Curare is as ready as she can be for the hurricane season and has been left on her own on the hard in Trinidad. The crew has returned home to Canada, specifically Gabriola Island. We no longer own a house, having sold it to go sailing, but we do have a beautiful piece of undeveloped land. The property is at the top of a cliff with a gorgeous view to the south, there is a well for water, GG is currently installing four solar panels to provide electricity (meanwhile we use a generator to charge the batteries), and as a place to live we have "the shack". This started out as a 26 foot travel trailer that we used to drag behind us to geological job sites, but now it is in a fixed position, a rustic plywood shelter has been built around it and we have expanded our living space by about a third. The interior trailer space is larger than Curare but it is not as well thought out, consequently there are not many places to store the essentials, things like food, books, clothes, jackets, footware. "The shack" provides space for all of those items plus there is room for a desk so that our computers do not occupy the dining table.
There are not many critters here on the Island, but at this time of year the cutest are the fawns (bambis). We have a set of twins and their mom living on the property and they show no fear. They don't come right up to us, but neither do they stay out of sight, and LE is keeping her fingers crossed that they do not start munching on her newly planted trees. These trees are enclosed with chicken wire but a determined deer could easily demolish the fencing if they were hungry enough.
Our plans for the summer--- enjoy the island life, take in a few music festivals, visit friends, go boating in our 17 foot runabout, and get "the shack" more habitable. We will probably not update this blog during the summer so check back in late October when we return to Curare in Trinidad.