Friday, January 08, 2010

British Virgin Islands Odds and Ends

Tortola & Virgin Gorda (BVI) - Local Reports (Caribbean Hurricane ...
Today's picture from the Virgin Islands is so wonderful, I've posted a larger version ... move to St. James Island's Christmas Cove for a night at anchor. ...
BBC News
Making history: quadriplegic sailor Geoff Holt crosses the Atlantic
BBC News
He arrived in Cane Garden Bay, in Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands just before 1700GMT on Thursday 7 January. The place has a special significance for ...

Nikki's Noodles: Tortola
By Nikki Noodles
Tortola. Tortola is the largest and most populated of the British Virgin Islands. Tortola is a mountainous island 13.5 miles long and 3 miles wide, with an area of 21.5 square miles. If I could go anywhere in the world, I would go here. ...

Thursday, Volcanis Interruptus...
Caribbean Hurricane Network
I have to remark on your latest update on the Montserrat volcano, and I thank you for the latest update on impending eruption ---- again. ...

English firm awarded contract to design “Monserrat new capital ...
By (Another GFBC Production)
The former capital of Montserrat was dramatically destroyed by the island's volcano in 1997. The location for the new capital, Little Bay, lies to the northwest of the old capital and is well beyond the volcano's danger zone. ...

During the recent period, the Soufriere Hills volcano on Montserrat has been producing recurrent major dome-building eruptions for nearly 9 years, ...

Postmaster responds to sickout
BVI Beacon
Something's in the air at the Road Town Post Office. Walk in and drop off a package and you just might catch a whiff. The facility, which is divided into ...

ender-dock worker dies
BVI Beacon
Police are investigating the death of a worker who died last month as a result of an accident at a construction site near the cruise ship pier in Road Town. ...

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The view from Waterlemon Cay, Virgin Islands

The view from Waterlemon Cay in the National Park with  Tortola in the Virgin Islands in the background. The anchored boats are in Sopers Hole, West End, Tortola with Frenchmans Cay in the right foreground and Little Thatch to the left.  

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Save $10 on Dear Miss Mermaid's Calendars and Merchandise

See Dear Miss Mermaid's Treasure Chest and get $10 off 2010 Calendars or merchandise!  Use coupon code TEN2010. treasure chest

Yacht Club News January 2010
All At Sea
New for 2010, the club will host the BVI Windsurfing Championship to run concurrently with the 39th annual BVI Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival, ...

Dear Miss Mermaid...the OTHER Blog!: A Fabulous Picture of the ...
By DearMissMermaid
Author of "Hurricanes and Hangovers (and other tall tales & loose lies from the coconut telegraph). Caribbean Rainbow, Copyright by DearMissMermaid.Com. Monday, January 04, 2010. A Fabulous Picture of the Virgin Islands ...

Profile on Steve Black the Founder of Cruising Rally Association
All At Sea
You may have seen Steve Black around Nanny Cay on Tortola recently—he's best recognized as the founder of the Hampton, Virginia-based Cruising Rally ...

Montserrat Volcano Plume on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
I have used a lot of contrast to try and bring out the detail. I think its an astonishing scene. Nothing like this have I seen before. View On Black.

Sailor Geoff Holt left frustrated by lack of wind
Portsmouth News
Mr Holt's wife Elaine and seven-year-old son Tim are already on Tortola and now have an agonising wait to be reunited with him. ...

Heaven on earth must be here
Tortola and Virgin Gorda (BVI) Update. Heaven on earth must be here ... two then probably move to St. James Island's Christmas Cove for a night at anchor. ...

Tortola... Long Sleeve Dark T-Shirt - CafePress
Made by Dear Miss Mermaid's Treasure Chest on March 14, 2008 at 3:29 AM. Share It: ... Designer's Shop: Dear Miss Mermaid's Treasure Chest ...

