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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Placencia Sidewalk Arts & Music Festival 2013

On a Sunday afternoon in February, the sun was shining and life was good so I thought I'd go check out the Placencia Sidewalk Arts and Music Festival.  That's a local event around here and we've all appreciated it for years now.  We see some of the most talented artisans and musicians come from all over Belize just to be here!
You can't imagine all the different people you'll meet as you walk down our little sidewalk by the beach.  Everyone is here.  The vendor booths line both sides of the walk and the place is packed with people!  This is a good sign.  Steve, one of my friends here in the village, felt the whole festival was set up better than ever.
Bob the Poet (one of the village characters) was selling his poetic cards and carvings of pumice stones.  Ben the Baker was sending some incredible aromas through the air of cakes, pies, cookies and all kinds of deserts.  He sold out by the way.  Not even samples were left over.  Barbara, who lives here as well, was selling her wonderful paintings on coconut husks!  She does the normal stuff too.  Rob, who was a tourist, moved here.  Rob does some fantastic tattoo work.
Bob the Poet
Ben the Baker

There were other novel ideas as well.  William and Jenica, from Mango Creek, came up with a way to recycle old plastic bags.  Imagine those useless old plastic bag stretched, twisted, and weaved artfully into a beautiful colorful bracelets.  They were selling like hotcakes!!!!

William and Jenica
The newcomers to Placencia were having a ball as well.  Roy and Sheryl from Wasilla, Alaska (where?) were enjoying the festival and the nice tropical weather.  They've gone to other festivals in their travels but really enjoyed the diversity at our festival:  arts, crafts, music, food, and tons of very, very, different people for all walks of life.  They'll be back.
I was getting thirsty so I aimed for the rum tent and found some happy volunteers rushing around to keep up with the crowd.  All four kept pretty busy most of the time.  Among them were Ally and Pamela.  They stated this was the best year yet for the festival; more vendors, more visitors, more food, and better organized.  Cool.
A very happy volunteer
At the very north edge of the Festival was Cyril who goes by the nickname of Ras Stine.  He has some wonderful bead and shell work as well as carvings.  He is here all year long, selling his goods.  He can be reached at inegryne@yahoo.com if you are interested in seeing what more he has.
Ras Stine
It's wonderful to see the festival progress as it has.  The layout of the festival was much more condensed and that made it so much easier to get around.  The music was left to one area on the beach which left the sidewalk exclusively for our artists to showcase their work, in peace and quiet.  Everyone I spoke with was happy with the diversity of the arts and felt the quality of work was quite high.
The weather is really good this time of the year, warm, calm, and sunny.  It's also just past the rush of vacation travelers around Christmas and the New Year, so it's calm and easy to get around.  This is an event worth planning your vacation to Placencia Village, Belize around.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Birds of a Feather

Saturday morning dawn was perfect.

 They just don't get much prettier than this. 

There were lots of birds on the beach, two great blue herons, an egret and numerous grackles.

 We think these two were in the middle of a mating ritual as they kept dancing and leaping about.

 The egret stayed at the other end of the wood wall, keeping to itself.

 These two were back and forth, on the wall, in the water, doing a little shore line fishing and then back to their dance.

 They were both incredibly beautiful.

 We are not sure, but we think the grackle was a mediator of some sort, seemed to be either giving directions or cheering them on!

 We probably got to watch them for a good fifteen minutes.  People coming along the beach stopped and watched with us.

When they moved on, they only went to the other end of the wall and chased the egret off.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day 2013

This Valentine's Day we decided to go for a lunch run...

 Lunch started at Da Tatch

View of the beach from our seats.

View of our house from our seats.

Rum punches.

On to the Pickled Parrot.

Pickled Parrot.

Kareem serving Beliken and Cranbarrel.

A new coozie for my Belikens.

 The next stop was Tutti Frutti for gelatto.

Tough choices.

Choice is made... dark chocolate, pistachio and caramel.

Onward to RumFish for a glass of wine.

Sign in Ladies Room.

Wine glasses are such that don't get blown over in the breeze.

Sign in the Men's Room.


 After RumFish, it was time to head home and relax!!!!

It was a great day!

Monday, February 11, 2013

2012 Year in Review - Sharyn

Please note the second drink on the list.

You think you might drink at a place a little too much when they name a drink after you???

2012 Year in Review - Feelings

Sometimes you just have to make a statement about the things around you!!!

 The feeling of sadness when they did the clear cutting of the property in the sub division next door... they really cleaned it out!

 The feeling of coming home when you see the Placencia Airstrip lined up for your landing.

 The feeling when you are in the front row of local friends playing and singing the blues!!

The feeling you get when you see children of Placencia and Seine Bight putting their heart and souls into dancing for the Independence Day Parade.

 The feeling when the palapa is finished and furniture arrives.

The feeling of Christmas Day dinner at friend and neighbour looking down on your own house!

2012 Year in Review - Bob

A man of many faces...

 Bob and Isabella on Independence Day at Barefoot.

 Bob and Isabella again.  This was worth a second picture.

Bob on his birthday at Yoli's, ready for anything!

Bob with his determined look.

Bob freezing on Willows Beach.

Bob at Yoli's on my birthday.

Bob on top of Mt. Tolmie.  Still cold.

Happy Bob!

My personal favourite picture of Bob.

Bob stopping the clear cutting!!

Bob wishful thinking.

Bob relaxing in the sunshine.

2012 Year in Review - Blooms

We have worked hard to get some plants going in the yard.  Success is sweet!

 Red hibiscus.

 Our baby flamboyant tree.

 White hibiscus.


 More orchids.

Still more orchids... we like the orchids.