We Moved + St. Croix Island Life Update
You know how it says when it rains it pours? In this case, it’s been very literal. The past two weeks have seen torrential rainstorms and we experienced blackouts and loss in phone and internet service (which the latter for me lasted for more than a week). This time was also during J’s sailing trip so not only was he out at sea and unable to communicate with me most of the time, I didn’t have any service anyways. Of course it all coincided with Thanksgiving being tomorrow, finding a new place to live, and 3 of our closest friends returning back to the island at the same time and helping them move as we moved ourselves. Most importantly, all of this was going on as I became an auntie for the first time! My mother who has never traveled overseas alone made her first solo journey to Rotterdam to meet her new grandson and hopefully, when things settle down here, we will be on our way to meet the little one soon too!
Needless to say, there’s been a lot going on and I haven’t updated on Youtube as much as I have on Instagram. However, I will be returning to my video schedule here very soon. In the meantime, we have been carving out a place on our friends beautiful property as we build our forever home in the rainforest. The goal is to build something self sustainable where we can grow as much of our own food to our hearts content. I was sad about leaving behind many of my mature fruit trees but I’m glad to see wild papaya, lilikoi, carambola, noni, caribbean plum and sour orange all thriving here just beyond our doorstep.
A new friend gifted me some basil and I plant some of that and show you around our new place and its own wild nature. Since Maria, I’ve been magnetically pulled back to what first thrilled me about living on our little rock. Maria ravaged so much of our natural abundance here but I’m happy to report that it’s all coming back and coming back bountifully. The beaches now have most of their sand back, late season mango that missed their initial turn are making their fragrant effort and what once stood as naked, brittle limbs now proudly display brilliant foliage setting the bees and butterflies abuzz and aflutter.