Hilary Dahiandy Donovan is BVI's New Year's baby
BVI News Online
BY BVI CORRESPONDENT Hilary Dahiandy Donovan is the first baby of 2010. She was born at 8:51 pm on New Year's Day. As the hours passed on the first day of ...

Five traffic accidents recorded for the New Year
BVI News Online
BY BVI CORRESPONDENT Five traffic accidents have been recorded for the New Year, with the first occurring just minutes into 2010. Officer Harris Walters has ...

BVIslanders ring in 2010 in grand style (photo gallery included)
BVI News Online
BY BVI CORRESPONDENT Ringing in the New Year in the Territory began with hundreds attending church or partying at many of the Territory's hot spots. ...

Monday, January 04, 2010

A Fabulous Picture of the Virgin Islands

This picture was taken from St John, with Peter Bay in the foreground, top left is Jost Van Dyke and to the right is Tortola, in the center is Great Thatch.

Resolution Frittatta Recipe for Four

This sumptuous brunch was inspired by leftovers from New Year's Day.

A typical traditional southern New Year's Day meal for good luck and prosperity is surprisingly frugal. The simple menu is Ham, Blackeyed peas, Cornbread and Greens. The greens can be collard, mustard or turnip greens cooked with bacon, fatback or ham hock.

This year I made the traditional southern good luck New Year Day's meal for a friend, and of course there were copious leftovers, as you can't really make all of that for just two people only. So I made an opulent frittatta from the leftovers with a few extra ingredients thrown in.

You will need:
large fry pan
olive oil
6 eggs well beaten
1/4 cup chopped sweet onion
4 ounces sliced or chopped mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped ham
1 cup cooked and drained collard greens (leftovers)
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
basil and oregano

Heat up about a tablespoon of olive oil in fry pan.
Preheat broiler in oven for finishing the top of the frittatta.
In the fry pan, stir fry on medium-high, the onions and mushrooms until onions begin to carmelize (turn brown).
Toss in ham and stir.
Add collard greens and mix thoroughly.
Basically you just want the ham and greens to heat up with the onions and mushrooms, as this will make the frittatta cook quicker.
Sometimes the greens will make the mixture watery, if this is the case, then transfer all to a collander to drain, otherwise just transfer to a bowl or place momentarily.
Add a little olive oil to coat hot fry pan, and add the  beaten eggs.
Now toss in the meat and veggies, and let the eggs almost set.
Sprinkle the top with the shredded cheese, basil and oregano.
Once the frittatta is about cooked, you can transfer the fry pan  to the broiler for the last few minutes to melt the cheese on top and finish cooking the eggs from the top down.
If your fry pan handle is not made for the oven, just leave it sticking out the open door.
Once the top of the frittatta is set, remove from broiler.
Slice into 4 wedges.
Serve on a plate with leftover blackeyed peas and cornbread.

Bon appetit!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

A happy New Year Card From Kristy!

A happy New Year Card From Kristy!

And a late Christmas card too!

New Year's resolutions – BVIslanders share personal goals for 2010
BVI News Online
BY BVI CORRESPONDENT With the New Year just hours away, BVI News took to the streets to find out how members of the public intend to improve their lives in ...

News from the Virgin Islands January 2
Crowd bewildered as two crowned Miss Caribbean Talented Teen
However, despite being advertised weeks before the Pageant, the BVI and Guyana were not represented for reasons not known by this media house. ...

Commentary: 2010 The Year of Shifting
Platinum News Online
... be a year of Shifting, let us prepare our hearts for it, the truth remains untainted. Reverend Michael U. Anthony Road Town, Tortola BVI 21st December 2009.

Caribbean News January 2010
All At Sea
The event was a combined charity effort for the Tortola Humane Society, which received $2000, and a fundraiser for the sailors who all represent the BVI in ...

Power Catamaran World: October 2009
Such is the case with a new boat building venture in the British Virgin Islands that will see commercial production of a lightweight, fuel efficient, ... They were enjoying a beer or two in Christmas Cove when Morgan Avery showed up on ...

