would pick me up?  No matter BobMarley’s parents were waiting for Mom BobMarley to board the plane  I stepped off. One of the perks of visiting a tiny place, easy to find anyone traveling the same route.  We said our hellos and goodbyes, when Dad BobMarley offered me a ride cause he was going my way.  I mentioned I should check one more time for the people I thought were picking me up, he said “Cool, meet you in front.”

We chatted about real estate (no one is buying), the economy ( the world tried to blow up a few years ago)  and the weather (it had not rained enough to speak of in six weeks). What? two years ago it was still pouring in March, I was wearing my sweat shirt it was so cold and wet.

Imagine my surprise the next day…

Dang! ya can’t even see Light House!

I had to get in to West End for supplies, food mostly. Thank goodness I had the sense to bring my raincoat, I was still soaked by the time I had walked the beach from West Bay to West End. The good news, wet in 80 degrees is a far cry from wet in 60 degrees. By the time I was headed back the rain had stopped.

A couple days later I looked up from my book to see this….

The mainland for gosh sakes!

That evening…

Sunset truly does help everything look better.  That is one BIG boat.

It has been hotter than I ever remember here. Part of the heat is little to no breeze some days, with no wind comes calm sparkling clear water. LOOK! at that blue.

The length of West Bay Beach, from the East edge of Foster’s ( where I am standing) to the sand point of what the cruise ship people call Tabyana Beach just past the red roofs of Infinity. Ya can’t see the Wall unless you know it is there but the far right green is Light House Point. This looks like a non cruise day, perhaps Monday of last week.

This one is taken from the same place but with a zoom, the pier is Foster’s, The red roof in the upper right is Infinity Bay.

Right then, so on a cruise day there is far more going on, the people in kayaks are more than likely from a ship, the guy in blue sitting on the bottom level of the pier is with them and works for Gumbalimba Park…I noticed it is now the uniform of Gumbalimba cause I walk past every trip into town. There were prolly 12 kayaks with three guys this day. One of them detoured to help out a couple ladies having trouble with a paddle boat in the bay. I have no idea what the problem was but a dive boat stopped as well, in the end I saw a kayak with two people paddle out, attach maybe a rope and drag the ladies in the defunct boat back to the sand.

If ya look at the top of the pic at the sand point, that is where many of the cruise people end up, something new to me is the four floats in the water out from that spot. I decided to take a dip in the sea to alert the fish of the impending happensg from the ship, not that they didn’t know it was coming but common courtesy..anywho much to my amazement, these four spots are local guys on surf boards. I don’t know if they are life guards, or if they are policing the coal. But sure enough…. guys on surf boards laying out in the ocean. I doubt they are getting paid much but that is a hell of a job  huh?

I also saw….

This lady with a guy also on what looks like a surf board. There truly is all manner of entertainment both in and out of the water on this island these days. Snorkeling trips, Cayo Cochinos trips, paddles boats, kayaks, para sailing, glass bottom boats, Snuba, hiking, exploring the island either on your own or with a local guide, heck you can even go with Scuba being  the scuba guys are the ones who originally put this place on the map.

Nothing? Me? Nahh!

Filed under: Colorado,Horses — she_travels at 9:51 pm on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Just so ya don’t think I have been doing nothing….

I have been cleaning a client’s barn ….

with help from Rollie to

clean stalls and….

sweep when he was not…

Playing with his corgi pal or…

Toby the baby horse who..

wanted a portrait.

I had to bribe Seven, look at the snake ears compared to Toby.

Even one of the two Corgis wanted in on the photo game.

Once the barn was done….

Jack the wonder dog and I went out for a game of chase the round thing. Look at  that focus, he was waiting for me to move the ball, he didn’t so much care how, he was just in it for the chase.

Jack’s pic and…

this one of Bo the Thug, his parents nicknamed him, not me, were taken the same day. Bo and his sister Savannah joined me for a walk after I took Jack home to recuperate. We all came home dusted with powered sugar snow.

