Tag: Tom Walters

The Strength of the Bahamian Spirit

In the nearly ten weeks since Hurricane Dorian, we’ve talked a lot about the helpers. And rightfully so.

Hundreds of relief workers and volunteers have put their lives on hold to come to the Bahamas to feed storm victims, raise sunken vessels and muck out buildings.

A chef from World Central Kitchen, one of hundreds of relief workers currently on the ground in the Bahamas, watches as supplies are unloaded from the weekly freight boat in Marsh Harbour.

Thousands of kind donors have contributed funds, food, clothing, vehicles, construction materials and more. And the Bahamian people are incredibly grateful for this support. 

 But on Friday night, Tom’s news report – shot while we were in Abaco in late October – was about Bahamians. In this case, the residents of Green Turtle Cay who are working tirelessly to rebuild their homes and lives.

Tom’s Report on Marsh Harbour, Two Months Post-Dorian

Late last night, Tom and I arrived back in L.A. after a week in Abaco. Witnessing the destruction wrought by Dorian was heartbreaking. Even having seen it first hand, I have trouble believing it’s real.

Some of you may know that Tom’s a foreign correspondent for Canada’s CTV National News. When he took a week off work so that we could get to Green Turtle Cay and check on Fish Hooks, he planned to shoot some video for me to use here on the blog.

Tom shoots video as the freight boat arrives into the port of Marsh Harbour

In the end, however, the journalist in him took over, and he put together the following news story, which aired nationally in Canada this past Tuesday.

Green Turtle Cay’s Albert Lowe Museum Reopens

After having been closed for several months of restoration and repairs, the Albert Lowe Museum has now reopened. 

Main level of the Albert Lowe Museum
Main level of the Albert Lowe Museum (Photo by Tom Walters)

In addition to replacing the roof, and working to restore the museum’s rose garden, we’ve refinished the floors on the main level, repainted parts of the interior and purchased some new display cases. 

My Husband, The Hero

As some of you may know, my husband Tom is the Los Angeles bureau chief for Canada’s CTV News. A few weeks back, he was in the Florida panhandle, covering Hurricane Michael.

Photo: Chris Gargus

Beneath a building near the mouth of the Apalachicola River, amid the debris field washed ashore by the storm surge, he noticed a small turtle. It was coated in sand and muck. Tom thought it was dead. But then, ever so slightly, the turtle’s tail moved.

Suspected Tornado Touches Down on Green Turtle Cay

My dear husband is supposed to be on vacation, but being the talented journalist that he is, he can’t ignore a news story. Thanks to Tom for this guest post – glad to hear everyone’s ok!  

New Plymouth, October 29, 2017 – Barely a day after the Tranquil Turtle Beach Bar opened for the season, its tranquility was shattered by a twister.

Suspected Tornado Touches Down on Green Turtle Cay

Photo by Tom Walters

Waiting for Philippe

While I’ve been busy at a conference, my husband Tom’s enjoying a well-deserved break at Fish Hooks. Here’s a guest post from him, as Tropical Storm Philippe approaches…  

New Plymouth, October 28, 2017 – Well before sundown, the ferry is already using its running lights. The sky and the harbour are matching shades of grey and the rain has been steadily gaining strength. Now, we’re just waiting for the wind.

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