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- Sunny day
  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 10:39:08 -0300
We have woken to a really beautiful sunny day.  The whole Easter weekend has been really peaceful and lovely for us here in the valley.  It has mainly been sunny weather with a fantastic breeze and heavy rain showers at night.  It is the first time for a long while that I had the whole weekend off from work, it was relaxing, fun and we did some entertaining!  The very sad thing for us is that we seem to have lost our little black bird with red breast who had a broken leg and had been with us for over two years!!  We came back from attending a reggae fest on Mero beach, it was nearly dark.  Our little blackbird turned up inside our house now in the dark and flew around in an agitated fashion grabbing bits of food, he did this for over half an hour!  I have never known a wild bird fly around in the dark.  Since this occurrence we have not seen him and feel that he might be dead; very sad as he was such a character.  He would virtually eat out our hands.  We felt helpless as we did not know what caused him to be so very out of whack!  I wonder if anyone else has experienced such a happening?

- FIRE in the Hills.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 18:43:52 -0500
A very good evening to all,
    it has been extremely hot today.  Checked the temp. on the balcony at 5pm and it was reading 85f.
It was so hot earlier I was afraid to go out there in case I shrivelled up.  Hubby is out now with the
water pipe.  Think the tomato plants have had it though.  The ridge to our east is on fire. The fire is
way up, so it's just got to burn.  Such a shame.  I did think that we were in for a little rain yesterday.
We had some pretty thick, dark grey clouds drift across and I could feel spits and spots of rain but
it just drifted right on by. I can hear the wood cracking and popping from the fire while writing. 
    Heard the gate open so I guess hubby has finished watering the garden for me.  Think it must be
that time of the evening so I'm off to find the glass.  You all take care.  Enjoy the evening and have
a great day tomorrow.

- Liquid Gold.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:52:57 -0500
A very good afternoon to all,
         for an island that has lots of water we were beginning to look very dry.  So it
was very nice yesterday and this morning to get some light showers.  The plants
gave a huge sigh of relief.  Hubby has been  keeping them fairly moist with the water
pipe every couple of days, but even that was not enough.  Within hours of the sun coming
over the ridge the ground was rock solid again.  So by my opening sentence 's  you can
guess we have had some really hot days.  We have had the odd light cooling breeze.
And the humidity has been comfy.  Although it's shot up a bit this morning. This morning
is very grey with thick cloud cover. 
          Lots of building work going on all around us. Have to include ourselves with renovations
going on in the house.  So it's pretty noisy most of the day.  In for a nice relaxing day on Friday,
off to see the Windies v Zimbabwe.
         Ahhh, the garden is getting a really good soaking.  Raining quite heavily.  I'm off for that
other coffee.  Listen to the sound of the cement mixer going round.  Check out the view which is
disappearing as I write.   You all take good care and have a good day. Watch for those loose
rocks and boulders we are now likely to get. 

- A Great Weekend.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:00:44 -0500
A very good evening to all,
        the whole weekend has been absolutely lovely. 
       Spent Saturday and Sunday with good company, up in the rain forest, at a small
family run resort called Mermaids Secret.  The owners laid on a pig roast, which was
delicious.  We all had a lot of fun playing silly card games, and twisting balloons into very
odd shapes.  Good deal of laughter throughout the evening, which carried on when we all
arrived for breakfast.  Arrived back home late afternoon, on Sunday, to a brilliant blue
sky. Sun shining. Small wispy white clouds. No breeze. Sea blue and calm.  No rain
for a change. Just a couple of days without rain and the ground is back to being like  
concrete.Looks very much like the hosepipe will have to come out soon. Some of the
plants are already begining to droop.
       This evening is quiet and calm.  Nice and warm. No breeze. The sky is clear. The
moon is bright and the stars are twinkling.  Love it. 
      I'm off to find the glass with something nice and red to go in it.  You all have a good
evening and a great day tomorrow.  Stay safe.

- Really Cold in the Valley
  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:43:31 -0400
It seems a while since we posted from our home in the valley.  We have been experiencing very cold rainy weather over the last few days.  There have been some sunny breaks though which is good as we have solar panels for our water heat and I hate showering in cold water.  Our dogs are all curled up on their beds fast asleep and warm and I am on the deck in a jumper!  It will be nice when we have warmer weather.  I am posting some photo's of our Carnival, the costumes were really great, very, very colourful a lot of work had gone into them.  It is pouring with rain at the moment so I am going to have a chill out day at home and do some catch up!

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- Raining.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Feb 2013 20:38:01 -0500
A very good evening to all,
    well we have had a substantial amount of rain over the past 4 days.  Some of it pretty
torrential. I can honestly vouch for it as I was in the garden when it came down. Fairly
breezy, with some strong gusts now and again. Yesterday the sky was just thick,grey,
cloud.  Which means cold showers. Eeekkkk.   And it's not been much better today.  Did
have the occasional bright spot when the sun managed to break through, but it's been
pretty dismal most of the day. 
     Calypso and Carnival are now over.  Had a lovely day at the carnival. It is improving
year by year. Costumes were very nice, and a lot of effort had gone into them.
     The rain is still coming down and the breeze is kicking up a little.
     Had a good valentines day with a group of friends. We visited the local rum distillery.
Which was very interesting. Then 5 minutes up the road to Mero  beach where we spent the
afternoon.  Nice meal at Connie's  and good company. What more can you ask for.
  I'm off to settle down with a nice glass of something. You all have a good evening and a
 great day tomorrow.  Stay safe.

