Let’s dance!!

Hi guys!!  Have I got a few treats for you today!!  It was a big weekend for festivities in Carriacou.  On Friday night the town that I’m staying in (Bogles) had its annual cultural festival….called the Maroon festival.  All day long people cook, eat, and mingle from one house to the next.  I finally got to try some traditional Carriacou cuisine.  I wish I would have taken a picture of my plate because there were some things I could not identify.  However, even though I can’t say that I loved it all,  I did eat it all.  Mom would be proud.  I think there was some chicken, some pork, potatoes, a rice ball, and a cornmeal ball….oh how it made me miss biscuits and cornbread.  They don’t know what biscuits and cornbread are here.  I wish I knew how to cook them from scratch because I’d give them to everyone and I would be forever remembered as the biscuit girl.  By the way, what is the difference between baking bread and baking biscuits? Anyways, there was also a performance with drummers and dancers.  I managed to get a pretty cool video.  So here ya go…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7wq2eKGWxg

I had to upload this video to YouTube in order to get it into this blog.  It was my first time as a YouTuber and I’d have to say they make it pretty easy and self explanitory to upload videos.  No wonder everyone’s doing it.  — This performance went on for a couple of hours and many people took a turn dancing in the circle.  All the women wore skirts with a split down the middle and another slip or pants underneath.  When they danced they would face the drummers and hold their skirt open, why? I don’t know, I never asked.

I managed to get right up around the edge of the circle, so I had a pretty awsome view.  There were a bunch of little kids in front of me who were fascinated by my digital camera.  I kept noticing them look up at it again and again.  Finally one little girl looked up and said very faintly, “Can I hold your camera?”  It was so cute, I just had to let her try.  And you know when you let one try, they all have to try.  So I ended up with like 20 extra pictures on my camera and this was one of them. 

 

 

This is Andy, and this is his 1977 police issue BMW motorcycle with a 1947 sidecar.  So why do you think I’m showing you this picture….because I got a ride in the sidecar….and it was AWESOME!!!

 

 

 

 

 

There was also a big artist here from Jamaica here on Saturday (Mr. Vegas).  It was a free show put on by one of the political parties here.  Apparently they will be having a big election pretty soon here as well.  There were thousands of people there and many of the locals brought grills and coolers to sell consessions.  Sorry, no picures though…it was too dark.

Sunday, I had probably the best day yet.  I took a water taxi out to swim with the sea turtles.  It was amazing.  We saw like six or seven of them just pokin’ along.  I couldn’t take a picture under water, so I found a picture on Google of the kind we saw. 

 

Don’t ya just love the pattern on its shell.  They weren’t very big…just about the size of my torso. 

 

 

 

 

We also saw these star fish.  At first I thought they were dead, but then I got to hold one in my hand and I felt his fingers move.  It was cool but it freaked me out a bit.

 

 

 

And look guys, Kite surfing!!! I was totally stoked when I saw this and I made the water taxi stop so I could take a picture.  I haven’t seen a surfer yet, much less a wave big enough to surf on. But you know what, its much the same on the coast of Georgia, so what do they do instead…they kite surf.  So this picture is for Tim @ High Tide Surf Shop where I work in Tybee Island, Georgia.  Do you see what kind of kite he’s got? Cabrinha!! Woohooo!!  This is off the coast of Union Island….and that’s all I can really say. 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh, so this is the Caribbean.  As I use to dream of what it would be like to visit the Caribbean, this is what my imagination saw.  Ahhhh, what a wonderful day this was!!

But wait, does this view look familiar to anyone?  Hint, hint…a movie with pirates.

 

 

 

Yep, you guessed it…Pirates of the Caribbean. This spot is from the scene in the first movie where they dug up all the rum…and thats all I know.  I think it was in the first movie, but I’m not sure….Anyone who knows me can tell you that I’m the world’s worst when it comes to recalling movie scenes. 

Anyways, no sign of Johnny Depp or Orlando Bloom here now. Too bad, so sad!!

 

 

And this folks, is my favorite picture yet. I will blow it up and hang it on my wall when I return.

 

 

 

 

 

Okay, Okay!! I know, I know…where’s the fiber at?  Well, I have to be honest and say that my top priority for the past few days has been my research paper.  I’ve had three weeks to research, formulate an opinion, map it out, learn a new writing format (Chicago/Turabian), and write 10 pages about it.  So if you’re tired of hearing about it, tuff…’cause my brain is tired of thinking about it.  Can you say mentally tapped, ’cause that’s how I’m feelin’ right now.  So how do I fix it, by knittin’ it up!!! Woohoo!!

 

First I had to spin a little more yarn to get the length I wanted for my scarf.  I chose a dark domestic fleece and plyed it with the same metallic blue thread as the previous yarns.  It reminds me of the black sand on the beach right outside the Roundhouse. 

 

 

 

 

 

And here is the finished piece, with me and my cheesy grin.  i took like 10 photos and hated them all, but who cares…that’s not the point.  Isn’t that scarf beautimous?!  I love it with the blue tank underneath.  Oh, the perfect vision of the sand and sea, hehe! This scarf is super soft and warm, even with the big holes. 

It reminds me of a fishing net or even some of that camouflage netting thats out now. 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a close up.

 

 

 

 

 

These little jars are from my cabin.  Each one has sand from a different beach or island close by (Sandy Beach, Sparrow Bay, Anse La Roche, & Jack-A-Dan). They were a source of inspiration for this scarf. 

 

 

 

 

So what’s next? Weaving with this stuff…palm leaves, cocoa bark, and I thought this seaweed yarn…but now I’m thinking not.

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4 Responses so far »

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    Shaun said,

    Way cool! What an experience. I am glad that you have had an opportunity to explore the cultures of the island and enjoy the beauty as well! I sure would like to have a scarf or somethin similar to that to put in my bathroom — since both my baths have a beach theme! I am gonna have to get a copy of some of your pics. Can’t wait to see them all. Take care!
    love, shaun

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    Jodi said,

    Heeeeeeeeeeey, Looks like some pretty cool stuff going on there; sorry no Orlando. I wish I could come sway on waves with you and drink cocktails in the sunset, I’m still jealous. Anyway, no baby yet and I am getting pretty tired of this belly now and wish she would hurry up. Maybe I can talk the docs into inducing labor over the weekend. I am nervous and anxious but so is everyone else, people been calling to check everyday. We will call when the little on arrives, have fun, see you soon!

    Love, Jodi

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