Paradise Found

I am ready, I have made banana and ginger bread to have with pineapple and cream, prawn gumbo and an avocado and papaya salsa. Back to front! I have put flowers in everyone’s rooms, I have fussed about taking smudgy finger prints (my own) off the fridge doors. Sunbathed, swum, jaccuzied if there is such a word, showered and now I am in my Sunday best ready to go and pick my guests up at the airport.

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I am over the moon. I haven’t read the news for a few days now and ignorance is bliss for a short time. I have been flying around the Island in a gigantic pick up truck, which is our means of transport for the next month. I had to heighten the seat as far as it could go so I can see over the steering wheel. A local commented at the supermarket ( on the otherside of the Island from the villa I hasten to add)  “You are such a little woman do you know how to drive that truck?” I pointed out to him that I managed to get to the supermarket driving that truck so I thought I probably could manage to drive it some more. He chuckled raised his eyes to the heavens as if to say whatever next and chuckled his merry way into the supermarket.

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Yesterday I managed to drive into Saint Johns and then to Jolly Harbour and then to my favourite place on the Island Sallie Harkers Fig Tree Studio surrounded by lush vegetaion and a garden full of tropical flowers it is a great place to sit for hours and paint. My first few paintings left a lot to be desired and then I started to have fun. My fun is featured below.

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Sallie and her husband Dasa gave me some of these amazing plants to bring to the villa.

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We are already discussing bringing paint Antigua with Tess back here next year. My friend Sarah came round with her sister in law a film director and writer, yesterday for a cuppa and Sabina is sure quite a few of her friends would love to come here and paint. So crossing fingers Antigua can become a yearly painting destination, that would be perfect.

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