I haven't really written much about our new home in the Caribbean so here are a few updates. We spent the majority of our first year on island living in a one room cottage in the rainforest built into the ruins of a Danish schoolhouse for slaves from the 1800s. Obviously very cool and very cozy, but unfortunately we were cohabiting with some natives to tropical climates - cockroaches and roof rats. There was also a very startling encounter where we woke up to squealing, which turned out to be a frog being killed by a centipede. Yes. That happened.
The other downside was the drive - it took about 35 minutes to get to the hospital and a large portion of this was down a road affectionately called "Pot Hole Preserve".
So we started looking for a new place and found a larger, bug free apartment with a gorgeous view.
Along with gorgeous view unfortunately came about 5 minutes of arguably the worst road on St. Croix - and if you've been here, you'll understand how bad that is.
We love it though and the plus side to living up a rocky hill is that it sure keeps the traffic down. Downside - it also keeps some friends with small sedans away and I have a fear that any future babies could get brain damage. I guess we'll cross that bridge at a later date.
Other exciting news - in the spring of 2012 we went to our favorite farm stand to buy tomatoes and ended up adopting a kitten! Fitzgerald, who was a mere 2 pounds when we got him, has now taken over the house and forced everyone, some reluctantly, to fall in love with him. He is our daily alarm clock and entertainment.
|Photo courtesy of Justin Shatwell|
I hope to stay more consistent about blogging and post a little more about midwifery in 2013. But my other passion - baking and cooking will also get plenty of attention. I have a lot of recipes I'm excited to write about and more I plan to explore. I have a new pizza recipe that I'm in love with that includes a special ingredient; plus I've been baking a lot of bread and experimenting with lots of Indian recipes.
Here is a photo of a Cranberry/Pomegranate Rustic Tart (with a rye tart crust) that I indulged in for Thanksgiving as a little preview.
Hope you'll stick around for the journey!