One year on from the start of the pandemic in Eleuthera

So here we are – one year on plus a week or two from the start of the pandemic here in Eleuthera and how much has changed for us personally during that time. Of course the biggest change has been selling the 4 rental houses and the easing of a lot of stress for me – although maybe stress is one of those things that fills up the space that the removal of one set of stressors creates. Although I must say I do feel a deep gratitude that I am no longer responsible for keeping those 4 houses up to scratch.

The new homeowners are all making their own mark on the houses – changing things to suit their taste and wishes and I am totally thrilled to see them all making such changes. The houses I know are feeling a little more pampered and preened and they look great ! We are so very lucky with all the purchasers who are a really lovely group of people – and the atmosphere at Governors Estate is everything we ever wished for. A quick word though to Roger from Canada who bought Tops and has not even set foot in the place yet…. Soon we hope …..

So the back of Yellow House is undergoing some changes – a garage is going to be built and the laundry made bigger. There will be a rear driveway – exciting changes….

Joy and Dominic are doing a great job of managing the properties – not an easy task and I will do a blog on them and what they do very shortly !

Here at Colman Towers we are enjoying the both the garden room – well screened porch actually – which came as a direct result of lockdown and feeling a desire to have an indoor / outdoor space as well as the top roof deck with the spectacular views it gives us. The sectional furniture arrived this week and so far we have enjoyed a cold beer or a glass of wine up there late afternoon before the no-seeums start their evening assault !

Of course one of the biggest changes in our lives is the building of Sprawling Towers – the new house 600 feet down the road from Colman Towers. I am going to bring you up to date with what is happening there at the moment but before I do ramble off waxing lyrical about how excited I am I must take a moment to thank all of you who read the blog last week and made a donation towards the Summer Camp by Educators For Eleuthera.

So floor level will be to the top of these blocks – so we will get a great view of the Atlantic

If you did happen to miss it – here is a link to the blog and here is a link if you meant to make a donation and then got totally distracted ! It is going to be a great success and we are all looking forward to being a part of it.

OK – so now on to updates for Sprawling Towers ! Our workers are making a wonderful job of the foundations – and the interconnecting water cisterns are coming on a treat as well.

Cecil Petty – otherwise known as Boot at the helm of the JCB !

The floor level is taken from the highest point on the land – so it means that floor level in some parts of the house will actually be 15 feet out of the ground. This will be made up with fill to create some gentle slopes to drive up to the front of the house. it may sound confusing but you will see in time that it all works seamlessly !

The cement truck emptying into the bucket of the JCB which then will drive around to the far side of the foundations and poor into the blocks to make a very strong wall….

Of course the reason for building it all up to this height is so that we get a view of the ocean from everywhere in the house…..

All busy on the western front !

Sadly for now there are no new drone shots – Dom , who takes the pictures for us has got to buy a new one as his has gone haywire – so I think that by the time he gets the new one there will be a big difference ! So in the meantime just on the ground shots taken by yours truly…..

This is so exciting for me !!!!

I had a really interesting conversation with a lovely young lady who works at the Forestry Unit the other day and she has sent me a list of all of the plants and trees that are either native or indigenous to the Bahamas and are protected species . It is a very useful tool to help us decide what we plant – absolutely cannot wait to get some Spineless Yellow Knickers ! – yes really – here is a link … It is officially called Caesalpinia Murifructa – bet you didn’t know that one ! I have known for a long time that I do have a schoolboy sense of humor and this list is providing me with plenty of instances of indulging that !

She was very interesting and inspiring and knowledgeable – so I look forward to picking her brains some more ! In the meantime we are trying to get the water connected up so we can start some planting soon…..

And finally a dog shot from the afternoon playdate on French Leave Beach….

16 thoughts on “One year on from the start of the pandemic in Eleuthera”

  1. Very exciting! We were just there and I wondered if it overlooks French Leave beach?Also we need your input on comfortable sectional outdoor patio furniture.Can you share about what you ordered?

    1. It looks over French Leave Beach – it is halfway up the hill – Haynes Ave…. The furniture which I bought was from Wayfair. It is comfortable but I didn’t buy any clips which I thought would come with it to hold the sections together – but I will get some from Amazon . Here is a link to what I bought ….
      Goodness I hope that works – if not it is Merlyn 8 piece rattan sectional seating group with cushions ! Good luck

      1. Thanks! Have you had wicker before? My husband says it doesn’t last long in the tropics if it’s real wicker.How long has your other outside furniture lasted?

        1. It is not real wicker – I don’t think that would last anytime at all ! Other outdoor furniture – also not real wicker has lasted 6 or 7 years – but it’s the metal bits that rust and collapse not the actual wicker type stuff…. Nice to hear from you ….

  2. Love following your blog and our hopes are to come back to Eleuthera in February. We are looking forward to seeing all the changes since we missed last year and checking out your new home which I am sure is exciting for you! Best wishes for all!

  3. I love your blog .

    There’s a farmer in hatchet bay
    Lightbourn family farm
    He’s on Instagram
    He’s really good knowledgeable about plants .
    Super nice easy to talk to .
    He maybe of help to your new plantings .

    I Miss Eleuthera , love the way you promote everything eleuthera .

    1. Thank you so much Sheena – both for the recommendation and the kind words…. Hope you can make it back here soon.

  4. Hello. Curious why such a huge cistern, garden watering? Also we sometimes get frogs in ours, lots of opinions on that both pro and con. Your build will be fun to follow, thanks.

    1. Well we hardly ever get what is laughingly called city water here at the top pf the hill – so we often have to buy it at $190 a load !So we want to emulate some of the older houses here which have huge cisterns to collect rainwater and then never have to buy any throughout the year. With regards to the frogs – we do too in our cisterns here but we filter the water and we certainly don’t drink it ! Hope to get a purification system so it is potable at the new house ….

      1. Guess we are lucky on Cat Island, a load of water is $50(2000 gallons) which we rarely need. Parts of Cat for the first time is getting “city” water. We have a purification system, all water is UV light treated and drinking water is RO. Delicious and rainwater nothing better for your hair and skin!

      2. Gosh we have 3 cisterns under the house and beside it which hold 30,000 gallons of rainwater… and frogs to take care of it… And drink Lutra pure.. and great water pressure.

  5. Jane Humphries

    Hi Kathy, Dan shared the link to your blog! and some fun cocktails at his cool place. Love seeing the progress on your new home and of course those happy dogs 🙂 Walker and I already wish we were walking on the most beautiful beach on earth. Look forward to your next blog. Oceans of Love, Jane

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Kathy Colman

Writer, Interior Designer, Foodie, and Wife to Bob. Living in Eleuthera, Bahamas

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