Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Weekend

Easter cats

The cats have stationed themselves behind their specially-modified duck blind and donned their Steve Martin bunny ears to fool the little chicks; luring them into their trap...

Taste just like Peeps :)

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Whale sightings - Catamaran Mango

The charter catamaran Mango sent us a few photos of whales they saw frolicking about last month.  The whales are kind of small in the photos because they were seen at a distance, but then again, you don't want to be too close :)

See more and read about catamaran Mango on the All About Yacht Charters blog HERE.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Leaping Lizards... Uh... WHALES!

Yesterday when we were having a cup of coffee outside around noon, we saw a couple of big splashes offshore. Could that have been a giant ray? No... It kept happening and then we saw TAILS.


Sorry, but no pictures. I wasn't going to miss out on the action while going to fetch my camera. Besides, it would probably have been too small to see anything.

So it goes...

Friday, March 14, 2014

New Steve Martin DVD/CD

I received an email from this morning announcing Steve Martin's new album/ video that was just released on March 11, 2014. Click on the link or image below and you can watch a full length video track of Steve and the Rangers performing "Pretty Little One".

Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers, featuring Edie Brickell, will release their first ever live concert CD/DVD package capturing their extraordinary performance at the historic Fox Performing Arts Center in Riverside California last fall. The live performance was recorded for PBS Great Performances and features material from Martin and Brickells Grammy-nominated album Love Has Come For You, as well as music from Martins Grammy nominated collaboration with The Steep Canyon Rangers, Rare Bird Alert, and his Grammy Award winning album The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo. This special live CD/DVD features Martins unique blend of comedy and bluegrass and is a first class evening of excellent entertainment.
Disc one has 19 tracks and disc two has 21 tracks. That's a lot of entertainment for around $16.

One of my favorite skits from long ago is Steve's "Cat Handcuffs" routine but it is no longer available on their mp3 store. Good thing I already have it.

But, while looking for "Cat Handcuffs", I saw a song off Steve Martin's Red Bird Alert album with Paul McCartney singing "Best Love" (click here for sample).


Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Trans-Atlantic Passage Opportunity

I just wanted to pass along this fantastic opportunity to make a transatlantic passage with a very experienced crew and well-founded yacht.

TransAtlantic Crossing Charter: Yacht ANAHITA May-June 2014
Cross the Atlantic Ocean with Charter Yacht Anahita this Spring

The charter yacht ANAHITA, a 62-foot Dynamique sloop, has an opening for two paying crew on their 6th eastbound trans-Atlantic crossing. This is an excellent opportunity to get some sea miles and a unique adventure. Join Captain Bijan and Chef Roseanne in St. Thomas, USVI for the May 1st departure.

Read more HERE...

Monday, February 17, 2014

Testing...Tsunami Warning

This morning while having morning coffee in bed, there was a series of amplified tones coming from the shore. We could hear the warning tones but didn't catch the message until the third time that it was a test (and only a test) of the tsunami warning system.

Tsunami sign on St Croix, USVI

Our cats heeded the message, headed to the high ground of a cabinet, and were anxiously looking about waiting for us to do something.

Boat Bits has an interesting link to an article titled: Deadly Caribbean Tsunami Risk Overlooked

Actually, we have been having tsunami-size wakes from the mini-cigarette boats all morning as this is a holiday and also the last day of the St Croix Ag Fest.

W O W... Did we just get tossed about! It was one of those dump everything that's not bolted down onto the floor type of wakes. I grabbed on to the computers while Bob tried to control the knocked over coffee pot and other stuff (a hurtling cabbage is quite a scarey thing).

After basic damage control I ran outside and it appears that it was one of the ferries that are transporting people over from St Thomas to the Ag Fest. Fortunately, it only happens once a year and this is its last day.

Here comes another one... Battle stations :)

So it goes...

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day

My goodness... it's the middle of February already... and it is 2014 (I keep typing 2012).

But that's OK because it is Valentine's Day and we also have a 3-day weekend with Monday being President's Day.

Hope you are having a good one, too!

