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- No Haze, but lots of kittens again.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2010 20:33:20 -0400
Good evening everyone,
        Sultry is a good word for it.  Dripping a little, and hubby says to much info.
It's been a really beautiful day. Lovely blue sky. Blue sparkly sea. Slight breeze.
And a good view of the horizon this morning. Not sure where the haze disappeared
to, but I'm not complaining. It was lovely and clear all day. A nice shower of rain.
      What a very odd day we have had. Friends turning up one after the other.
Local bus driver we know calling in to see us and arrange a ride we need. Car
mechanic we know calling in saying he thinks he may have a buyer for our old jalopy.
Collecting up kittens again. Another new batch. They can only be 2 / 3 days old.
Found one poor little thing on the drive under the car. Another 2 older ones were
dumped by mum in our front garden.  It's been a busy day. Did nothing we planned
to do. O well, all part of the fun.
        This evening is still sultry. Breeze has died down. Had a very light shower of
rain. Still not enough though.
          I'm off and you get only one guess has to what I'm heading for. You all take care.
Have a great day tomorrow.

- Sahara Fog
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 29 Apr 2010 06:19:18 -0700
We are having great weather at the moment, lots of showers and the
garden is looking so green it is great!  The only blot on the weather
front is the Sahara dust which seems to be worse than fog!  We are
wondering how long this is going to continue. The jeep and people
carrier are smothered in dust and goodness knows what the state of our
lungs are in!

We are a little concerned about the coming hurricane season.  We went
swimming in the ocean yesterday and were surprised how warm the sea
is.  This does not bode well for the coming summer activities.

Here is my latest small painting of a little girl in her Creole outfit.

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- Foggy Day.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2010 20:36:01 -0400
Good evening everyone,
         Had a really nice heavy downpour of rain in the early hours of this morning.
Loud enough on the roof to wake me. Extremely grateful for it, the rain barrel
needed topping up. 
         The haze layer, which I assume is the Sahara dust was pretty thick today.
 The cruise ships coming in looked quite spooky coming through it. Looked
more like a good old fashioned London fog ( for those of us old enough to remember
them ).  A little cloudy, and a nice breeze. Not so hot as yesterday I think. The
thermometer on the back balcony was recording 87/ 88f  at 4.30pm. yesterday.
        Lots of mozzies out this evening. Can hear a few frogs, but not the usual
amount of noise we normally have from them. Guess they still haven't got enough
        Hubby just came through and said there is a lot of hotness about. Hmmm.
I'm off to find food and fill the glass. You all take care. Have a great day tomorrow.

- Excellent evening and another great day.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 19:48:51 -0400
Good evening everyone,
         Reports on DNO (Dominica news online)  that Antigua,has had flash
flooding, and one baby has lost their life. How very sad. I really do hope that
no more nasty incidents have occurred.  I know all the islands need the rain
but not at this cost.
         We here have had another very hot and  beautiful day. With a 20 second
shower. We watched it go out to sea. An amazing sight, there was this huge
dark patch belting down rain, and all around it was blue and sunshine.
        Very nice light breeze. Humidity down. Sky that amazing blue. Sea the
same blue, with a zillion diamonds dancing on it. ( mr & mrs c )
        Attended a real great party at one of the neighbours last night. A lovely
clear evening. Everyone up and dancing. Table groaning under the weight of
food and drinks. A chance to catch up with people we have not seen for awhile.
Brilliant evening had by all.
    Lazy day today.
      I'm off to sort out some food. Fill that glass. You all take care. Have a great
day tomorrow.

- Treasury Lettuce
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2010 23:35:38 -0400
Good evening everyone,
         Phew, another really hot day again with just a very light breeze. Humidity up
this evening, and the little breeze we did have seems to have died.
         Had to go to the treasury building in town today. Walked in and found a
farmer selling his lettuce and spinach. A orderly queue of ladies waiting to be
served. I promptly joined the queue, while Hubby went to sort out some paperwork.
What a great place this is, where you can go to the treasury and buy your salad. 
I was informed by the ladies that it is all organic. All I had to do was tell the farmer 
how much money I wanted to spend and he would fill the bag to the price.  Just try
doing that in the U K treasury dept. Tried the lettuce this evening and it was delicious.
I will be checking out the treasury dept again for my salad.  Only in Dominica.
           Well it's been a long day, and the glass is empty. The vampires are out in force.
I'm off to try get some sleep.  You all take care. Have a great day tomorrow.

- Waiting for Rain Again.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Apr 2010 19:31:09 -0400
Good evening everyone,
         Friends and acquaintances tell me they have been having plenty of rain over
on the east coast and in the valleys. Well we here in our little piece of Dominica
have not seen a drop since the night of the 13th, when we had a torrential downpour.
And nothing since.  Today was incredibly Hot. It is still registering 82f on the back
balcony, at 7.15pm.  Not a breath of wind.  Humidity up. 
        Unfortunately we just had to go into town today. Sooo Hot you could have fried
eggs on my head. Hit the shower the minute I walked back into the house, just the
cold tap turned on, and even that was warm. The bummer is we have to go back into
town tomorrow. Arghhhhhh.   We need some rain here on the West, Stop hogging it
all over there on the East. 
         The good thing is, it's nice to hear that fizz when you open that real cold Kubili,
and when it hits the back of the throat. Ahh well, enough said.
        I'm off to enjoy the fizz. You all take care. Have a good evening and an even
better day tomorrow.

- Land slides
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Apr 2010 07:37:35 -0700
We are having very, very pleasant weather here in the valley - ie.
showers with lovely sunny periods.  Today, we have lots of sunshine
and puffy white clouds in a blue, blue sky with the occasional
rainbow.  There is a great breeze blowing which started yesterday and
is continuing today!

On Wednesday I went to Melville Hall airport via the Pont Casse route
through the middle of the island.  I came across this landslide and
had to wait until the road was cleared; as you can see from the
photograph, we have had lots of rain and the rivers are running
strongly, this is a welcome sight after so many months of dryness.  I
also passed this paim tree that decided to slip onto the road just
before entering Marigot!

Dominica the nature island is in full bloom once again.

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- Plenty of Water Today.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 11:27:25 -0400
Good morning everyone,
         Had a absolutely beautiful morning yesterday, and another one today.
                RAIN, RAIN, and more RAIN.
The water barrel is now full again. All the plants have had a nice wash and
drink. There are still some thick grey clouds up above, so hopefully a little
more water is on it's way. A nice breeze helping to cool things down a bit.
Sea reflecting the sky, pretty grey. 
        The neighbours new gully has been put under pressure, and seems to
be working. Much to her delight. Previously, poor woman ended up ankle deep
in water in her garden after a good downpour.
         Downside, Arhggg  MOZZIE EXPLOSION.  And the weeds grow quicker
than the plants. Ahh well, all part of the price.
          Sun is making feeble attempts to break through now. Could end up like
yesterday with a hot afternoon.
          I'm off for another coffee. Check out that very grey view. You all take care.
and have a great day. Watch out for those mud slides.
P.S.  More water falling.

- Kittens and Rain.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 20:27:15 -0400
Good evening everyone,
         Been pretty cloudy for a couple days, but today we got our first
good sprinkling of rain in sometime. Couple of nice heavy showers.
Had some nice breeze, bit gusty at times, but that seems to have died
down a bit now. Humidity's dropped, making it a lot more comfy.
         Good day for the garden. Although turning over the soil so the
rain could soak through showed that though we had some pretty heavy
rain, it was still dry about 2inches down. Lots more water needed.
          Had a kitten hunt. Neighbours cat keeps moving her babies into
our storage area for some reason. She was not a happy mum, when we
found them all and handed them back to the neighbour.
          I'm off to make some rice fritters and breadfruit chips, to go with
that long cool glass and a (hopefully) good film. You all take care. Now
will be the time to watch for those boulders bouncing down the cliff.
Have a good evening and a great day tomorrow.