That was pretty much my day today. It was a good  day!

Day 12/13 ~ Feb 12th/13th

Filed under: Photos,Turkey — she_travels at 9:57 am on Saturday, February 13, 2010

It was cold and pouring rain yesterday so I took some quiet time away from the world to chill and do darn near nothing. One needs such days from time to time while traveling in this manner.

Today I was hailed on in a place called Ephesus, it was not so bad the temps were up thank goodness so when the back of my legs were soaked I was still smiling. I am SO loving my new rain coat.

From Wikipedia :

Ephesus (Ancient Greek ??????, Turkish Efes) was an ancient Greek city on the west coast of Anatolia, near present-day Selçuk, Izmir Province, Turkey. It was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League during the Classical Greek era. In the Roman period, it was for many years the second largest city of the Roman Empire; ranking behind Rome, the empire’s capital. Ephesus had a population of more than 250,000 in the 1st century BC, which also made it the second largest city in the world.

The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BCE), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The temple was destroyed in 401 CE by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom. Emperor Constantine I rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. The town was again partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614. The city’s importance as a commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Cayster River.

Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written here. It is also the site of a large gladiators’ graveyard.

With a bit of history out of the way, on to the pics.

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They grow perfect Christmas Trees in this place.

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We came around a bend in the turn to see this…I pretty much stood there with my mouth open for a bit.

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Cool huh?  The people are a group if Asians off a couple buses.

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The Library of Celsus, the facade of which has been carefully reconstructed from all original pieces, was built ca. CE 125 by Gaius Julius Aquila in memory of his father and once held nearly 12,000 scrolls. Designed with an exaggerated entrance — so as to enhance its perceived size, speculate many historians — the building faces east so that the reading rooms could make best use of the morning light.

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Various materials were used in the rebuilding after war and fire.

There is a section one must pay additional to see, it is called the Terrace Houses, Austria paid for a roof so the many people helping put the puzzle of a place back together  are out of the weather.

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Original Paintings

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The lion is small 1×1 tiles placed on the floor, I was on a catwalk above looking at him upside down..so the pic looks a bit funny but ya get the idea.

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I was told it is so hot in the summer here, the heat from the rocks is almost unbearable and the foliage is burned up and brown. I may be dealing with weather but at least its not hot and chock a block full of people.

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See  the bands of hail? Man! did I get wet!

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Do not fall.

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After all that I was hungry so I had a visit to the Friday Market.

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The Egg Man.

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This is where the battery in the camera died. I got what I came for though, two yummy oranges and a banana.

Tomorrow a 3 hours bus ride to a spot called Pamukkale,  famous for white limescale pools of water.

Day Three ~ redux

Filed under: Turkey — she_travels at 11:43 pm on Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Where was I?

More pics from yesterday morning.

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Empty snow dusted streets.

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Blue Mosque in the background.

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Sophia a bit later in the day once the snow had stopped.

The Hagia Sophia is not only Constantinople’s most famous landmarks, it is arguably one of the most famous buildings in the entire world. It was the city’s cathedral and the site of a church originally built by Constantus, son of emperor Constantine the Great. The original church was burned down in 532 and the present church was built between 532 and 537 under the supervision of Justinian I. The original dome fell after an earthquake and the current dome is evidently slightly different.

Over 900 years the Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom) was the seat of the Orthodox patriarch of Constantinople, but when the Ottomans captured the city they turned it into a mosque. Minarets were added and the rich frescos were covered over (because of Islamic prohibitions against depicting human figures). Thus it remained for over 500 years until the Turkish government decided to turn it into a museum and tourist attraction in 1935.

At this point I realized I had not attempted to get money from an ATM with my new card, so I turned around and headed for the row of machines I had seen near the Tram stop. Marble steps, nearing killed myself or at least had visions of cracking open a knee.  I tried all three machines, no joy.  Note to self ~ check the expiration date of all your money producing cards before leaving America.

