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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer Holiday Break

In an effort to spend less time on the computer and more time with family visiting I will be taking a short break from posting. The following posts will be up in the beginning of September.

  • Animal Welfare Day 
  • Going Green
  • In the Know September 

Until then enjoy the last few days of summer holidays.


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

In the Know - August

*Note if you want your child to join in summer camps make sure to take note of registration deadlines below.*

SUMMER CAMPS & KIDS ACTIVITIES FOR AUGUST

St Kitts Camp Options


The Market Street Community Camp


    The Market Street Community Development Group presents its inaugural Summer Camp for children ages 5 to 12 years old.   The camp will be held at Dorset Park from Monday August 18th to Friday August 22nd from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

    Come learn, grow and play while we work towards building a stronger community together.

    Registration ends on Friday August 8th.  Call 663 5001 for more details.


    The Youth Extravaganza Explosion of Arts Camp

     

      The Youth Extravaganza Explosion of Arts invites the general public to be a part of its summer celebration. From August 11-15, a summer camp will be held at the Dean Glasford Primary School from 9am until 4pm.

      Applicants ages 6-14 may sign up for two of the following areas: art, cooking, drama, dance, song, sports or technology. For further information, contact the Chairman, Mr. Wricherley Gumbs at 763-7218 or the Co-chairman, Mr. Hashim Ruan at 764-0451.

      “Explore and Explode in your imagination”


      Facebook page: Youth Extravaganza Explosion of Arts.


Nevis Camp Option

CRICKET


Cricket is very much on the forefront for August. Check out Ben's informative post on Island Babble for more information. 

Thought this was a neat way to rep your cricket team.
Get your face painted!
A Sakoda scapa and Dazzleme Face Painting collaboration.
Support your team
HAWKSBILLS, TRIDENTS, AMAZON WARRIORS, TALLAWAHS, ZOUKS, RED STEEL
Adults: $15
Children: $10
2pm - 4pm on game days

Even if you do not get a chance to watch a game be aware there will be some restrictions in Basseterre during the games.
There will be some road restrictions and parking restrictions during Cricket. For detailed information go to Road Restrictions for CPL

MEANINGFUL MEALZ

I am all into healthy food. Meaningful Mealz is an option now. 
For Ross students studying the next two weeks, they deliver. 
For family summer fun, August can be filled with picnic times. Want to have a picnic at the beach or pop a squat on the Frigate Bay greens or under the canopy of the rainforest, but just don't have the time to put together a picnic. Meaningful mealz does picnics too!



I hope some of you got a chance to enjoy Culturama in Nevis this past holiday weekend. It is on my list of things to do. I hope to join in on the fun next year.

If I have missed something important for in the know please let me know. If you have a community event coming up and want us to share please contact Heidi at heidiskn@gmail.com

PAWS ANIMAL WELFARE DAY and Going Green Post coming soon!

Until next time!






Monday, August 4, 2014

Wanna Watch Some Cricket??

Cricket -- the mysterious baseball "like" game that was brought to and is still played in almost all of Britain's former colonial states is actually a very interesting game.

St. Kitts happens to be one of the islands where cricket is still somewhat popular and many people are trying to reignite the spark the sport once had here. You will see importance of cricket to St. Kitts as you walk around in downtown Basseterre. Just slightly northeast of Cayon Street (The Main North to South street running parallel to the Caribbean Sea.) in town you'll notice a green and white stadium. This stadium takes up nearly as much space as Independence Square, The Pelican Shopping Mall, and The General Post Office combined.

This stadium is Warner Park, named after the first English settler of St. Kitts, Sir Thomas Warner. The stadium was built with the assistance of Taiwan, who funded seven of the 10 million dollars to build it in 2006. It's been said that it's one of the finest cricket stadiums in the West Indies and with a recent million dollar renovation it's ready to live up to that statement.

The New lighting and scoreboards are awesome and I can see them from my house lighting up the town.




