Monday April 9, 2018 Delphi Club Abaco

Guess what? Yes, more eggs for breakfast! At home I usually only have coffee with biscotti. At least six of the little ones. If I get the really big ones, then I eat one, I’m really lazy in the morning. If someone is willing to make me eggs, then I am all in. Otherwise, even opening up a box of cereal, pouring it out and adding milk and blueberries is too much effort.

Steve likes to make stone ground oatmeal, but that is a pain to eat. Who wants to wait 20 minutes for breakfast? I don’t like making an effort in the morning. Once when I was a young teenager and sleeping over at a girlfriend’s house they had Grape Nuts. They tried to warn me to only pour a small amount out. Man, is that cereal dense! I laugh every time I see a box of it in the store!

Then it was time to read. Which I did, until lunchtime.

I was back to the roasted vegetable salad with jerk chicken. Add French fries and we have a really great lunch. The big excitement at lunch was that Peter and Jane went out to lunch. Max had gone out fishing with some of the other guests. While at lunch I had noticed someone wandering about. This doesn’t usually happen. There are rarely strangers here. I didn’t think that there were new guests comings in at that time. I debated jumping up and inquiring if they needed help. Now you know that this was really hard for me. At that point one of the wait staff brought me my espresso. I looked at her, and she said Jason, the chef was taking care of them. In other words, Linda stand down. The strangers soon disappeared. Lunch over, my lunch mates and I all dispersed. More reading and then pool time. I decided to bring a book with me when I was in the pool I held it on the edge of the pool and could read for 37 minutes! That’s a record for me in the pool. Once in a while I tried to pretend that I was exercising and kick my feet a little bit. Heaven forbid I should actually do a stroke. Jane was in the pool and goggles on. I might try that sometime. I could leave my contacts in and try to do some strokes. Remember I said I might try that.

Our first canapé was lobster salad. Followed by conch fritters. Our appetizer was conch salad. Monday was Jason, the chef, night off. We had macaroni and cheese and either fried chicken strips or fried fish, I picked the chicken.

At this point in dinner Jane asked me if I met the Duke of XXXX earlier this afternoon. What? It seems that the Duke comes to the club to buy wine when he comes to visit. On their way to lunch Jane asked Peter if they should ask me to be on the look out for the Duke who was supposed to show up by 12:30 to meet Peter and pick up the wine. As the Duke wasn’t there on time, Peter and Jane were going to leave. Peter told Jane “Hell, No” or something more English than that. He knew that I might accidentally run into the Duke, but if I knew who was coming I might be lurking behind the palm trees with a butterfly net. It would be best all around if I only accidentally met the gentleman who would likely have not said “Hello, Linda you may call me x instead of Duke. No, I don’t have an extra invite to Harry and Megan’s wedding.”

Dessert was a cheesecake verrine with a guava compote.

Steve had a good day, his last day of fishing. He caught five fish, and his largest was 5 pounds so he got head of the table.

Sunday April 8, 2018 Delphi Club, Abaco, Bahamas

I had a much better night sleeping and the urge to itch was somewhat lessened. I still want to scratch, but I’m not a raving lunatic anymore.

This bunch of anglers must really like fruit, because by the time I got to the table for breakfast most of the fruit was gone! As Steve likes to say “You snooze, you lose!”

I was still able to get my eggs. This year I have had nothing but fried eggs! There are other options cold cereal, porridge (oatmeal), eggs Benedict, omelettes, and pancakes. It’s much easier to not think and just get the same thing for breakfast! Of course, I do get the fresh fruit and the delicious mini danishes. Steve has a preference for the little cinnamon swirls, there are usually none left by the time I get to breakfast.

Anne, the swimmer and her husband Steve left before breakfast so I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. Good bye and good luck Anne! I am not sure if I can say enjoy the race, so I hope that you are happy that you did it when it is over! I have a friend who ran in the NYC marathon, after it was over she said never again, then yes, then no! I’m not sure where she is about it now! Years ago when Greta Waitz ran in the marathon I remember thinking, I could do this. I will start slow and gradually work myself up to running five hours. I didn’t even run ten minutes and said, ‘Nope, not gonna happen!” Steve found it quite amusing.