- Guilty Nonsence
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:52:00 -0500
A very good evening to all,
   seeing the reports from a few of the other correspondents made me feel a bit guilty.
Weather wise it's been pretty nice. Plenty of sunshine. Some rain, which seems to be
more in the early morning. Then the sun breaks through and the day turns lovely, with
that fantastic blue I like so much. Nice cool breezes. Still a little chilly in the early hours.
Not as chilly, though, as the daughter in the U K and the son in Canada, thank goodness.
   Carnival time is with us. The calypso competitions have just finished and King Dice has
won again. This is 6th time of being the reining calypso monarch.  Planning on going into
town to see the parade tomorrow.  Hopefully the weather will be as good as today.
    New ceiling going into the kitchen and all seems to be going well.  Not too much swearing
coming from that direction anyway.
     So that's me up to speed. Will try very hard to find things of interest to help keep this site
going.  The sun has just dipped over the yardarm ( think that's right ).  Well it's Kubili time
anyway for us.  So I'm off to find the glass.  Enjoy the carnivals and stay safe.

- Not a Lot.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:52:35 -0500
Good evening to all,
        just checking in to let you all know that I am still alive and kicking.
Not a lot to report really.  Still having lovely sunny days with the odd
rain shower thrown in. ( like right now while I'm writing this ).  I'm blaming
our friend over on the East coast for all this rain, who declared it was now
officially the dry season.  Some nice breezes, which helps while I have
been working in the garden.  The nights still fairly cool, so the covers have
stayed on.
         O we have started renovating the kitchen, that should be an interesting
experience.  I try to stay out of hubby's way when these kind of projects start.
       You all take care.  Anything really exciting happens I will let you all know.

- Wet, Cool and the Owl.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Jan 2013 20:02:19 -0500
A very good evening to all,
    well we have certainly had more than our fair share of rain.  Still getting on/off light showers
this evening.  Garden is not complaining and the weeds are just loving it.  Although we have
had a nice day. Stayed dry right up to about 30min's ago.  Cool light breezes. Humidity is very
comfy.  Early hours of the morning feels quite chilly. Disappear under the cover time.  Can live
with it though, better than what the son and daughter are going through. Eekkk, snow and lots
of it.
        The owl made a reappearance this evening.  Frightened the wits out of us again.  I'm sure
he/she is doing it deliberately. It suddenly appeared right in front of us, true, right onto the balcony
this time, about 2ft away from us.  Have no idea what is attracting it, but it sure likes to silently
just glide up in front of us. 
         I'm off.  The glass is calling.  You all have a good evening and a great day tomorrow.
Take good care. 

  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2013 07:56:40 -0400
For the past two days we have been having heavy rainfall, the ground is sodden with the water.  We have woken up today and it is just grey pouring with rain.  We have solar water heating and I absolutely hate having to shower in cold water it is miserable.  The garden is looking very green and the grass is growing fast.  We need some serious sunshine, we are after all living in the Caribbean!

- Happy 2013
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2013 20:26:42 -0500
Hello to one and all,
     we have had a pretty good Christmas, and our New Year was just great. Spent in the company of fun people, and good friends.  
The weather, well we have had plenty of sun, cooling breezes, blue sky, and sea.  Sprinkling of rain thrown in for good measure.
Helps keep the plants happy anyway.Nothing to complain about.  Hope you all had a great time.
     Would like to wish all a very HAPPY & PROSPEROUS 2013.  This also includes Little Brown Dog.
             Stay safe and well.  Looking forward to a great year.

- Update
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2012 09:08:42 -0500
Good morning everyone,
        we have woken to a dull, cloudy, light rainy Christmas morning. The sun is making a valiant effort
to get through the clouds. No breeze and the humidity is up. Sea looks fairly calm, but just a little on the
grey side.
        This year we have Ham for our Christmas dinner. Flatly refused to buy a turkey. Hope Santa brought
you all some lovely prezzies.  
   Enjoy the day and stay safe.

- Bit Windy.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:36:18 -0500
Good evening everyone,
 at last something else to talk about apart from long HOT days.   Have had a couple of short sharp
showers of rain. Which the garden is extremely thankful for. The winds have kicked in. Great days
for catching up with the washing.  Most of it dry by the time I reach the end of the line. It is quite
gusty. At times it is pounding against the house. Still helps keep the little vampires away, and is
helping to keep it cool.  Other than that it's been pretty much hot days, blue sky, blue sea. 
  You all take care.  I'm off to find the glass which I have been denied for the last month. Have a good
evening and a really great day tomorrow.

  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 30 Nov 2012 08:39:20 -0400
We are at the end of the hurricane season for 2012 and once again Dominica seemingly fared very well.  We feel that we really had a good summer (hurricane season); it was not too hot, it rained at night and we had gorgeous sunny days.  Our fruit and vegetables grew, our avocado season was momentous having fresh 'pears' from our trees from September until now, fantastic.  Sitting here on the deck this morning it is really chilly reminding us we are now in winter and Christmas is around the cornerOur fruit and nuts are in the fridge soaking in pure alcohol, I shall set about cooking the Christmas cake this week so it is fantastically moist for Christmas day!!  Once again Dave did a great job keeping us updated for the season.  It is a great website.  Thank you.

- Rain at Last.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 19:17:18 -0500
Good evening everyone,
           well we have gone from stunning hot days to wet and grey.  And it's getting a
bit chilly in the evenings.  The early hours of the morning seem to be the worst. 
Even Hubby crawled under the covers the other night and he is one of those 
always hot mortals.  Said he was frozen, then again it might have been because I left
2 fans running which probably didn't help.  Not much in the way of breeze. Fair amount
of rain, which I'm thankful for. Garden was begining to suffer.  Tonight the humidity is
up.  Quite a lot of cloud cover.  Can see no stars out.
          I'm off for a fruit juice, ( it's all I'm allowed at the moment ).  You all stay safe.
Enjoy the evening and have a great day tomorrow.