Your chance to watch some fantastic cricket matches is coming up this week, as St. Kitts hosts the Caribbean Premier League T20 World Cup Tournament starting Thursday, August 7th, at 4 p.m.

In fact, you may have seen the billboards up along the roads for the event.


The teams have been having matches for the past month in this tournament in various Caribbean stadiums but the finals are proudly being hosted in St. Kitts this year.

The CPL consists of six teams, all from the Caribbean. The teams have interesting team names too. You have The Antigua Hawksbills













And The Red Steel (Trinidad)


If you're the least bit interested I would highly recommend catching a match or more. If you're an American like myself you probably won't get another chance to watch Cricket.

The tournament, as I mentioned starts on August 7th, then the next match is August 9th, then 10th and then August 12th, 13th, and 14th, with the finals on August 16th. There are plenty of chances to catch a match.

The CPL20 also has a Facebook and webpage that offer even more in depth information here: https://www.facebook.com/CarnivalT20 and webpage.

St. Kitts Cricket Association has a Facebook page too:St. Kitts Cricket

I was fortunate and curious enough to have gone to a cricket match at Warner Park last year when the West Indies team had a match. I must say that I really enjoyed the game and if you like baseball then you'll probably enjoy cricket too.

With that said it does take some pre-match research ( I honestly like Wikipedia's instructions: Cricket) to understand or if you don't get time to do that then just ask one of the fans at the match. They'll be able to give you some tips on how the game works. The matches tend to be long but that's the nature of cricket. I did both of the above and still don't have it all figured out but enough that I can sort of tell someone else how the game works.

I was thoroughly impressed with the athleticism of the athletes. Like baseball there is a player who pitches the ball to the batter, but the outs work differently and the ball can be hit more places then in baseball. I say the players are more athletic because they have to be. In cricket nearly every player "pitches" or bowls the ball in each game. The defending players or non-batting team in the "outfield" do not wear gloves, which makes for some interesting catches. I saw guys leap up and tumble to the ground in a spinning motion in an effort to catch and I'm assuming to soften the balls momentum. It's quite acrobatic actually.


Then you have the wicket, which looks like an abacus sitting on two upright poles. The batter is not only trying to hit the ball but also protect the wicket from being hit by the incoming pitch.




 Another interesting feature of the game are the hats. The players and referees wear some interesting hats and that in itself is enough to come out for.


Apparently the hats have been a tradition of cricket for a long time:





I could write about this all day but the best way to experience this is to come out yourself. The tickets are very inexpensive (Starting at 20 E.C. and half price for children.) and it's a great opportunity for St. Kitts and yourself.

Also in keeping with Caribbean party anytime anywhere style you can buy tickets for the ultimate party while watching the match. For 200 E.C. you can experience the Karma Party Stand venue which features a pool, foam pit, and live DJ's from Trinidad and St. Kitts.

I hope to see you there!

You can buy tickets for the matches in person at Courts, Digecel Locations, at the Stadium Office, or online at kyazoonga.com

If you miss the tournament don't fret. There is another cricket match coming up too on August 27th between The West Indies and Bangladesh. This is an international match and should also be very interesting.



Saturday, August 2, 2014

Part II Nevis Naturally Inspired

Our day continued on Neivs to Sunshines from Chrishi Beach. Once again I forgot to take photos at Sunshines. I have snatched some from other sites. Links to the respective blogs and websites are below. These are great links about the Caribbean and information on Nevis.

SUNSHINES 

Sunshines is a must do when in Nevis. Their plants and trees are growing creating more shade and an oasis. 
(Photo compliments of Uncommon Caribbean Travel Blog)  

The place is looking snazzy. Fresh paint, gift shop and lounge areas everywhere. Take your pick. 

Pick 1: Under the roofed restaurant area
(Photo Compliments of Ron and Rhian) Check out the site about their Sailing Experience in the Caribbean.