The rest of the morning was spent in my usual position. I am almost halfway through Book 2 of the Black Dagger Brother Hood series. I think there are only 16 in the series, but she has some related books also. I think that I have all but the last two. Hello Amazon!

Today for lunch I went for the Caesar salad. Of course I had French fries also. No cookies, but little spice raisin muffins. Bite size. I went for a little excitement and had a cup of cappuccino!

After lunch was spent back on the couch. I may have to look for bed sores if I don’t watch out! Wouldn’t that be a sight. Bug bites, bruises due to scatching and bed sores, due to excessive reading on the couch. What could be worse? Oh, yes, I could get boils, or my scratches could get infected! It’s a good thing I take a multivitamin and drink a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice in the morning!

Before I knew it 4 o’clock came around and I went into the pool. For amusement I started the timer on my phone. I actually soaked for 36 minutes! Amazing! Usually, I’m what I call a tea bagger in the pool, I dip my self in and then get out and lie on the chaise lounge. For someone whose weight is within the normal body weight mass you would think that I would be over the limit due to my lounging around this holiday. I will have you know that back home I try to go to the gym every day. I do slack off on occasion, but I try to get back in the swing as soon as possible.

After the soak, it was time to shower and then see what was going on in the Masters. Steve came back from fishing and he had had a frustrating day. He caught 12 and lost 11. He felt he should have caught 20. There were any big ones, so once again he was not table head. Sitting sat the head of the table is something you only want to do two days in a row, as you are thrown into the pool on your third day. I have never seen anyone thrown into the pool.

One gentleman unfortunately had a nil day for bonefish. He did catch another type of fish, but not a bone. There are days like that, there might be too many clouds, or the fish just are spooked, or your fly isn’t quite right. There is always tomorrow, except the gentleman was leaving tomorrow, so he’ll have to wait until next time!

First canapé was shrimp fritters with sweet chili mayo.

Second canapé was crab salad on a seaweed crisp.

The appetizer was tuna tataki. That was Steve’s favorite dish of the week.

Dinner was a choice of parrotfish with Greek Salad or Roast Duck Breast. As I had never had parrotfish before I ordered the fish.

Dessert was Strawberry and Hibiscus Gelee. The man next to Steve really must have enjoyed it as he ate his own, and his wife’s!

We had cinnamon sable cookies with the Gelee. You could easily knock off way to many of those suckers!

Then it wa time for chamomile tea on the couch and home made chocolate truffles. Sometimes there are little gellies instead of the chocolate. Good night all!

Wednesday April 4, 2018 Delphi Club in Abaco

I messed up big time today. First I realized that yesterday’s post was really Wednesday, not Tuesday, but that was easy to correct. The real bummer is that I labored over an hour for a post that disappeared when I moved from one wifi zone to another waiting for Steve to come back. Well, I will just have to make this post as good or better than the one I was working on this morning. But I must admit that it was really good!

I left you yesterday with a visit to our room. We are in room number four again. Steve and I thankfully have no bad memories in this room!

After we unpacked we went upstairs for lunch on the veranda. Originally I was seated to Steve’s right, but “lemme lemme upgrade Linda”, saw some guests vacating and plopped herself down almost across from Steve. I got to look at the ocean, and Steve got the esteemed pleasure of looking at me. Ha Ha, not really, Steve just hates to move once he is seated. For my birthday I have candle lit dinner parties. I have place cards for everyone and after every course people have to jump up grab their napkins and wine glass and sit someplace else. Steve, as host doesn’t have to move. There is always minor grumbling by the guests about moving. However, as sometime you might be seated next to someone boring, I think that secretly everyone likes the change of dinner companions.

Here is a close up of lunch. We both had chicken Caesar salads.

After lunch we went back to the room. Steve wanted to go fishing, and I wanted to sit by the pool and read. So off he went, and off I went. Unlike Steve, I didn’t put any sunscreen on as I was going to sit under an umbrella in the shade. I bet you think I am going to tell you that I got a horrible sunburn, but no, I didn’t. I finished up the first of the eight books that I have brought along. I have decided to restart the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward, Dark Lover. It was as good as the last time I read it. She had written three new books in the series that I haven’t gotten around to reading. I figured this was a great time to start up all over again.