  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2012 08:29:06 -0400
Here in the valley it is the most glorious day, the sun is shining the birds are singing there is not a cloud in a perfect blue sky!  It is amazing isn't it!?  The world is so huge and yet with technology it is very small, we all know what weather we are expecting around the world!  Technology really is wonderful and with Sandy approaching everyone in her path has time to prepare themselves and brace themselves for her arrival.  We feel very sorry for all of the thousands of people who will be affected, the experts have confirmed that 'Frankenstorm' is possibly the mother of all storms to hit the US east coast so the next few days will not be pretty!  We in the Caribbean are prepared as we live in the hurricane zone.  Every time we are all alerted to coming bad weather we all of us who are connected by www.stormcarib.com support each other and offer comfort, advice and share our feelings, which is very, very helpful.  Thank you Dave for you dedication to the website!  All we can do is just sincerely hope that Sandy is not as bad or devastating as expected.  To all our friends and family in the States we are thinking of you and hoping that you all stay safe.

- Sandy and Creole.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2012 01:08:15 -0400
Good evening everyone,
          well it looks like the Americans are hunkering down and getting ready for Sandy's arrival.
Just been checking the BBC news site and the following is :   that the Eastern seaboard is shutting
down. Flights have been cancelled. Schools are closed. Transport is being suspended. Sandbags
are being piled up in N Y.  Subway, bus and train services in N Y have been suspended. Amtrak
have started to suspend services.  People are being asked to and are evacuating low lying areas. 
           Let's just hope all goes well for them.  Sad to say that due to Sandy there has been loss of
life and damage done.  Makes me feel a bit mean to have to say that here the weather has been
beautiful.  Had one short sharp shower and a couple of flashes of lightening on Friday night. 
         It's been Creole week here and everyone looks so lovely in their national costume. Especially
the children. All so pretty,bright and colourful. Today we went down to the local church to collect our
Creole breakfast which is sold in aid of charity.  And very tasty it was to.  So I would like to thank
everyone for a great effort.  Already looking forward to next years.
                So I'm off to bed for some beauty sleep ( which is needed these days ).  You all stay safe.
Enjoy tomorrow.  Have a great day.

- The Perfect Storm
  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2012 10:55:05 -0400
Here in Dominica we are enjoying Creole festival week.  There are lots of people here for the event, the weather is being fantastic to us; last year it really was a wash out and so far we have been having lots and lots of sunshine!! We have been to Creole in the Park twice this week; its main sponsor is LIME and there is entertainment all afternoon and into the evening....plenty of food to eat and some great things to purchase.  Over the next three days there will be some great bands here performing till the early hours of the morning at Windsor Park Stadium.  It is really going to be great fun.

Looking though at the weather that is heading up and affecting the Bahamas, Florida and the States, conditions are looking very bad and symbolic of the Perfect Storm in 1991.  Our friends in New York have written to us alerting us to the fact that Sandy could cause everyone up there some grief, so we are wishing that they stay safe and that the damage is minimal.

- Sandy.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Oct 2012 00:29:09 -0400
Good evening everyone,
to all those in the path of Sandy. Hope there is not to much damage. Stay safe.

- Raining again.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 18 Oct 2012 10:02:17 -0400
Good morning everyone,
          torrential rain right now. We have our first cruise ship of the season in and it is disappearing from view rapidly.
No breeze.  No thunder.  Just rain.  Humidity is comfy.  Horizon was nice and clear but is also disappearing from view.
So it's a bit on the grey side.  Hopefully it will clear and the rest of the day will be sunny and bright. Hopefully.
         Like the lightening photo William,never thought of doing a video. I sit there for hours clicking away. Never been
successful yet.  Will try the video trick.    Pleased to see Little Brown Dog is back. 
         Ahhh, the rain has stopped. It is still very grey to our east. Nice and blue to our south.  Time for that  other coffee
and check out the view. You all have a good day. Stay safe.

- Warming up again.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 20:43:42 -0400
Good evening everyone,
          at least two stunning days this week.  Sun has been shining, which means hot water thankfully.
Not sure how much longer we could have held out, before braving the cold showers. 
         We have been treated to another fantastic light show while sitting out and enjoying a nice cold
Kubuli.  Started a little around 4.30pm.  Thunder rolling across and a light sprinkling of rain.  Then
lightening to our south, west and north.  Some pretty big flashes.  All seems to be very calm now. No
breeze.  Humidity comfy.  Can only see a few stars, so I guess it's fairly cloudy up there.  Lightening
and thunder have died away.  I can hear the pebbles, rocks, etc., being moved by the waves down on
the seafront. Although it did look very calm out there, today, I think we still have a fair bit of a swell.
I'm off to find that long glass and fill it with something nice.  You all have a good evening and a great
day tomorrow.  Stay safe.

- Blue Sky
  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 06:59:37 -0400

Well, we have woken up to a beautiful  blue sky, we hope Rafael has gone but we might get another swipe as it looks like he has a bit of a tale!  It is so good to see a clear sky.

- Update. (2)
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2012 11:19:12 -0400
Good morning everyone,
          the rains and the gusty winds have eased off.  Now have a very nice light breeze. Humidity very comfy.
For the last two nights it has felt quite cool. Cool enough to get under a cover.   The only problem with no sun
is no hot water.  Lots of shrieking in the house when having a shower.  Still very grey and overcast, but brighter.
Thunder has been rumbling since early yesterday evening through to now. No lightening.The sea is still crashing
into the seawall in town. And the little beach is still underwater.  Not sure if the small jetty survived, we will check
that out in the week. Excuse to have a beer at Sukies bar. 
         If the rains hold off this just might be a good day to get in the garden.  Weeds have popped up overnight. 
Stay safe.  Have a good day.

  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Oct 2012 08:40:32 -0400
Enough! Enough! Rafael please leave Dominica as soon as possible, the general populous is fed up with having no real sun for 3 days now - Sunday is the 4th day!!!  The leaves on the trees are saturated, so no choir today, the tree frogs have stopped singing and probably all have sore throats by now!!  This kind of weather is the reason we left Blighty all those years ago!  The Caribbean is special and loses a lot of its rhythm without sun!!  Looking at the satellite images it looks like this could be in for another day or two!! However, we feel we are lucky not to have had too much rain and very little wind! 

