How Rum Stopped the Water – the Month in Review

While this blog was on hyatus, we moved….


…to a cute yellow house on top of a hill with a rainbow above it… (note the open hood of my yet-again broken down car on the left)


….with plantain palms that I can reach, and coconut palms that I cannot.


The view from the house is truly awe inspiring, even at night, where you can see thousands of stars as there is no ambient light to our East whatsoever. Just a 260 degree ocean view.

move4 Also, my oldest turned 12, which is sort of odd.


We had an great housewarming party…


…and all the kids are back in school now.


Since we live on a dead end road, the kids can roam around as they please and since they all got new bikes, there are times when I don’t know where any of them are, which is quite stunning, if you ask me.


Hurricanes Ana and Bill and TS Erika did not hit us and merely brought rain, lots of wind and empty grocery store shelves…


…but at least we still had very expensive, very happy Cherries.


The kids absolutely love the new house and continue to be creative, inventing toys and games, such as this awesome see-saw…


…and they also found a way to harvest coconuts 🙂


Our new house is still dependant upon rain water collecting in our cistern, which we then boil, as there is no central water system in Anguilla. Since the recent set of hurricanes brought rain, we have about 5000 gallons in the cistern right now, which all were trying to escape into the ground after our water pump blew up last night….

6 …until I figured out the prefect thing to the gravity feed into the pump stop…


…our very own Pyrate rum (cork) to the rescue!


Author: akafrancie

Originally Swiss, recovering Caribbean island inhabitant. Amateur zoo keeper. Probably under-caffeinated, always hungry and curious. Interested in technology, collaboration and connecting people. Resourcefulness is my super power.

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