Pick 2 & 3: On the outside deck or at the picnic tables with your toes in the sand.
 
(Photo Compliments of Ron and Rhian)

or a choice to hang under the shade of the larger trees. 
A swing set is set on the beach for the children to play. 

I took a miss on the killer bees. One of those drinks that you just don't see coming.  They are a bit much for me these days, but I remember them being really tasty.If you haven't had one it is worth a try.
(Fantastic photo of Killer Bees by Explore Nevis)


FERN HILL

Fern Hill is a very peaceful area overlooking St Kitts. There are many villa rental options for visitors. The road is a bit bumpy getting up there, but not to the extent that it deters from the beauty once up there. I always find tranquility and peace when surrounded by lush forest. Is is a haven after a day at the beach.


HERMITAGE

The following day we went to the Hermitage for lunch. The gardens are a photographers dream, an artists muse. Serene atmosphere, nooks and crannies filled with perfectly placed rocks, trees, flowers and more. 
Service in the restaurant came with a smile. 
I can't believe I have been living in St. Kitts for over seven years and had not taken the opportunity to make it to Hermitage sooner. I plan on saving up to stay for a few days. 

New Castle Potters

I have seen ceramic monkey's and pineapples in so many places on St Kitts and Nevis. We decided we should go to visit the artist.

In an effort to buy local we are always looking for ways to integrate local art into our home. New Castle Potters continues the age old tradition of hand built, red clay pottery which they fire over burning coconut husks. 

We decided on pineapples to hang as our outdoor light fixtures. We are waiting on our order to be finished and researching different marine grade lighting options to install behind the pineapples.

Once they are installed I will take some photos. In the meantime enjoy these. If you are interested in your own pieces for your home you can contact New Castle Potters at (869) 469-9746 or visit their cooperative on the Main Road, New Castle Nevis, just past the airport on the right side if headed from town.


Share with us some of your favorite artists on St. Kitts & Nevis. 
I can count eight artists just off the top of my head. 
Jewelry
Glass Work
Paintings
Pottery


Coming Soon!
  • In the Know August
  • Animal Welfare for PAWS AND BARC
CULTURAMA GOING ON IN NEVIS NOW! Check out the website for more informaiton. 

The sun is peaking out. Bertha is on her way out. Enjoy the long weekend!














Monday, July 28, 2014

Part I: Was In Need of a Break: Nevis Naturally Inspired

Orignally I started this post suggesting I was getting away from the humdrum. I realized this was not an approriate explanation. There is no humdrum in my life at the moment. In all honesty I needed a short getaway. Maybe you're thinking it should not be that difficult to just chill when a person is surrounded by beaches and calm pristine blue ocean. Well if you are not vacationing here, which is awesome might I add, life is a bit different. There are the bills, upkeep and maintenance & work that come along with salt air, wear and tear, and making a living to maintain this most amazing life. We also have a not so pleasant large construction zone right on our doorstep. It comes with a lot of dust & noise. I would not change island living (specifically St Kitts and Nevis) unless absolutely necessary, but I needed a break!

We all need a break, even when living on a beautiful Island. Here on St Kitts some refer to a break as getting off the rock. I happened to be in luck. Getting off the rock to get on another rock was on the horizon. Good friends of ours were visiting Nevis so we hopped over for an overnight stay. All I can say is WOW! 


I felt like this Monkey


On top of the world!



I feel like I have been on a mini vacation every time I go to Nevis . It helps to have friends who make you feel so at home and people you know calling out your name. The best part, if you are a visitor here for just a short while and you love it, you will also be made to feel at home. I know because I did before I moved here. St Kitts and Nevis Life at it's best. Those friends far away join you and those living on Nevis know you even if you live on the other Island, St Kitts.

