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.

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.  

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.

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!

Tortilis in Amboseli, early morning July 21, 2017

We got up early for our first full day in the park.  Coffee and biscuits (cookies) were delivered to our tent before sunrise.  Off we went in our Land Cruiser to look for animals.  It was cool and we wrapped ourselves in blankets, trying to stay cozy until

the sun rose higher in the sky.

Th​e elephants are voracious eaters.  They wrap their trunks around branches, pulling the trees down or push them over with their shoulders.  Then they rip the trees up and eat the roots.  A section of Amboseli was surrounded by electric wire to prevent the elephants from entering the area and destroying the trees.  ​

​Here is a video of a Cape buffalo in the swamp.  ​

​Mama Buffalo and baby are on the way to the swamp for the day.  You can see little guy nursing on Mama Elephant as they walk.You will notice that their aren’t many trees in this picture.  The elephants have killed them all. ​

​We saw our first spotted hyenas. Not sure who are uglier, hyenas or wart hogs.  Striped hyenas are nocturnal and we never saw them on our trip.  ​

​The elephants made it to the swamp and this is where they would spend their day, eating swamp grass and visiting with the egrets. Soon it was time to head back to camp for breakfast. Here are Collin, Sally and Steve checking out the ingredients for omelettes. Our stuff was on the table that Sally had picked out. As you recall from our adventures in South America, I am always trying to sit at the table with the best view.  Sally had picked another table but I overruled her. She was a good sport about my constant attempts to get “the perfect spot”!   It was great fun to eat our breakfast and to see the happenings at the water hole.  Breakfast was delicious.  I especially liked the little bananas.  Next up a trip to a Masai Village.