This was the view of the pool. We don’t have a direct view of the ocean from the pool patio as the wind is too strong, but you do get to hear the roar of the surf. It’s even better than a mood machine!

After awhile I went back to the room, here is a picture of one of the lovely flowers by the pool. A little bit of spring, for those back home in the northeast! Steve did catch a fish while I was reading, his first ever Triggerfish. I posted a picture yesterday of one.

Our canapes at dinner started with a fried wahoo, and dipping sauces. I skipped the fish, as I am still observing Passover. I have had them in the past and they are really good!

Next were beet slices, topped with goat cheese on a rice cracker. There was much discussion about guests not liking beets!

While the other guests were enjoying their canapés and drinks I noticed other guests admiring the double rainbow. The one on the left was merely a sliver of light, while the really beautiful one was on the right!

Here is everyone gathered for dinner. We have been at Delphi when we were the only guests, and at times when there are many. Steve thinks of Delphi as his own home, and doesn’t like it so much when there are a lot of people here. I think he is getting a trifle possessive! Tonight there were sixteen guests, Max, the manager, and Peter-the creator of all this wonderful madness. Jane, Peter’s wife was here also, as I told you yesterday.

First course was tomatoes with fresh mozzarella, basil, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It was nice and light.

For dinner Steve and I each had the Osso Bucco. I just skipped the polenta on the bottom on the plate. Steve and I both agreed that although tasty, mine is better. I don’t have an original recipe, I follow the one from Marcella Hazan’s wonderful cookbook!

Dessert was pot de creme de chocolate, and of course, you can’t beat a chocolate dessert. I will have problems if there are cakes or brownies between now and Friday night! I have been abstaining from wine, also. Let’s hope I don’t get really ripped Friday night with a Delphi Punch and wine at dinner!

Now is the time for my pet peeve. I have actually had some of you dear readers ask me “Who is David Gandy?” I fear that I may have to put some kind of vetting process for those of you who are not meeting my minimum standards of knowledge.

David Gandy is the top male model in the world. He’s British. He was one of the first of the male models who has a real body, he was not one of those wimpy skinny guys. He has a campaign for Dolce and Gabbana, he is usually posing shirtless and there is often a babe at his side. He has a very intense look in his eyes. Yeah, that look that the heroes in all my romance novels have! He also poses by himself, his shirt ripped open, his six pack showing along with further down….enough, you can google him yourself! In googling him myself for this blog post I found an article called “you can look like David Gandy also”. The article showed how some people actually go through plastic surgery to get his smoldering good looks. No Steve doesn’t have to worry, there is no comparison. David Gandy is not 61. Steve is.

Now for my questions of the day:

Do you like to travel south during the winter?

Have you ever thought of gettin butt injections to look like Kim K?

Do you close your eyes when you kiss your husband and imagine David Gandy?

I am sure that Steve is giving me the stink eye now!

Wednesday April 4, 2018 Delphi Club!

I should have updated my end of Argentina because we are now in Abaco in the Bahamas! Steve and I love to stay at Delphi-Bahamas.com . There is a full house of 16 guests, plus staff and family members so my posts from Argentina will have to wait until I return home. Not sure how much posting as we all want to be on the wifi at once, and the signal won’t like that at all. No, not at all!

Here is our room. We always seems to stay in room number 4. We were once upstairs, but I was a grumpy grunts and got pissed at Steve as I thought he was ignoring me, so we don’t stay there anymore. Plus, those two rooms are in great demand, they are only available when occupancy levels are low. Steve does not like it when there are a lot of guests, he is quite possessive of the place and thinks it is his. That’s what happens when you come in December and there are fewer guests!