On Nevis View of St. Kitts



We took the seabridge as foot passengers, a much more cost effective deal if you don't need a car and have your own transport to Majors Bay in St Kitts. 
Helpful hint: If you are just beaching it for the day many of the beach bars and hangouts on Nevis are within walking distance from the Seabridge. It just depends on what you want to do.  
The Sea Bridge is 20EC per person each way. Timewise once you get to Majors Bay you are looking at a 20 minute ferry ride versus 30 to 40 minute one on the ferries from Basseterre to Charlestown. It is a beach to beach transport versus a town to town transport. The choice you make depends on what your vibe is. If you don't have transport to Majors Bay, taxi's will gladly shuttle you out and pick you up upon your return time. If you have a rental car we have left our car at Majors Bay overnight with no issue.



For once the Sea Bridge was pretty much on time. We even had a very large group of over 30 people waiting to go along with more than 12 cars. There was a church ceremony going on so everyone was all dressed in their best. Beautiful to see. Apparently there was some sort of covention going on at the Marriott and they were headed to Nevis for a ceremony. Very warm nice group. 

All in all we managed to leave only a half hour after our slated departure time. No wait.....  I could be very wrong on this, my husband is insisting it was about 12:45 before we left if not 1pm. Now that I think about it I remember being quite ravenous upon our arrival in Nevis so it would have been well after lunch time. 

If I were commuting for work I would be very frustrated, however I was at leisure and we had planned as such. I know quite well from experience the seabridge does not always go when it says it will. When picking up my sailing campers commuting from Nevis via the Seabridge the wait was quite long sometimes.

Island time. So it goes.....Not so much of an asset when you need to be somewhere. We do however live on Island time and each and every one of us gets used to giving excuses for our tardiness. The excuses are usually quite spot on, but maybe not for the Seabridge. Take note you may not leave on time. Plan accordingly. 

Take drinks, snacks and sunblock with you in case of a long wait. If you are prepared thirst, hunger and swealtering boredom will not overtake you. Go in your bathing attire and you may even decide to take a dip in the calm sea at Majors Bay. 

Majors Bay is completely barrenly beautiful just mind the rocks where sea urchins might be habitating. They are not hard to spot or avoid once you know to avoid rocky areas. They only cause issue when you step on them.

Maybe too much information, but important to know. It is also always nice to make sure you have used the loo (bathroom) prior to setting off for the Seabridge departure spots, unless of course you are going for a swim and don't mind relieving yourself in the ocean. No food, drink or loos (bathrooms) available while you wait. 

Once on board the Seabridge only drinks and a dodgy loo are available.  They will not ask you if you want a drink or offer a bathroom, but they have both available upon request.

Majors Bay Departure: View from the Sea Bridge




We decided to take the 12pm Seabridge to give us ample time for our pick up on the other side at 2:30pm. Our friends have twins just two years old so we did not want to risk their timing of things. Children need a bit of a schedule. I know this from ample experience with little ones. We figured we could get in a lunch at Chrishi Beach Club while we waited for our friends. It was always a the place for us when we sailed guests over from Cockleshell Bay.

We hopped off the seabridge and sauntered down the beach to Chrishi Beach Club restaurant. Depending on your stride it is a five minute walk to the right of the seabridge dock looking at Nevis Peak. If you are a sailor then you can rent a hobie cat from Cockleshell Bay, St kitts and sail over within a half hour and spend a day. 

Chrishi Beach Club

Norwegians at their best!

I was a lucky young one to spend three summers in beautiful Norway with family friends. The owners and their children bring back the memories.


Upon arrival at Chrishi Beach I told my husband to remind me to take photos for Island Babble of the food. Wouldn't you know we both forgot. Must of been that fabulous bloody mary I had and his Carib, combined with getting our vacation mode on.

I had a tasty Ceasar Salad just right with Nevis hydroponic lettuce to die for. He had a Ciabata bread sandwich with a pesto spread, brie and parma ham, the lunch special for the day. Can't beat the food there. Fresh, healthy, filling and tasty.

