Tired of hearing about St Lucia yet? We certainly wish we could be talking about other places right now. St Lucia is nice, but we are anxious to get going. The new new part that was due to arrive Friday night and didn’t is now due to arrive tonight. Dave just checked the tracking and it shows in transit from Puerto Rico. Hopefully it is heading south instead of north this time. Fingers (and toes) crossed. In the meantime, we continue working on the boat and visiting with friends.
My galley oven is really small, about 13″x13″ and gets really hot in the back where the flame goes across. Other cruisers advised me to buy a pizza stone and place it in the bottom of the oven to better distribute the heat. I bought one at Johnson’s Hardware across the street and placed it in the bottom. While preheating the oven, I heard a loud crash come from the oven. I opened the door to find my new pizza stone cracked! The oven was only at 175 degrees!
I decided to leave it in and continued preheating and I heard the loud crash again. I looked inside to find it shattered when the oven was only at 250 degrees! Pizzas are usually cooked in hot ovens, at least 450 degrees! These stones should be made to hold up to that, so I don’t know what happened. I left it in anyway and baked some ginger cookies. The back ones didn’t burn, so it might have helped. Although, I did use the Silpat this time, which may also have kept them from burning. Not sure. For right now it doesn’t seem to be hurting anything, so I’ll leave it in.
Next I baked my coconut banana rum bread, which turned out great (other than slightly overcooked when I forgot it for an extra 5 minutes). However, the loaf pan fits in the oven crosswise and doesn’t get near the rear of the oven, so still not a good test for the cracked stone.
Tinka and Bill from Proud Mary had an opportunity to join on a boat for the J24 races in Rodney Bay. Being long time racers, they jumped at the opportunity. Dave and I invited ourselves on their boat to watch the races and keep their daughter, Cora, company.
While Bill and Tinka flew around the anchorage, Dave, Cora, and I played Farkle. Farkle is a fun and easy to play dice game. After a couple games of Farkle, the races were still going on strong, so Cora and I played Skip-Bo. Cora is a very sweet and mature 12 year old and we had a lot of fun hanging out with her.
It looked like Tinka and Bill had a lot of fun racing. They buzzed Proud Mary a couple times and Cora took some great pictures of them – better than our iPhone pictures above.
After watching the races, we returned to the boat. I wanted to try out a delicious pizza crust dough recipe I got from Shanique on Migrateur. I couldn’t use the stone, so I used my biggest baking pan. It made a deep dish crust, because my pan and oven are so small. It was still delicious, but next time I will split the dough into 3 or 4 pizzas instead of two so it doesn’t sit quite so heavy on us.
I was still so full from our early pizza dinner that I could barely drink a beer. I did find room for ice cream, though. There’s always room for ice cream! It was our last evening in St Lucia with Proud Mary and Neptune II.
As the evening wore on, we watched the crew at the next table get drunker and drunker to the point that they couldn’t stand and their speech was incomprehensible. When the majority of their party had the sense to return to their boat, these two guys decided to join our table. They grabbed our beer and used their bodies to push everyone down the bench to make room! In the US, these guys would have been kicked out or arrested! Earlier they were arm wrestling, brawling, and falling asleep on the table.
Fortunately, they calmed down when they joined us – no brawling or arm wrestling, just the falling asleep on the table part. Our cruising friend Robin, from the UK, told us there was nothing to worry about, that this was normal Brit behavior. But the guy with his head hung low in the picture above started kissing the guy next to him, one of Robin’s local friends. He took it well and tried to get the drunkard to pull himself together, but he eventually left our table to escape the drunkard’s amorous attentions. Robin did keep them in check for the most part. Believe it or not, Dave and I returned to our boat before these guys returned to theirs. After leaving our table, they went back to the bar! And got served! Amazing! At least we didn’t give Proud Mary and Neptune II a boring send off party.
As the days tick by, we find more ways to prepare for our departure. We are facing a 48 hour sail straight to St Martin now, so we want to fish along the way. We bought the cheapest rum we could find, simply named Strong Rum (160 proof), and filled our spray bottle with it. Dave showed his violent side with his labeling of the bottle! Spray the rum into fish gills and it will kill them very quickly, but we may get sauced eating the meat later! Haha! With our friends on Proud Mary and Neptune II heading north this morning, the only people left from our Grenada group are Catherine and Henry from Mowzer, who are busy helping their daughter with prewedding arrangements, but we do get to spend a little time with them here and there until they leave to go to the resort.