Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Dark 'n' Stormy

....and here we thought that was a drink in Bermuda (Barritt's ginger beer and Gosling's Black Seal dark rum)! But, it's apparently the weather as well, since today was front after front of dark rain squalls and thunderstorms. Lightning and thunder are supposedly unusual in Bermuda, but we've certainly had our share the past few days. The surf is all roiled up again, so diving visibility will be poor for the next few days, which doesn't thrill Ron. We spent the day doing boat projects -- waiting on parts from the watermaker guy (who is clearly on Bermudian time, as he didn't show up until nearly 4:00 for a 10:30 pick-up) so we could change out the watermaker solenoid to see if the diverter valve will work. Of course, it doesn't, so we'll continue to use the jury-rigged bypass line to fill the water tank. As long as we have a source of water, we'll make do, but it's a source of frustration for Ron. On the plus side, Ron is really learning a lot about the watermaker...!

We were supposed to head to Coral Beach for their Tuesday evening beach cook-out, but it was canceled due to the weather, so we all ended up having Indian take-away food at the McHarg's, dining on their patio, watching the lightning over the hill to the west and dark storm clouds roll past to the north. The Bermuda "whistling" frogs are loving all this rain, but not the rest of us!

For those who don't know, the whistling frogs are tree frogs are about the size of a thumbprint, which despite their diminutive size, sing very loudly. We still haven't seen one yet, but we sure hear them by the hundreds! When we're aboard the boat in the evening, the sound from the shoreline is amazingly loud, but also rather pretty too.

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