Marine Circular from VISR British Virgin Islands - Charter Yachts ...
Such a service is available in BVI; ... c) Holders of any of the above qualifications (except the BVI Boatmaster Licence) ... Sink the Flying Cloud Project ...

Tortola and Virgin Gorda (BVI) Update [Wed, Dec 30 12:13 EST ...
By admin
Continued here: Tortola and Virgin Gorda (BVI) Update [Wed, Dec 30 12:13 EST]. Read the rest here: Tortola and Virgin Gorda (BVI) Update [Wed, Dec 30 12:13 EST]. Tags: Speak Your Mind. Tell us what you're thinking. ...

Science: ScienceBlogs Channel : Physical Science
By Science
I dabbled in the world of "manmade volcanoes" (short answer: bad idea unless they erupt a dinosaur). In what now seems premature, the eruption at Soufriere Hills on Montserrat was declared "over" after 6 months of quiet at the volcano. ...

HAPPY OLD YEAR'S NIGHT! Happy Full Blue Moon!
Caribbean Hurricane Network By DearMissMermaid at Winds have been wet and wild in West End, with gusts howling by that tipped me out of my bunk! ...

Pictures of Road Town, British Virgin Islands
Picture gallery with 43 travel pictures from Road Town, British Virgin Islands.

Geoff Holt reaches midway point in transatlantic challenge
Southern Daily Echo
... from Lanzarote onboard 60ft luxury catamaran Impossible Dream on December 11 and had hoped to arrive in Tortola in the Caribbean last Sunday (Dec27). ...

Awesome Red Sky Picture
Caribbean Hurricane Network
By DearMissMermaid at Got up at first light for hoped slow sail down to West End. Wouldn't you know it... only a whisper of occasional wind and all ...

Police recover stolen motorcycle
BVI News Online
In a joint operation between Police Traffic Task Force and Customs Officers on Tuesday, a blue 650cc Suzuki motorcycle which was stolen from the Road Town ...

Police Investigate Traffic Accident
Platinum News Online
Head of the Traffic Investigation Unit Inspector Kenrick Headley said that 11 accidents were recorded in the Road Town area between 23rd and 24th December ...

Black Boater's Summit
By muzicalmel
from all over the globe meet down in St. Thomas for an experience of a lifetime checking out 5 of the British Virgin Islands including; St. John and Tortola with an incredible itinerary including a stay on a luxury yacht and 3 nights at ...

Dear Miss Mermaid...the OTHER Blog!: Red Sky Between Ginger and ...
By DearMissMermaid
Caribbean Rainbow, Copyright by DearMissMermaid.Com. Wednesday, December 30, 2009. Red Sky Between Ginger and Salt Island in the Virgin Islands. dear miss mermaid, hurricanes and hangovers. 0 Posted Comments from Readers: Post a Comment ...
Dear Miss Mermaid...the OTHER Blog! -

Geoff Holt reaches midway point in transatlantic challenge
Southern Daily Echo
... from Lanzarote onboard 60ft luxury catamaran Impossible Dream on December 11 and had hoped to arrive in Tortola in the Caribbean last Sunday (Dec27). ...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Soufriere Hills Volcano on Montserrat Picture

Picture from space taken December 28 2009 of the Soufriere Hills Volcano on Montserrat
Luxury Travel Magazine
BVI's Scrub Island Resort Debuts in February
Luxury Travel Magazine
... the Dive BVI shop, boutique and provisions store will be in the process of opening; transfers to and from Scrub Island via the Scrub Island Yacht; ...

UP's Comedy Show a Big Hit With Patrons
Platinum News Online
Shows like these are some of what we need in the BVI to balance things. I truly enjoyed every bit of it". Another patron said, "I was just rolling with ...

High Swell Event to Affect the Virgin Islands
Platinum News Online
Yellow Flags are flying at Smuggler's Cove, Long Bay (Tortola), Apple Bay, Brewer's Bay & The Baths NPT. Lifeguards are on Duty at Cane Garden Bay ...