- Update.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 11:01:24 -0400
Good morning everyone, even if it is a wet one,
          On our little piece of the west coast it is just plain grey.  Torrential rain and gusty winds.   Pretty big
swell out at sea.  I have been sitting out on the back balcony  (well sheltered ) watching the water turn from
grey to brown with the run off from the rivers. The waves are going up and over the sea wall in town.  Looks
like there will be plenty of mud and sand on the bay front street when it all dies down.  The waves are crashing
along the small beach area of Newtown.  Do hope the people with houses along the beach are o. k.  Only last
week we were watching the guys finish off repairing the small jetty at Sukies gas station after the last battering
it took.  Now it's being battered all over again.Some plantain, and pea, trees on the plot behind us have fallen.
Although the sea and horizon are barely visible, I'm sure I have just seen the ferry making a run for Guadalupe
from Martinique. Brave.  Just heard a roll of thunder.  No lightening.  A tanker / container ship has also just made
a run for the port. And there is a guy out there fishing!
          Our garbage guys are great.  They still turned up yesterday in all the rain and wind.  Well I think that brings
you all up to date for this little bit of the island.  I'm off for the coffee hubby's just made and to watch the waves.
You all stay safe.  If you must travel please go with care.  Have a good day, even though its a wet one.

- Peaceful Night
  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 07:31:50 -0400
Lady luck has been with Dominica so far through what is now Tropical storm Rafael!  We had a great sundown last night with amazing colours and some bright blue in the sky it was surreal!  We watched a great movie and retired to bed to have a very peaceful night.  This morning as I sit typing this e mail I can hear the rain pitter pattering on the leaves like a very gentle choir singing a lullaby.  The tree frogs are out adding the chorus to the raindrops.  There is now a great deal of cloud but the rain is very, very light we hope that it continues to carry on in this way.  I have checked the local news and nothing has been reported about the storm, so presumably Dominica at the moment is in good shape !!  We will keep you posted. 

- Invest 98L Is Now Tropical Storm Rafael...
  • From: Alex Staunton <dtkcomp2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 18:27:50 -0700 (PDT)
Pleasant Evening,
                        Well, it appears that the Nature island may have been overlooked in the issuing of Tropical storm warnings/ advisories. Nevertheless, I hope and pray that though our weather/ disaster officials may be still asleep on this system that all vigilant residents will take all necessary precautions to safe guard life and property. Of course we hope for the best, but we ought to be prepared for the worst, God forbid. So far intermittent bouts of rain continue with occasional winds. We'll see what the rest of the evening holds.
Blessed night to all and May the Lord Jesus Christ protect all our Islands from this  brewing system...

  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:42:38 -0400

.Well folks we have an amazing sunset, yes blue sky and great colours unbelievable.  No rain, temperature very low but an amazing sky.  Gosh it would be lovely if Dominica did not get anything else!!  Hopefully, not the lull before the storm.  We are literally going to take advantage of the sunset on the deck and have a great glass of wine!!  We have a great movie to watch so will snuggle up tonight.

  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 14:26:38 -0400
We have been advised by our good friend Richard in Barbados that 98L has a very nasty whip in the tail and that all of us islands up the chain should be aware of this and not let our guard down or get complacent.  Please everyone out there do not take unnecessary trips and please stay safe, there maybe a lull sometimes in the storm but the wolf is still chasing his tale

- Miserable grey day
  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 12:53:38 -0400
Well it is very damp and chilly in the valley, there is an amazing mist coming from the cliffs of the Layou river.  It is much cooler than normal but it is not too bad.  We are having gusts of strong wind but a good time when it is just calm!  It is a day for cozying up to the one you love, which is just what we are doing.  I have made homemade bread rolls and a wonderful thick vegetable soup for lunch, downed with a good glass of wine.  We have a great movie to watch this afternoon!!  We have a feeling the wolf has gone away and we are having it quite gentle but very, very wet.  I just hope that we do not have any really bad landslides or flooding and I pray that the Layou river does not take over what little road is left in the valley! 

- 98L Squall Effects...
  • From: Alex Staunton <dtkcomp2002 at yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2012 02:05:57 -0700 (PDT)
The Rains and winds have definitely picked up over the last hour on the East Coast of the Nature Isle of the Caribbean. Although its a bit hard to guauge what's really going on outside this early in the morning -the constant gusts accompanied by some sharp showers are a good enough indication. Conditions are a bit rough out there for now.
This should make for an interesting morning commute later today.
God's Blessings to everyone especially all those in the islands in 98's path... 

  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 17:36:42 -0400
We are not happy with what we are seeing 98L could just be the wolf!  Everyone please just take care and stay safe!  Take the necessary precautions OK!  Having a sundowner as yes the sun is actually shining!!

  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 11 Oct 2012 09:19:46 -0400
We have had rain on and off all night!!  It is raining very heavily now and I am pretty sure it will be getting worse as the day progresses!  It looks like we are having the outer bands of 98L.  This weather looks very bad for the next day or so;  we here in Dominica we actually do not need lots of rain and it could lead to us having a some land slides around the island plus it could be as I said yesterday very bad for people living in the Clarke Hall area of the Layou river!  We have a definite feeling that the river will swallow up the rest of the road left and there will be some bad flooding!  We hope everyone stays safe!

- Stormy Weather
  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2012 11:24:05 -0400
Well for the last two days we have had some really weird weather in the valley!!  We have had some thunder storms in the day timeWhen the evening comes for the past two nights we have watched a firework display above the Layou valley cliffs awesome!  The night then comes we go to bed and we have had on two nights a thunder and lightning storm lasting approximately an hour!  Tippy one of our dogs starts crying and has to come into the house with us for her safety she is mortally afraid of thunder and lightning just like me!!

