Monday, July 6, 2009

Party on...

Harrington Sound from Trunk Island

...and on and on and on. These Bermuda folk know how to stretch out a long holiday weekend! It's been a whirlwind of social activity; not only do the Bermudians celebrate July 4th with fireworks, summer is apparently the time to get down and dance! Every night we've graciously been included, so have been to pier parties, house parties, barbeques, back deck parties and private island parties, and we've only been here 6 days!! (Yes, that would be a party a day.) I'm heading into town today, because we're already out of white wine -- how did THAT happen?? -- hmmm, it does seem to be the McRoadie of choice...

We spent Sunday afternoon at Christine's parent's house on Trunk Island, which is the largest island in Harrington Sound, Bermuda. It was a wild ride coming around the north shore from Castle Harbor in the dinghies -- 4 girls in the McHarg's, 2 more with the 4 adults in ours -- because with the winds and waves being what they were, we got thoroughly soaked!! But it was worth it....we grilled out, had a lovely lunch, and toured the island. It is a gorgeous place: seven acres, with only two houses, a main mansion and the guest cottage/stables which is the house that the Smiths have. It's been privately owned by descendants of the Tucker/Gardner family since the early 1800s; Warren was telling us how the island was a working farm, complete with cows (they swam them across the sound to get them there!). Later the island was used as a summer camp for Bermudian groups such as Sea Scouts and Girl Guides in the 1920s and 1930s. So much fun and such a privilege to experience it firsthand!

The renovated stables/guest house on Trunk Island

All the kids enjoying the day

Our Host & Hostess, Warren & Christine McHarg

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