A lawyer's life in the sun...: Christmas in the sun and all that ...
By Dan Waldek
This is a beautiful old colonial house in Road Town which houses the Governor and his offices. We had a fantastic time eating Caribbean nibbles (especially the coconut shrimp), drinking plenty of rum, listening to Caribbean style carols ...

Monday, December 28, 2009

Newsy Stuff from the British Virgin Islands

A beautiful card from Harry the sailor!

Holt's arrival postponed
BVI News Online
Meanwhile, through his blogs on his journey Holt wrote, “Bramble has organized so many wonderful events in Tortola based on our original arrival date of the ...

Soggy Dollar Bar Web Cam – Jost Van Dyke | RumShopRyan
By RumShopRyan
Its just a short boat ride north of St. John and west of Tortola. The Soggy's webcam is the focus of this week's webcam post. Enjoy the view. I try, but it usually just makes me angry because I'm not there. Cheers! ...
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Caribbean Hurricane Network
Boxing Day BVI
Caribbean Hurricane Network
By dearmissmermaid at Happy Boxing Day! After a rather wet Christmas morning, in the late afternoon, the Sun made an appearance and dried things out ...

Dearmissmermaid Wall Calendars - CafePress
Related Searches: miss mermaid, britich virgin islands, dear miss mermaid, bvi, virgin islands, siren, mermaid, caribbean, beauty, sea, fantasy, cool, cute, ...

The Ultimate Bar Guide for a BVI Yacht Charter | RumShopRyan
By RumShopRyan
TORTOLA. At Cane Garden Bay, Quito Rhymer is an extremely popular local musician who can be found performing at his bar/restaurant, 'Quito's Gazebo'. Further down the beach, Al Henley's Big Banana Paradise Club, Rhymers Beach Bar, ...
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Fantasy Island |
By mstreeter
With legendary beach bars, beautiful resorts and an ancient distillery, it's no wonder that Tortola is one of the most popular island hangouts in the Caribbean. Tagged: Travel · « Ho Ho Ho! ... -

Yule Log Fireplace
Yule Log Fireplace from Use your right mouse button to click HERE and select "Save Target As" to save to your computer. ...

By babsijones babsijones
The Dutchmen made a permanent settlement on the island of Tortola in 1648. In 1672, the British arrived in the region and annexed the archipelago, expelling the population of Tortola Holland that year, and from Anegada and Virgin Gorda ..

To be or Knot

For all you sailing enthusiasts, as well as climbers and campers, here's a great site to learn your knots. It's animated, so you can watch and tie at the same time. Really cool.

dear miss mermaid knots

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Today's Funny Koala Bear Joke

A koala bear was sitting in a gum tree smoking a joint...

When a little lizard walked past, looked up and said, 'Hey Koala Bear! What are you doing?'

The koala bear said, 'Smoking a joint, come on up and have some with me!'

Hurricanes and Hangovers by Dear Miss Mermaid
So the little lizard climbed up and sat next to the koala bear where they enjoyed a few hits off a big fat joint. After a while the little lizard said that his mouth was 'dry' and that he was going to get a drink from the river.

Hurricanes and Hangovers (and other tall tales and loose lies from the coconut telegraph) by Dear Miss Mermaid
The little lizard was so stoned that he leaned over too far while drinking and fell into the river.
A crocodile saw this and swam over to the little lizard and helped him to the side. Then he asked the little lizard, 'What's the matter with you?'

The little lizard explained to the crocodile that he had been sitting with the koala bear in the tree, smoking a joint, but got too stoned and fell into the river while taking a drink..

The crocodile said that he had to check this out and walked into the rain forest, found the tree where the koala bear was sitting there finishing his joint. The crocodile looked up and said... autho or Hurricanes and Hangovers
'Hey Koala Bear!'

