Delphi Club, Friday December 1, 2017

Well today is the big day for Steve, will he catch his December fish? Well you’ll just have to wait until the end of my days stories!

I forgot to tell you the Christmas tree story from Wednesday morning. Max, the young manager had picked up a tree in Marsh Harbour to decorate the living room. There was no stand in the Lodge so Max had Smitty the incredibly buff handyman create one out of two by fours. To keep the tree fresh, Max thought the tree could be periodically misted with fresh water. Hearing this story at dinner Tuesday night, I had nightmares of the lights having a short and the lodge burning done via a dried out Christmas tree!

So at breakfast on Wednesday morning, I said this tree situation is bad, we need to put the tree in water. Jane, the wife of Peter, the CEO of Delphi, agreed with me. However, her idea was to put the tree in a container of moist sand. After much scrounging Smitty was able to find an old laundry detergent container that looked like it would hold water. Smitty took apart the two by four tree brace and we proceeded to try to design a stand. I said that the tree needed a fresh cut on the base and Smitty got out his trusty nippers and saw. He was successful at trimming the lower branches to allow the tree to sit in the bucket, but the saw wasn’t able to cut across the base of the tree. The baubles had been previously removed from the tree , and now the lights had to come off so Smitty could bring the tree to the circular saw in the workshop. Ten minutes later, the tree was brought upstairs and we were ready to go. Tree was placed in the bucket, handfuls of sand were thrown in, a bottle of water was poured into the bucket, some two by fours were nailed together to form a brace and we were all set.

Unfortunately the tree was listing terribly, and kept threatening to fall over. However, Linda, Mistress of all good Ideas, knowing that there must be plenty of old fly line in a fishing lodge; suggested Smitty anchor the tree to the credenza next to the tree. Voila! Delphi Club’s magnificent tree!

Now on to Friday! Jane and SE, a guest from the U.K. were planning to head into Marsh Harbour and go out for lunch. During our six trips here, I have only left property a few times. The first year on a nature walk with a great guide, another time to visit the development south of here that just can’t seem to get off the ground, and Pete’s Pub, a beach shack bar. It seems to take forever to get into town, maybe thirty minutes on an incredibly boring road, but I was promised a trip to the only supermarket on the island. Eager to put another supermarket visit notch on my belt, I agreed!

This is the car that Jane drove us to town in. It ran great, steering wheel was on the right as it should be in the Bahamas, and the a/c worked great. Unfortunately the gps system had us in the middle of the sea off of Japan, heading directly toward Korea! As all the controls were in Japanese, no one could figure out how to change this.

Anyway into town we went. Marsh Harbour has really got nothing going on. The excitement of the day was that Friday is payday for the locals, so there were lines going into the banks, and those parking lots were full! Here is a map of Marsh Harbour, there are two stop lights, and only one works.

Jane decided on the Jib Room, let’s follow SE in, shall we?

There really isn’t much to the restaurant, an inner open air room with tables, and a covered patio. There was an outdoor pool with a babe in a bikini, but she didn’t authorize my photo skills, so you’ll just have to imagine. She did look really nice!

Instead of a view of a bikini clad babe, here is our view of the boats at the marina.

SE and Jane are patiently waiting. for me to stop documenting. For lunch I ordered a fish Rueben. Something I had never had before. It was very gloppy, but the Mahi-mahi was really good. It was a nice treat.

The staff fed some of the fish swimming below the deck, this was the second round of feeding, so these guys didn’t make quite the splash that the first group did.

After our lovely lunch Jane drove us to Maxwells, the local grocery store. It had a great selection of food, was clean, well lit and had no odors. Prices were high, as everything was imported. I don’t think staff knew the difference between a pineapple and a cantaloupe!There were lots of meat choices; chicken, beef, pork and even goat! There were lots of seasoning products for beef and chicken. Back in the car we went to enjoy the rest of out Friday afternoon.

I ordered a glass of the famous Delphi Punch with our canapés. It’s pretty and sweet, the perfect Linda drink!Once again, dinner was an enjoyable meal, with great canapés, a shellfish appetizer and rack of lamb for our entree. Friday nights at Delphi means a cheese selection. 😕 So nothing sweet for me!