It  looks like within the next 48 hours we could experience a lot of rain and maybe thunder and lightning!  If this happens we think the Layou river will take over the road cutting the valley off from the main road!!  This will be very devastating for all of us living in the valley.  I am off to shop to get some supplies in should this happen!!  Hopefully, the weather won't be as bad as it looks! 

- Fantastic Light Show.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2012 11:18:43 -0400
Good morning everyone,
         we have had some lovely days; well that was up till yesterday when I decided it was time to
do some washing.   The clouds rolled over, few little showers of rain, the breeze died down, and
the humidity went up.  Hubby says I should consider hiring myself out to drought stricken islands
and do the washing.   Around 6.30pm the thunder rolled and, while we sat out on the balcony with
a chilled Kubili, we were treated to the most amazing light show (with sound affects) we have had in
a long time. A full 360 degrees.  It came at us from all angles.  No rain and not a lot in the way of breeze.
Must have gone on for at least an hour.  Then it just died away until around 11.30pm when it all
started up again coming in from our east.
        This morning is lovely.  We do have a very large, dark cloud rolling across the ridge from the east.
No breeze. Humidity up. Looking out to the west plenty of bright blues and greens.  The horizon is sharp
and clear. Is that rain I hear ?   Yep.  But the sun is still making a valiant attempt.  Hopefully the rain will
roll on passed quickly, I still have some more washing to do. 
        Well I'm off for that other coffee, check out the view.  You all have a great day, and evening. Stay safe.

- Bit of everything.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2012 20:55:23 -0400
Good evening everyone,
       we seem to have had a little bit of everything over the last couple days.  Sunshine, rain,
lightening, and thunder.  Humidity has been up and down.  Right now there is a lovely cool
breeze going through the house.  Just had a very short sharp shower of rain.  It's been enough
to keep the plants and hubby happy, because he has not had to get the hosepipe out.  Some
lightening to the south of us.
      Let's what see what tomorrow brings.  I'm off to find the glass.  Enjoy the evening.  You all
have a great day tomorrow. Stay safe.

- 1st October
  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:34:15 -0400
It is very hard to believe it is the 1st October today, that winter is approaching and that we have been very lucky so far with the weather and lack of hurricanes!  It is not long now till the end of our season so fingers and toes crossed for no hurricanes!

I am going to post this as we were so upset watching the programme Whale Whisperer, it was such a disappointment and could have done Dominica such a lot of good!  Maybe we did not get it!:-

WHALE WHISPERER we had waited patiently to watch this programme and were so very disappointed! Firstly this was a chance for Dominica to shine. At the beginning of the programme Dominica was given a short introduction as the Nature Island in the Caribbean. There was no mention of the fact that Dominica is made out of nine dormant volcanos hence the depth of water necessary to allow the female sperm whales to live here year around! (We would think this would be very important information)! We were then introduced to Anthony Armour the whale whisperer. Anthony was never interviewed or had much to say at all! The reason Anthony got the name whale whisperer was because he helped a whale he called Scar and befriended him! Unfortunately scar never appeared and references kept being made to this fact! We kept having flashes of an artist with locks painting a wall that said whale whisperer we were never told the artist name, where the wall was or why the artist was painting the wall! The main presenter introduced us to a lady expert on whales and the programme was about the reason we need sperm whales in the ocean. The highlight of the show was the presenter being defacated on and then went on to prove that the scat from the whale became a fertilizer of the ocean hence the importance of the whales in the sea. The lady expert kept making remarks that she did not think the whales could hear Anthony in the water or out of it!!! There was a scene at a fish bar no mention was made whose fish bar it was or the fact that Dominica has an abundance of good fish bars and lots of fish! There were some good shots of the whales but the people in the water did not appear to be that close to them!! At the end of the show the presenter again made the remarks that Scar never showed up so could be dead! We were left with Anthony Armour sounding demented shouting "Mammie is here Mammie is here splashing the water with his hand. This left the impression that Anthony Armour may or may not be a whale whisperer!!

- What Happened. ??
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2012 19:37:48 -0400
Good evening everyone,
       well we have had some lovely mornings here this week on my part of the island. The afternoons  have
been a little overcast, with thunder. Did not see any lightening and very little in the way of breeze.  Last
night around 10.45 I spotted lightening out to the east of us.  By 11.30  we could hear the thunder.  By 12
midnight it sounded like a giant was using our roof has a drum.  Short sharp shower of rain then nothing.
Decided it was time for bed anyway.  More lightening and thunder followed.  The lightening was very, very
bright. Lighting up the room. Thunder rolling across the roof.  O. K., now I am wide awake. Might just as well
get up and go watch the light show go out to sea.  Torrential rain now.  Thundering down almost as loud as
the thunder itself.  Out on the balcony it was lovely and cool, if a little damp.  Cup of coffee, settle down to watch
the spectacle.  The lightening flashed, the thunder crashed,  and then nothing.  It was just gone.  Did it implode /
explode on itself.  Did it use up the last of its energy on the that last flash and crash.  Was there nothing else to
give and it just fizzled away.  What happened.  ??????    Is there anyone who can explain it. ? I sat for at least
20 / 30 min's waiting to see the light show. The sky was as clear as a bell.  Bright moon.  Couple of fluffy white
clouds. Lot's of stars.  No lightening.  Where did it go  ??
           Today was beautiful.  Not much in the way of breeze.  Bright blue sky and sea.  Humidity comfy.  Horizon
lovely and clear.  
           Tonight the frogs are singing. The sky is clear and we can see the stars twinkling.  Hardly any breeze, just
the odd puff going passed.We had a stunning sunset while we were enjoying our Kubili.
          I'm off to find some food  and that nice tall glass.  You all ave a good evening and a great day tomorrow.
Stay safe.

