Once again I was up with the dogs at sunrise.
It is a beautiful time of day I must admit.
The problem is I can't stay up so early so I have to go back to sleep for awhile. This morning I woke up after 9 AM again and I had a 10 AM appointment. So it was up, bathe, eat, and run.
I have not been doing much this afternoon except looking for some long sleeved clothes since I am going to NYC on Monday for a few days.
Did I mention my birthday was Wednesday? I went out to dinner with family and friends and had a great time.
Halloween has come and gone and now we are into November and looking forward to our next holiday, Thanksgiving. That is another holiday that was never celebrated here, obviously , since it is truly an American holiday. Over the years though, Thanksgiving is more widely practiced on the island. Every restaurant has Thanksgiving dinner specials and some local people prepare Thanksgiving meals. St. Maarten people love to eat and are happy to have an excuse for a big dinner and party.
The St. Maarten Zoo had their annual Halloween party on Friday night in the middle of the most horrendous thunder and lightning storm. We thought no one would show up, but over a hundred people came out, dressed in fabulous costumes. Everyone got soaked, the storm was fierce, and none of us cared. We all had so much fun.
I thought you would enjoy seeing some pictures I took.
I have good friends who just arrived on the island for a visit. They came to the party and got into the spirit of things too. LOL
Halloween was always one of my favorite holidays growing up. The fun of getting dressed up, the smell of autumn in the air, the fun of scaring people, and of course the candies and treats.
When we got a little older, as teenagers, we might have gotten a little more devilish in the trick part of trick or treating. I can remember some rather devilish events that I better not mention here. One I do remember and can mention was soaping the windows of our friend's car. We soaped every single window and cackled with glee while doing it.
When our friend discovered it, he marched us back to his car and made us take off every bit of soap on it. Believe me, it was much harder taking it off than it was putting it on.
When I moved to St. Maarten many years ago, the holiday was not celebrated at all.
Some friends and I started out own little trick and treating in the neighborhood for our kids. More and more people began to talk about Halloween and today it is a big celebration on the island..
There was a restaurant on Front Street called Pinocchio's that had a fabulous Halloween party every year. I think at the time they were the only ones. Now there are many Halloween parties all over the island.
One year the gardener, our daughter Erika and our friends Bob and Brad who were visiting dressed up and headed to Pinocchio's. What fun we had. That was 25 years ago and here are some pictures of all of us. Of course, the gardener was a King, I was a witch, and our daughter was a princess. Not much has changed 25 years later.
...of taking pictures of the garden.
I hope you don't get tired of seeing them.
The other day I went to the supermarket and a man stopped me and asked me if I was Barbara. He recognized me from my blog pictures , told me he followed my blog, and asked how the gardener was.
I was so surprised..and pleased. He introduced me then to his wife and we all had a lovely chat. He mentioned reading on my blog that
we ( the gardener) had recently celebrated 50 years in business.
It was only after I went home that I realized he must have read about it on Facebook or in the online section of The Daily Herald because I had never blogged about this.
Shame on me.
I tell you everything about the gardener, and then I don't tell you that he recently celebrated 50 years in business.
So here goes. If you are already aware of this, you can skip this blog entry today :-)
The gardener opened up his liquor store 50 years ago (1963), putting up some shelves in his father's bar and selling a few bottles of liquor. He sold out the first day and that was the beginning of it all.
We are very proud that he has been so successful, still in business after all this time.
The gardener is not one to brag or toot his own horn but our daughter Erika thought it should be commemorated in some way.
The celebration and the publicity were all her ideas. She even purchased a plaque to put on the front of the building.
While the gardener was a reluctant participant at first, I think he rather enjoyed the attention. After all, he can be proud of himself.
Not only is he a good gardener, but he is a good businessman too.
If you are interested in reading more about this, here is the link to a very nice article on him from The Daily Herald.
Here are a couple of pictures also!
One likes to watch television.. She barks at anything that is not human.
She also is always begging for food. She never gets any hand outs but she never gives up.
The next one has paws like bear paws
And he is always on the alert. Ears finely tuned to the slightest sound.
Can you believe we once thought his ears would never stand up straight? LOL
Have a good weekend, people!