Christmas Day at Christmas Cove
Dec. 29, 2009 4:36 am
Updated: Jan. 25, 2010 7:32 pm
It doesn't quite feel like Christmas when the weather
is 85 and sunny, so husband and I usually celebrate island style. Go to
the beach, take a swim, work on our tans. Shortly before Christmas this
year, we added another boat to our "fleet". In addition to the sailboat
that we live on, and the dinghy, we bought a 24-foot run-around power
boat. This is mainly for T's spearfishing charters, but we've been
having fun visiting neighboring islands a lot faster than on the
One of these islands is Great St. James, with a cove
named Christmas Cove. Supposedly Columbus stopped here on Christmas day
while discovering the Virgin Islands. Is there a better place to
christen the boat than at Christmas Cove on Christmas Day? We packed a
light brunch, bread and cheese and fruit, and headed out early.
Dog must wear her lifejacket! Yes, she is mostly lab, but she's also 11 and not the most confident swimmer.
We had a pleasant ride out and found a nice place to anchor. Time to christen the boat! A little champagne for her...
and a little champagne for me!
spent a very nice morning just relaxing and enjoying the scenery...then
something hit our boat- hard! Turned out to be a someone...a snorkeler
from another boat was so engrossed with the underwater view that he ran
head first smack into our boat! Luckily he wasn't injured, but it sure
We decided to spend the whole day by ourselves, so we
begged off the various invitations from friends and neighbors for lunch
and dinner. What did I cook for Christmas dinner? T's favorite,
We did pretty well on the budget for the week, $16 under, and this is what we ate:
Sunday I made a turkey breast in the slow cooker with sweet potatoes and stuffing
Monday we had homemade mushroom calzones
Tuesday was turkey meatloaf with mashed potatoes and carrots
Wednesday was leftovers
Thursday we had dinner with friends, I brought an appetizer tray- crab dip, cheeses, olives, and homemade focaccia bread
Friday was the pancakes, and
Saturday was stuffed squash
I hope everyone had as nice of a Christmas as we did, and see you in the New Year!