The view of Ste. Anne, Martinique from high up on Aspen's mast.
The muscle to winch me up the mast was provided by Laurie (of catamaran Cat Tales fame). Maria just supervised the heavy lift!
Another aerial picture of the anchorage at Ste. Anne, Martinique from Aspen's mast.
Sailing past the infamous HMS Diamond Rock on Martinique
The rainbows on the flower island of Martinique are so vivid!
Captain Steve deep into fixing the head (toilet) on Aspen. What a mess!
A Friend of Denis (FOD) meeting on Aspen with our friends (L-R Steve, Dawn-Cat Tales, Brian-Peace&Plenty, Laurie-Cat Tales, Lorna-Peace&Plenty, and Admiral Maria). Denis was our weatherman for many sailing seasons in the Caribbean before he sold his boat this year, of all things.
S/Y Aspen – December 21, 2017 – Log #154
Aspen Position: 14 degrees 25’ N 060 degrees 53’ W
Ste. Anne, Martinique, Caribbean
Yes, it is that festive time of year in the Caribbean where rainbow colors paint the morning sky above our anchored sailboat Aspen in French Martinique.
Holiday hams are plentiful in the supermarkets, along with pate, cheese, baguettes, French wines and of course rum.
And then there is the music! Christmas songs from days past are played everywhere in villages and towns on this flower island while children wait for the beginning of their school holidays to celebrate the coming of Santa Claus.
Santa might have a very deep tan and be dressed a little different by wearing flip flops and a Rasta hat but the message is still the same. It is definitely Christmas time in da islands!
These sailors on Aspen spend their Christmas
in the harbor on the hook
Ste Anne is hot and sunny so no work today,
Let’s shelve the old logbook
The mast and shrouds are filled with lights
‘Neath the waning of the moon
There is an air of celebration within the realm of King Neptune
Christmas is a time that’s filled with music, rum and cheer
The waterfront is reveling - the season has begun
These sailors spend their Christmas in a harbor having fun!
The continents keep drifting but the children sing and play
‘Cause nothing really matters, after all it’s almost Christmas Day
(with apologies to Jimmy…)
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our friends, wherever they may be!!
Sail on, sail on Aspen…
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