- Nice Morning and Pears.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:55:49 -0400
Good morning everyone,
          well looking at the sat. pic's we are under there somewhere. Fully expected to get up this morning to
grey sky and rain.  Weather report on D. N. O. also says that we should be having some rain.  Hmmm, not
sure what is happening then, because it is a beautiful morning. The sky and sea are blue. The horizon is clear.
The sun is shining.  Few fluffy white clouds. Humidity comfy.  And no breeze, or wind. Everything perfectly still.
Perhaps it will change as the day progress's. Do hope not, although we could do with a little more rain.
         We did have a nice downpour through Sunday night and it was fairly breezy, with some strong gusts for
good measure.  And that's been about it.  Been watching some really good light shows going on out at sea.
Last night we watched lightening go across the sky from the north of us right across to the south. We also
noticed that we could smell the sea. It is not often that happens. So the breeze was coming in from the west,
again something we don't usually get. Normally it would be from the east.
           I have been given some of the most delicious pears ( avocado ) and I am now in the process of trying to
freeze them. I have mashed them but I would like to try doing them in slices, or chunks. Soooo,if there is anyone
out there reading this who has done this, and had success, I would be very interested to know how. 
          Ahhh, a nice light breeze has just gone through the house.   I'm off for another coffee, and to enjoy this
lovely morning. You all have a great day.  Stay safe.

  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 23 Sep 2012 14:19:05 -0400
This is just the best Sunday!  OK we can call it Autumnal!  Yes there is some kind of weather out there but it is lovely.  I am making a slight prediction of course no more bad bad weather in the Caribbean for the season!!  Dominica has had really the best summer.  We are very grateful to our maker right  The valley has been alive with nature!  The bamboo is cracking and creaking making it's making it's own orchestra.  The leaves are the chorus with of course the birds and the river.  The sun is coming out!  Wow, it is so very good to be alive. 

We have to say to our friend in Antigua Tony Gilkes HAPPY BIRTHDAY HAPPY RETIREMENT!  WE WISH YOU LUCK 24/7 WITH MARTH OUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- Still Hot.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2012 19:39:34 -0400
Good evening everyone,
         again we have had some really lovely hot days since my last report.  Today being no different, until about 3pm.
when a nice breeze kicked in, then a few big gusts of wind which took us by surprise. We ended up holding
on to the Kubili bottles to stop them being blown over.  Then the sky darkened.  Here comes some rain we thought.
Felt a few odd spots of it.  Do the garden some good and save us getting out the hosepipe. So what happened,
not a lot. Not enough to make the plants sigh with relief. There is still some thick heavy looking clouds to our east
so hopefully we will get a little more.  Breeze has dropped to almost nothing again. Humidity is up. Sitting out on the
balcony (facing west ) a pretty good light show is going on out at sea to the south of us. And we watched a beautiful sunset.
Some of the most amazing colours. (see the attachments)
     The neighbours have very kindly donated some delicious cherries and pears. Also received the first guava from my
neighbours tree this evening. Looking forward to a few more. 
        Well I'm off.  The glass beckons.   You all have good evening and a great day tomorrow.   Stay safe.

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- It's Been Lovely.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2012 10:22:11 -0400
Good morning everyone,
         been sometime since my last report but what has there been to say.  Just hot, Hot, HOT.  Not complaining though.
The sky, and sea, have been the most loveliest of blues.  Not much in the way of breeze. Looking out the window now not
a leaf is stirring.  Humidity up a little, nothing too uncomfortable.  The horizon has been sharp and clear all this week.
         Last evening, while sitting out on the balcony with our well earned Kubili's, we watched a really terrific light show going
on to our north.  Must have lasted for a good half hour.
          This morning there is some dark cloud looming over the ridge to our east. Quick peek at the sat pic's and it looks very
much like we may be in for some rain, which the garden needs badly.  Feels a bit like trying to dig through  concrete with a
spoon.   Some of the trees, bushes, and plants are wilting and beginning to turn a light shade of brown. So a little rain would
be welcome. Not too much though.
         Neighbours and friends have been supplying the most delicious pears, figs (not bananas, the real thing ), and breadfruit.
Our own garden supplies us with bananas and, hopefully, will also supply pomegranate's in a year or so. 
         I'm off for another coffee and to enjoy the view.  You all enjoy your day.  Stay safe.

- Gorgeous day
  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 08:36:27 -0400
We have woken up to a very gorgeous day here, there is not a breath of
wind. The garden is looking absolutely beautiful, the lawn very green
with the bushes and trees casting long deep shadowns on the ground.
There is an autumnal feel in the air with a slight scent of Jasmine!
We are off for a picnic on the beach today with friends, it should be
a perfect day.

I'm posting some photo's of my amazing outing into the forest of Pont
Casse on Sunday!

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- Calm weekend
  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 3 Sep 2012 08:33:18 -0400
We had a wonderful weekend here in Dominica, Leslie was meandering her way past us and bought us two great days - and today looks as if it will be perfect!
Yesterday, I went to real estate work and walked some amazing land at Pont Casse!  The owner of the land led the way with his machete and I was blown away with the forest!  The Waitu'kubuli Trail cuts through the woods and there is so little room between the trees.  Even though the sun was shining the shade from the trees kept us cool.  It was like being in an enchanted forest, I could not see very far in front of me and the different trees growing were fascinating; there is one species that grows  as if it is on stilts, it spreads it's roots like tendrils with gaps in it like a giant on stilts.  The main objective is not just to see the boundaries of the property but feast your eyes on a beautiful pool of fresh water with a waterfall that you could swim in.  The sunlight coming through the trees made patterns on the ground like a large cobweb.  The smell was heavy on the air of fresh earth mixed with a pungent musty mixture from the bark of the trees and the leaves.  The bird song was totally magical.  We entered the forest at 11.30 a.m. and got back to the main road at 1.30 p.m.  I have no idea where the time went but it was really a lovely 2 hours lost in nature.  Dominica really is awesome, she has so much to offer!  It is like going back in time and time really stands still.  We are so lucky to live here, there is so much to see and explore. 

