Wednesday found us anchored behind Bells Island (some charts say Bells Cay) awaiting the arrival of a cold front that would bring up to 25kt winds out of the SW to West. With some exceptions, most of the Bahama islands and cays offer no west protection during the clocking winds that often occur when a cold front passes over or comes very close to your location. Last year just after Valentine’s Day we hid here from a front, and now here we are again.
We had plenty to keep us busy all day Thursday: defrosting the fridge was tops on the list, backed up the laptop to the hard drive (way overdue), cracked open our coconuts and baked coconut bread (near perfect loaves this time), baked chocolate macaroons and got frequently distracted by the T-storms that passed by- rain, lightning, thunder- quite the show every time.
I prepped photos for the blog but that’s about all the blog work I could do. Entries are way behind because lately I either haven’t had good enough cell service to tether, no WiFi or just been having too much fun to spend time in front of the laptop.
Getting a blog post ready to publish requires more steps than your favorite lighthouse.
- download photos from camera, crop and fix as needed, label and add tags
- select the ones for the blog and make them “smaller” for easier uploading
- open Firefox and WordPress and upload the chosen pics to the media library
- close Firefox,open IE and WordPress and copy and paste the text from Word
- select photos from media library and hope they go where you want them
- proofread, edit the publish date to be close to the event date, add tags
- click Publish and then review the suggested corrections, etc
- OK now click Publish again and this time the post is done and published
All these steps rarely occur during one session and if the internet connection isn’t lost once or twice during the process I feel luckier than a lobster in the Land and Sea Park.
Friday we sailed 15nm south to Staniel Cay where we’d spend a couple of days and meet up with s/v Makai.
We left Bells Island by rounding it counter-clockwise and looking right, a bit north of Bells, we could see the privately owned Little Halls Pond Cay. We’d thought we’d watch a Pirates movie, but alas, our other family pirate member has the DVD.