  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 10 Apr 2010 08:08:33 -0400
The last two days have been wonderful a great deal of rain, a great
breeze, cool temperatures - plus a bonus - the tree frogs were out in
force last night which was akin to a sodden symphony.  Today it seems
is going to be the same; already it is chucking it down at the moment.
 If the leaves, flowers and vegetables could sing there would be an
additional chorus to complement the valley  pitter patter  This
weather is really refreshing and much needed.  We feel like doing a
Grene Kelly - maybe a tannia leaf for an umbrella - and singing in the
rain........ not that we can remember the soundbyte totally!!
It looks like a great weekend, good for catching up on all those jobs
in the home!

I have attached my latest painting of pelicans which I think have
hardly changed since prehistoric times!

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- April
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2010 07:41:28 -0430
What incredible weather we are having at the moment!  The mornings and evenings are really cool and the days bright and sunny.  It seems weird because we expect this coolness in the months of December and January! - not April.  We are not complaining it is very pleasant.

After last week's rain we planted a load of vegetables and are very happy to report that they are growing well, we are watering them every day and nursing them along!  We have a fight with the slugs and other critters that share our garden space!  Luckily I have had no more encounters with snakes on my walks in the forest, but it's prudent to say I am very wary and cast my eyes about keenly when trekking through the massive trees. I see lots of holes near the pathway and imagine those slithery Boa's sleeping comfortably, (hopefully), during the warmth of the day!

There are so many river parties this weekend!  On our way home last night from partying with friends in Portsmouth we saw many, many vehicles parked in various spots on the Layou river, some playing loud music and loads dancing the light fantastic. Today will be no different, it is a perfect time for chilling and liming!

- Rain & Jazz.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 00:13:36 -0430
Good evening everyone,
         Another hot day. Bright blue sky. Shimmering blue sea. Tiny
puffs of cool breeze.  Delightful day.  We now have a sultry evening.
Big bright full moon, making everything look like it is covered in frost.
Not much breeze.  Frogs singing. Dogs barking. All is good.
          Had a lovely evening in the State House Grounds at the Jazz Night.
A beautiful evening, sitting in lovely surroundings with friends, cool and
comfortable under the stars. Listening to good music........ Yep it rained.
It waited till we were about 3/4 of the way through the evening and down
it came. A real good downpour. Still it is very much needed. We stuck it
out and were we pleased we did. 10 minutes later the rain stopped, and
on stage came a group called Arturo Tappin, from Barbados.
Worth the wait? I should say so. Now that guy can play saxophone.
Bet he could give Kenny G a run for his money.  Rain or not, they had
the people up and out dancing. A fantastic ending to a really good night.
So I hope lots of money was collected for the children.
        I'm off to finish whats left in that glass. Take care. Have a great day.

- Rain falls on the valley
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2010 09:15:40 -0400
Here in the Layou valley we have been blessed with rain for the last four days.  Waking up to hear heavy rainfall on our roof was so wonderful after so long without a shower. Just had another lathering this morning! We ditto St Lucia's lady re the animated plant life. 

I was in Wesley - 30 ml north - yesterday and that part of the island has not been so fortunate! This island takes the cake for really weird weather; it usually rains somewhere everyday on this island until recently when the lack of precipitation left every acre sucking for moisture. 

Our gardens have 'returned' and are full of colour from the numerous trees and flowers.  The birds are busy making their nests - 'tis Spring ya know! - and singing their merry songs in ufettered glory.  Life is truly beautiful.

- It's finally rained.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2010 19:45:02 -0430
Good evening everyone,
         We had glorious RAIN for a good part of the day yesterday. It was so
welcome. A nice breeze included, which gave everything a good wash and
blow dry. All the trees and plants had a nice spruce up, after days of dust.
         A real nice day today, Sky a lovely shade of blue, couple of little fluffy
clouds. Sea, reflecting the sky and looked pretty calm out there. Nice breeze.
With days like today, O yes we are very pleased to be here.
         We collected the last of our Christmas cards from the post office this week.
Nice to know we have not been forgotten by some of our friends and family back
in Blighty. ( Now you know where Blighty is Tina  L O L )  We will save them for
next year, just in case of delays. 
          Think we just saw the I S S go over a little while ago. Not sure, Tried the
link, but it just wouldn't except anything except a U S or Canadian zip.
Now looking forward to Saturday with friends. We are going to be attending the
Jazz Night in aid of children living with H I V.  Hopefully a good night will be had by all.
         So I'm off, something to eat, a good film, and that long tall cool glass are
beckoning.  Everyone have a great night. Stay safe.

- Phew HOT.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 23:56:58 -0400
Good evening everyone, by the time I have written this, checked the spellings  ( I'm useless at spelling )
it could well be good morning.
      Anyway, this evening humidity up again, dripping a bit. Too much info Hubby says. It's been another
warm day. Pretty blue sky.  Sea a little bit on the rough side during this afternoon. No breeze.
      Apparently we had 5 ships in yesterday. One docking up at Portsmouth to the north of the island.
Reading the news coverage the tourist industry here is very happy about this. Wonder what they
are gonna say about today though. Not a single ship in. Swings and roundabouts as we would say.
     Finally made it to town today. Reminded me of the time we spent with the daughter when she was
working in Greece. It was unbelievably hot that year, and anyone who has been to Greece knows that
the towns and villages have little twisty turnings. That year, the wind felt like it was on fire. It would steal
up behind you,while you were trapped in a little narrow turning, and made you feel like your backside
was on fire and you had no where to run from it. Roseau was like that today. Still we managed to get a
lot done, then stop off at one of our favourite watering holes for an hour to cool down a bit.
      I'm off to enjoy the rest of the evening.  You all take care. Have a great day tomorrow.

- Sunny days
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 08:01:01 -0400
The weather persists with glorious sunny days!!  Dominica last week
experienced some heavy showers but unfortunately none fell on us in
the Layou valley.  We are lucky enough to have a ravine which is still
flowing strongly at the back of our property and were pumping water
into our cistern from it yesterday, plus we watered the garden which
was turning brown and the leaves were starting to fall off the trees!

Yesterday morning I took the dogs for a walk down in our forest, in
order to do this I have to go down some wooden log steps!  I was in
forward motion when I suddenly realized there was a 10' boa
constrictor right across the steps.  The snake looked exactly like a
step!  Luckily, just in time I was able to avoid treading on it.  I
have to say I was rather alarmed and gingerly went on my walk in the
forest keeping my eyes wide open in case I should spy yet another

The fun of living in the country!

I painted this humming bird the other day, we have so many of these
beautiful birds in our garden.

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- No Rain, People Instead.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 20:42:52 -0400
Good evening everyone,
         Humidity up.  Feeling a wee bit clammy this evening. No rain today.
Light breeze every now and again. One of those typical Caribbean evenings.
Warm and calm. Frogs singing. Nice evening to sit out on the balcony with
that cold, tall glass and realize how lucky we are.
          Did plan to go to town this morning, but when the third cruise ship
pulled in and knew there was another on its way, thought it a good idea to
wait till tomorrow.  Plus we also had the Commonwealth Games Relay
going through town today. ( Not to sure but think you have them tomorrow
Montserrat ) This tiny little island was just bursting at the seams with people
today. Good day to stay at home, relax and take it easy. Let the madness
pass on bye.
    Well I'm off to refill that glass. You all take care. Have a great day tomorrow.

- Landslide & back to Hot
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Mar 2010 08:34:26 -0400
Good morning everyone,
           Thankfully we have had a little rain and now we are back to HOT.
Looking at the sat pic's we just maybe in for a little drop more rain.
Which is very badly needed.  Latest news on line, there has been a
landslide up in the Laudat area. Luckily the 2 guys in the truck managed
to escape before the truck was pushed over the precipice, and escaped
with cuts and bruises.
            Today looks like it is going to be another warm one.  Sky, bright
blue, with a couple of little white fluffy clouds. No breeze.  Humidity comfy.
Ahh that sea is looking inviting. Calm and the palest of blue's. All is quiet,
people have left for work and the children off to school.  The only noise
is now from a king bird singing. So I'm off for that other coffee and enjoy.
         You all take care, especially those that are driving.  Have a great day.