It is September now and in a way we feel that Dominica, hopefully, may have passed its critical stage for hurricanes this year, but of course you never know.

- Leslie.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2012 19:36:56 -0500
Good evening everyone,
          we have some big, heavy, dark looking clouds going over us right now.  And they are going backwards!
Normally the clouds, rain, and wind, come at us from the east going west.  This evening they are coming
from the north going south /east.  Quick peek at the sat pic's show most of the islands covered by the outer bands
from Leslie.  Sitting out on the balcony ( west ) can see a lot of dark looking clouds drifting to our south/east. No
rain, a very light breeze coming from the north. Sea is still fairly calm.  Humidity way down. Very comfy.
         Most of this week has been lovely, including most of today.  Sun, light breeze, no rain, blue sky, calm blue sea.
I'm not asking for anything more.  Wellll, I might ask for all mozzie's and roaches to be dispatched. Humanely, of
        Would like to offer my congratulations to Grenada.  Picking up a very prestigious GOLD award at the U. K.
Chelsea Flower show.  Well done.
         I'm off to (1) find some food and (2) that glass.    You all have a good night and a really great day tomorrow.
                                                    Stay safe.

- Glorious Sunshine
  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 1 Sep 2012 11:49:12 -0400
We have had the most glorious morning, lots of sunshine really hot without a breeze!  However, now it is nearly noon and we are getting a really lovely cooling breeze.  It is as if we are getting the whisper from Leslie the vixen as she tracks her way northward!  It is definitely a beach afternoon!  Let's hope Leslie just rolls gently by without casting any shadows of weather this way!

  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Aug 2012 16:29:01 -0400
Well looking at Leslie, she is huge and we just hope all the predictions are correct and the vixen is heading North.  It is now very close to the 5th September - that date in 1995 Luis paid an unwelcome visit to Antigua/Barbuda, square on target.  Leslie reminds us of exactly this, scary.  We think all weather forecasters had better have their fingers crossed because if their direction analysis is off skew Leslie could be really nasty for the islands!! 
It is very hot in Dominica and although we have sunshine we have numerous low scale-like clouds; it feels like the air is being sucked up by Leslie, we think she is rather too close for comfort!  On that note, I think we will have a Sundowner - a Lagavulin for his Worship and a Burgundy for I, on the deck!  Everyone enjoy your weekend but please keep your eye on Leslie!

  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2012 07:42:35 -0400
Isaac has left his mark and remnants of him can still be felt. 
Yesterday was dull and overcast and today has started exactly the same, I so want to see the sun; our lawn is the longest we have ever seen it, we could almost make hay, the ground is too sodden for the mowing machine!  This morning I went for my walk and on the way down and up we pass our spring water which spills out of the side of the bank into a pool.  You might not believe it but our spring is a very good meeting point.  The folks around here come and fill up containers of the pristine delicious water for them to drink each day and then there are others who bring their pots and pans and wash them in the pool under the falling water.  It is quite a fun and we get to hear all the gossip and pass the time of day.  Life is never dull in our valley.  We seriously wish that the tail of Isaac would dissipate, it looks like there is more weather out there to come...................................  I shall paint today!

- After Isaac.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 19:35:11 -0500
Good evening everyone,
          nice light breeze all day today.  Sun came out. Sea calm now, can see most of the beach area
again.  Around 6pm a short, sharp shower of rain.   And another one just seconds ago.  Lovely day.
Humidity quite high. Hubby is very grateful for the sun. It warms up the water for showers.  Cool
showers are not really his thing.  ( L. O. L. )  The screaming can be heard in town.
          Did think it might be a good day to tackle the washing. Thankfully I managed to talk myself out of it
and spent the day in the garden weeding, and just pottering around. 
        One yacht up in the Portsmouth area  ( north ) broke from it's mooring and ended up on the rocks.
Thankfully no one was injured.
         The glass is a calling.  Enjoy the rest of your evening. Stay safe.

- Teaser
  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 08:39:15 -0400
I like the way Dave says about Isaac being a teaser, I think we were very glad that he was here in Dominica!  We did have the tail of Isaac in the evening it was grey and chilly, it rained very heavily in the middle of the night.  We have woken up to a very cool chilly morning with a moody sky which must be the tail end of Isaac! About 2 miles going south west from us, part of a large tree was spreadeagled across the highway. This was dealt with by farmers en route to their gardens- a few bamboo with their branches akimbo, otherwise no visible damage.  It hopefully will be a lovely sunny weekend so that the ground can dry out a bit and we can maybe get our lawn cut!!

- Isaac.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:07:15 -0500
Good evening everyone,
          nice steady cool breeze going through the house right now. Stronger gusts every now and again.
Not much in the way of rain either.  Just a couple of very light showers.  Have been watching the swell
increase steadily throughout the day.  The sea is now up and into, what we think are, small boat sheds
along the beach front at Newtown and Citronniere.  We can see things being washed out, and out to sea.
The waves are crashing over the sea wall, and onto the roadway, in Roseau.  Unbelievably, there were
people standing on the sea wall earlier.  The small jetties along the coastline from Fort Young to Sukies  
bar are taking a battering. With Fort Young's disappearing under the waves. There  have been 3 tankers/
container ships sitting out at sea for some time now. One we think is the gas tanker.  Have to think that the
swell means they cannot get into port.
        Well it's that time of the evening. Off to find the glass.  Enjoy the rest of the night and stay safe.