Steve did in fact catch some fish for the day, so his streak continues. No pictures, so you’ll just have to imagine!

Delphi Club, Thursday November 30, 2017

After breakfast I was treated to a beautiful rainbow. What a beauty! After breakfast I lost my balance and slipped on some stairs and I got a lovely scrape on my arm, it should turn really blue over the weekend! One of the guests is a nurse and she assured me that I would not die of internal bleeding! Im on a blood thinner so I was a bit worried, but as I’m still posting, I’m still alive! I stared to feel better by lunch time if Course, and enjoyed another lovely Caesar salad. Unlike Wednesday I skipped the French fries. This is the magnificent view from the balcony of the beach below. It is really that deserted. There are two buildings that share the beach,Delphi Club and the home of the next door neighbors who take a ferry to another island (or cay) and work all day. Steve came back to show me lovely pictures of Tony and fish that Steve caught. He caught 17 again for the day. He sure is in a rut! Here are the appetizers that we had, Tuna poke on a sesame crisp and then Lionfish Tempura with pickled ginger. That ginger really added a nice “pop” to the dish!

We had a great salad with fresh peaches. As Steve doesn’t like fruit I was able to scarf down his and my peaches! I had the spaghetti vongole, and Steve had the roast veal. I’m trying to watch my calories and limiting myself to fewer prevdinner snackies and half of my entrees. Finishing the strawberry and hisbiscus jelly didn’t help the waistline, but I still ate it all. In case you were wondering, the dessert recommendation was a Chateau Rieussec at only $150 per bottle. No one ordered that tonight either! See you tomorrow for more Adventures!

Delphi Club, Wednesday November 29, 2017

Steve went off for a day of fishing while I stayed at the Club reading, following ny Twitter feed to stay on top of the news and lounged about.  Previous years I hung out around the pool, but there are too many sand fleas that like to chew on my body, even though I spray myself with bug repellant.  E80E11F9-7A8B-4395-98A8-C1806CA317D4.jpegThis is a view of the gorgeous infinity pool, where some guests from the UK who do not attract bugs are lounging.  F38BE0C5-5AEA-4217-AC74-6B1E2ADB977BIf I sit at the pool my view is usually here.  At one point trees were removed to give an ocean view, but the wind was too fierce.  Now you get a sliver view and the pounding of the surge below.  61C5608A-FFB5-455F-BD06-E1F6FA95EEC0.jpegWhile Steve was out fishing enjoying his box lunch, I enjoyed a chicken Cesear salad and a trio of ice creams for dessert.  I think they were vanilla, cappuccino and butter pecan.  8790B6CB-B4FF-48E4-86EE-3610FE16D05E.jpegTo walk off some of the calories, I did take a short walk, but not to the beach. I walked along the Club roadway, until,I got spooked by some rustling in the bushes.  There are wild pigs on the island and I wasn’t sure how I would protect myself if a wild boar with humongous tusks decided to attack me!  Steve told me that he had seen some piglets in the road on his way to the fishing site, and that the rustling in the bushes were the pigs running away from me!  1F7DFAED-613F-47CA-A873-A96E98C210C4.jpegHere is Steve’s guide and one of the beautiful bonefish that Steve caught.  He ended up catching 17 for the day.  Let’s see if he continues to do well all week.  Remember December is the important month, he has to catch a fish between Friday to Tuesday! A0FEEB4E-B8B6-49AD-883B-88AD7DD03102.jpeg Cocktail treats were hummus on pita and fried calamari.  ADF6AC74-C25F-439A-805B-2B369E543323.jpegThen we had a delicious black bean soup.  I had the beef tenderloin for my entree and Steve had the hog fish.  Why that fish has such a horrible name I will never know!  4C7806C0-C5E4-4967-A2DF-9821A77E99F6.jpegDessert was a gingerbread auflauf.  Now I took German in high school and college and never heard of that word before.  However as I am not a trained chef, I’ll let it go.  By the way, no one at the table ordered the suggested wine at $150 a bottle!  After tea, candies and much enrertaining conversations we wandered downstairs to our room.  Thursday was going to be another exciting day fishing for Steve and lounging for me!

Trip to Delphi Club continued, November 28, 2017

I still haven’t gotten this Word Press Editing down yet, so the actual day just might be many parts long! I’ll have to,study some you tube tutorials on how to save and edit.