- It's Rained.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2010 08:39:31 -0400
Good morning everyone,
           Had some rain at last. Not a great deal but enough to cool things
down. Washed off the ash and dust from all the plants. They look green
this morning. Couldn't resist, just had to go outside, It felt sooo good on
the skin.
           This morning is cool, and fresh.  Sea, looks a little rough and a
very dark blue. Sun, is playing peek a boo with some big dark clouds,
that are coming over the ridge to the east of us. Hopefully a little more
rain in the offering. 
            Hubby's birthday on Sunday, and his prezzie was broccoli on the
plate.  Had some more last night, and he says , not more of that green
stuff. ( only joking though ).
             Looks very much like it might be a nice day for gardening. So I'm
off for that other coffee. Check out the view. You all take care, especially
on the roads, watch for those boulders now. Have a great day.

- Rain...
  • By Peter Dick <peter at balvine.com>
  • Date: Mon, 08 Mar 2010 07:42:42 +0000
I am pleased to report 18.6mm (about 3/4 inch) fell here at Balvine during late Sunday night / early Monday morning.  This is more than the total rainfall for the last five weeks.  I understand it rained island wide... but (obviously) varying amounts.  Local farmers, who should be happier, are saying they still need much more rain...  The weather forecast for the next week is unclear.


- Broccoli Discovered. Yum. Yum.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 6 Mar 2010 18:03:29 -0400
Good afternoon everyone,
        Pheweee,  it's been hot out there today.  Back balcony thermometer reading 85f and it's
now 5. 30pmish.  The fire up on the ridge finally burnt itself out late yesterday evening.  News
reports that this is the driest we have been since records started over 40 yrs ago. I believe it.
        Well apart from it being HOT, it's been a nice day.  Sky that terrific blue. Sea looking
good. Nice shade of blue. Some gentle looking waves.  A cooling breeze on and off, with the
odd strong  gust of wind. Washing done and dried.
        Early trip to Roseau market, found me a nice fresh and very rare bag of broccoli. Yummy.
Looking forward to it for Sunday dinner.  It will be such a nice change from carrots and beans.
Perhaps if I go really early or during the middle of the night next week, I might find some
cauliflower, fresh mushrooms. Better still some Brussels sprouts. ( wishful thinking I know ). My
veg growing leaves a bit to be desired. I have tried, but even my carrots will not grow.  Just have
to stick with my roses. I roughly know what I'm doing there.
          I'm off,  it's heading towards that time of day again. A nice cold Kubili time. 
     Take care.  Have a good evening  and a really great day tomorrow.

- Fire and No Rain.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 5 Mar 2010 10:14:44 -0400
Good morning everyone,
         The ridge to the east of the house is very dry, and late yesterday afternoon
it caught fire.  Sitting out on the front balcony, saw smoke going up, then loud
popping noises, then bright orange flame flickering amongst the trees. It is a very
dense area of woodland. Watched it make it's way south, and it was still burning
late into the evening. No one living up there to our knowledge, so the only damage
will be to the forest. Looking up there this morning, it could have been a lot worse
than it is considering the conditions up there. Unable to see any smoke, so hopefully
it's burnt itself out.
           Have some fairly thick grey cloud up there this morning. A little rain perhaps.
Nice breeze. Humidity up a bit. Sea a little rough looking, and a dark blue.
           I'm off for that other coffee, check out that view. Then take my neighbours
guaver's back to her. Collected a whole bag full which fell in the wind yesterday.
You all take care and have a great day.

- The Dry Season
  • By Peter Dick <peter at balvine.com>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Feb 2010 06:28:24 +0000
We operate a Government supplied rain gauge and record the daily rainfall in mm.    This month has seen the lowest rainfall for many years and farmers who don't have a sprinkler system are starting to become very concerned about the lack of rain.  The totals for February for the last eight years show:

2003 120
2004 219
2005 227
2006 101
2007 68
2008 152
2009 128
2010 14

Please remember Dominica has micro climates and our records, taken at Balvine in the North West, will not be the same as other places on the island.


  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 14:32:57 -0400
We awoke this morning to more sunshine and the news of the earthquake in Chile! so surprised and sad to hear of another earthquake so soon after Haiti!  Is planet Earth giving us all a huge message? Obviously,we are hoping that there is no major damage or loss of life if a Tsunami hits any coastal areas across the Pacific rim.  Let us hope that the warning system works and prevents this from happening.

We live in the Layou valley and have only witnessed a slight drying up of our spring and ravine; more noticeable is the Layou river itself - the river tubing activity however for adventurists et. al. is still going on big style!  This bodes well for us as we are now still having a workable pumping source from the ravine to the holding tanks - at present, a fortnightly routine.

Dominica is so lucky, that because of its make-up seems to retain its natural water resources. And no-one can say for sure that rain is not falling in the the central highlands, considering the lack of human accessibility. I think the people of Dominica are looking to help other islands out if the water shortage continues; this country is blessed to be able to do this.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and the victims of this latest earthquake.

- Chile Quake.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2010 14:09:53 -0400
Good afternoon everyone,
        Now Chile.  Latest news on the web. Chile had a 8.8 mag earthquake this morning.
Reports of at least 78 people killed. After shocks up to 6.9 mag. 
        Picked this up on the Dominica news on line. 
      Here it is cloudy, with a slight breeze .  Still no rain.   Does not look quite so hazy
on the horizon today.  Sea looks fairly calm and is still a nice shade of blue.
Just thought to take some chicken out of the freezer for tonight.  Ah well, another good
thing about living here. It will be defrosted by the time I'm ready to use it.
     I'm off to have a nice cold Kubili. Enjoy the afternoon  and take care.

- Still no rain
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 26 Feb 2010 09:31:36 -0400
Good morning everyone,
         Well for a land of plenty of water, we along with the rest of the islands
are also suffering.  Our water company's asked that we be a little more
careful with our water and not waste it. The farmers in the banana industry
are suffering. The water levels are going down in the rivers and lakes. The
trees, grass, plants and bushes are turning brown. Not a pretty sight. Noticed
the pigeon pea trees on a nearby plot beginning to look a bit parched and sickly
looking. And taking a quick peek at the sat pic's it doesn't seem we are in for
any substantial amount of rain for awhile. Like everyone else we sure could do
with it.
         The sky is bright blue, not many clouds up there.  Slightly hazy on the
horizon. Not much breeze.  Humidity comfy. Sea a lovely shade of blue, looks
very inviting.
        I have a papyrus growing in a container, ( helps keep it under control )
being a river plant it needs a lot of water. The birds love it. All fighting to get in
and have a bath.  So don't forget our small feathered friends out there also need
to drink and wash. Just a small bowl of water will do.
       Have some large grey clouds coming across the ridge to the east of us,
can this be little rain heading our way. ????   Can someone up there PLEASE
turn the tap on. Only for a little while though. Thank you.
       I am off to enjoy my coffee, check out the view. You all take care and have
a great day.

  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 12:11:00 -0400
At last the rain has fallen taking with it the ash so graciously
bestowed on us from Montserrat.  Yesterday was a great day, I got up
and did the housework from top to bottom, as you can imagine the ash
dust had got everywhere!  It took quite a long time and when I had
finished I prayed for the rain to come so no more ash would enter our
now clean home, lo! and behold the heavens opened and we were granted
our wish.

We then took off into town to enjoy the Carnival atmosphere and
festivities.  We had lots of fun and are off to town today to catch
more action.

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- Rain.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 08:53:09 -0400
Good morning everyone,
         RAIN, at last.  Yesterday we had a sprinkling of rain in the late afternoon.
Not enough to write home about though. This morning looks a good deal more
promising. Thick grey clouds. Already had a very light shower of rain. Nice cool
breeze. Sea looks grey and a little rough.
          The rain and breeze will help keep Roseau town cooler, we are going in
for carnival. So should make it much more comfortable to join in the fun.  Looks
very much like they are going to have a real busy day in town. At least 4 ships in.
Now all we have to do is find a parking spot. 
            I spent ages, like everyone else clearing up ash, hubby pointed out that
it came from the middle of the earth, so now the daughter wants some saved for
her. ( we have crazy children )  No doubt the son will want some too. So now I
have to go searching in all the little nooks and grannies for ash and bottle it.
            I'm off to enjoy that other coffee before heading to town.  Have a real good
day, especially here on D/a. Keep it peaceful so everyone can have a good time.

