NaBloPoMo: A November to Remember

Late in October, on a complete whim, I signed up to participate in National Blog Posting Month and committed to publishing a new blog post every day during November.

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Cherokee Sound, Abaco, Bahamas

Thirty days later, I have to admit, NaBloPoMo has been more fun — and less challenging — than I feared. There were only two days where I really had to scramble to pull together and publish a post.

Not surprisingly, November 2015 has been the busiest month ever on the blog. Thought I’d share a few of the November stats with you:

# of posts published during NaBloPoMo, including this one: 60
# of visitors to the blog this month (so far): 7,070
# of page views total (so far): 19,308 (a record!)
# of countries and territories from which the blog was viewed: 71*

* For me this is always the most fascinating statistic. In November, Little House by the Ferry was visited by people in the US, the Bahamas, Canada, the UK, Costa Rica, Romania, France, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Switzerland, Myanmar, Isle of Man, New Zealand, South Africa, Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, Mexico, Norway, Argentina, Sweden, India, Pakistan, Singapore, Trinidad, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Bermuda, Barbados, Antigua, Austria, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Philippines, Cayman Islands, Thailand, Bolivia, St. Maarten, Guernsey, El Salvador, Finland, Greece, Kuwait, Belgium, U.S. Virgin Islands, Poland, United Arab Emirates, St. Kitts & Nevis, Peru, Japan, Hong Kong, Israel, Brunei, Ukraine, Ireland, Panama, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia, Turks & Caicos, Russia, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Guyana, Grenada, Seychelles, Guadaloupe and Slovenia.

And of course, # of months until NaBloPoMo 2016: 11.

Thanks to everyone for your support and encouragement this month. Stay tuned for more!

The Kindness of Neighbours

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Flowers for our garden from our neighbour, Eileen Hodgkins.

During our Fish Hooks journey, Tom and I have been touched time and again by the generosity of our neighbours.

They’ve offered us invaluable advice, loaned us tools and equipment, commiserated with us on our very stressful moving day, brought us baked treats and freshly laid eggs, contributed plants for our new garden and generally welcomed us with warmth and kindness.

During our last trip, two experiences in particular reminded me how fortunate we are to be a small part of such a wonderful community.

One of Green Turtle Cay’s second homeowners was waiting for the ferry at the dock across from our house.

When her fellow passengers discovered it was her birthday, they broke into an impromptu (and really terrific) rendition of Happy Birthday right there on the ferry dock. According to the second homeowner, it made her day. I know it did mine. Continue reading

Pet Emergency in Paradise

As you may have surmised, we’ve had very few bad days on Green Turtle Cay. But May 19, 2011 (our fourth wedding anniversary, by the way) was easily the worst.

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Comforting our injured pup.

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Thanksgiving on Green Turtle Cay

Though our Loyalist ancestors didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving, American visitors and second-homeowners have, over the years, introduced the tradition to Green Turtle Cay. Today, a number of restaurants on the cay will offer special Thanksgiving menus.


Harvey’s Island Grill is serving a traditional roast turkey dinner complete with all the traditional sides and, naturally, pumpkin pie for dessert. Though reservations are not required, I’d strongly suggest making one. Call Harvey’s at (242) 365-4389, visit their Facebook page or hail them on VHF Ch 16. Continue reading

Daily Photo – November 26, 2015

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© 2015 Amanda Diedrick

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends! Forest Heights Elementary Students in their award-winning Junkanoo costumes at the Island Roots Heritage Festival, Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas.

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© 2015 Amanda Diedrick