Anyway, we started our morning at 4:30 to get our car service at 5 to get to the airport in White Plains. It is such a pleasure flying out of White Plains, it only takes us an hour to get to the airport, and it is really small. We took off in a timely manner. Steve amused me as he asked if there was food on the plane, maybe an omelette? I looked at him and said, “We’re not flying business class any longer dear!” We got our Terra Blue chips and a cup of coffee. We landed in Fort Lauderdale and had to switch terminals. I hate that, but it is what it is. They changed the security a bit, the lines were at a crawl. I think we had a new employee trying to read the X-ray screen. After we passed through security, I got a peak at the new ad with David Gandy in it. Now who in the world goes skiing in a bra and snow pants? Who goes skiing with his jacket almost off? Well, David Gandy does, if Dolce and Gabbana pays him to! And so would you, if you got to ski with David Gandy!

Just as we were ready to board our plane, it started to pour! Yikes! So much for beautiful Florida sunshine!This was our plane, it was little and a bit noisy, but it got us to Marsh Harbour. When we landed, it was pouring again, and Steve’s clothes got a little wet through his duffle bag. I have one of those big plastic suitcases and my clothes remained nice and dry! This is room number four, the other rooms downstairs all look similar, some have twin beds, and some have kings.

I am most exicted as Peter’s wife Jane has arrived today. It seems that she heard that we were going to be guests and decided that she needed to be part of my blogfest. Now that is a devoted follower, I have my own cheering section! I need to stress how big a deal this is, Jane lives in England and has arranged her calender to hang out and see first hand, that my reporting is absolutely true!

One amazing fact this week as there are three men named Steve here! One goes by Steven, that will help avoid confusion. One time there were three Linda’s and that was quite fun!

While I hung out at the pool and then visited Peter and Max who were watching soccer on the telly, Steve went fishing from the beach. He caught his first trigger fish! This was one of the fish he had wanted to catch in the Maldives and failed. This is not Steve, it’s a picture I found on the internet, but that’s similar to what he caught, but Steve’s was a little smaller.

Have you ever been to the Bahamas? Where did you stay?

Have you ever posed for a picture with David Gandy? If you did, did you faint?

Do you think that Trigger fish are ugly? I do!

Thursday March 1, 2018 Goodbye Tipiliuke!

It is our last morning at Tipiliuke and I thought it might be interesting for you to see the aerial view from Google Maps. Tipiliuke Lodge is also known as Estancia Los Pinos. I believe there are over 1000 trees from around the world here! The Estancia is still family owned, but Kevin and Mary Jo are in charge of the guest lodge. We did not meet any of the family on our trip, maybe next time! Yes, the weather was sunny and delightful. Back home they were expecting a terrible snow storm. This view is from a little higher up, you an see the meandering stream quite well. If you drive further to the right down 49, you will end up at River House. Now from farther up in the sky, you see Junin de los Andes at the top of the picture. San Martin de los Andes is just south and to the west. It’s on a lake, you can’t quite see the lake as the name is in the way.

Our trip to our next stop Villa La Angostura, is on Route 40, also known as Seven Lakes Road. Can you guess how many lakes we will pass today?

After two nights at Villa la Angostura we will continue on 40 towards Bariloche (just under San Carlos on the bottom of the map), then head north to Villa Traful to stay at Arroyo Verde.

You can see Volcano Orsono on the lower left of the map. Last year when we were in Chile we stayed near Osorno!

Here are some lovely pictures from the Tipiliuke website. This is the map of the Estancia. It is almost 50,000 acres! The Larminat Brothers came to Tipiliuike in 1909 from France. They fell in love with the area, as does everyone who visits here! The Larminat family still owns the Estancia.

An aerial view of the lodge where we stayed. You can see the pergola where we had lunch on the left of the picture.

There is a beautiful view of Tipiliuke from the back garden. This phot was taken in the fall.

This was the bar, where everyone would gather at all times of the day. This is where I would sit and work on my blog. I would often show Maru or Monica a picture and ask them what it was, for my posts. Here is the living room. We didn’t have any fires as it was summer. Here we see the afternoon tea and coffee set up.