- Ash Ceanup.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 23:16:45 -0400
Good evening everyone,
         Woke to brilliant blue sky.  Sun shining.   Good strong breeze.
Mother Nature, saying and this is what I can do for you today, after
yesterday.  A stunningly beautiful day.  
         A fair percentage of the ash now seems to have blown away,
and the clean up in the house doesn't look quite so daunting. Felt a
little sorry for our neighbours young daughter. She was trying so hard
to sweep up the ash on the balcony, when a pretty big gust of wind
came through. All that could be heard was this little voice saying,
O no, O no, God O no. While ash swirled all around from neighbouring
        This evening is cool and breezy.
You all have a great day tomorrow.  Take care.

- Ash from Montserrat Volcano - Report from Dominica
  • By Peter Dick <peter at balvine.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 19:27:16 +0000
The ash arrived in Paix Bouche early morning on Friday 11th, about 20 hours after the eruption.

The ash started to arrive in Portsmouth a couple of hours later and, 36 hours later, we are still getting a slight coating.

Melville Hall airport was closed all day Friday and was, reportedly, re-opened today.

As far as I know, nobody has 'suffered' from the ash.  However there is now a major clean up operation.  My green Pick-up is now white.


- Dusty Nature Island
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 10:29:27 -0400
We have awoken to a winter wonderland!  Yes anyone could look and
think that we had snow here.  The ash has covered every leaf, branch,
blade of grass, bush and car!  Ash dust lies all around us and it is
very, very unpleasant as we are breathing in the dust so our lungs are
getting cluttered also with the dust.  Our eyes are affected also as
it makes our eyes water.  What is the answer to this situation rain,
rain and more rain however there is not a cloud in sight and the sun
is shining down on us!  It makes it very uncomfotable for everyone.
How awful it must be to actually live on Montserrat, we certainly
admire the folks who chose to stay on the island.

Dominica usually gets more rain than most of the islands as she has 11
dormant volcano's which attract the rain clouds, however this does not
seem to be working and like every island in the chain we are dry, dry,

It makes us think of Haiti and how difficult it still must be for that
island with all the dust from the rubble the lack of water and the
extreme conditions in which everyone must be suffering.  Time passes
but Haiti is still very much in crisis.  We have to be thankful for
what we have dust and all!

I have attached some photo's of the Emerald pool which is a beauty
spot where visitors come to walk through the tranquility of the forest
and take a dip in the crystal waters.

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  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 17:45:40 -0400
Today we woke up to a dark sky at dawn! 

We went outside to take our morning walk with the dogs and run for Jaco Ladd; we both said "it looks like there has been a huge bonfire!"  Sure enough when we came back from our jaunt we heard the news the dome of the Volcano in Montserrat had collapsed a 50,000' feet moucho alto ash skyward which sure enough is bigger than a huge bonfire!  We have been covered in ash here all day. 
I visited Roseau and many people were wearing masks or scarves, I tried to buy a mask but all had been sold or Facebooked (only kidding).

The ash has been very bad here and a deluge is still affecting the island.  The residue on the bushes, trees and in the garden is strongly visible. This toxic ash is everywhere. Do I hear ditto from island to cay?
We think this might continue for a couple more days!  Obviously it is very unpleasant. Rain, in any form or severity please come  now to wash everything away. 

Pumping water today from the ravine was a priority - always mindful that down south this may not be an easy option - pumping water, in my opinion, is more crucial than pumping gas!!
We heard that the flights had been hourly suspended from Antigua to Dom and Guadeloupe,  we had reports that a lot of folks in GP were also wearing masks.  It really is very unpleasant;some distressed folks will miss the start of our Carnival weekend!

- Hazy Days.
  • By Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Feb 2010 10:22:23 -0400
Good morning everyone,
         Finally something to write about, except for long, hot, lazy days.
With the partial collapse of the dome on the Soufriere Hills volcano, it
is now long, hot, hazy days. With plenty of dust thrown in. Just hope
everyone is safe and well over there on Montserrat.  The view from the
balcony is a bit like a white out. Ash in a nice fine layer over everything
including hubby, me and the car, which hubby washed yesterday. L O L.
Hubby rarely washes the car, so he is not impressed. L O L.  Well it's
part of the price.
        The sun is up there doing it's very best to get through. A nice light
breeze. Sky, welllll, that's kinda of white. Unable to see much of the sea,
but what can be seen is calm, and a odd whitish, grey colour. 
        Hope it blows over soon, for the people who are trying to get across
from neighbouring Antigua by Liat to join in the fun of carnival.
         You all take care. 

- Winter weather
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2010 08:14:08 -0400
We are certainly getting winter weather at the moment, it rained cold droplets most of the day yesterday.  The temperature is low at night and in the early mornings, in the valley it is definitely time to curl up watch movies wearing sweaters and even socks!  We like this time of year, the garden is loving the weather as well, the lawn is green and the vegetables are doing really well. It is raining as I write.  There is some blue sky peeping out from behind the nimbus-like clouds so it could just turn out to be a lovely day.

Yesterday when the earthquake happened we were watching the new movie Sherlock Holmes we were totally immersed in the film and did not feel the earthquake at all.  Our neighbours down the road telephoned and asked us if we had felt anything and we had to reply absolutely not!  This is good as it could not have been a big quake.  I really hope that we do not get another tremor in the near future.

We are still very much tuned into what is happening in Haiti, absorbing as best we can what is going on there. Thankfully there are some uplifting stories coming out of the suffering and misery.  The main thing now is that Haiti is getting an acceleration of help and the supplies seem to be getting through despite the crowd troubles. Again, thankful for our life here.

- Update
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 08:43:12 -0400
 Hi again,
            Just had another quick look at the news.  Tremor reported,
mag of 5.1 Sunday evening at 5.43 pm, depth of 42.2 miles.


- Update
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 08:35:41 -0400
Good morning everyone,
         Seems we had some tremors here over the weekend. News reports
say they were off Guadeloupe and could be felt in the southeast of Dominica.
No report on time these tremors occured, we never felt a thing. One local
news comment, someone reported feeling the tremor in Antigua. We must
have been asleep. Nothing wakes us. Takes the guys working next door to
start up the jack hammer to get a response from us.
         This morning is dull. Thick grey cloud. Feels nice and cool.
Slight breeze.
Sea looks dull and grey.
         Now geering up a notch for carnival.
     You all take care. Have a great day. Will post any more news on the tremor.


  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2010 07:36:49 -0400
What a delight yesterday in a way a perfect Sunday!  The rain started around 7.30 a.m. and continued for the day and into the night.  We badly needed the rain as the holding tank was getting really empty.  Jaco Ladd and I needed a restful Sunday. We were warm and cozy; I cooked bread and home made soup, painted, read and watched The Hangover movie.  Today it is overcast and we shall probably have showers again.  The cistern is full.  We never forget how lucky we are; our thoughts are very much on Haiti and knowing how incredibly fortunate we are, never take anything for granted.

- One step at a time
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 08:06:57 -0400
The islanders and businesses of Dominica are gathering, money, clothing, food all supplies that can go immediately to Haiti.  We have many Haitians living here in Dominica.  Yesterday I was in town and the grief of everyone was tangeable.  I spoke with several of the Haitians that I know who sell food and have some businesses in town.  The majority of them had not been able to get any information about their families.  They felt as if they were in limbo and were only functioning on automatic pilot doing the things that are necessary for their everyday lives.

The repercussions of this earthquake will be felt for many, many years to come.  The Dominican Republic is also an extremely poor Caribbean country and will now have to struggle to keep many of the Haitian people from crossing it's borders.  There will probably be trouble ahead.

What can be done to rebuild a country that is denuded of so much; what a huge task lies ahead.  When a tragedy of this magnitude happens it totally shows the futility of war!  It brings humans together and shows the compassion and caring that is in each and everyone of us.  We might not be able to go and assist but each and everyone of us can do something to help, whether it is by donations or helping our Haitian brothers and sisters who are close by in their time of need.

