Can't believe it's been 6 days since we arrived here, and 6 days since my last blog. We are loving it here in Freeman's Bay in English Harbour. We haven't done a lot but the time seems to have flown by.
A set of boat jobs were done in the first few days...
- Filled main fuel tanks from jerries and then took jerries ashore to refill
- Polished s/s
- Cleaned topsides
- Cleaned hull
I've also been spending a lot of time on the Raspberry Pi computer project mentioned previously, which I still intend to describe in a future post.
The water in the anchorage is very clean so it's hard to resist jumping in for a swim at least daily. There are a few turtles in the water and plenty of fish. A wreck at the S end of the bay which is home to some colourful fish.
Like most boats here we are anchored bow and stern since the tide swirls around the bay. In light winds and the swirling waters setting a stern anchor is a good way to stay friends with your neighbours!
Needless to say, we've also been ashore every day. Initially we explored Nelson's Dockyard which is an amazing place. The old buildings are beautifully restored and have been retasked for modern use. The working marina keeps the site from becoming a museum - very smart. There is a small museum which has a lot of interesting exhibits.
There are several cafes and restaurants ranging from expensive to affordable. There is also a good bakery and a small minimart. The dockyard has a great ambiance, particularly after the busloads of tourists leave. Diesel, petrol and water are available at the shipyard dock opposite, where there is a small chandlery too.
|Nelson's Dockyard - all the original buildings have been restored|
|Pillars Restaurant in the Admiral's Inn|
|Jetty at SE end of Nelson's Dockyard Marina|
|Boats moored stern-to in Nelson's Dockyard Marina|
|One particularly lovely classic yacht|
|Lots of boutiques outside Nelson's Dockyard, but this was our favourite!|
|View SE from above Nelson's Dockyard - note location of dinghy dock|
|Rear of Fort Berkeley - note steps up to the Powder Magazine|
|Inside the Powder Magazine|
|Site of the eastern-most battery|