Antiguan Interlude

Jan Leeming

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 9th August 2009


I have a cousin who works in the Airline Industry.  He recently phoned me and asked if I wanted a quick and inexpensive five-day trip to Antigua.  Having practically grown webbed feet in what passes for the English Summer, the thought of a few days of Liquid Gold,  even despite the flight time and jet lag, I thought it well worthwhile.

We stayed in a delightful hotel in the North West of the Island - north of the Capital St. John's.  I liked the Trade Winds because it was individual - almost like a series of duplexes in spacious and colourful gardens awash with Bougainvillea and other exotic flora.

It was Carnival in Antigua but I'm not really into crowds and heavy drinking so opted to stay by the hotel pool and read - got through three books in four days - my idea of bliss.

On one day the whole crew and little old me, went down to one of the most beautiful beaches I've encountered in years of travel - the Valley Church Beach.  In season I imagine it would be awash with people and sunbeds but we virtually had it to ourselves  - a half  kilometer of gorgeous sand and the most fabulous pure clear aquamarine water set against some glorious Sea Grape and Palm Trees. 

They put on a Barbecue for us - and not being one for Barbecues and chicken, I have to say it was about the most tasty chicken I've ever encountered.  The Rum Punch was flowing freely but I'm not a lover of that particular drink so had a fairly abstemious day and a clear head the following one!!!!!!  I'm beginning to sound like a right old Killjoy - but the privilege of growing older is that you don't follow the crowd but opt out to do your own thing.  A couple of glasses of wine,  reading in the shade of a Sea Grape Tree - bathing in the gloriously refreshing water and becoming immersed in yet another superb Historical Novel - well that's my idea of heaven.

Unfortunately, not realizing how private was the beach I was fearful of taking my rather good camera and kicked myself because there were some fantastically artistic shots to be had.  So, sorry, but you'll have to accept this photo of a Breakfast visitor - some kind of lizard.

Until next time,  take care and take every day as a blessing.  Jan


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