And what is next for Pigsy and Enid? His solo exhibition will be held in La Casa Amarilla in the latter half of March of this year. So that is also extremely exciting. Covid or no covid, these pair have risen up to it, and they inspire me every day.
Sunday 28 February 2021
We were invited for dinner in a friend's house on Friday. It emerged that friend's of theirs had smoked a big hunk of pork and wanted to share it, but their condo is very small. So it made sense, and was a win all round, to host in G&K's huge house instead! If you remember, that is where the superbowl party was also held.
Check out all this lovely food!
Monday 22 February 2021
So any excuse to get out my electric screwdriver! I got straight to work, and how about that, doesn't it look much better!
The day arrived for our hosting party! We did a lot of preparing, cleaning, pre planning, planning, deciding lay outs and talking through timelines, to make it run smooth, and we are delighted because in the end it went great!
First things first, covid. I feel very lucky to live somewhere that the climate lends itself to being outside a lot, if not all of the time. Also, it was really, really breezy (windy) yesterday which meant that even when we were indoors there was a huge amount of air blowing through the house. We had all the doors open, and this movement of fresh clean air helped make things feel safe also.
Preparing: We cleaned all morning on Sunday. Also included in that time was a run to the grocery store to get key lime pie (dessert), mayonnaise (for the key lime mustard) and cupcakes for a colleague leaving The Saint. Patrick kindly drove me down to the hotel so I could run in quickly with those and that was during the morning time also. Patrick figures it was 4 hours cleaning between the two of us. I think it was more like five. How can a small house need so much cleaning? But I must say it feels nice now, the morning after, having everything spick and span.
And of course it was worth it, for all of THIS:
|Fruits of our Labour! 5.5lbs or 32 crab claws (4 each)|
|Even with it being breezy, it was just perfect outdoors|
|Good people! Love this gang!|
|The cooler behind us doubles up as place for ice and a bench seat. I like this photo of us!|
Tuesday 16 February 2021
I was quite shocked to hear that Patrick had got us reservations for Firefly on Sunday gone (Valentine's Day) - because of where I work (in a hotel) I had insight into just how busy the island was and how booked up all the restaurants were. Ever resourceful, it emerged that Patrick, when he couldn't get through on the phone, he jumped on his bike and cycled down to Bahama Village and made the booking in person. Clever man! He did note how busy it was - he had to get into a queue to just talk to someone.
Well, it sure was worth doing what he did! Dinner was fab!
It sure seems wrong to me too. And as I noted, we always just take one. It feels like the right thing to do.
On the basis of Enid's queries I did some more reading up on it. You can get more info here. It appears that the commission in charge of the rules and regulations (The Florida Fishing and Wildlife Commission) have ok'd the practice - although they also acknowledge that it does leave the crab with less (to nil) defences when their claws are gone. They also note that the claw regrows back quicker the more that the crab can eat and grow strong - so with two claws they have more chance to get themselves food. So overall, morally, I am happier with our decision to leave this sustainable resource to rejuvenate with the best chances possible. And hopefully the more we have next season and each one onwards!!
Monday 15 February 2021
Lately, going out and checking the crab traps has been even more fun then ever. You might remember my last blog about the monster claws we got - and that was the best day yet.
Well today, while we didn't get any more monsters we killed it on sheer quantity - 9! And imagine, that could have been doubled if we had taken the two claws (as you are allowed to).
So! Very exciting. We have friends coming over for drinks and appetizers next Sunday and guess what! We are going to do stone crabs. Going to keep it simple. Plus also, we have explicitly said apps (not dinner), so there will be stone crabs, devilled eggs and crusty garlic bread. And prosecco. Eh, voila!
Excited to share our fishing haul and exploits with our friends. Very much looking forward to it!
No clue what the context of the photo below is. Found it in google images and it just made me laugh. Lol!
Tuesday 9 February 2021
My second super bowl party! And hosted by the same people! But in a new venue. Our friends G&K have recently moved home and without a doubt their new house is just perfect for a party. And even more importantly, with covid etc, it was just perfect for an outdoor viewing party. I feel really lucky living somewhere that I can socialize (relatively) safely...
I will let the photos below speak for themselves
Patrick texted me telling me there was a heart in our garden, and when I came home I saw THIS!
Really clever... It is a fundraiser for Wesley House. Someone went online and ordered it and then WH came out and delivered it.
But who was that someone?!! I immediately went to facebook and posted a pic asking "who did this?!!"
After a few cryptic messages I figured that it was Enid!!! Thank you Enid! Love it, and love that you supported Wesley House all the way from Spain.
She later told me that it was so easy. She went online at 5pm Spanish time, noon in KW, and that very same day it was delivered to our little blue house. Cute little message on the back of it telling all about it and the hashtag #sharewhlove where you can search to see other houses decorated with hearts.
I love Key West :) And ingenuity. Normally, every year, Wesley House hosts a big Valentine's dance. Obviously, they can't do it with covid so this was their idea to replace that.
Wednesday 3 February 2021
Monday 1 February 2021
Amongst a load of other things, I got my new Florida ID card! And thus my crab trap license. I promptly took myself, my new ID and a copy of the New Yorker off to ihop to celebrate over some waffles. A very enjoyable time had by all, I am happy to report.