Lotting Fish

In a small settlement like New Plymouth, where people worked and lived so closely together, maintaining good relationships with friends and neighbours was important.

Green Turtle Cay men use nets to catch schools of fish
Green Turtle Cay men “hauling” — using nets to catch schools of fish (Photo courtesy of the Albert Lowe Museum, Green Turtle Cay)

Oftentimes, small groups of local fishermen went “hauling” – using large nets to capture schools of fish. At the end of the day, they would divide up their catch. To ensure each man received his fair share, they drew lots.

Keeping Lewis Lowe Alive

The ancient Egyptians believed that we die twice — once when our soul leaves our body, and again after the death of the last person to speak our name. They believed that to speak the name of the dead was to make them live again.

I’ve received many kind notes and comments this past week about my Remembrance Day post and I wanted to share a bit more of what I’ve uncovered about Lewis Lowe and his lineage. Speaking his name won’t bring Lewis back, but it can ensure he gets the recognition and respect he deserves for the sacrifices he made.

Lewis Pearson Lowe was born in New Plymouth, Green Turtle Cay on August 28, 1888.

Birth Record of Lewis Pearson Lowe

Line 10 above notes the birth of a son to Richard and Sarah Lowe in August 1888

NaBloPoMo 2018: I Guess We’re Doing This

Several times over the past few years, I’ve participated in National Blog Post Month (NaBloPoMo,) where bloggers commit to posting at least one post a day for a month.

I’ve always enjoyed the challenge, so I was disappointed that there didn’t seem to be a formal NaBloPoMo scheduled for 2018.

On the other hand, I’m already behind on a couple of projects, and it did occur to me that I’d have to be crazy to take on writing 30 new blog posts in a month. Still, one of the projects on which I’m behind is blog posting, so…

I decided start my own unofficial NaBloPoMo, but not formally announce it, since I had my doubts I’d be able to put together a new blog post every day this month.

However, according to Tom, this is wimpy. According to him, I need to commit.

So, here I go. Formally (and belatedly…) committing to completing NaBloPoMo 2018. Wish me luck!

Better Late Than Never

Though I was busy caring for Wrigley post-surgery and didn’t get to commemorate it, April 27, 2018 marked a major anniversary – it made five years since my very first post here at Little House by the Ferry!

And though I’m terribly late, I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to thank everyone who reads and follows this blog.

In the beginning, Little House by the Ferry was really just intended as a way to update our close family and friends about the progress of our Fish Hooks restoration.

But as Tom and I learned more about the history of the house and of Green Turtle Cay, I wanted to share what we had uncovered.

Blogging here resulted in my writing Those Who Stayed. And, earlier this year, some of my favourites of the gazillions of photos I’ve taken for the blog found their way into the Little House by the Ferry product line of home decor, stationery and gift items (which make excellent Christmas gifts for the Abaco lover on your gift list… hint, hint.)

To date, more than 258,795 people have visited Little House by the Ferry, and I’ve had more than 677,211 page views. Over the past five years, I’ve posted 1,941 times.

So, in case I haven’t said it lately, THANK YOU! For reading, following and commenting on this blog. For sharing it with others.

For contacting me with your questions and comments. For sending in your reader photos (please keep sending them!) and for helping me identify the faces in mine.

If you’re on social media, I hope you’ll drop by and say hello there as well. Here’s where you can find me:

Twitter: @AmandaLDiedrick
Instagram: @littlehousebytheferry
Pinterest: Little House by the Ferry

Thank you again, and here’s to our next five years together!

Remembering Green Turtle Cay’s WW1 Hero: Corporal Lewis Pearson Lowe

On 29 January 1917, E.H. McKinney, a customs officer based on Green Turtle Cay, wrote a brief letter to the editor of the Nassau Guardian. This week, that letter helped unlock the hundred-year-old mystery of Green Turtle Cay’s own World War 1 hero.

Canadian Solders in Courcelette, France (1916)

Canadian Solders in Courcelette, France (1916)

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