Our flight was only 45 minutes on a small plane. We were only 15 passengers, so everyone had to sit in rows 4 and up. Here is my view to the front. It had started to sprinkle a little in FLL, and Steve said the forecast was for rain. Of course our rain jackets were in our luggage, and we were likely going to get wet upon landing as these small planes don’t have jet bridges. I remember on one of our trips we met a couple who had a business of building and maintaining the jet bridges. I am sure they were zillionaires! Our meeting was short, so they are not in my Rolodex.

The Bahamas is comprised of of several hundred islands of which thirty are inhabited. Here is a view of jet boat trails in The Marls, an area of shallow flats made up of silty eroded limestone. After landing we went through immigration and bag inspections. All our big bags were examined, I made a comment about being happy that any sexy lingerie was well hidden. Unfortunately no one was amused but myself. But what else is new?

Delphi Club is located about twenty five miles south of Marsh Harbour. Located above a gorgeous beach, with no other lodging nearby, it’s a fisherman’s oasis, and so elegantly appointed that the non fishing spouse is happy also. Here is a beautiful picture from the management. Would you like to see our room? Well come on in!

We we’re assigned Room 4. A beautiful room where we have stayed several times before. There are eight rooms total, some with king beds like ours, others with two queen beds.

Here is a view out our window of the rain. No fishing for Steve today, he will be out on the water tomorrow. Dinner was delicious as always. For our pre dinner snackies we had crostini with something yummy on them, and then toasted pita chips with a spinach and artichoke dip. At the table we were served Tuna Tataki for our first course. Steve and I both had the Parrotfish with Polenta and asparagus spears. Dessert was a delicious white chocolate pannacotta with raspberry sauce. We end our night with a beautiful view of the club.

A trip to Delphi Club, Abaco. November 28, 2017

As Steve needed to continue his streak since March if 2016, of a fish a month, we booked a trip to The Delphi Club in Abaco, in The Bahamas. It’s always a great trip to Delphi as the accommodations, cuisine and guests are top notch. Many guests are returnees, so it’s always fun to see who will be there that we enjoy seeing. There is one guest who Steve prefers not to see, we were lucky that it was a Mr. Blank free trip!

We decided to travel out of White Plains airport, and got an early morning pickup of 5:45. I’m not an early riser, so the night before I took my Ambien at 7 pm, hoping I would fall asleep by nine, and sleep through the night. It was successful, and I woke up alert, and in a good mood at 5!

At the airport, we saw this young man waiting to board our flight to Fort Lauderdale. I got quite a kick out of his sweatshirt! We had no problems with our flight, and purchasing the extended leg room, made the flight twitch free for me.  We had a three and a half layover scheduled in FLL.  Happily, unlike last year when our flight was delayed on the tarmac and we missed the flight to Marsh Harbour and booked a room at a flea bag nightmare of a Days Inn (which we paid for but didn’t stay in!) all worked out well.  We decided to have lunch at Shula Burger, a sit down fast food restaurant near our gate.  Here are pictures of our lunch, Chicken Caesar salad for me, and a mushroom Swiss burger for Steve ( 4/10, slightly stale bun and over cooked).B2FF43E7-9F67-46C8-B939-CB916AD4D7FF

A trip to Storm King Art Center, November 4, 2017

MM and GG belong to the Curator’s Council at Storm King and one of the benefits is a private tour of the exhibitions with a Curator for ten guests.  MM had picked the perfect day, not all the fall leaves were down, and the temperatures were around 55.  It was a little warm in the sun, and then cool in the shade.  My outfit of Patagucci Nanopuff vest and jacket was constantly zipped, unzipped, taken off and then put back on again!

Traffic was beastly on the roads, to the Park, and I was wondering if their might be some kind of local event going on. Some people had even opened their lawns for parking!  I was going to ask what was going on, but figured we would soon find out what the hold up was.

Although Steve and I have lived in the area for over 37 years, we have never been to StormKingArtcenter.org  It is comprised of almost 500 acres interspersed with large pieces of sculpture. It was always in the back of  my mind to visit, but never really reached the top of the “I must do this!” list.

