All the latest news in Eleuthera this week

So here we are again – Thursday already – and here is all the latest news from Eleuthera – well our news anyway ! The second BAARK clinic was also very successful – so with the 2 weekends work 306 animals were spayed and neutered as well as vaccinated and wormed.

I went to the clinic which was held in a private house on Banks Road to get another quick picture of all the wonderful volunteers in action – which you can see below – but I also got talking to a couple and their friend outside and they told me that they were adopting one of the small puppies that had been taken there for spaying by Tanya Knowles of Mo Sweet’s Bakery in Palmetto Point. They were abandoned puppies that Tanya took in and fostered – so it was a very happy ending. The puppy – called Honey – was off for a life in Rhode Island with clearly a loving couple who were excited to have found her and offer her a great life.

Honey and her new owner outside the temporary clinic

The number of stray dogs here does need controlling and this is the best way to do it…..

Part of the great team from BAARK

The pop-up shop at the Island Farm was also very successful -I bought a great sarong with flamingos on it and my order is in for the swimsuit and matching wrap. It sounds like the range will stocked in the future at the farm which will be an added attraction to the great facility that it already is.

The range of freshly baked products continues to be excellent and the fresh produce is really great – fresh herbs and greens are always abundant. Of course they also stock beer , wine and spirits as well – plus it is somewhere where I can return my empty beer bottles to which they use for bottling tomatoes, sauces and oils. It is wonderful how the farm has developed over the years that we have been here – it really is a thriving successful and well loved spot.

And now news that I have been waiting to be able to tell you for a while ! We have finally been able to break ground this week on the foundations for our new house. We had a hold up because there is a new requirement when you are clearing land – whether for construction or not apparently. You have to have a Certificate of Environmental Clearance which is issued from Nassau. We had no knowledge of this new requirement when we thinned out the vegetation and cleared the area where we were putting the house so it came as a bit of a shock to hear that an officer for the Department of Environmental Protection would be coming to do an inspection.

Well he duly came over and realized that no-one – including the planning department and the Ministry of Works had any prior knowledge of this requirement – but long story short we did get the Certificate and now it is all systems go !

So this is our plot of land for Sprawling Towers – at the top of the picture you can see Governors Estate – we are 600 feet down the hill from Buena Vista

It is funny to be the people that the house is for – of course we have worked on the construction of around 70 properties over the years that we have had our construction company – but never for a home for ourselves. We designed and built the rental houses at Governors Estate and the apartments at Anchor Point for ourselves – but it is very different when it is a project that you are actually going to live in. We are very happy with the design – it is a 2 bedroom house with a large open plan kitchen and dining area and a separate pantry and laundry room off the kitchen. A nice sized living room off the kitchen diner and of course a garden room now that we have become used to one ! One of the best features will be a 70,000 gallon water cistern which will be under the house – strange the things you find yourself getting excited about – right ?

A trench for the foundations !

So over the coming months I will keep you up to speed with what is happening at Sprawling Towers – just let me know when you get bored !!!!!

Oooh – the digger !

We had a trip down to Rock Sound last week and as a reward for accompanying Bob he promised me an early dinner at Frigates. It was delicious – grilled grouper and grilled shrimp with very nice vegetables.

And I loved this sign at the bar ! – I so know what that means !

Have a great week and stay safe – be kind wherever you can …..

9 thoughts on “All the latest news in Eleuthera this week

  1. I for one am excited for you. Please share pictures of the house progress.
    A new home is very exciting.

    1. Thank you Sid – and I know that you know all about the trials and tribulations of building a house ! It will feature on the blog on a regular basis ! Lovely to hear from you ….

  2. Ah! I know the location of your new home to be as I’ve walked past it on morning walks. Great footprint of a spot. Fun to plan one’s own. Cistern downhill will surely stay full. Your environmental story is a hoot. Wondering how one can take a dog off island…enjoy…

    1. There is a recognized procedure that the vets here set up so the dog can be imported into the US – very organized !

  3. Kathy and Bob, congratulations on ‘breaking ground’ for your home.
    We look forward to watching it grow.
    Exciting. We have owned and renovated 8 homes but never built from scratch.
    We take a vicarious interest in your progress. Love, Eileen and Ian.

  4. Wooo Hoo on that Cistern! Also great to hear about all the success of BARKK and Honeys new home! Also lets get all those kittens spayed too! We now have our “COVID” kittys as we call them Sedona and Smudgpot and our priority was getting them taken care of

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