  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 17:45:19 -0400
OK, we feel that the whiplash could be coming here to Dominica this evening from Isaac spelt Isaac not (Issac!  Unless it was a different tropical storm!)  might be with us in Dominica tonight.  It is very, chilly and dark now here and it is only 5.15 p.m.  We think everyone should be prepared for some stormy weather, rain maybe thunder and lightning, looking at the satellite images it is very possible indeed.  I travelled down through the Layou Valley twice today and the river is at bursting point and has made further impact on the existing banks.  It will not take very much for the river to take over the valley.  I seriously hope someone takes notice of this serious situation.

- Isaac.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 09:15:38 -0500
Good morning everyone,
         after the last nights report of rain and the wind picking up, it all all died down again.  We sat out
on the back balcony ( facing West ) and watched a pretty good light show going on out at sea. The
ferry from Guadalupe went past in the early evening at a great rate of knots. Fastest we have ever
seen it move. It didn't pull in at the ferry terminal, headed straight past and was hugging the coastline. Heard
a couple of heavy downpours of rain throughout the night.  Still not a lot in the way of wind through the
night. When it's really windy we can hear it whistling and moaning between the gap of ours and the
neighbours house.
        This morning it's still very grey. Although it does appear to be a lot brighter to our South than it was
 yesterday  Sea is churning, we are watching the waves breaking on the beach down in the bay. Tide must
 be fairly high. Where we can usually see beach, it is now under water.  Some fairly strong gusts of wind
 every now and again. Then just stillness.  Hubby has just walked through to the front of the house and told me
it is dark at the front.  Guess more rain is on it's way then. No reports of any major damage.  Behind the house
there is a plot with banana and pigeon pea trees, no damage there. They are all still standing. Hopefully if today
goes like yesterday we are going to get off light.  Need to be very aware of those rock and mud slides though.
 So please go with care.
          I'm off to get the next cup, watch the waves breaking, and decide on what to do with the rest of the day.
You all take care.  Have a good day. Even if it is a wet one.

  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 08:31:07 -0400

So far it seems we have been lucky with Isaac!  Dominica seems to have been spared so far of anything major happening and we have not had too much rain which is a real relief for all of us.  It is very difficult to tell in advance what damage these TDs/TSs can cause but it is always, always best to be safe than sorry.  Every life is precious!  Our friend Richard who lives in Barbados has warned us that there still could be more rain, thunder and lightning to come our way which they are experiencing now due to the whiplash from the tail of Isaac!  We had a very peaceful night without much rain at all.  I got up really early before light and started opening up the house as I love the open air.  So have cleaned from top to bottom. Jaco Ladd took the dogs walking and indeed they split off and went hunting, coming back with loads of bits sticking out of their coats where they had been through the bush!  So a load of work with brushes to free them up!  The dogs are certainly feeling frisky and happy now Isaac - for the time being - seems to have abated.  I still will never ever forget the Sept of 1995 when Luis hit Antigua; the ocean ramped up to unusually hot and the island was dreadfully humid.  I have not experienced these conditions since and I feel that we will not get a hurricane this year as our waters remain tepid and the weather has been really lovely!  Yesterday watching the white cotton wool clouds passing by the cliff was awesome and we just did not feel that Isaac was bad.  I sincerely hope that I am right.  It is also good to hear from my friends and colleagues that read our reports on Stormcarib and encourage the postings.  Thanks to Gert for keeping this site up and running, we're all in the loop!

  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 17:57:44 -0400
OK, like so many in the Lesser Antilles  we have have been watching some of Isaac passing us all day! Needless to say tonight has been just amazing in the valley!  We have ziltch neighbours, no obstructions,etc. and fortunately look out onto the most amazing view of the cliffs of the Layou Valley, outstanding! - but - tonight's show is incredibly surreal. There's no relative action connected to the impending TS Isaac just a bizarre slow frame of the whitest cotton wool cloud formation that yours truly has seen in the time spent in DA. The movement of such is completely anti to the regular weather pattern, i.e. west to east. It's still early, but where has the predicted energy for the much vented Isaac landed up? Does anyone post from Guadeloupe?
Ne pas écrire n'importe climat de la Guadeloupe?

- Isaac
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 16:44:50 -0500
Good early evening everyone,
          heavy rain at approx 3pm,  then very light showers.  Still not much in the way of wind.
A quiet afternoon.  Hardly any noise.  The neighbours have been quiet. Can hear no T V or
radio. No dogs barking.  No cars going by.  It's almost like the island is holding it's breath
just waiting.  The only noise is the frogs singing and the odd squabble by the birds at the
    Just had some fairly heavy rain.  Couple of gusts of wind.  Becoming increasingly dark.
Wind picking up now.  Turning very cool.
            Stay safe.

- Isaac.
  • From: Jackie Fullbrook <fullbrookt at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:25:18 -0500
Good afternoon everyone,
          we have had some thunder and lightening, but that seems to have eased off.  Light showers
of rain.  Not a breath of wind. Humidity down to very comfy.  Heaviest rain we have had was about
10 min's ago and that has now stopped.  It became very dark here just after midday, then it brightened
up again.  Looking out the window to the east right now and it seems to be getting darker again. The
bay has been emptied of most of the small fishing boats. 
          Our neighbour doesn't seem to bothered. She has been out scrubbing her steps and balcony all
          Still looking out the window and I can see low clouds drifting across. Guess more rain is coming
in the next few min's. 
           You all stay safe.  Take good care. 

  • From: Lisette Stevens <jaco.lass at gmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 13:48:42 -0400
We are having lunch on the deck, it is light the clouds seem to have gone and we feel that the sun is even trying to peek through.  We have no wind at all it really is very pleasant!  We are a little puzzled!  Our  dogs are very happy and it actually feels it is back to normal.  We remember the last time a storm was forecast and we took precautions nothing actually really happened!  Perhaps we have something to follow this lull, we hope not but we will let you know.  We are still being vigilant.  With fingers crossed!

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