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- Bertha Mark 2?
  • From: "Joanie Howard" <joanie.howard1 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:44:21 +0100
Good Evening Everyone,
I hope Bertha does not materialize, fingers crossed, I was alone in my house in Anguilla for the last Bertha , with no hurricane shutters the wind howling at 125 MPH outside, the gales, dirt and rain pouring through the windows, no electric, no phone, and a transistor radio with the only station receivable from St. Martin in French of course. Needless to say I was not prepared, and learnt my lesson, so please be ready for this hurricane season, who knows what will come.
I would also like to wish all the athletes good luck at the Commonwealth Games which are opening tonight in Glasgow, especial luck of course to the Caribbean and mega luck to Anguilla.
I wish you all a good night,
Little Bay Barn

- Interesting Article
  • From: "Joanie Howard" <joanie.howard1 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 3 Jun 2014 21:49:48 +0100
Good Evening to Everybody,
First of all a peaceful and quiet hurricane season to us all.
I read the an article in The Times about a week ago regarding tagged sharks/tarpon/marlin/tuna helping scientists forecasting hurricanes and I have attached it, I am not very clever with the computer but I hope you can all read it, I found it very interesting. Yet another reason for protecting our oceans.
As far as I know all is well in Anguilla and the north of England is alternately cold and wet and chilly and sunny.
I wish you all a very pleasant evening,
Little Bay Barn

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- Lovely Rain
  • From: "Joanie Howard" <joanie.howard1 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 15 May 2014 23:15:18 +0100
Good Evening Everyone,
I know I am many miles away from Anguilla but I had a wonderful BBM from Ruth who looks after my house while I am away, it said, and I quote “the rain gauge is full (and it shows up to 8 inches), the pool is full, the cistern is full and we have had great rain, Thank God.” 
I wish all a good night,
Little Bay Barn
P.S. For those culinary experts among you the St. George’s Day wild mushrooms have been amazing this year, dipped in beaten egg rolled in fresh parsley, chives with a hint of garlic mixed with breadcrumbs and sautéed in butter. Delicious! (a word of warning don’t eat any wild mushrooms without properly identifying them first).

- Rain....Finally
  • From: "Jed Lindblad" <jedsshed at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 10 May 2014 20:20:59 -0400

We are finally getting a significant amount of rain fall this evening! I’m as happy as our cistern!


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Jed Lindblad


Cove Bay, Anguilla B.W.I.

264-235-1945 (Mobile)

904-807-8820 (Vonage)


jedsshed at gmail.com



  • From: "Steve Donahue" <tainos at anguillanet.com>
  • Date: Fri, 9 May 2014 15:32:06 -0400

St. Martin (10 miles across the channel from us) reports over 2 inches rain yesterday/last night.  Us in the West End, Anguilla??? How ‘bout a whopping 0.09 inches!  Not enough to even make puddles.  And today?  Heavy clouds all around, but only 0.03 in. rain.  WE NEED RAIN!!!!


Steve Donahue


Anguilla, AI2640, B.W.I.

US Phone – 410-505-8661

Anguilla Phone – 264-497-8177


- Ground sea pics
  • From: "Joanie Howard" <joanie.howard1 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:07:37 +0100
Two weeks ago I reported a big ground sea on the north side of Anguilla, here are a few pics of it at Captains Bay and the reefs around Island Harbour. Also I have had so many nice emails wishing the small brown dog a safe passage back from Anguilla to the north of England, and I have to give credit where it is due, GB Express Ferry, Air France, TVG rail in France, Eurostar and Virgin Rail all worked on time and efficiently, but  the small brown dog was tired and slept for nearly 12 hours last night.
My very best to everyone, until the next time.
Little Bay Barn

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- Rain
  • From: "Joanie Howard" <joanie.howard1 at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2014 19:52:14 +0100
Good Afternoon Everyone,
We have had .59 of an inch of rain in the last 3 days, and very welcome it is too, lets hope it keeps coming.  About 10 days ago we all saw a huge plume of black smoke rising to the sky towards the south of the island, it turned out the dump at Corito had caught fire and several thousands of old tyres were burning and may continue to do so for the next couple of months. A fellow diver from Grand-Case St Martin sent me a pic of what it looked like from over there which I have attached.
Had a lovely dive yesterday on Deep South reef and the Oosterdiep wreck, when we crossed to the wreck we found a little reef shark (about 4ft) circling inside it trying to select his lunch, well when 10 of us appeared around the wreck he got quite cross and if he had been a dog I would have said his ruff went up, the back arched, the fins went down, then he decided there were too many of us and disappeared with a swish of his tail.
Next Wednesday the small brown dog and I renew our acquaintance with the Air France Airbus  and the Eurostar to return to the old country for the summer. I thank all of you who have read my posts and hope I haven’t bored you too much.
I wish all a Hurricane free season.
All the best,

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