Here is a picture of our group looking at a piece by Mark Di Suvero. You can hear the New York State Thruway in the distance.  Much of the land was mined for the construction of the thruway.  What is left has been sculpted by landscape architects into rolling hills with plantings of grasses and trees. It was really gorgeous.

Here is a collection of pieces by David Smith.  He had a farm in Bolton Landing that I got to tour when I went on the Bolton Landing Historical Tour. On that tour the docents were going on and on about the famous David Smith, and his collection that was at Storm King.  The farm had a hodge podge of metal sculptures all over the ground.  The exhibit at Storm King was much more visually appealing.  I tried to look through my old photos, to show you what the farm looked like.  I must have deleted them as they were so ugly!

This piece was from Ursula Von Rydingsvard.  It was made of cedar and bronze, and I could almost smell the wood through my clogged sinuses.  This was Steve’s favorite piece. I thought it looked like an elephant. You can see the pencil markings to show where the pieces were to line up during construction on site! 

Here is a picture of our group sitting on Momo Taru by Isamu Noguchi. The granite is from Japan, where the piece was created.  Can you imagine how difficult this must have been to ship? Momo Taru was touchable, and in fact you were encouraged to do so.  Many of the guests climb into the peach pit, where it is supposed to have “special aural resonance”.  You didn’t think I knew that by myself did you?  Any way, we didn’t know that  and didn’t all climb into sing.  In fact none of us climbed in. I really liked feeling the different pieces of granite, some parts were smooth, some rough.

This next piece, Free Ride Home by Kenneth Snelson was my favorite.  Our docent explained that in some of the workshops, people are encouraged to replicate it. The workshops use coffee drink stirrers and rubber bands. I think that plastic straws and rubber bands would work equally well. This was a don’t touch exhibit. One of the group, not me(!) touched it and I jumped right in to tsk tsk him!  

The Pietrarubbia Group was created by Arnaldo Pomodoro. It was made of bronze, steel, fiberglass and marble. It was also visitor friendly. and the guys had fun opening the sculpture. It was touch friendly and could be opened or closed like a book!

Our last piece to observe was by Louise Nevelson, City on the High Mountain. I thought the placement of the piece was perfect. It was right in front of the visitor center and I thought the lines of the roof and the colors really matched the piece well. Here you can see Steve telling CB about how big the fish are that he catches.  MM is shaking her head in disgust.  “Are those boys talking about fishing again?”

Afterwards we were off to dinner.  No pictures of that.  With ten people I would have busted my blog with all the food pictures!

 

Copper Beeches Meeting in Philadelphia, October 27, 2017

Steve has always enjoyed reading Sherlock Holmes stories, and so off we went to Philadelphia for the fall meeting of the Copper Beeches.  The Copper Beeches, until this fall were a men only Scion(group) of Sherlock Holmes Afficianados. Some times we made a weekend of the meetings, but as this time there was going to be a meeting Sunday night by our scion (The Hudson Valley Scionists) we elected to make it a one nighter.

We drove down to Philly in the trusted van, and accompanying us were LL and CL. Both are crazy about Holmes, and were founders of the Hudson Valley Scion.  LL had been to the Philly meeting before, but as CLis a female this was her first opportunity to attend. CL was a little nervous as generally one is required to prepare a toast to present at the meeting on short notice. Steve had related to me that previous toasts had been quite creative, rapping ala Hamilton, or sung by operatic quality singers. The pictures in this post are a combination of CL’s and mine.


Steve and I checked into the Union League (pictured above), where we were going to meet CB and JB.  CB is really into Holmes, and often dresses in Holmesian themed clothes.  (At the meetings, mind you!). Last year one of the brass railings was stolen from the front steps of the Union League, there was quite an uproar regarding this.

Every time we attend this event we see a couple in their wedding attire getting photographed.  tonight was no exception!

While walking  the guys to the meeting we saw a car I had never seen before.  I asked the driver what a Saleen was, he told me to google it!   Well it is a fancy Mustang, and looked pretty hot! The car had quite the motor rumble also. As you can tell by the vanity plate, the driver was pretty pleased to own it!Here are Steve and CB on the steps of the Philadelphia Racquet Club.  In the Lacrosse bag was as a set of single sticks that Steve and CB were going to give a demonstration on at the meeting. The hat is a Deerstalker.  It looks great on CB!  Here is a photo of CB giving part of his talk.  Steve was waiting to the side to demonstrate.  

