Marigot Bay

view of Melody from one of the hills overlooking Marigot Bay

view of Melody from one of the hills overlooking Marigot Bay

our first view of Melody in the bay, as we came over the hill from the airport

our first view of Melody in the bay, as we came over the hill from the airport

1st few hours on Melody - happy happy faces!

1st few hours on Melody – happy happy faces!

view of the beach from our boat 

view of the beach from our boat 

sunset towards the entrance of the bay

sunset towards the entrance of the bay

morning rainbow 

morning rainbow 

one of the best things about cruising? almost any time is beer time ;)

one of the best things about cruising? almost any time is beer time 😉

St Lucia's local beer, named after the famous Pitons, further south.

St Lucia’s local beer, named after the famous Pitons, further south.

admiring our refurbished jib

admiring our refurbished jib

Wolfgang, Nina, the kids and us

Wolfgang, Nina, the kids and us

Ruf prepping for our first day sail to the neighboring bay

Ruf prepping for our first day sail to the neighboring bay

Castries, the neighboring bay, where we did our first sail and groceries for the boat.

Castries, the neighboring bay, where we did our first sail and groceries for the boat.

Castries is St Lucia's capital and a port of entry by both sea and air

Castries is St Lucia’s capital and a port of entry by both sea and air

the lighthouse in Castries Bay

the lighthouse in Castries Bay

last evening in Marigot before we sailed to Soufriere

last evening in Marigot before we sailed to Soufriere

we arrived in St Lucia on May 6th, to finally return to Melody and meet the wonderful Klein family in person, that had been taking care of her for the previous 4 months.

Wolfgang, Nina and their two children had been cruising with Melody from Trinidad up to St Lucia. we had only ever communicated via email so it was wonderful to finally meet our new friends in person.  

we were so blown away by the brilliant care they had taken of Melody, we felt (and still feel) truly blessed by them and their contribution to our boat. Nina and Wolgang are the kind of people who you immediately feel comfortable around so it’s difficult not to become fast friends with them.

rufus and I were in a bit of a state of (good) shock when we arrived back on Melody. It all felt very surreal but we were so happy to be back. I immediately started unpacking our bags and “making home” while the boys busied themselves with the boat mechanics.

after we said goodbye to the Klein’s the following morning, we stayed about 1 week while we familiarized ourselves with Melody and the new upgrades that had taken place since we left in 2012. after a short sail to Castries, the neighboring bay, for shopping we made our way to the Sourfiere.

its so good to be back on our boat. It’s been a long time since we have had our very own home so this is extra special for us. the future is bright!

 

P.S. the NYC and SA posts will have to wait till we get to Trinidad and put the boat on the hard. the islands were traveling now are more interesting at the moment 😉 

2 Comments

  1. Karien Basson
    May 26, 2014 / 6:08 am

    Dear Katie and Rufus,

    The Bassons are sitting,having coffee in bed on a Monday Morning while watching and drooling over your photos…wow,wow…you guys are blessed! We are thankful with you for every good thing and every beautiful sight you are experiencing…you worked hard,put in the effort and now god is just blessing you!

    We are celebrating your breakthrough with you! Love you guys…keep us updated,we are living it with you!!

    Love the writings…it will be your book!

    Karien and Shawn

    • kate brand
      June 20, 2014 / 10:09 pm

      Bassons! Thank you for your beautiful words 🙂 we are truly blessed and it just keeps coming, big and small. It’s truly unbelievable sometimes. We are so grateful for everything and all the support we’ve received from you and the rest of our friends. We think of you often and we are super proud of Shawn and his Comrades Marathon accomplishment. He is our HERO! lots of love to you both x

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