As always in life, some things just don’t go to plan. Shortly after arriving in St Thomas from the beautiful Puerto Rico, we had news that my Mum was poorly and we decided to dash home to look after her. So we made our way to Martinique where marina berths are pretty reasonable for the Caribbean and shut up shop. It was the first time we had left the boat since leaving the UK four years ago, it was a real strange feeling but our family needed us.
Despite the memory of grey skies, rain and of course the cold etched into my brain, we were pleasantly surprised with a dry spring developing back home. This certainly helped ease us back into ‘normal’ life, although with day time temps around 10 celsius it still felt a little chilly. Thank goodness for open log fires! As spring sprung in Kent, March and April saw clear skies and temperatures regularly rising to around 18, allowing plenty of sitting out in the sunny garden and wonderful dog walks, although now our crops are a bit desperate for some rain.
I have appreciated the beauty of Kent so much more than I did when we lived here. With fields full of oilseed rape with blazing yellow flowers, bluebells in the woods, butterflies and bees taking full advantage, birds singing and lambs bleeting, all these visions & sounds of beauty will be tucked away in my memory bank for our return to the Caribbean.
So now our time back in England is almost over, the last three months have flown by so quickly and thankfully my Mum has made an excellent recovery. It has been wonderful to spend time here and catch up with friends and family, but next week we will be reunited with Joy in the Caribbean to continue our adventures.