Tuesday, October 26, 2010

On location......Grand Cayman

A well deserved vacation for Mr. M, who valiantly fought the battle of our backyard during spring and summer after a foundation problem was repaired last November.  Our back and front yard consisted of large mounds of earth, the grass was gone, the cement patio around our pool was broken up.  We took that opportunity to replace all of the pool plumbing.  What a mess. Weekend in and weekend out, night after night he was out there and sometimes in temperatures upwards of 40 degrees Celsius.  I did my small part by keeping the troops fed and watered.  A major job but the worst is behind us now.  The front lawn was replaced and a new rock garden built in early October.  The infamous big deck will wait until spring.

We arrived on Grand Cayman Sunday afternoon, the humidity hit us like a brick.  It's been beautiful so far, very humid but we're in an oceanfront villa so there's a little bit of a breeze.  The only downside to the Cayman Islands is everything with the exception of restaurants is closed on Sunday. It's a good idea to bring a couple of bottles of wine and a small container of milk for coffee the next morning in a carry on bag.

I had one of  my tastiest meals in Grand Cayman on Sunday evening.  A little restaurant right across the street called "The Sunrise Grill", it's part of the Sunshine Suites hotel complex. Jamaican pulled beef tacos with saut√©ed onions and mushrooms, fresh tomato, cabbage and cilantro.  Absolutely delicious, complimented by a frosty Margarita and a large glass of Wolf Blass Shiraz.

This is our third trip and our best accommodation so far.  We're nestled between the Ritz Carlton and the Westin, so we're enjoying the best stretch of seven mile beach.  We opted not to rent a car this time, grocery and liquor stores (the important stuff) are within two blocks.  We're planning to rent a car just for the day to explore the northern part of the island, Rum Point and  Kaibo Kai. 

I managed to watch some of the Habs/Coyotes game last night on Coyote TV live internet streaming.  Not bad at all, we're tied for first in the East.  A pretty impressive start considering we're still missing our most valuable player.  And to coin a phrase from Mike Boone at HIO. the 'Yotes are hardly the "little sisters of the poor."  They racked up 100 points last season, much like our Habs they're speedy and opportunistic, a worthy opponent.

More updates from Grand Cayman as the week progresses, I am sitting typing this overlooking the gorgeous Caribbean sea watching the sun come up sipping on a hot cup of tea. There's not a cloud in the sky, looks like another fine day at the beach.

Taken live on seven mile beach this morning on my new IPhone 4.  This phone rocks!!!

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