Our Prime Minister the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit is visiting Haiti in his capacity as the secretary of the OECS.  Dominica and the Dominican people are committed as are the other Caribbean islands to helping Haiti.

- So Sad.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 08:44:13 -0400
Good morning everyone,
         O my, those poor people in Haiti.  If it's not hurricanes, and some
of the worst flooding, they now have earthquakes being thrown at them.
Being one of the poorer sister islands, Makes one wonder how much
more they have to take.
         We have a lot of Haitians living and working on this island. I hope
our government goes into action fast to help this island and it's people.
        To all Haitians wherever you are, stay strong, I know it's not much,
but all our thoughts are with you at this dreadful time.
     Take care.

- Heart rending
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2010 07:46:38 -0400
Our heart felt sympathies go to the people of Haiti.  We were here in Dominica when there was an earthquake that went on for a minute.  The sensation was really scary, we were standing on the lawn with the earth moving literally watching our home moving!  We can't imagine how terrifying to have buildings falling down around you or the worst scenario being trapped under rubble and killed.  Our prays and thoughts are with everyone in Haiti.

- Whew, It's Hot.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2010 23:53:03 -0400
Good evening everyone,
         Wow it's been hot here.  Had some pretty glorious days.
Slight breeze.  This evening it's still very warm, until the breeze
blows through. Definite chill to it. Early hours of the morning can
be a bit nippy too.
        A quick peek at the sat pic's show we may be in for a little
rain.  It wouldn't go amiss.  Garden looking thirsty.
       England is looking a bit on the cold side to say the least.
Enough snow to make the airlines cancel flights. Not good if your
trying to get away for a few days somewhere warm.
        Rang the daughter to make sure she and the boys are o k.
Boys are loving it.  Extra days off school due to very dangerous
icy conditions. 
        I'm off to finish up whats left in that glass.  Get some sleep.
  You all take care.  Have a great day tomorrow.

- Wet, and must have been wild.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 2 Jan 2010 19:57:02 -0400
Good evening everyone,
          A very wet start to the morning. Lots of thick grey cloud cover.
Not much breeze to speak of, and the humidity seemed to be creeping up.
         What a difference by this afternoon. Sun and blue sky.  Cool breeze.
So nice I spent some time in the garden doing battle with the weeds.
Our friend from the east coast called in, and told us they had, had plenty
of rain, and that the river was rising again, rapidly. 
         This evening is one of those lovely balmy Caribbean evenings. Frogs
singing away. Cool breeze. Dogs barking. Ahh the joys.
         Message from our Dutch friends. We left behind the cell phone and
slippers. I have our friends mouse for his computer.  Gee, that must have
been one good new years eve. Shame we don't have them at least twice
a year. Think this year will have a middle of the year party.
          You all take care. Have a great evening and an even better day tomorrow.

- Wet Start to 2010.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Jan 2010 18:28:59 -0400
Good evening everyone,
          What a great last week of the old year.  Fantastic weather.
Dolphin and whale watching from the back balcony. Love it.
        Spending time with friends on new years eve, with a good
amount of laughter. 
        Woke this morning to dull, grey, wet, cool, breezy weather.
Seems we have a fairly large amount of rain heading our way. Still
it is badly needed.  Ah well, all part of the joys.
        Would like to wish you all a very happy, peaceful and prosperous
                        NEW YEAR.
       You all take care.  Have a real good day tomorrow.

  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 31 Dec 2009 08:50:55 -0400
The weather really is quite remarkable we are just having really
sunny, dry days and fairly chilly nights.  The ocean is still really
warm a lovely temperature to swim in, however, this does not bode well
for the coming hurricane season!  I think we need the temperature of
the ocean to drop a few degrees before June.

We will probably have to use the water pump to move water from our
pristine ravine into our major holding tank if we do not get some good
rain soon!  This is unheard of at this time of year in Dominica.

I was on my usual walk with the dogs this morning when I noticed quite
a lot of white and brown mess on the road!  It then dawned on me that
this could be snake poop from the boa constricters that are living
close by us!  We used to have a huge banana plantation over the road
which has been left to rack and ruin.  My imagination is now running
wild - there must be hundreds of snakes lving really close by
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!  Never mind as long as Jacko Ladd and I don't have
to socialise with them we should be fine.

On that note we wish everyone a very Happy New Year and hopefully
another quiet hurricane season in 2010.

Here is my latest painting;I'm trying my hand at horses!

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- Sunshine and more Sunshine
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2009 09:04:05 -0400
The weather over the Christmas holiday has been superb, sunshine and
more sunshine. Today also seems to be going the same way.
Dare we say it but soon we will need to check our water tank. Getting
a top up from the pristine ravine is totally unheard of in the winter
months.  Is this signs of things to come for our future with the
predicted global warm up!?

We wish everyone a belated Happy Christmas and a stressless 2010 - we
have no idea where the time went, super fast for sure.

Here are three of my latest paintings!  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance
kid were awesome; a candidate for the favourite movie of all time! The
other two pics are pure whimsical invention.

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- Seasons Greetings.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Dec 2009 08:45:16 -0400
Good morning everyone,
         Woken to a dull, cloudy, cool, breezy day. No snow though. Although it
looks very much like we are going to get some rain.
         I'm off to make some mince pies. For those of you who don't know. They
are a traditional sweet fruit pie which we have in England at this time of year.
         Would like to wish everyone a really great day, with all the seasons wishes.
You all take care.
                HAPPY   CHRISTMAS   HOLIDAYS

- Humidity Up.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 23:17:17 -0400
Good evening everyone,
         Humidity really high this evening. Making it just a little uncomfortable.
No breeze at all. 
         The day was very nice though. A nice Caribbean type day. Blue sky,
gentle breeze, and hot.
         Our Dutch friends finally made it across from Guadeloupe. We ended
up with an impromptu party. Other friends from the east coast came bye, the
Kubili flowed and lots of laughter. So we think a good time was had by all.
          The elections are over. We can now settle down to the celebration
of Christmas.
           I'm off to finish what's in the glass. I can hear the ice melting fast.
You all take care. Have a great day tomorrow.

- Dull Day.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Dec 2009 19:39:22 -0400
Good evening everyone,
         A dull day.  Few showers of rain. Very cloudy, giving what we call half
light, the kind that makes you squint.  Not much breeze. Humidity creeping up.
Sea, that horrible grey colour and it looked just a bit choppy out there.
        Friends from Holland who should have joined us today are stuck in
Guadeloupe. A very quick phone call from said that their pilot couldn't take off
due to bad weather. ??  Any info on this please.  Their English is sometimes
not so good, and our Dutch is even worse. Makes for very entertaining
conversations, with lots of laughter. The language barrier has given us some
hysterical laughter at times. Still lots of arm waving and we usually get there.
         Have a great evening and an even greater day tomorrow. Stay safe.

- Christmas winds
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 09:26:50 -0400
We have woken up to those wonderful Christmas winds totally amazing.  Jaco Ladd and I wrapped up in our jackets and took the dogs for a long walk at 6.0 a.m.  It was pouring with rain, the dogs were shaking the water off their coats and looking at us with a puzzled stare but we just enjoyed sloshing through the water and feeling the cool rain on our skins.  We came home and cooked up a great breakfast we are fortified for the day today.  We are also proud to live in Dominica we hear on the grapevine that Dominica is extremely solvent and has not suffered from the worlds recession.

It is interesting because I have travelled a lot this year to the islands and also to the UK.  I have noticed huge differences between Dominica and other countries; we luckily have not  any unfinished buildings all over the island or in fact any outward signs of recession.  The Dominican people are proud and kind, a lot of them live a simple life and enjoy the Nature Island which is proud to be ECO friendly - long may this last.