Breakfast is included in my accommodation price so I popped back to the hostel for food.  When I walked in the guy behind the counter asked “Do you need the luggage room key?”  I said “No, I had thought to stay another night cause I am still having bank issues.”  He said “Yes, but we are booked this evening with a group.”  I am sure I looked confused, it is low season and the middle of  the week, what he hell. Deep Breath, Deep Breath, “Is there another place, close you recommend?”   “Yes, Eurasia Hostel just across the street and up a little, I saw you past it this morning.”  “Thank you, breakfast first?”   He nodded.

Dang, Bank issues and now I am getting kicked out….did ya ever have a rougher start to a holiday?

Breakfast in hostels is usually something local-ish and or cornflakes and milk if you choose.  The buffet both mornings I was there was delightful chunks of bread, tomato, cheese, cucumbers, and boiled eggs. I saw many people making sandwiches.  They offer tea, coffee and something yellow to drink, I decided it was a version of lemonade.

Breakfast over I popped across the street to find Eurasia Hostel, indeed it was rock throwing distance from where my bags currently were.  I had been in a chilly 4 bed dorm with cats fighting out the window (11euro) , I was offered a very warm 12 bed mixed dorm for 10 euro. I asked what the single price was he said “26 euro”. Ahh, dorm it is then.  He asked if I needed help with my bags, I told him no, paid him and was off to pack my bag.

Alrighty, bed for the evening sorted, back to the bank boggle. Oh by the by I decided between the bank issue and the weather I would hang here in Istanbul a bit longer.

On my way back into town I noticed many people about the Blue Mosque, perhaps this is the time to go inside. It is free,  though one has to go through the correct door, take your shoes off and cover your head, this last bits no problem do to the cold temps.

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Inside the courtyard.

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Sophia from inside the Blue Mosque courtyard.  The people, Asians from a bus I saw on the other side of  the building.

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Inside the interior courtyard. I saw a guy shooing people away from what looked like a door toward an exit through the courtyard, I followed suit before he had to tell me as well.

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It would see many a person from many a place come to see the Blue Mosque.

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It is impressive from many angles. Not my best pics due to the low light but you can see all the blue tiles…thus, Blue Mosque.

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Plenty of stained glass in the place.

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The vastness of it is overwhelming.

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From the exit side of the building.

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Tis tough to get a pics which truly show the huge-ness of  the place.

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I thought maybe if I found another bank’s ATM my card would work so… random street roaming, tis one of my favorite things cause ya never know what  you will come across.

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Do you even believe how old this building looks.

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Brick work of the Grand Bazaar.  This place feels like an indoor mall but far far HUGER and no doors to the stores, so think a cross between a flea market with vendors and a mall.  I didn’t wander much being I was enticed to have tea, food and conversation, see previous post.  I may have to go back….or not being I am not a shopper.

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From the coffee shop were we had tea, apple tea, yummy.  Later it was suggested I taste rose-hips tea, yeah cool, it’s good too. One of the beverages they offered at lunch was  a yogurt, water and salt something… it takes some getting used to but I bet it would be yummy on a hot day. I was also offered dang, I can’t remember what flavor of baklava it was, but it is mandatory to have tea when one eats sweets on this part of he world.  Truly, a delightful day.

Ended with a bit of sun…

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For a very nice sun set..

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It would seem the people in this place are not early risers. The heat in the dorm woke me before call to prayer, holy hannah was it HOT.  I sorted myself, with flashlight in hand went to the terrace to see the weather and post more pics. I was not joined by others until 830a.

The sun may be going to come out today, it is still  cold, ice on the outside tables.

Oh yeah, I called the bank two more times yesterday. Once while I was with my new friends in the grand bizarre, they insisted. Nice people! Anywho the bank said to call back after 3, I did to the tune of 59 minutes and 14 bucks.