And the koala bear looked down at him and said...
'Holy Cow! Duuuuuuuuude!
HOW much water did you drink?

Friday, December 25, 2009

News from the Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands Travel – Charter a Yacht for a Unique ...
By Private Yacht Charter
Did you know that the British Virgin Islands are home to one of the best sailing areas in the world and is the sailing capitol of the Caribbean? There are so.

Virgin Islands, Virgin Islands Newspaper, A Pulitzer Prize Winning ...
TORTOLA - The Royal BVI Yacht Club will end its 2009 season with Saturday's ... Race registration will be held on Friday afternoon at the Royal BVI Yacht ...

Tortola & Virgin Gorda (BVI) - Local Reports (Caribbean Hurricane ...
By stormCARIB
Having a wet but Merry Christmas on BVI's Beef Island at Trellis Bay. Was overcast most of Thursday and rain showers started just after 7 PM while a group of newer and older friends joined the Wayward Sailor for the Special Christmas ...

British Virgin Island (BVI) - Virgin Gorda Island - Beach Resorts ...
By seemak
If beaches are your choice of destinations during the chilly winters,

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Noteworthy from the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean

A beautiful card from James...

A terrific card from Elissa

Business owners lament slow sales
BVI News Online
BY BVI CORRESPONDENT Concerned with the seemingly slow pace of holiday shopping this Christmas season, one business owner has suggested that the Trade Unit ...
Cayman Net News
Training for complaints presented
Cayman Net News
Elton Georges, Complaints Commissioner of the British Virgin Islands, attended the four-day training. “It was a very useful and informative course,” he said ...

Government offices to close early for the holiday
BVI News Online
BY Admin-BVI The Deputy Governor's Office is informing the public that Government offices will be closed to the public at 1:00 pm on [Christmas Eve] ...

Tourist Board Supports Entertainment Efforts of Local Entrepreneur
Platinum News Online
International crooner Kenny `Babyface´ Edmonds and Jamaican reggae artiste Kevin Anthony "Sanchez" Jackson will enchant the BVI for `A Night of Love´ to be ...

Geoff Holt Personal Atlantic: Sets off from Mindelo Marina, Cape Verde
BYM News (press release)
I've not heard from them but they must be in Tortola by now. It was a stunningly spectacular departure from the CVI's. The volcanic islands are more akin to ...

Incredible Caribbean island for sale in BVI
Country Life
Buck Island is a well-known and loved private island in the British Virgin Islands. Only a short boat ride away from the main island, Tortola, ...

Agent@Home Magazine - Destination - BVI's Winemakers' Dinner ...
The British Virgin Islands Tourist Board and the BVI Charitable Fund welcomed international tastemakers, seasoned gourmands, travelers and media from ...
Caribbean Hurricane Network
Christmas Chicks!
Caribbean Hurricane Network
By dearmissmermaid at Another gorgeous day in paradise! Shown below, Da Loose Mongoose at Trellis Bay, Beef Island, Virgin Islands. ...

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

A Scottish Christmas Joke...

A man in Scotland calls his son in London the day before
Christmas Eve and says, "I hate to ruin your day but I have
to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing;
forty-five years of misery is enough."

'Dad, what are you talking about?' the son screams.

"We can't stand the sight of each other any longer" the
father says. "We're sick of each other and I'm sick of
talking about this, so you call your sister in Leeds and
tell her."

Franticly, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the
phone. "Like hell they're getting divorced!" she shouts,
"I'll take care of this!"

She calls Scotland immediately, and screams at her father
"You are NOT getting divorced. Don't do a single thing
until I get there. I'm calling my brother back, and we'll
both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO
YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife.
'Sorted! They're coming for Christmas - and they're paying
their own way.'

Monday, December 21, 2009
Caribbean Hurricane Network
Happy Sun Daze
Caribbean Hurricane Network
Happy Holly Daze from Dear Miss Mermaid! It is mostly sunny with winds lower probably