- Breezy.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 10 Dec 2009 09:27:04 -0400
Good morning everyone,
         Pretty breezy to say the least for the last couple days, but o so nice.
Cool and comfy. Sunshine most days, with the odd shower of rain. Great
for the garden. Sea a little rough. So anyone out there, take good care. This
morning is nice and bright, with only the odd dark cloud floating bye.
       Had to go into town a couple times. Normally In and out fast because
it can become so uncomfortable. With the breeze it's been lovely to be able
to walk around and browse in comfort.  Getting fairly busy in town now, what
with all the tourists from the cruise ships and people getting ready for Christmas.
Most of the shops playing Christmas songs. Makes it all feel very festive.
       I'm off to have that other coffee, watch the palms swaying.
 You all take care.  Have a great day.

- Wintry weather - Only joking!
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2009 17:35:37 -0400
It is so cool up the valley it is wonderful.  We have sunshine after a great deal of rain!  We are now starting to get into the Christmas spirit. 
The Christmas tree is up with lots of lights twinkling into the mountain backcloth.  The Christmas cake is baked and today we had our first lunch party.  A great day. 

There is nothing quite like snuggling up together under the duvet at night warm as toast, listening to the rain crashing like a waterfall onto our wondrous acoustic roof. 
Getting up at dawn - in any weather - taking a walk down to the river with the dogs on the lead by my side, briskly walking home, creating a great breakfast to start the day. 
On the chillier days making a pot of hot soup and some homemade warm bread.  Just cozy days.

We hope our kindred islands are enjoying the cooler weather and cooking up a storm, so to speak!!

  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Dec 2009 01:23:38 -0400
A very early good morning everyone,
        We have had a pretty good week here on the west coast weather wise.
Lots of sun, light breezes, O such lovely blue skies, and blue calm seas.
        Decided to get in the garden yesterday, yep, it rained, heavy enough to
make me run for cover. Still they didn't last long and then the sun came back
        Around about 7pm yesterday evening, we were sitting out on the balcony
having a nice cold Kubili, and I thought perhaps I have had one to many. Not
really dark, the moon was very bright, but with out a doubt I could see a
rainbow, but not the like you see in the daytime with all the colours. This was
a perfect arc of white. Just to make sure I was really seeing this for real, I
asked hubby if he could see it. To my great relief he said yes. Anyone else
ever seen a night rainbow ??  Hubby thinks it looked white due to the reflection
of the moon. Does anyone know ??  Just wished I'd had a super duper camera
to take a photo of my phenonamon, phenonnamon, pheno, something that unusual.
         Well I'm off to finish what's left in the glass. Look for more night rainbows.
You all take care. Just had another shower of rain. Have a great day.

- Christmas is coming!
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Dec 2009 11:48:38 -0400
Officially the end of hurricane season!  We have been so lucky with the hurricane season in the Caribbean.  We have got through the season unscathed and in tact, infact, in Dominica I think it has been one of the driest summers for a very long time.   Dominica is very lucky as we usually get more than our fair share of rain so this summer has been very balanced between sun and rain.  Our advocado season started in September and we are still having wonderful advocado's from our trees, this is so neat! 
Christmas will soon be upon us and seems to come around each year quicker than the last.  The island is in election mode, in fact it is rather like Carnival except we have flags all over the island and on a great many vehicles.  Many of the trucks are carrying large PA systems and playing loud music wherever they go whether in the day time or in the middle of the night!  This can be quite alarming especially for our dogs living in the middle of the country who get most confused and bark loudly joining in with the mahem!  Party time.

- Nice morning.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 27 Nov 2009 08:46:38 -0400
Good morning everyone,
          Had a pretty good week here. Plenty of sun, with the
odd light shower of rain thrown in. This morning the sky is
bright blue. Couple of those little white fluffy clouds floating
around. Nice comfy humidity. Little breeze every now and
again. Sea, that amazing blue. Looks nice and calm out there.
When we get these kind of mornings just feel so lucky to be
sitting here.
        The elections are warming up nicely. Everyone has an
opinion and they are very vocal about it. Becoming more
interesting by the day. Does make for long traffic queues
through some of the villages. You have to wait while the guys
with the big trucks, loud music, and huge speakers who have
stopped in the middle of the main road put up their parties
flags and posters.
        Looks like this is going to be good day for the garden.
Off to have that other coffee, enjoy my view. Think about
what to do next.
           You all take care.  Have a great day.

- Sun Today.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 23:00:55 -0400
Good evening everyone,
         What a change in the weather today.  Sun, Sun, and more Sun.
Very light shower early this morning. Then the sun came out and
stayed with us all day. Fantastic. Very light breeze. Sky and sea
that brilliant shade of blue.  Little white puffy clouds. A quick peek
at the sat pic's, and it looks pretty clear out there.
          Well the General Election date has been announced.
The whole island is abuzz with politics. It's the only topic of conversation.
It's going to get very interesting over the next couple of weeks. Some of
the conversations can and do get a little heated. Makes queueing in the
bank and for your groceries fun.
          Well I'm off to finish whats left in the glass before it turns to slush.
You all take care. Have a great day tomorrow.

- Guess What.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 18:53:15 -0400
Good evening everyone,
          Guess what's happening.   Yep.   Rain and lot's of it.
It's coming down pretty heavy, with a nice breeze thrown in
with it. Humidity creeping up. Hope this downpour helps clear
the air.  No thunder and lightening though.
          You all have a good evening and an even better day
tomorrow.  Take care.

- Buckets of Rain
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 09:07:20 -0500
Wow, what a night the heavens opened and it poured with rain, it felt like our home was sitting under a waterfall!  There was a great deal of thunder and lightning - we had to turn the electricity off to avoid any strikes, very unusual for November!  Today the sun is shining brightly we are good to go again and the garden is looking fantastic!

Sent by my ChuckBerry device from Digicell  No. 24    Greensville Correctional Centre

- Plenty more Rain.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 19 Nov 2009 09:06:45 -0400
Good morning everyone,
         Yesterday we had reports of minor tremors to the north of the island. Before I
could post the electricity was turned off. That was at 9 in the morning and it didn't
come back on till 4 in the afternoon.  Might as well go do something about the hole
I have dug in the garden. Yep, it waited till there I was up to knees in mud, and down
came the rain.  Light to heavy showers on and off for the rest of the day. Late evening
a great light show started. Came across the ridge to the east of us. Lit the whole sky.
Thunder started, and then down came the rain ( again ). Real good heavy pounding
rain. Had to keep turning the volume up on the t. v. to be able to hear it over the noise.
Lasted about 2 hours. Then the electric went off just on the last 15 minutes or so of the
film we were watching. (now what words can I use to describe the reaction, Blast is good,
not to rude ). The glass was empty, might has well go to bed. No electric, no fan. O well.
Electric came back on early hours of the morning, AAAAAAArrrrrrrggggggg  a wasp just
attacked.  Those and roaches are a no no in this house. Horrid things.
         This morning is beautiful. Bright and clear, (so far ). Sky is that wonderful shade of
blue, with tiny white fluffy cotton wool balls floating on past. The sun is shining. Gentle little
puffs of breeze.  Humidity comfy. Sea looks calm and that wonderful blue. Couple guys out
there fishing. This morning is reminding us why we are here.  Stunningly beautiful.
          I'm off, have that other coffee, watch the cruise ship dock that's just pulled in. Then
go plant some carrots today I think. You all take care. Watch for those mud slides and
loose boulders.  Everyone have a great day.

- Still Raining.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 19:43:54 -0400
Good evening everyone,
         Been raining on and off most of the day.  No thunder and
lightening. Nice cool breeze kicks in just before the next downpour.
Humidity comfy.  Neighbours dog barked all day, and it is still going.
Over 24 hrs now. Ahh well, part of the joys.
         You all take good care. Careful of those mud slides.
Hmmm, a nice cool breeze just went through the house. Guess it
might be more some more rain on the way.
         Have a great night and an even better day tomorrow.