Here is a picture of some of the attendees.  As I wasn’t there, I can’t tell you why some are seated, and some are staring at the seated lady with grey hair!
JB and I had dinner reservations at the Union League. The food there is really good, but you either have to be a member or be staying at the hotel to dine there. Last time Steve and I made hotel reservations to late at the hotel and were closed out and JB had to treat  me, as we couldn’t share as the tab goes on your hotel bill.  Tonight was going to be my treat.  We each started with drinks, JB had a very large Martini.  I had a Blackberry Bourbon Julep that was delicious!  It was large also, although I made a mess splashing on the starched white linen tablecloth, I finished my drink!  We couldn’t get enough of the Parmesan crackers, and the bread was also quite tasty.  In fact we kept requesting more refills of the crackers! I was hoping the wàiter would slip me a cracker filled goody bag at the end of dinner but no luck! JB and I shared the green salad, JB had the cod, with green cabbage, squash and golden raisins. I had the sea bass with black truffle, gem lettuce and green apple.Here is JB taking a picture of me, I hoped I looked nice.  For dessert we shared the Mont Blanc, coffee chestnut chiffon, Caramelia milk chocolate creamaux and pomegranate coulis.  We were also given some more treats, in case we weren’t already thoroughly stuffed.


JB and CB had to leave early the next morning to attend another Sherlock meeting in Washington DC.  Steve and I had breakfast at the hotel with LL and CL.  Here is another lovely picture of our trip that CL took.

Copper Beeches Meeting in Philadelphia, October 27, 2017

Steve has always enjoyed reading Sherlock Holmes stories, and so off we went to Philadelphia for the fall meeting of the Copper Beeches.  The Copper Beeches, until this fall were a men only Scion(group) of Sherlock Holmes Afficianados. Some times we made a weekend of the meetings, but as this time there was going to be a meeting Sunday night by our scion (The Hudson Valley Scionists) we elected to make it a one nighter.

 

We drove down to Philly in the trusted van, and accompanying us were LL and CL. Both are crazy about Holmes, and were founders of the Hudson Valley Scion.  LL had been to the Philly meeting before, but as CLis a female this was her first opportunity to attend. CL was a little nervous as generally one is required to prepare a toast to present at the meeting on short notice. Steve had related to me that previous toasts had been quite creative, rapping ala Hamilton, or sung by operatic quality singers. CL was kind enough to share a number of photos that she took of our adventure. 


Steve and I checked into the Union League (pictured above), where we were going to meet CB and JB.  CB is really into Holmes, and often dresses in Holmesian themed clothes.  (At the meetings, mind you!). Last year one of the brass railings was stolen from the front steps of the Union League, there was quite an uproar regarding this.

Every time we attend this event we see a couple in their wedding attire getting photographed.  tonight was no exception! 

While walking  the guys to the meeting we saw a car I had never seen before.  I asked the driver what a Saleen was, he told me to google it!   Well it is a fancy Mustang, and looked pretty hot! The car had quite the motor rumble also. As you can tell by the vanity plate, the driver was pretty pleased to own it!Here are Steve and CB on the steps of the Philadelphia Racquet Club.  In the Lacrosse bag was as a set of single sticks that Steve and CB were going to give a demonstration on at the meeting. The hat is a Deerstalker.  It looks great on CB, doesn’t it?Here is a photo of CB giving part of his talk.  Steve was waiting to the side to demonstrate.  

Here is a picture of some of the attendees.  As I wasn’t there, I can’t tell you why some are seated, and some are staring at the seated lady with grey hair!
JB and I had dinner reservations at the Union League. The food there is really good, but you either have to be a member or be staying at the hotel to dine there. Last time Steve and I made hotel reservations to late at the hotel and were closed out and JB had to treat  me, as we couldn’t share as the tab goes on your hotel bill.  Tonight was going to be my treat.  We each started with drinks, JB had a very large Martini.  I had a Blackberry Bourbon Julep that was delicious!  It was large also, although I made a mess splashing on the starched white linen tablecloth, I finished my drink!  We couldn’t get enough of the Parmesan crackers, and the bread was also quite tasty.  In fact we kept requesting more refills of the crackers! I was hoping the wàiter would slip me a cracker filled goody bag at the end of dinner but no luck! JB and I shared the green salad, JB had the cod, with green cabbage, squash and golden raisins. I had the sea bass with black truffle, gem lettuce and green apple.Here is JB taking a picture of me, I hoped I looked nice.  For dessert we shared the Mont Blanc, coffee chestnut chiffon, Caramelia milk chocolate creamaux and pomegranate coulis.  We were also given some more treats, in case we weren’t already thoroughly stuffed.  


