Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day

To Dad AKA - The Hat, The Cardigan & The Joke
With all my love, X

An old nun who was living in a convent next to a construction site noticed the coarse language of the workers so she decided to spend some time with them to try and correct their ways. She thought she would take her lunch and sit with the workers and talk with them. She put her sandwich in a brown paper bag and walked over to the spot where the men were eating.

The men looked to be supervisors so she said, with a big smile: "Do you men know Jesus Christ?"

They shook their heads and looked at each other. The foreman then shouted up into the building and yelled "Anybody up there know Jesus Christ?"

There were a number of denials, and then one of the workers shouted down "Yeah..... Why"?

The foreman yelled back, “Get down here as quick as you can. Your mother's here with your lunch!"

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hot Scoff

The Dominica Food and Drink Guide 2009 is now available on-line.

This is Coooool !

The Latest Caribbean Homes and Lifestyle magazine is now available on-line.


The road to our house at the very top of the mountain has been fixed, proper tarmac, super wide and scary free driving. This took 9 months.

The road to our house at the very top of the mountain (no I don't have alzheimer's yet) has just been completely dug up, is very narrow, is full of pot holes and super scary slidey (sp?) in the rain now.

Mr Road Man does not communicate with Mr Water Pipe Man in the Utilities Department I guess then, too busy dealing with Mr Bin Man most likely. (you'll have to Google that - Dominica bingate scandal).

My family have probably had enough of being dragged around the old ruins in Dominica. Everyone else goes to the beach or river they tell me but oh no we have to rubber neck. They'll thank me one day.

Our housekeeper took a loan and then has been house moving for the last 3 weeks so I think she may not come back. So I'm permanently at the kitchen sink but it could be worse - at least the view's great.

My friend Celia has my children for a whole afternoon for me and doesn't complain - until she's out of earshot. Ceels, what would I do without you....

Our class field trip today was to the Indian River - fantastic - here's Ollie & a large crab and me - his classmate had my camera - honestly! Scarlett went to an adventure park for hers and was fearless, sort of.

I had a fight with the carpark barrier in Astaphans and lost so I'm a third bumperless with a fair amount of yellow paint added. I thought it was fairly minor until Andy asked where all the missing pieces were. Fairly major then. Ollie tells me we shouldn't use that carpark again. They probably don't want me anywhere near their carpark again.

Finally, the slothful behaviour of the year award goes to Oliver.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Eek aka oink oink!

Dominica confirms 1st case of swine flu
Associated Press
2009-06-08 09:26 PM

The small eastern Caribbean island of Dominica has confirmed its first case of swine flu.

Health Minister John Fabien says the man has received treatment and is recovering. He urged islanders to remain vigilant and continue to take "personal hygiene measures."

Fabien said Monday samples from the man were sent for testing last week and came back positive from the Caribbean Epidemiology Center in Trinidad.

The patient reportedly had returned from a recent visit to the United States.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The Exam Debate

Well, it's exam time at the children's school. In fact if it's not exams it's tests. I keep it low key with my children so they are still laid back about the whole process but the stress levels amongst the, shall we say, more competitive parents seems to be at an all time high. Casual conversations started with teachers about the weather (hot, hot & hot at the moment) invariably lead to, 'what do you think you'll be covering in the exam, exactly'. Note the very casual 'exactly' thrown in. Bemused teachers reply referring to a Study Guide (err, the whole year's curriculum) and parents depart crestfallen. However, some don't give up and almost demand to know exactly what will be included nearly busting their blouses in frustration. Anyway, when in Rome, just remain horizontal about it I'd say. Pass us a grape.