- Rain, Plenty of It
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 08:28:36 -0400
Good morning everyone,
         More than enough rain yesterday. Light showers on and off most
of the day, then at about 6 in the evening the thunder started to grumble
and rumble. Few good strong streaks of lightening. Then the heavens
opened and down came the rain. It rained for 3 hours or more non stop.
Seemed to come in from the South/East. Rain was pretty heavy. So all
you in mud slide areas take care. The large hole I have dug in the garden
filled rapidly and I had my swimming pool in minutes.
        It's still grey this morning. Light showers. Breeze kicking in. Sea, not
so nice, looks grey and very uninviting. Humidity feels like it's going up.
         Thunder started the neighbours dog barking, and he was just left to
get on with it. He's barked for 14 hrs. Even after all our time here I don't
think it's something we will ever get used to.
          Looks like more rain heading across the ridge at the east of us. It
is getting very dark out there.
          I'm off, have my coffee, check out the view. Watch the sea change
colour from the run off from the river's. Go with great care out there today
if your going out to sea, or your near a river. Watch for those boulders that
come rocketing down with no warning.
            You all take care.

  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 11 Nov 2009 08:26:26 -0400
Yesterday was weird, it got dark in Roseau around 1p.m. threatening to pour with rain however, the rain had not come by the time I left Roseau which was around 4p.m.  On the way home there was a lot of lightning flashes, the sky was so dark it felt really strange.  I got home - still no rain but lots of thunder and lightning. I had to turn off  the electricity in case of a wayward flash.  The rain never came until this morning; we are now having lashings of rain, a lot more than we need.  I hope it clears up as I have to go and look at some land up north today.

Tommie Girl is right, the cruise ships are now back in force in Dominica the tourist season has begun and the streets are full of hopefully, happy people spending dollars in our beautiful nature Island Dominica.

- Humidity.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2009 23:58:28 -0400
Good evening everyone,
          Humidity sky rocketing.  No breeze. Feels hot and very clammy.  Yuckkie.
Thunder this afternoon, but no lightening and no rain. Hope it rains soon to help
clear the air.
         Only cool thing is the ice cracking in that glass. 
          You all take care. Have a great day tomorrow. Stay safe.

- Royal Clipper Back.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Nov 2009 09:54:17 -0400
Good morning everyone,
         This morning the sun is shining. Some fairly big dark clouds drifting
over the ridge to the north of us though. No breeze. Humidity comfy. Sky
to the east is bright blue. Sea looks calm, and is a lovely shade of blue.
         Quick peek at the sat pic's show quite a mess out there still.
          My favourite ship came in this morning. The Royal Clipper. A
beautiful sight first thing in the morning to see floating past your back door.
One of these days it's going to get the better of me, and I'm going to have
to go down to where she anchors and ask if I can go aboard for a look. Fat
chance of that I expect. Well you never know unless you ask.
         Well I'm off to enjoy that view and my coffee. 
You all take care. Have a great day and stay safe. Watch out for those boulders,
that may have come loose with all that rain yesterday.  It's getting darker out there.

- Had some Rain.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Nov 2009 10:48:58 -0400
Good morning everyone,
         First off,  hope all under Ida stay well and safe. 
  We have had a fair amount of rain this week. It always seems to rain
for Creole week and the Music Fest. Bit like the Glastonbury Fest in
England. Doesn't feel the same if it doesn't rain.
         This morning is bright and just a slight breeze. Temp up into the
80s.  Few dark clouds passing across every now and again. Humidity
comfy. Warning out for sea bathers and small craft. So you all take
care out there. Also with the amount of rain over the last few days watch
for those loose boulders that cannon down.
       Guess the tourist seasons about to start. Had several large cruise
ships in. What with Creole and the music fest, the island was bursting at
the seams. All good fun.
       Managed to get the neighbours garden in some sort of order for her
return. Just need to do battle with the weeds now every few days.
        I'm off to have my other coffee, check out the view.  Have a great day.
     Take care.   

- Lovely Morning.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Oct 2009 08:33:00 -0400
Good morning everyone,
           Rain through the night, but this morning is bright and clear. No breeze.
Sea, looking good, blue and calm.  Sun out.  Humidity down. Dog's barking.
 King birds singing. 
           Looks to be some more rain heading in our direction. O well.
           Creole in the park brings a car parking nightmare to town. Add to that
all the tourist buses for the cruise ship that came into port yesterday. Result.
Total chaos. Stayed up here on my little bit peace and tranquility.
          Off to finish my coffee,  check out the view,  and enjoy this beautiful morning.
 Then off to go do some shopping, replenish the Kubili.
     You all take care. Have a great day, whatever your doing. 

- Interesting weather
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 20:13:42 -0400
Yesterday was really wet and we had a great deal of thunder storms especially in the night.  I had to get up twice and turn the electricity from the mains off!  Jaco Ladd was fast asleep!  Today started with rain but cleared and we had fantastic sunshine.

Dominica is enjoying Creole Festival week.  This afternoon I went to Creole in the Park which is organized and efficiently run by LIME!  I had a blast there were a couple of fantastic bands playing, great to dance to.  The park was dry and the people were having an amazing time liming and chilling.  We have more fun tomorrow and then we have some amazing bands coming to play in the stadium from Friday through to Sunday, Maxi Priest starting off the playing on Friday!  Dominica is the place to be this week.

It looks like there is some really nasty weather approaching the windward islands we sincerely hope it misses us in Dominica, we can't have the partying interrupted by bad weather.  We hope everyone stays safe.

Good to have you back as well Tommie Girl hopefully we might see you out and about Liming as well!

- Some Storm.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 12:25:40 -0400
Good afternoon everyone,
           Well we just had some rain. Along with thunder and lightening.  Gusty wind.
Total whiteout all around us. Could see only our immediate neighbours houses.
Pretty spooky. Think we had every type of lightening there is.  The thunder rolled
across the top of the house. Sounded like it was rolling across the roof.  It started
last night with a fantastic light show, coming from the east.  Rain throughout the night.
Ended  with a spectacular thunder storm this morning.  The deluge of water has now
stopped, the wind's died down and the sun is making a very weak attempt to get
         I'm off to check out the garden for damage.  You all take care.  Watch out for
those boulders that may have come loose.

- Mozzie Attack.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 10:12:01 -0400
Good morning everyone,
        Yesterday afternoon we had a really good downpour of rain. Everything in the
garden sighed with relief. Rain on and off during the night, and just seconds ago
another light shower. Humidity feels high. Some pretty big dark  looking clouds
coming across from the east again this morning. A nice breeze is blowing. Sea,
not so nice, bit grey. Still, we had a morning like this a couple days ago and
ended up with a scorcher of an afternoon. While writing the sun is making an
attempt to get out from behind those clouds.
      Plenty of mozzies about last night,  I know cos one got trapped under my top,
and now I have lumps and bumps in places I shouldn't have.  Ahh well the joys of
living in paradise. All part of the fun. 
     The plot at the back of us is now being cultivated.  A local guy is making a
determined effort to clear it up for planting veggies etc.  Personally I prefer the bull
which was bought down by a local farmer to clear the plot.
     Well I'm off to get my other coffee, find some Aloe for my Itches, enjoy the view.
          You all have a great day and take care. 
 P. S.    Welcome back Lissette. 

- Back home
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2009 08:23:22 -0500
I have been back in Dominica a week today I am so glad to be home!
"Home is where the heart is"  This is a very true saying!  Jaco Ladd
had been keeping the home fires burning so to speak.  He has been
painting and sprucing up the place, methinks I should perhaps go away
more often!

Dominica has been very dry through the two weeks I was away.  We had
to use the pump and move water from the ravine into our outside water
tank for general use and rely on our underground spring for the
drinking stuff.  We have had some rain for the last two nights so
things are moist and the garden is looking really lovely.

When I was in the UK I stayed in Cornwall where I was born and lived
until we moved to the Caribbean in 1989.  I took some photographs of
Charlestown, a beautiful coastal village on the south coast outside
St. Austell.  Many films have been made in this fishing village.  Here
are the two tall ships that are docked permanently in the harbour and
have been featured in many pirate films!