They decided to send yet another card, to the new hostel, so.. I wait. I may have a visit to the Asian Side of Istanbul. I am still not at all sure why they call it the Asian Side. Perhaps I will learn today.

Day Three ~ Feb 3rd

Filed under: Turkey — she_travels at 2:49 pm on Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dang silly system kicked me out, though I only had a page or so typed tis still very annoying. One can not repeat such prose a second time. Phooey!

I was up before daylight, didn’t get much sleep last night do to the hostel being an echo conductor until 3am. I finally gave up trying at 4am, watched an episode of Castle then popped upstairs and out into the snow for a walk as morning call to prayer started. One does not need an alarm, just wait til five and singing voices can be heard.

It was cold, snowing and blowing, I was very comfy in my new coats, gloves, fleece hat and duck shoes. Yes, I brought two pair of shoes, it was a hard won choice leaving two turtle necks and taking two shoes. No worries both my coats have zippers to my chin.

Pics of my morning walk…

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Blue Mosque

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Hagia Sophia, across the street.

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Sweeping the streets.

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Is that a snow covered Palm Tree?

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Old wood building with the Blue Mosque behind. I was not taking any chances I was keeping  the Blue Mosque in site, the streets here are mostly one lane sorta cobble stones, that do twist and turn. Some of  the side walks are marble, ya gotta watch ya don’t fall on your arse in the snow and slush.

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See what looks like a blue roof?

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Bits of a castle wall are all over the city here, I was told, by my friend, the other day the people are required to keep it in good repair, the wall must stay.

Ok, very slow connection and it’s getting late,  people want to turn off the light in the dorm room. I will get back to this tomorrow.

Quickly..A new friend found me today, I was wandering the streets near the Grand Bazaar…he suggest I go with him..long story short his family is in the carpet business, they offer me and two other ladies, food, drink conversation and many lessons in carpets. It was an afternoon well spent.

At one point I mentioned I do not get this kind of attention from men in my country and was there anyway to fend them off without insulting anyone.  The gentlemen from the street jumped up,  disappeared out the door and was back moments later with three silver rings. He told me to choose one and put in on my wedding finger, I did as I was told then asked how much  money he wanted. The guy looked truly offended I offered to buy it. Indeed, very nice people and a delightful afternoon. By the by ~ this new friend designs and sells jewelery world wide and to people such as Hillery Clinton and several other famous Americans I do not remember.

The light is not off yet, just one more thing. We were having lunch when a friend of my new friends niece came in, I did not see him right away but he said “I know her.” When I looked up he was looking at me…I tried to think if anyplace I may have met him, then with a dropped jaw I said “You are the guy from the Metro who told me it was the last stop.”   Remember the cutie….shezz in this huge place the same dude, small world indeed.

Ok more pics and stories later.

Day Two ~ Feb 2nd

Filed under: Turkey — she_travels at 7:38 pm on Tuesday, February 2, 2010

It was cold, blowing and WET yesterday. I was whipped out and decided to research my next move and take a nap,  I was very surprised when I woke up at four in the afternoon, the good news is the sleep killed my raging headache. (side note ~ Did I ever mention plane travel is hard on me….I do this for the  getting there part not the going part. ) This place is far quieter in the day time (better for sleeping) cause everyone is out and about. That, and the cats were not fighting against my window.

The weather report for the next few days is a bit gloomy, 30’s with rain and or snow. This place is not like Colo where you are sure the sun will be back any minute, it more like Seattle were you are surprised if the sun makes an appearance.

I had planned to hop a ferry tomorrow bound for Bandirma then catch a bus to Cannakkale but I am not convinced I want to be in any bit of water in this weather.

I may hop a bus from here headed to a place called Bursa, the town is at the base of a mountain and being they are calling for snow it may be more impressive white.

I do hope my body and mind sort out the time change soon. Perhaps the fresh air tomorrow will help.

My new temp ATM card showed up about five pm but dang, it was pouring rain with wind gusts, not at all pretty.  I will test the card in the morning.

