All of the Islands continue to be under a Covid virus advisory. Voluntary isolation is encouraged. Bars and restaurants shall remain closed to dine in visitors. Curbside or dockside pickup only. All events EXCEPT Willies conch races are canceled. Attendees at the races must wear masks, and remain six feet apart. In light of last years disruptions, no jellyfish punch will be served.
Residents are cautioned to beware of people selling false cures for the virus. There is currently no cure at this time. The American president Donald Trump has given the impression that common household disinfectants maybe useful to treat the disease. This is not the case. Only use them to clean surfaces. Do NOT apply in any manner to any part of the Human body.
Here we have a Knites Anole. A native of Cuba. However, they can occasionally be seen in some of the Southern Islands.
Notice the differences between this, and the more common green iguana. The Knites Anole is an insect eater.
Set of new wood rudders for local sailing craft. These are for a yacht. Most of the working sail craft have a different shape rudder
A fight between two ex business partners is the latest escalation in the saga of Jake the Lucky Conch.
The fight occurred on the fishing docks of Jackal Cay last Wednesday and fortunately only involved fists. Mr. Harmond Aboya was given first aid for a nasty bruise to the chin while his attacker Mr. Jan Knodson declined aid for bloody knuckles. One onlooker had minor scraps from helping break up the fight. Mr. Aboya declined to press charges and could be heard shouting “Jake doesn’t want to live on the Stony Ledge!” as Mr. Knodson was escorted off the docks by the assistant dockmaster.
The story of Jake the Conch begins, for those who don’t know, about 10 years ago. At that time, Aboya and Knodson where partners in a successful fishing enterprise operating out of Jackal Cay. They owned three smacks, and leased a fourth with crew. How exactly the two men acquired Jake is unclear. But she (Jake has been determined to be female) was soon enjoying the reputation of bringing fantastic luck to her owners. They purchased several other fishing smacks and also a diesel powered gracy equipped with freezers to transport the catch to the markets on Dog Island. Problems arose, however, when Aboya decided that instead of operating the gracy, they should just move the whole fishing company to Dog Island. Knodson reportedly was having none of that idea, insisting that the gracys fuel and maintanance costs were still much less expensive than dockage for the fishing fleet would be in Dog Island. He offered to buy out Aboya and Aboya accepted. However, Jake the Lucky Conch was not part of the formal agreement. “I just figured Jake would stay here with me” Knodson told the court during the custody hearing. “I mean, Harmond was getting out of fishing. He didnt need the luck!” Mr. Aboya claimed Jake had told him several times that “The Stony Ledge was no place for a proper self respecting mollusk to live” and expressed a desire to reside on Dog Island. The judge in the case, the Honorable Judge J. Presburt III, then ordered the two men to work it out or else Jake would be supper, lucky or not. A coin toss saw Jake remaining with Mr. Knodson at Stony Ledge.
Mr. Aboya has since vowed to reclaim Jake. “Stony Ledge is full of riffraff, buggomons and drunks. Jake deserves better!” Jake herself was unavailable for comment.
Southern Islanders engage in a multitude of manufacturing enterprises from home or small workshops. Seen here are Island Friendship Lights which have been used as gifts dating from the settlement of the Islands. The old brass and kerosene fueled lamps have been modernised to incorporate a flameless LED bulb which will operate as long as a year on 2 dry cell batteries.
The long operating time symbolises strong friendship. They are also used to mark forest paths shaded from the sun where a solar powered lamp is umpractical.
Now that kerosene has been replaced by much safer electric, various colors are available and each has a different meaning. My favorite is a twinkling blue light that I use at the base of a potted plant.
Other items of local manufacturing include jewelry and tourist related goods, furniture, watercraft, fishing equipment and light metalworked items.
Club house by East Harbor docks. East Harbor is quite upscale and usually caters to large fancy yachts. It’s the deepest harbor in the Southern Islands and was popular with pirates back in the the day. East Harbor Yacht Club has one of the only private beaches in the island group. Normally land owners cannot claim rights to any shoreline from 50 feet back from the high tide line. However, significant erosion during a storm brought the new shoreline half way up an existing property. The owner was able to declare that the shore had intruded on his property and won his case in court. After, the land use rules were amended to prevent this line of legal arguement in the future. The lot platting system on Rockinghorse Cay calls for a 20 foot easement between shoreside house lots. This allows for limited parking and access for visitors. Shoreside Develpment in general is discouraged. The locals know better than to build anything permanent, and rich foreigners who don’t care if their house washes away in a hurricane face an impressive array of zoning regulations designed to thwart such.
Harbor at Rockinghorse Cay. The Southern Islands is serious about keeping it’s waterfront from becoming overbuilt. It is very difficult to rezone these places into high end residential construction as happens frequently elsewhere.
Lizard Reef not too far off shore of Rockinghorse Cay. The steamer Lizard grounded here and her remains provide an attraction for divers. The Lizards cargo of heavy earth moving equipment was salvaged with great difficulty and used to construct roadways and other projects on Rockinghorse Cay many decades ago Rockinghorse Cay is one of the largest and most populated islands in the Southern Island archipelago. It has an airport and many resorts catering to the tourist trade.
Seen here is the turtle research station on Turtle Cay. Note the waterfront condos which are most likely owned by the government of the Southern Islands. The Research Center includes pens for injured sea turtles which are prone to consuming plastic trash and debris from the water. This is a privately funded facility, partially supported by other conservational causes such as the World Tortoise Foundation. They also do outreach and education on the dangers of plastic to the marine environment.