July  2009 

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Blog & Photos - July 2009



We decided to stay in and around Grenada this month to get to know more about it and it's sister islands Carriacou and Petite Martinique - and we weren't disappointed. As well as being famous for spices, Grenada grows an abundance of fruits and vegetables. We took a day's island tour of Grenada with Cutty which was well worth doing - not just for visiting the different places but because Cutty is a fountain of knowledge on the island and it's flora and fauna. Visiting a rum distillery was like taking a walk back into the last century - where everything was done manually, the working conditions were very basic and the much of the machinery long past it's sell-by date. Unfortunately the last hurricane wiped out most of the nutmeg trees and they are now just starting to come back into fruit so the nutmeg factory we visited was working at a tenth of it's capacity. However the chocolate processing plant was fully working and it was interesting to see how the chocolate beans are processed - again very labour intensive. Our driver, Cutty, introduced us to Denis Noel OBE whose estate has been involved with Grenada's entries to Chelsea Flower Show - with quite a number of Gold Medals!

After spending a couple of weeks exploring the different southern bays of Grenada we headed up north for Carriacou - one of Grenada's sister islands. We thought that sailing up the east coast would be the better option as we could make a good way to the east at the start of the journey and then have a nice reach across to Carriacou. It wasn't to be - despite sailing out to the east of Grenada for about 10 miles, a strong westerly tide set us well to the west and we still had to motor to avoid some of the islands at the northern end of Grenada! Seven hours later we dropped anchor in Tyrrel Bay. Carriacou is a very relaxed and friendly place, with some fantastic views over the islands, and some great walking. We took the opportunity whilst we were there to do a PADI Open Water Diving Course - it proved to be a fabulous experience - our training centre was the Carriacou Silver Divers run by Claudia & Max with Dave as their master diver. We had a great time with very professional people and saw some amazing wildlife. The weather was very changeable - on our last dive we surfaced to a 40 knot squall - what a surprise!    We also spent several days anchored between Petite Martinique and Petit St Vincent - an idyllic anchorage with some good walking on Petite Martinique - famous for it's boat building which allegedly has been passed down from a Scottish heritage.

Over the three islands we saw some interesting wildlife including Mona monkeys, Yellow footed Boobies, Antillean Grackles, Mangrove Cuckoos and mockingbirds.  The Carriacou regatta takes place during the last week of July with boat racing during the first weekend of August.  We thought it might be fun to join in and do the double handed round the island race...............

 

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Nutmeg fruit showing mace surrounding the nutmegCutty showing us different fruits and spice plantsAvocado tree Cachew Nut still on fruit Different spices frown on Grenada Water wheel at the rum distilleryCollecting sugar cane Taking sugar cane debris to be burned Spent Sugar cane Chocolate Nut straight from the treeChocolate Beans Drying in the sun Choclate Beans ready to be made into chocolate Denis Noel OBE showing Jean photo of him with the QueenCarriacou Boat YardWelcome to PM Jean admiring one of the views on PM PSV anchorage with the Grenadines in the background Boat BuildingPM Boats but plenty of sand for a sand ball fight! Mona monkeyOpen air classroomClaudia & Max of Carriacou Silver divers Dave of Carriacou Silver Divers PADI Open Water Divers!

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