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- Jungle Beaten.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 23 Oct 2009 08:39:11 -0400
Good morning everyone,
           A glorious week here on the west coast.  Yesterday it was just to hot to venture
          A little dull this morning, some pretty thick,  heavy, dark looking clouds looming
over the ridge  on the east side of the house.  Sea, well that's a bit grey, but looks fairly
calm. No breeze at all.   Last nights humidity was really high, made it uncomfortable,
then we had a spattering of rain which helped bring it down a bit. This morning Humidity
back to high.
         It's taken 3 / 4 day's to beat back the jungle from the garden, but it is now almost
back to it's normal condition. Had a lot of pruning to do. Totally exhausted by the time
I finished, good job we had some cold Kubilis in the fridge, and by the evening that
long, tall glass I'm so fond of William was full.  Now to make a start on the neighbours
garden, before she returns for Independence Day.
         Well a nice cup of coffee awaits out on the balcony, I'm off to check out the view.
You all have a great day, take care, stay safe.

- Back on Board.
  • By Tom Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 08:36:15 -0400
Good morning everyone,
        Well I'm back on board and very pleased to be here.  6 weeks in good old Blighty
is enough for me. It should have been only 4 weeks, but we lost 2 due to the flu, so had
to extend our stay. Needed to catch up with family and friends, some who we have not
seen for almost 7 years. Bad. 
        Great to see the daughter and grandsons. The boys are growing up at an alarming
rate. Eldest will be as tall as me and his mum by next year I reckon. Hubby says that's
because we are little people anyway. Pixie size he says.
        Seems we bought the rain with us, which was badly needed. Our friends up at Pond
Casse were even short of water, and they live in the rain forest. Usually you can make a hole
in the ground and another river appears on their property. We also came back to no electric,
high winds, and jungle taking over the garden and our neighbours garden..( I look after it for
her  while she is off island ). Some serious weeding to be done, but hey who cares, when I
opened the back door and saw that view, it sure isn't me.
        This morning is gorgeous. The sun is shining. The sky is an amazing bright blue. The
sea is the palest of blue's and calm. Slightest of breeze's , just enough to make the palms
whisper. O it's so great to be back, and to see why we are here. Everyone we see
welcoming us back. People driving past  hooting and tooting, waving and smiling.  Life is
        Would like to say a big thank you to those people who not reading this site for awhile
were concerned and enquired after my health and well being. THANK YOU.
         I'm off to have another coffee, enjoy that view of mine. Then jungle here I come.
          You all take care, stay safe.

- A Pristine Ravine
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 18 Oct 2009 11:22:45 -0400
The sat pic this morning re the Eastern Caribbean showed definitive cloud above Dominica, nowhere else! - sure enough in the Layou Valley at least, this is turning out to be the squalliest day for two months or so. Taking into consideration that outside work is a no-go, I'm now concentrating on swinging from the chandeliers as Jaco Lass is back in Dom on the 'morrow, LIAT willing.

Pumping water from our ravine into the holding tanks was a must last Thursday -easily the longest, driest period since moving to the Nature Isle. And as usual, after setting up the few hundred feet of hose to transfer the juice the heavens opened. OK, just a spurt.....but the ravine I was pumping from came up trumps as the quality of water is like a liquid diamond and always flowing, how? after almost zilch rainfall... I don't know.

- Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Hurricanes - the aftermath is the same.
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 3 Oct 2009 13:00:08 -0400
Unfortunately, Jaco Lass has been called to the UK - her elder sister is ailing with the big C...that accursed word that creates bile whenever I hear it or see it in text...I wish the lassie a safe trip...
Since postings from Dominica - for many reasons - are as scarce as the rain we're not getting,  it's prudent I guess to update from our perspective:

The ever verdant Layou valley is now starting to choke, though the glorious sunlight and temps right now would be a great value item for the vacationeer; in tandem with the rest of the Eastern Caribbean, this is the driest month or so for years. Yet, our source for spring drinking water is flowing as good as it gets, which means that the Central Forest Reserve is getting everybody's share of rainfall, this being the catchment area for the Layou river and environs.

The Caribbean is blessed so far this year to have avoided any significant storm damage and we clap our hands, so how tragic to view Tuesday's South Pacific tsunami aftermath in American Samoa, specifically the main island of Tutuila and its biggest community Pago Pago (Pango Pango). This is an affulent island by South Pacific standards and the properties are well built and sturdy, etc. I had the privilege of visiting the main port as an entertainer aboard a P&O liner a few years ago and will never forget the welcome that awaits every visiting ship as it passes between two heads beneath a moving cable car that releases a multitude of rose petals that cascade onto deck -  sooooo cool! .......yet
the waterborne damage of this tsunami resembled every hurricane or earthquake aftermath that I've ever seen. And the searches for the living goes on...praise be.

Jaco Ladd

- Muggy Weather
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 27 Sep 2009 07:57:17 -0500
Yesterday was the first day for weeks that we encountered a huge
thunder storm, lashings of rain for about an hour then back to the

We seriously needed the rain - on Friday I was in Roseau all day and
literally felt that I would melt.  When I reached home I dropped off
my shopping, donned my swimming attire and jumped in the Layou river
with Jaco Ladd to cool down.  There is truly nothing like swimming in
the cold water of the river to revive one from the heat, totally
refreshing and so good for the body.  We are unbelievably lucky to
have the river so close to us just the luck of the draw!

In the night we had quite a few showers and this morning it is dull
and grey.  We actually need the sun to shine today as we have the
Titiwi festival all day and evening at the village of Layou.  There
are booths on the beach and lots and lots of fun things to do.  We are
looking forward to going to the festival, meeting friends and having a

For those who delve in peace and tranquility, here are some photo's re
3 acres of beautiful land I have to sell at Pagua Bay, N. East Dom.

It should be a fun day.


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  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 09:23:29 -0400
Another amazing day in paradise, sun, sun and more sun!  I have a
horrid cold so will chill out with a book on the deck for the day,
hoping to do some sleeping as well.

I spent some great days with Jan Farara in Antigua she is the best
artist just awesome.  Here are some of her paintings. I took some
photo's of while staying in her beautiful home

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- Hot Balmy days
  • By Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 20 Sep 2009 07:40:53 -0500
The weather is sunny and stable and has been for the last few days.
Jaco Lass was visiting Antigua for a few days last week and had a
wonderful time.  The weather in Antigua was gorgeous.

It is really good to visit other islands sometimes as each island is
unique and has it's own charm.  Antigua was very quiet not many
tourists around,  I have to say I enjoyed this lying on the beach on
Dickenson Bay, the sea was so sparkling the colour so beautiful.

Coming back to Dominica was fun - one can never get over how green
everything is here on the island.  The garden looked fabulous the
grass had just been mowed!

We seem to have been lucky so far this year with hurricanes, the
season is by no means over, however, it has been kind to up to now,
long may it last.

I have posted some photo's from Antigua

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- Fwd: Dominica stays just the same................
  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Sep 2009 07:49:03 -0500
We had another beautiful day here yesterday and today looks as if it will be a equally lovely.  I have to go into town today which will probably be hot and sticky.  We are still being very watchful of the weather coming off the African coast!

We hope Tommie girl is OK as we have not seen her post on stormcarib for a while.

I hope you enjoy my blog today, which I have written for my website www.acecaribbeanrealestate.com

Dominica stays just the same................

Dominica in the Caribbean has let time stand still.  Some of the
Dominican people are still cooking on the same stoves as they have
been doing for hundreds of years.  I have attached a photo of the
outside kitchen of a friend of mine who lives in Aitkinson.  It is
just amazing to see the simplicity of the cooking the pure comfort of
being outside, the smell of the wood burning with the two pots of
provisions boiling, away the aroma is mouth watering and what a tasty
treat awaits us for dinner!

Everything grows in Dominica; most of the Dominicans who live in the
country live a very simple life which is rich in flavour and provides
comfort and a healthy living for their families.  Children still walk
many miles to school - as do adults, walking large distances to get to
their gardens, work place or town.  Walking is a natural normal way of
getting around Dominica, this has not changed for generations.

The Dominicans are proud, fit and happy, you very rarely see
overweight people here as exercise is an everyday natural way of
living.  The basic way of life here keeps people healthy.  Dominica
has over 15 centenarians and many, many more elderly people who live
well into their 90's are fit and still looking after themselve.  This
island has to be one of the the last bastions for healthy simple
living.  God Bless Dominica

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