JB and CB had to leave early the next morning to attend another Sherlock meeting in Washington DC.  Steve and I had breakfast at the hotel with LL and CL.  Here is another lovely picture of our trip that CL took.  

Maasai Village at Amboseli continued. July 21, 2017

I ran out of room on my last post, so we continue on here.  We crouch down low and enter the hut.  The hut is basically three rooms, a kitchen, a sleeping area, and another area with the pails.  I wasn’t sure what was in the pails, water maybe?  The sleeping area was behind the sticks in the photo with the fire.  The bed was a piece of cow hide, it looked really small as the Maasai men were pretty tall.  Not as tall as Steve, but Steve is six foot two.  The Maasai practice polygamy, I’m not sure if both wives would be in one hut or not.  If they did, I can imagine difficulties in such small huts!  After our tour of the hut Sally spied some baby goats.  They were adorable, only a few days old.  Some if them had their umbilical cords still attached!  Everyone held them but me.  All I could think about was immigration authorities asking me if I had any contact with wildlife.  I can’t lie, and I didn’t want to be put in an awkward situation.  ​After we played with the goats it was time to get the hard sell of Maasai trinkets.  I didn’t realize we were supposed to bargain, and overpaid.  I didn’t want to make any if the wives selling jewelry feel bad, and only bought some if what I was wearing from the greeting ceremony.  I should have been more picky as one if my necklaces was pretty beat up and missing parts.  I was planning on giving them to Sally, this way she was going to easily warn her students to be careful as one if her prior groups of students broke the necklace.  I never said I couldn’t let others lie, I just wouldn’t lie!  

We entered the school house after the hard sell of trinkets.  The kids were adorable, here is the tail end of th​eir version of the ABC song.  Sorry, I didn’t get the whole thing, I didn’t act quick enough.  Afterward we were asked to sign up to get on the email list and to donate funds for the school. As we overpaid for the jewelry and other souvenirs, I declined. The money all goes into one pot anyway.  There was a backpack smashed on the floor, I’m not sure how much education these kids got beyond the song.  By now we were happy to leave, between the hard sell, the knowledge of polygamy, male circumcision at thirteen and the female genital mutilation, it was an interesting but uncomfortable morning.  

A visit to a Maasai  Village in Amboseli Park, Kenya. July 21, 2017

After breakfast we drove to a Maasai Village in the park.  You can see the school in the background.  Some of the older school children were playing soccer.  You can bet that Collin wanted to join in!  

​Amboselli comes from the Maasai word “empusel” the grey layer of volcanic ash from Mt. Kilimanjaro.  It was really windy in Amboseli, when I come back next time I’m bringing clear contractor glasses.  ​

​Here is the welcoming committee from the village.  There was a charge of $20 per person to visit.  Most of the males of the village were with the cattle that graze in the park.  They all had shaved heads.  Steve was given a staff and joined the group.  ​

This gentleman was the don of the chief.  He was the guide to the village.  These shoes are the traditional sandals worn by the Maasai.  They are made from either leather or tires.  We enter through the gate.  The fences are woven from the Acacia trees.  No one gets in except through the gate!  Women make the fences and the huts.  The stucco on the sides of the buildings are made from dung and mud.  Inside the compound, also called Manyatta, is a central pen for the cattle, and one for the goats.  ​

Would you like to see how the Maasai build a fire?  Of course you would!  ​ Here is a great profile of Steve bedecked in his Maasai beads and the staff that was lent to him.  Would you like to see the inside of one of the  huts?  Of course you’d like to see this too!  Watch your head!  Oops!  Looks like I ran out of space and need to make this at least a two parter!