The service is always great and the ambiance, well it speaks for itself.






The walkway in and out of Chrishi lends itself to palms, flowering flamboyants, a tight rope between two palms that many try and a tire swing. Sweet!

We want to know where your mini-vacation spot is? We all have one, or at least I think we all should have one! Share yours here.

A short, but sweet post with more Nevis Naturally and St. Kitts life coming your way soon: 

In the Know for August: Culturama and more

Part II Nevis Naturaly Inspired: Sunshines, Fern Hill, Hermitage, Nevis Pottery 

St Kitts: About Animal Welfare Day, PAWS & BARC











Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mango Madness Update

I have yet to get in the ocean with a mango, but ....


I went to Nevis and saw for myself how Hermitage gets their Mango on!

 Mango Fruit Juice at Hermitage, Nevis


          Mango Pizza with Basil at Hermitage, Nevis



I also continue to get my mangos in Conaree on the roadside, though now I am also seeing them on the shelves at Rams. I have made smoothies and eaten them just as they are many times a week. 

My Mango Bowl At Home




We have also taken some of our favorite mangos and planted their seeds. In just a few days of being covered in used plastic coffee jugs they have peaked out from underneath the soil. We have no idea where we will plant them, but they will be planted. All thanks to my husband. He went on a planting spree. We have lemons and basil sprouting too.

Mango Seed Saying Hello



In the Know for August and more Island Life tidbits in the works. Stay tuned.
In the meantime we would love to hear from others about how they get their mango on! 

 

Monday, July 21, 2014

St. Christopher Heritage Society 25th Anniversary Banquet POSTPONED!!!

This event has been POSTPONED. Stay Tuned for further updates!!!


The organization that is responsible for maintaining the Old Treasury Building and Museum as well as other historic places in St. Kitts will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary next week on Saturday, July 26th with a Banquet.



The St. Christopher Heritage Society or SCHS will hold the banquet in The St. Kitts Marriott's Ballroom beginning at 7 p.m. There will be a cultural presentation, cocktail reception, and cultural presentation. Dinner will begin at 8 p.m.

There will be door prizes, a silent auction, and other gifts.

The society will give short speeches updating the public about new developments, future plans and undertakings, as well as a reflection on how far they've come in a quarter century.

The organization is also celebrating the 120th birthday of the National Treasury Building, which houses the National Museum.



Tickets are available at the National Museum and through some of the SCHS members. Tickets are $150 E.C. for individuals and $275 for couples. Don't miss this great celebration.

This is also a great opportunity to encourage others to become a SCHS member.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cayon Hash Run

ON! ON! to Hash #324!
Here are the details:
When: This coming Saturday July 19, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM
Where: Just before St.Mary's Park, Cayon
How to get there: Take the island road past the airport and through Conaree and Keys towards Cayon. Before you enter Cayon you will go over Wash Ghaut. Look for a lone big sandbox tree on the right just after a vehicle/mechanic's garage. Take the right turn just after the tree. It's a dirt track just before the concrete wall for St. Mary’s Park. We meet in the open space there.
Bring a friend or 10 and see you there!!
Don't forget we are looking for people to set hashes (Hares). You can get extra attendance credit when you set a hash. Every time you set a hash you will get 2 attendance credits for that hash. So please send me an email (or Heather at hhotchin@rossvet.edu.kn) or talk to me or Heather at the hash!!
ON! ON!
DE Ninja

For those who need more directions here they are with pics.


This map starts at the Airport Roundabout. Take the road before the one to Frigate Bay. Follow this road through Conaree, past the landfill, and through Key’s Village.



After you pass through Key’s village the houses die out and you have a long straightaway. You’ll cross over a small bridge with a huge ghaut underneath, on the right will be a very large car garage. Just past that there will be a huge cement wall the size of a school’s. You turn right before that onto a dirt road. There should be road cones out to designate where the hash is.