After a day of fishing, Steve would return to this sight. How welcoming! Life doesn’t get much better than this, does it? Here is a picture of Adrian, who was Steve’s guide. Maru and Monica, comprise the rest of the trio. This picture was taken earlier in the week. Maru left on Tuesday to fly to Buenos Aries to attend her sister’s wedding. There were going to be 400 guests, I told her to keep her eyes open there for a special someone. In my romance novels, weddings are often a great place to meet your future spouse! Here is another picture of the interns. Aren’t they handsome? I didn’t inquire if they needed girlfriends back home! Send me your email if interested, and I will try to forward it to the guys!

Here I am saying good bye to Monica! My hat is at a jaunty angle, isn’t it? Monica and I both have our chins placed correctly, our guts are sucked in and our shoulders back. We are picture posing pros!

Okay, good bye Tipiliuke, our driver awaits and we are off to our next Excellent Adventure!

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Tuesday February 27, Tipiliuke Afternoon and Evening

I left you yesterday halfway through the Asado. We had two more courses of meat. Now that’s my kind of meal, meat, meat, and more meat! I love the little touches here. Even the forks and knives used at lunch have the Tipiliuke mark on them! Dessert was yummy as usual. It will be interesting to see how much weight I gain this vacation. I am a little less active than at home. Of course I could always go fishing with Steve all day, and wade those rivers. That burns a lot of calories. But if I did that, there would be no blog! A beautiful bowl of fruit is passed at dessert for those people who aren’t into the high caloric treats. Or, you could be like me and eat both! In the afternoon there is always a set up of coffee and tea with cookies in the living room. Steve had free time in the afternoon between fishing sessions. I convinced him to come look at River House. Doesn’t he look happy? He hasn’t even seen the stream yet!Steve is checking out the river. The house comes with a mile of river frontage. The sale of River House to the Lants was not to be. It was a fun dream while it lasted! Does anyone have a bridge in Brooklyn they want to try to sell me? This is Kevin’s truck. I got to ride in it a lot. I think they go through tires and shocks pretty often. The roads are very bumpy! While Steve went to his late afternoon and fish until dark session, I asked to go to St. Marin de los Andes. Guess where I went? You got it, a supermarket! There were no doubts that I would get my visit, was there? This supermarket had everything! School starts next week, so all the uniforms were out. In Argentina, the children wear white smocks. Pens, markers, and other school paraphernalia were in the bins. This is the vegetable aisle. Chicken looks like chicken everywhere! The butcher was hard at work. I looked for some of the fancy Pisco Sour bottles that we saw in Chile, but only the Easter Island Brand was available. There were lots of Coke products. Mary Jo told me that this was a mix of ketchup and mayonnaise. I told her that I had never heard of Salsa Golf before!Potato Chips are everywhere!In America this soup is called “Cup A Soup”. There were many brands of Dulce De Leche. Mary Jo said that the cereal aisle was really limited compared to the United States. She was correct! The toilet paper here had some pretty high class names!Mary Jo told me that most of the empanadas are made with store brought crusts. That way all you had to do was fill and bake or fry. While I was at the grocery store Steve caught this beautiful rainbow. He ended up with 26 fish for the day. During the last hour of daylight they hit a Yellow May Fly hatch, and he did very well. This photo was taken at 8:12 pm! Steve finally made it back and we could eat dinner. My time stamp shows that this picture was taken at 9:56! I told you that we ate dinners late here. Back home I would be in bed with a book! Dinner was salmon, green beans and tomatoes. We had a chocolate cake for dessert.

Now might be a good time to talk about the guests at Tipiliuke. While we were here we met people from Mexico, Germany, England, and the United States. In talking to Kevin and Mary Jo, we learned that a former president has stayed here. Within the last year, one of the richest men in America stayed here also. When VIPs stay, they buy out the whole Estancia for their entourage. The President didn’t sleep in my room, so I can’t say that I slept in a Presidential bed or used the same toilet that he did!

That’s all for Tuesday!

Monday February 26, 2018 Tipiliukie

We left with Steve having a happy smile on his face. He fished in the morning and caught a whole bunch of fish. How many I can’t remember, I’ll have to get back to you on that. He keeps telling me how many, but it goes in one ear and out the other. I do care, it’s just any number over ten I just forget.

