Then it was on to Stonehaven Beach (after a stop for lunch at the Buccaneer Bar)-
That's Grandma & Grandpa under the trees
The boys having fun
Then we went back to our new favorite restaurant for dinner, to be entertained by the enthusiastic antics of the fantastic chef, who gave us tasters of some of his amazing creations (Jackie hit the nail on the head when we were trying to find ways to describe him- think of Michael Palin with a thick Italian accent playing a manic chef). We think we'll go back there for our final night out on Wednesday.
Nice, quiet beach day today. Jackie is still trying to beat her cold before we go on the sailing cruise tomorrow, so she stayed at the villa and hung out on the deck or in the plunge pool (and had to listen to the loud neighbors- who thankfully now seem to have left after only 2 days). The rest of us went to Plymouth to check out Fort James before lunch-
Here are the boys at the fort
This is the view of Turtle Beach from the fort
And this is my new friend Theo who carves and sells bamboo cups
When we got back to the villa Josh, Crisp and I went up to have a look around the unfinished hotel at the top of the hill that was supposed to be the jewel of this little complex- it's a real shame as you can see that it could be spectacular, but they ran out of money years ago and so it sits and what they did finish gently rots.
This would have been the main entrance
And the lobby
Then, just below, is this domed area that would probably have been the restaurant- it has the most amazing, almost science-fictioney echoes!
Then, as you look out down the hill, there are these weird bunkers built into the hill- more guest rooms or what? That's our villa's blue roof just showing in the middle of the picture
No glass in any of the windows, so it looks like some sort of ruined, fairy-tale castle in the evening light
Our instructor Chris came over to the villa this morning to give us our final PADI exam for the Open Water certification. We needed 75% to pass- I got 98%, Crispy got 88% and Josh got 90%! So Crispy and I are now qualified PADI Open Water Divers, and Josh just needs 2 dives to finish, which we'll almost certainly do on Wednesday morning (and Crispy and I will just go along for the fun of it).