The world of cruising consists of searching for safe harbors, laundromats, and water. This has been our life for the past week fortunately with luck on all fronts. A lo predicted for Cuba steered us into Cave Cay, a delightful harbor with a pretty much unfinished club house, guest cottages and one house for the owner of the island. It does boast a laundry and free water (not a problem for us since we have a watermaker but always nice not to run the generator). Although we dislike being in marinas, we chose this one because it’s the only one with 360 degree protection in case the squalls turned really nasty.
There was a break of a few days so we took the opportunity to sail 5 miles north back to Little Farmer’s Cay for the annual conch festival. We were there about 3 weeks ago on our way south and remembered everyone as so delightful and we knew it would be fun.
Flag of Little Farmer’s Cay
We showed Jan and Diane our favorite lunch place (one of two….) . Ty’s right on the beach. Cherlee remembered us and cooked us a fantastic lunch. Terry from the Ocean Cabin’s Resort and Moorings also gave us a proper Farmer’s Cay welcome and were invited back in the evening for the kids poetry reading.
A little history of the cay. It was settled 165 years about by a freed slave from Exuma named Chrisanna who brought her children, James Michael Nixon and Adam and Eve Brown. They bought all of the cay and willed it to their descendents to be undivided at joint tenents in common. Today about 55 permanent residents are their descendants. The flag of Farmer’s Cay is represented by:
Star – Represents the starfish and stars and man’s zeal for the heavens
Coconut Tree – Represents the groves on the island
Anchor – Represents the protection of the anchorage in the inner harbor
Island – The geographic outline of the island
The colors also have a special meaning; aquamarine for the water and sky, black for the strength of the people, and gold for the golden days of sunshine. Terry Bain has been most generous with his time relating to us the history and current events on the island. His wife Ernestine turns out some fabulous dishes from her kitchen, specifically the conch curry – YUM!
Kids proudly reciting their poetry
The evening showed us even more of the culture of the Little Farmer’s residents – kids had been hard at work memorizing their poetry, mostly nursery rhymes and each was proud to stand before the crowd. After the kids finished, it was time for the adults to participate and all did, even Phil, Diane and myself. The gathering exuded warmth and love in abundance and we felt priviledged to be a part of it.