My hips were sore from riding, and I didn’t have a massage scheduled like some of the others, so I explored a little. I do look awful cute, don’t I?This is the view from one of the back patios. You can see Tipiliuke in the background. This is the gift shop. They didn’t have any baseball caps to add to Steve’s collection so he got a tee shirt instead. We will have to come back another year to add to his cap collection. On the top shelf is a book written by one of the grandsons of the founders of the Estancia. I had no time to read the lodge copy, maybe next time when I won’t have anything new to blog!Kevin had mentioned the other property on site that could be rented. It is called River House. It is perfect for a group getaway. There are definitely at least 4, maybe 5 bedrooms. It was built by an investment banker who has since died. Then a German bought it, who might have ended up in jail, and now some Argentinian businessmen own it. They are looking to sell it, so it can be yours! 500 acres, over a mile of beautiful water, and only $4 US million. Who wants to chip in? There is wind and solar power with a backup generator and batteries. They have satellite dishes also. There is a caretaker to mind the Estancia while you are away. Let’s get closer shall we?

Here is Kevin going up the front steps. The front door is humongous!

Here is the big ass pool table. Every house needs a big ass pool table, doesn’t it?

This is the living room. Can you imagine all your nearest and dearest sitting around and talking about all the fish you caught that day? You can see the dining room from here.

Here is a closer look of the dining room. Looks like at least eight chairs, so maybe only eight can sleep here. Guess I will have to cross some people off the guest list! Ha Ha!

A few of the other guests staying at Tipiliuke came along to see the River House. They weren’t interested in joining me in on a partnership on the property.

The shades in the bedrooms were kept closed due to all the bright sun. There is no air conditioning, but there are usually lots of Patagonian breezes. Nights get very cool. There is no hot tub, or pool. Perhaps we might want to make sure the owners throw in a hot tub to seal the deal! This is the view from one of the bedrooms upstairs. That is one of the side channels. It dries up during the summer. The main river stays in good shape. The lines in the photo are due to my taking the picture through the screen. The River House comes with a full team of help. You get maids, cooks and servers. No need to bring your own personal staff with you. There is a grocery store 20 minutes away if you want to do all the cooking yourselves. This is the mirror in the foyer of the River house. That’s one big ass mirror also! Here is a small part of your 500 acre view. Did I mention that the property comes with a pond? Well it does. Here is Maru, striking a pose for me! Isn’t she adorable? Does anyone have a brother who wants to live in Argentina in the mountains, has a great smile, sparking eyes and a great sense of humor? Shoot me an email. This is the view of the back of the house. Just beautiful! One last view of River House, I can’t wait for dinner and tell Steve that I put a binder on the property. Hmm, the bushes look a little overgrown, we’d have to add a gardener to the payroll. That just might kill the deal for Steve. Back to Tipiliuke and it is time for a Pisco Sour!

Here is Harry, our intern from the UK. Isn’t that a great spread? He really does have teeth! Here we have Lalla and Gianni from Milan, with Mary Jo (her real name is Maria Jose, but we call her Mary Jo, (on Kevin’s phone she is listed as Babe, he calls her “My Little Angel” when he talks to her on the phone. We don’t know what she calls him!) You might wonder how I know all this stuff. Well, I observe and ask questions. Steve scolded me at dinner the night of the faux proposal that I was interrupting myself by asking so many questions!Gianni is an architect. He has designed villas all over the world. I asked him what he thought of River House, he said it was quite beautiful. Maybe I will ask Steve to buy it for me after all!

Gianni was the architect of the Italian President Silvio Berlusconi’s villa. I asked which room was the Boom Boom room, Gianni and Lalla pretended not understand my question.

Goodness, is it time for dinner already? Yes, it is. Let’s have some carrot soup.

Followed by spinach crepes with mushrooms. It doesn’t look so good in this lighting but it was delicious! Dessert was blueberries with a Dulce de Leche cake underneath. Steve’s total fish count for Monday was 15 in the morning and 15 in the afternoon. Steve believes in fishing and not taking pictures of each fish that he catches!

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