The Adventure Begins

Filed under: Beginings — she_travels at 7:02 am on Sunday, January 31, 2010

I was sorted, packed and out of Otis’s house about 4:30 Friday. I dropped my car off with the mechanic so he can tinker while I am away. Had a friend pick me up, spent the night with her, packing and repacking several times.

We had been trying to see Avatar for weeks but could not sort it out until Sat. I told her if I had my head on straight and was close enough to being packed we could head to the theater Sat am..the film is almost three hours and ya add travel times, its pretty much and all day affair. I had to be back at her house for a friend from Denver to pick me up, I would spend Sat night with her so we could be to the airport, she is part vampire so late night,early morning runs to DIA are easy for her.

Indeed we did get out to see Avatar, 3D, Imax…the theater was packed and the movie was amazing…the story line was predictable and a old one but the magical place called Pandora had a huge WOW factor. I was pleased as punch we manged to find time to see it.

I had lovely chats with friends in Denver last night, slept ok for a few hours, got up at 3am to shower and repack one more time. I finally removed a few items from my bag. I will pick then up when I get back.

So, here I am at DIA, it’s 5:52. My plane leaves here at 7:45, I have connections through Detriot and NY, landing in Istanbul at 9:55 am. I decided to book accommodation in Istanbul for 2 nights, I have directions from the airport on the tram and walking directions to the hostel in the old city, very close to the Blue Mosque.

I understand the weather in Turkey at the moment is much like the Boulder weather, you can have 60 degree days and then snow. I was told it will be snowing Thursday, I have packed accordingly, two pairs of shoes, a huge “no, no” in my world but I pretty much had to if I wanted to keep my feet warm and dry.

I have my little netbook with me and an hoping to post pictures and stories as I go. We will see if I actually pull it off.

The Adventure Begins.

California Redwoods

Filed under: Road Trip — she_travels at 9:44 pm on Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Next we have…. more trees.

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Do ya not love fog? I snapped this shot four times trying to get one without a car..just was not in the cards that day.

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These two may be the last of the coast.

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See the human walkway below…that tree is huge.

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These trees pretty much refuse to die, this one was harvested once upon a time and instead of giving up it started new smaller trunks from the original huge trunk. They all it the Cathedral Tree cause if its look.

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If ya can look at the pic above (the base) and the one above it (the top) together. It is all the same tree. Albeit the light is wacky, fog will do that.

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Now, that would have been a sight to see, all those mammoth trees about.

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Nice view from the top of the hill.

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Tree tops.

Weather Witch

Filed under: Roatan — she_travels at 4:02 pm on Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I really do love Palmetto Bay. Bob Marley and friends are such fun to hang about with. The birds wake me at daylight,  Bailey cat hops on the bed yowling for breakfast. While I brush my teeth I can hear Marley’s tail thumping on the deck anticipating a morning walk along the beach.

I am convinced if I stayed here long enough I could predict the weather.

Our walk two days ago was taken at 615a…by the time I got to the beach (15 min walk) I was soaked with perspiration due to no breeze. Things did not improve, the sea was bathtub calm, not a breath of breeze and the bugs were relentless. I always apply bug spray before leaving the house but it was doing little or nothing for me that day. Clear, calm and H O T.

The following day (yesterday) I woke hearing the waves crashing on the reef. Yes indeed the wind was up and from the wrong direction with dark rain cells dotting the gray sky. Bob Marley and I were soaked twice that morning.

Today the cloud cover, wind, sprinkles and hard rain continue with a temp at a chilly 72 degrees. Yeah, well when it’s usually 85-90 with blaring sunshine, 72 and clouds is cold.

The good news is..I love rain. This house is designed in such a way  when all the doors and windows are open you feel as though you are outside but with a roof to keep from being drenched. I love this place!

Weather forecasting? When the breeze stops you are in for a blow, it is the calm before the wind shifts direction.

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