Holiday Shopping Deadlines for Books and Calendars

Is it just me, or has this year simply vanished into thin air? I cannot believe the holidays are already here again, but I guess there’s no arguing with the calendar.

Since the next few weeks will no doubt fly by as well, I thought I’d better give you a heads up.

If you’re interested in ordering my book Those Who Stayed, or the 2018 Green Turtle Cay Wall Calendar as Christmas gifts, please note that Monday, December 11 is the last day to order these items for guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas.

To place an online order for Those Who Stayed click HERE, and to order the 2018 Green Turtle Cay calendar online, click HERE.

To purchase Those Who Stayed in-store, click HERE for a list of shops in Abaco and Nassau that carry the book.

In the Bahamas, the 2018 GTC Calendars are available exclusively through Green Turtle Cay’s Treasure Chest Gift Shop.

Elsewhere in the Bahamas, contact Lisa Farrington at the Treasure Chest (242-577-2616) — I’m sure she’ll work with you to get a calendar to you.

Thanks everyone, and an early Merry Christmas to all!

Don’t Forget!

The Sinking of the M/V Arawak

For as long as Abaco has been inhabited, Abaconians have relied on the sea for their livelihoods. From sponging and sharking to shipping and transport, the work was often arduous and dangerous, and navigation aids and devices were rudimentary compared with what we have today.

Wreck of the M/V Arawak - September 23, 1941

The crew of the Arawak: 1) Albert Lowe, 2) Ronald Hodgkins, 3) John D. (De Glanville) Gates, 4) Luddington Lowe, 5) unknown, 6) Captain Roland Roberts, 7) George Roberts, 8) unknown and 9) unknown.

On the morning of September 23, 1941, the 115-ft, 210-ton British ship M/V Arawak, departed Jacksonville, Florida, bound for the Bahamas. She carried an assortment of freight, including a saw mill destined for Abaco. Continue reading

Pineapples as Christmas Trees?

It’s no secret that I love pineapple-themed decor. Perhaps it hearkens back to my Loyalist roots, since pineapples were a common Colonial symbol of friendship and hospitality.

Pineapples as Christmas Trees?

Image: Wikimedia Commons

Tom and I used pineapples as the motif on our wedding invitations. I recently purchased a gorgeous antique pineapple to frame and hang at Fish Hooks. And I’m on a mission to find the perfect pineapple finial for our front gate post.

But has anyone else noticed that lately, pineapples are being used to decorate in new and very creative ways? Continue reading

Daily Photo – November 17, 2017

It’s Reader Photo Friday!

Sunset in Abaco, Bahamas.

Thanks to reader K.A. for this beautiful after-sunset photo!

Got photos of Abaco you’d like to share? Send them to amanda(at)littlehousebytheferry(dot)com, and be sure to put “Reader Photo” in the subject line.Save

The Model Ships of Albert Lowe

Of the many remarkable treasures housed in the Albert Lowe Museum, some of my favourites are the model ships. Most were built by Albert Lowe, for whom the museum is named.

The model ships of Green Turtle Cay's Albert Lowe

Oil painting of Albert Lowe, by his son, Alton Lowe.

Just inside the museum’s front door is this model of the four-masted schooner, Marie J. Thompson, the largest sailing ship ever built in the Bahamas. Continue reading

Celebrating Eric Sawyer

For those who have asked, a Celebration of Life Service for Eric Sawyer will be held at Green Turtle Cay’s New Plymouth Gospel Chapel this Saturday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m. The family asks that you wear something blue, since it was Eric’s favourite colour.

Photo credit: Vaughan Carroll

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