Hmmm... it's too quiet today... Might listen to some HEART

Monday, February 10, 2014

Round Reef, St Croix - Boat grounding, continued

There was an article in the St Croix Source about the recent grounding of a ship on Round Reef, St Croix, USVI...

Ship Grounding Tore Gash in Coral Reef

You can read our February 1st All About Boats post about it HERE
Round Reef Snags Another One

I think that an improved marker buoy would be nice... Maybe a billboard?

Saturday, February 01, 2014

Round Reef, St Croix snags another one

Yesterday evening, after hearing a horn that sounded like a wimpy plastic horn from a dinghy (though cats were alerted and Willow growled), I looked out the window and felt a bit disoriented. Where did that hotel come from? That block of lights didn't look familiar and seems to be surrounded by flashing green & red lights. I looked about and ascertained that there was Christiansted, there were the lights on the beach, there's WAPA, so what the heck is that?

We saw some blue lights that was probably a cop boat but they were heading back into the harbor.

This is a strange place for a large boat to be hanging out. We had just had a squall with high winds pass through but surely we weren't a "port in the storm". Perhaps they had someone who needed medical attention or some other emergency? Or maybe they found a shallow spot?

The boat was still there an hour later, so I went to where you can get AIS tracking of boats and looked at our area.

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Yep, it looks like the m/v Commander is stuck on Round Reef. Their given position is:
Latitude / Longitude: 17.75648 / -64.69709

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I called up Google Maps and entered that position. The label with the red "A" is pointing out Round Reef which is clearly seen on the map and the green arrow is the position of the boat.

This morning, with the light of day, we can see the surf passing over the reef right in front of them.

Looked up high tide on our Navionics phone app and it says that high tide will be almost 5 INCHES today which probably won't be too much help.

I bet someone is not a happy camper this morning. Wonder what happened...

A sailboat went aground there about two weeks ago. It's been quite awhile since we've seen a grounding out on Round Rock.

But remember... don't be smug as stupid stuff happens... even to the best of us.

By the way... what happened to the green buoy that used to be close to us and its red neighbor??? The two little birds that would spend time there aren't sayin'

So It Goes...


When going outside at about 11:30am to have a third cup of coffee on the foredeck, I noticed that the ship was now pointing the opposite direction. They must have been waiting for high tide to make their move...

Maybe they have levelled off the reef a bit so there will be more water over it for the next time.

They then spun around...

They are now in the far channel with an aft anchor.

Still haven't a clue about it. Maybe Alvin Gee will have something to say on his radio news program on Monday.

All the best!

Monday, January 06, 2014

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson
Yesterday I watched a fun video on YouTube (more about that below) and looked up Rowan Atkinson on imdb to see who the woman was in this video (I'm sure she's the daughter from Ab Fab) and discovered that his birthday is TODAY, January 6th (Epiphany or Three Kings' Day). He was born in 1955.

In my opinion, I think that Atkinson is a very skilled comedian, actor, and writer. I love Black Adder and watched the Black Adder's Christmas Carol over the holidays. His Mr. Bean character is difficult for me to watch as he makes me nervous, though I do enjoy Mr. Bean's Holiday with him bumbling through France.

I didn't realize that he participated in The Secret Policeman's Balls. We used to have this on VHS and will have to get the DVD. Another blast from the past that I'd like to have is The Best of Not the 9 O'Clock News. We loved the comedy shows on BBC Radio 4 that would later become TV shows (such as Yes, Minister).

Perhaps you received an Amazon Gift Certificate that you'd like to redeem or, if not, just plonk down your plastic to get one of these :)

Click on an image to go to its Amazon DVD page

Here's the YouTube video I watched yesterday. It is a brilliant spoof of Doctor Who performed for a Comic Relief Red Nose Day telecast in 1999, Doctor Who and the Curse of Fatal Death. Starring: Rowan Atkinson, Richard E. Grant, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Grant, Julia Sawalha, Jonathan Pryce, and, must not leave out Roy Skelton who is the voice of the various Daleks.

There is a wikipedia page about it HERE.

Have a great day!